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Area of academic expertise - outline

Following a number of years within the video games industry, in roles including software engineer and managing director, an appetite to investigate research topics including high-performance parallel computing systems; compilers for GPGPU and heterogeneous multicore architectures; functional programming; and C++ template metaprogramming led to a Ph.D. and subsequent leading roles in EU FP7 projects such as Peppher, LPGPU and CARP.

Current research activities

My current research investigates the use of advanced programming models for GPGPU programming, including Khronos SYCL; and the ComputeCpp implementation from Codeplay Software Ltd. I have also recently completed an SFC-funded investigation involving multiple GPUs on a single node courtesy of Utopia Computers Ltd.; and lead the ongoing development of a highly generic C++2x metaprogramming library.

My current research students include:

  • 2016 – Present: Mr Andrew Gozillon (M.Phil./Ph.D.), Metaprogramming for Heterogeneous Parallelism (Funded by the University of the West of Scotland)

Desired research direction

A key structural change in modern computing is the move towards highly parallel, low-power, and heterogeneous hardware architectures. My research aims to tackle challenges integrated with such developments, including the need to manage the complexity of software development through novel parallel programming models; the use of functional programming and advanced type checking mechanisms to provide reassurance of software correctness; and extends to efforts aiming to improve performance portability in computational science. I am also interested in the long-term improvements to human-computer interaction (HCI) facilitated by the novel integration of eye tracking, along with augmented and virtual reality in ubiquitous computing; and the relevance of such opportunities for future smart cities.

Target collaborative companies

  • Software Tools
  • Semiconductors
  • Gaming and Interactive Graphics

Target collaborative organisations

  • High Performance Computing
  • Functional Programming
  • Compiler Technology

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Functional Programming
  • C++ and Template Metaprogramming
  • Parallel and GPGPU Programming
  • Parsing, Translation and Compiler Technology
  • Message Passing Interface Programming
  • Embedded, Games Console, and Interactive 3D Graphics Development

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Research Output

Mitigating webshell attacks through machine learning techniques

Guo, Y., Marco-Gisbert, H. & Keir, P., 14 Jan 2020, In : Future Internet. 12, 1, 16 p., 12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    A multi-node energy prediction approach combined with optimum prediction interval for RF powered WSNs

    Koirala, B., Dahal, K., Keir, P. & Chen, W., 16 Dec 2019, In : Sensors. 19, 24, 14 p., 5551.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 36 Downloads (Pure)

    Composition of languages embedded in Scala

    Haeri, H. & Keir, P., 4 Sep 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS). Ganzha, M., Maciaszek, L. & Paprzycki, M. (eds.). IEEE, Vol. 18. p. 399-410 12 p. (Annals of Computer Science and Information Systems; vol. 18).

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

    Open Access
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    Instructed late binding

    Haeri, S. H. & Keir, P., 5 Dec 2019, Proceedings of the 23rd Panhellenic Conference on Informatics (PCI 2019). ACM Press, p. 135-142 8 p.

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

    Open Access
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    Intrinsic currying for C++ template metaprograms

    Keir, P., Gozillon, A. & Haeri (Hossein), S. H., 24 Apr 2019, Trends in Functional Programming: 19th International Symposium, TFP 2018 Gothenburg, Sweden, June 11–13, 2018 Revised , Sweden, June 11-13, Selected Papers. Springer International Publishing AG, p. 46-73 28 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science).

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    The Distributed & Heterogeneous Programming in C/C++ Conference 2018

    Paul Keir (Organiser)

    14 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Trends in Functional Programming Symposium 2018

    Paul Keir (Speaker)

    11 Jun 201813 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


    Curried C++ Template Metaprogramming

    Paul Keir (Speaker)

    9 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    External Examiner for Ph.D. Viva

    Paul Keir (Examiner)

    15 May 2018

    Activity: Examination

    Point-Free Templates

    Andrew Gozillon (Speaker), & Paul Keir (Speaker)

    17 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation