Mr Dave Voorhis

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Position: Senior Lecturer

College: College of Engineering and Technology

Department: Computing and Mathematics

Subject area: Computing

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About

From 1987 to 2003, I was the managing director of a Canadian software firm that specialised in bespoke database-driven business applications, particularly inventory systems and employee scheduling.

I am proud to be a computer programmer with over thirty years' experience in BASIC, 6502 and VAX assembly language, TSO CLIST, PL/I, OS/360 JCL, xBASE, Pascal and Delphi, Forth, C, C++, APL, SAS, SQL, PHP, Java, Javascript and C# on Apple II, MVS/TSO, DEC VAX/VMS, MSDOS, Unix, Linux, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Since 2003, I've been a lecturer in Computing at the University of Derby, and have developed and led programmes in Computing, Information Technology, and Computer Science.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach programming, databases, software engineering, and technical teamwork.

Professional interests

Programming, software development, programming languages.

Research interests

My main research interest is in database languages.  I am the lead developer of an open source implementation of Date & Darwen's Tutorial D database language, called Rel, which you can learn more about or download from http://reldb.org

Membership of professional bodies

MBCS

Qualifications

BSc. Computer Science (1986) Brandon University, Canada.

Recent publications

“Feature Selection in the Corrected KDD-dataset.” Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies (EIDWT), 2012 (Co-author with S. Zargari)

“Novel Approaches to Learning and Teaching SAS-based Analytics.” Big Data and Analytics EdCon 2013, Nov 3rd 2013. (Co-author with Richard Self)

“Designing Big Data Analytics Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes for Employability.” Big Data and Analytics EdCon 2014, October 26, 2014.  (Co-author with Self, Richard and Trovatti, Marcello)

“Planning in the Cloud: Massively Parallel Planning.” 7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC2014), December 8-11, 2014 (Co-author with Tommy Thompson)

“Chapter 10 – Tools and Technologies for the Implementation of Big Data” of “Application of Big Data for National Security, 1st Edition.” Elsevier Press. Edited by Akhgar & Saathoff & Arabnia & Hill & Staniforth & Bayerl. 2015. (Co-author with Richard Self)

Additional interests and activities

Photography, motorcycling, music.

Experience in industry

From 1987 to 2003, I was the managing director of a Canadian software firm that specialised in bespoke database-driven business applications, particularly inventory systems and employee scheduling.

In the media

In the late 1980s, I was co-host of a local televison programme on computing, called The Computer Program.

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