Chris Marriott

PhD in Computer Science

Research: I am researching techniques to formally reason about memory properties of Safety-Critical Java programs 

Group: High Integrity Systems Engineering

Did you come straight to postgraduate study from your Masters degree degree? Please provide details of your previous experience.

I completed my four year undergraduate Masters degree here at The University of York in the Computer Science department. My PhD supervisor also supported me through my Masters project.

Why did you choose to study in the Department of Computer Science at York?

The Computer Science department here in York is fantastic, and one of the best in the country. Having completed my undergraduate degree here it seemed the logical place to stay!

What was been the highlight of your time here so far?

The chance to attend conferences all over the world is fantastic, it's even better when your publication is part of the conference.

What did you think of the Department? (Please mention your experience of our facilities and staff)

The new building on the new campus has given the department some fantastic new state-of-the-art facilities. All staff are very friendly and willing to give up what little time they have to help you wherever possible.

What is your experience of student life at York? Do you feel part of a student community?

The research student community is strong in York, especially in the Computer Science department. Social activities occur regularly both in and out of the department.

What are your intentions when you complete your PhD?

I don't know yet, my possible career paths are still open – whether I end up in industry or academia, I know that I would like to work with safety-critical systems in something like the automotive or avionics sector.

Do you have any advice or tips for people thinking about postgraduate study in Computer Science at York?

Do it! You are really looked after in York, there's nowhere else I would rather be completing my PhD!