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Mr. Paul Anderson

Research Fellow

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Research Interests

System configuration and management of large computing infrastructures: autonomics; applications of intelligent systems; configuration languages and specifications; human factors; cloud computing; systems administration


1975 BSc Pure Mathematics, Kings College, London

1978 Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Wales, Aberystwyth


Paul Anderson has a background in the practical management and configuration of large computing infrastructures, working both with industry, educational institutions, and large research installations such as CERN. He was the designer of the original LCFG configuration tool, programme chair for the LISA conference, and author of a range of publications in the system administration field.

Anderson is now a Research Fellow with the School of Informatics where he is interested in applying knowledge from various areas in the School to the practical problems of large-scale system configuration. He is particularly interested in configuration languages, including provenance, security, and usability - but also in the deployment of configurations including automated planning, and agent-based approaches to distributed management. He is interested in real applications of these techniques, and has a range of industrial collaborations, including Phd students sponsored by HP and Microsoft.

Anderson also teaches programming within the School and is the organiser for the first year of the undergraduate courses.

Research outputs

  1. What question? Enabling dialogue between students and their teachers

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. µPuppet: A Declarative Subset of the Puppet Configuration Language

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  3. A Formal Semantics for the SmartFrog Configuration Language

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research projects

  1. Asking the right question

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

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