Hamish Cunningham

Professor of Computer Science, University of Sheffield

Hamish Cunningham is a Research Professor in Computer Science at the
University of Sheffield. He used to hope that as time passed he would get
older and wiser, but it seems that in fact he just gets odder and wider.

He has been a software engineer, researcher, open source developer and
Principal Investigator on some 25 research grants, and in 2014 he ran
asuccessful crowdfunding campaign to produce the MoPi mobile power board for the
Raspberry Pi. He has published widely, sits on a number of editorial boards
and reviews project proposals for the EC, EPSRC, BBSRC, ESRC, NWO and others.
His team produces the GATE open source platform for language and knowledge
research, which is used by organisations as diverse as the BBC, WHO cancer
research and the Financial Times, and which has attracted around €12 million
euros of direct research funding.

Cunningham is currently researching open monitoring and control devices for
domestic aquaponics, and is a management committee member of the COST network
EU Aquaponics Hub, a member of the Aquaponics Lab and the owner of a small
greenhouse that will soon be full of fish.

He believes that open tech has a contribution to make to sustainability and
resilience, and that political democracy is proving incapable of saving the
planet due to our complete lack of economic democracy.

Find him at hamish.gate.ac.uk.


  • –present
    Professor of Computer Science, University of Sheffield


  • 2000 
    University of Sheffield, PhD in Software Architecture