Issue date: 17 November 2010
The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology to Robin Gallimore in recognition of his strong local connections as director of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Bristol and his continuing influential role as head of the South West Science and Industry Council (SWSIC) in the west of England.
The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of Bristol Institute of Technology on Thursday 18 November at 14.00 at Bristol Cathedral.
Robin Gallimore graduated in Computation in 1971 from the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology (UMIST). He then went on to become a member of the UMIST faculty of Computation with research interests in formal methods, parallelism, and distributed systems.
In 1985 Robin Gallimore joined HP Labs Bristol as a senior engineer, making technical contributions in software engineering and formal methods. After being promoted to department manager he ran research programs in document interchange formats, intelligent document capture and appliances. His team was instrumental in developing the technology platforms that enabled Hewlett-Packard to compete in the then converging copier and printer markets.
Robin Gallimore then became Director of the Publishing Systems and Solutions Laboratory in 1999, with responsibility for creating HP Labs' digital media solutions research programme. He then took up post as Director of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Bristol and of HP's Digital Media Systems Laboratory until his retirement in 2008.The Lab was responsible for media technologies and system architectures for industrial scale media management, world-leading research in Semantic Web technologies and standards, and applications and software infrastructure for digital publishing. Since it opened in 1983, the HP Labs Bristol has cultivated leadership and centres of excellence in a wide range of technical fields, with a current emphasis on cloud computing and services, security and information surfaces.
Robin Gallimore, said, “I am delighted to receive this Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England. The development of emerging economies and markets has increasingly shaped global investments in technology and innovation. The strength of the South West's Higher Education and Research institutions, of which UWE is a leading player, is critically influential in attracting to the region world class technologists, innovators, entrepreneurs and inward investment from UK Government, The European Union and muti-national technology companies.”
In 2009 he became Chair of the South West Science and Industry Council, which supports and informs the strategic work of the South West Regional Development Agency to increase regional prosperity through innovative application of science and technology.