Georgios Theodoropoulos

Chair Professor Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Georgios Theodoropoulos is a Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at SUSTech, Shenzhen, China. He joined SUSTech from Durham University in the UK, where he was the Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Research Computing and held a Chair in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Prior to that he was a Senior Research Scientist with the IBM Research where he played a strategic role in the establishment of IBM’s Exascale Systems research roadmap for Europe at the company’s Smart City Technology Center in Dublin. He has held a honorary Chair at the Trinity College Dublin and senior posts at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the University of Birmingham, UK. As a Director of one of the UK’s National e-Science Centres, he made strategic contributions to UK’s e-infrastructures programmes for physical and social sciences and humanities. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester in the UK, where he was mentored by Stephen Furber, the principal designer of the ARM processor that powers much of the world’s mobile computing and embedded systems today.

Personal Profile

Educational Background

1991-1995,University of Manchester,U.K., PhD
1990-1991,University of Manchester,U.K., MPhil
1984-1989,University of Patras, Greece, Eng. Dipl

Professional Experience

2017 - : Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering,  Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
2013 - 2017: Chair Professor, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University, U.K.
2013-2017:  Executive Director, Institute of Advanced Research Computing, Durham University, U.K. 
2011-2013: Senior Research Scientist, IBM Research, Dublin, Ireland. 
1998-2011: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, U.K.
1997-1998: IT Consultant, European Dynamics S.A, Athens Greece.
1996-1997: Postdoctoral Fellow, Computer Technology Institute, Athens, Greece

Honors & Awards

ACM 2014 Best of Computing
2013-2016: Honorary Professor, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
2007-2008: Senior Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
More than 20 Keynotes and Panels
Best Paper Awards: DS-RT 2011, Euro-SIW 2005, Euro-SIW 2003


Research directions:

Computer Systems, Analytics and Simulation, Interdisciplinarity and Society

Research areas:

Computer Systems and Big Data Computing: Parallel and Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing, High Performance Computing Systems, Data Intensive Computing, Distributed Virtual Environments, e-Infrastructures, Workload-optimised Systems

Analytics and Simulation: Modelling and Distributed Simulation, Complexity and Multi-agent systems, Info-symbiotic Systems and Digital Twins, Large Graph processing and Analytics, prescriptive analytics and decision support systems

Interdisciplinarity: Sustainable Development and UN SDGs, disaster management, smart cities, digital humanities, e-social computing.


Title: Digital Logic Design

Digital design is fundamental for Computer Scientists to understand how computers are built and work. This is a foundational course in digital design that aims to:

• Provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts, circuits in digital design

• Expose students to the mainstream approaches and technologies used in digital design

On successful completion of this course , the students should be able to:

• Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the fundamental concepts and issues and the engineering principles involved in digital design

• Be able to design a series of combinational and sequential circuits.

• Demonstrate through hands-on experimentation an in-depth knowledge of the digital design process using HDLs.


Title: Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing

This is an introductory course in the basic concepts, technologies and standards in the area of Distributed and Cloud Computing. It will cover important elements of distributed systems design such as system models and architectures, communication mechanisms, consensus algorithms, distributed objects and synchronization. The culmination in the development of distributed systems is Cloud Computing which is recognized as one of the top five emerging technologies that will have a major impact on the quality of science and society over the next 20 years. The course will provide an overview of this strategic field and will discuss the applications challenges and demands that drive developments, current cloud computing architectures and technologies and some existing industrial platforms.

The aims of this course are to:

• Provide an understanding of the fundamental problems, terminology, technologies, standards, architectures, protocols and models in Distributed Systems

• Provide an understanding of the applications challenges and demands that drive developments in cloud computing, and of the underlying architectures, technologies and service models.

On successful completion of this course , the students should be able to:

• Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the fundamental concepts and issues and the engineering principles involved in the design of Distributed and Cloud computing Systems

• Understand the layered organization and structuring of distributed and cloud computing systems, distinguish the problems involved at each layer and understand the techniques, algorithms and methodologies that have been devised to address these problems.

• Demonstrate an ability to independently evaluate research and industrial issues including current practices, recent developments and emerging trends

• Demonstrate an ability to understand and effectively communicate technical information


Title: Research Skills: Innovation

This is an introductory coursethat teaches students the basic principles and approaches to be creative and Innovate. The course covers a wide range of concepts including: Kolb's Learning Styles and Experiential Learning Cycle, innovation diffusion and hype cycles, disruption, Technology Readiness Levels, Commercial Readiness and the TRIZ innovation approach.

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Academic achievements (text)

Strong protfolio of grants and projects funded by UK EPSRC, AHRC, ESRC, UK MoD, EU and Industry

Honorary Chair, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

General and Programme Chair for more than 25 Premium Conference editions

Led more than 25 PhD/Postdoc researchers to succesful completion

More than 25 Keynotes and Panels

ACM Best of Computing, 2014

More than 200 Papers in Premium Conferences and Journals

Best Paper Awards: Euro-SIW 2003, Euro-SIW 2005, DS-RT 2011, AsiaSim 2019

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