Current interest centres around
general purpose abstract concurrent programming languages.
This means programming language designed for general purpose use,
which are based in the idea that computation should be naturally concurrent
(several things happening at once rather than everything happening in
sequence), and which are based on some underlying formal and simple model of
computation. General idea - it is a matter of surprise that to many
people "concurrent programming" still means the old-fashioned technology of
threads and synchronisation mechanisms for accessing shared mutable variables.
The question of what could succeed this still seem to be wide open, however.
A good summary of my most recent work can be found on
CPA 2011 slides.
Past interests include logic programming, multi-agent systems,
algorithmic debugging, artifical life and
Details of these are on intranet only
Some suggestions for projects I am willing to supervise, either for final
year BSc or for MSc can be found here.
Listed below, courses I've taught in the past where there's significant
notes I can make public. Disclaimer - the approach I took when I wrote these
notes might not be the one I would take now, so take them as they come.
Pages of links gathered while preparing course material, and kept as
additional "worldwide information". Disclaimer - I add to these and
maintain them as and when I can find time. The first in particular, I
tried for a long time to keep comprehensive and relevant, but have had
to give up on it, so it's getting out of date.
Other teaching material
- A local copy of Bruce Eckel's "Thinking in Java" available
- A collection of links to Prolog tutorials is available
- Links to on-line books on Computer Science theory available
Formerly (until 2010) Chair of Queen Mary's Computer Science Exam Board.
Before that (until 2005) Selector for
Admissions to undergraduate courses through
UCAS (please note the FAQ given here
reflects the situation when I was responsible, and not the current situation).
How is "Huntbach" pronounced?
This often seems to cause confusion, but the simple answer is that it's
an English name and is pronounced exactly as spelt in English: the
"ch" is soft as in "church", "sandwich" and other English words. The
surname originates in
Staffordshire where it has been in use for as long as surnames have
existed. So it is not a German name, and should not be pronounced as if it
Although most Huntbaches still come from the
I come from a small branch of the family which moved to the south coast, and was
brought up in
Portslade near Brighton.
One of these days I might put together a few more links to things of personal
interest to me. The links below cover just a little of what I have done and do
outside my professional work.
From 1994 to 2006 I was a councillor for
London Borough of Lewisham,
I did not stand in the 2006 elections after I moved to another borough,
it was also hard to maintain this work while remaining in full employment
as an academic. I remain a member of the party, albeit critical of its recent
In my spare time I support my wife's business
Faith and Hope Designs.