Professor Balbir Barn
BSc (Hons), PhD, MBCS, PgCert (HE)
My main goal is to deliver applied software engineering research that enables the delivery of software tools and processes that promote business change or increase productivity. This theme has been in existence from my PhD study (specification and generation of interactive graphical applications) and continued with the model driven development work underpinning the IEF™. It is now being pursued through the development of applications to support business needs in higher education using service oriented and model driven architectural principles.
Recent research projects have focused on model driven software engineering where the goal is to use models as abstractions and execution environments to support, for example, enterprise architecture and software design. This also includes a return to a more fundamental philosophical position around "theory building". A second strand of research activity has focussed on application of technology to support health education. Two projects have focused on the use of mobile technologies to support the health care domains – Nursing and Social Work.
Balbir Barn has over 15 years industrial research and consultancy experience with major technology companies such as Marconi Software Systems and Texas Instruments where he was involved in the research and design of leading software products such as the IEF™. In 2001 I entered academia where asthe Vice-Chancellor’s appointment as Professor and Head of Departmentof Computing at Thames Valley University, I implemented a change management strategy to recover and then develop thedepartment.In 2008 I joined Middlesex University in my current role as Associate Dean - Business within the School of Engineering and Information Sciences.
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