Hamish Cunningham is a Research Professor in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield. He used to hope that as time passed he would get older and wiser, but it seems that in fact he just gets odder and wider.
He has been a software engineer, researcher, open source developer and Principal Investigator on some 25 research grants, and in 2014 he ran asuccessful crowdfunding campaign to produce the MoPi mobile power board for
the Raspberry Pi. He has published widely, sits on a number of editorial boards and reviews project proposals for the EC, EPSRC, BBSRC, ESRC, NWO and others. His team produces the GATE open source platform for language and knowledge research, which is used by organisations as diverse as the BBC, WHO cancer research and the Financial Times, and which has attracted around €12 million euros of direct research funding.
Cunningham is currently researching open IoT devices for domestic aquaponics, and is a management committee member of the COST network EU Aquaponics Hub, a member of the Aquaponics Lab and the owner of a small greenhouse that will soon be full of fish.
He believes that open tech has a contribution to make to sustainability and resilience, and that political democracy is proving incapable of saving the planet due to our complete lack of economic democracy.