Cham Athwal

Associate Head of School (Research)

School of Computing and Digital Technology
Email:
cham.athwal@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
0121 331 5458

Cham Athwal is Head of Research in the School of Computing and Digital Media Technology. He teaches on the BSc (Hons) courses for Digital Media Technology, and Sound Engineering and Production.

An experienced lecturer and researcher, Cham has led numerous technology transfer projects, as well as working as an experienced external examiner and course validator. He has skills and knowledge in several areas of IT, including software development, web technologies and multimedia, as well as image and video processing, 3D modelling, animation and virtual reality.

Cham initially joined the University to teach programming and software engineering, before becoming Course Director for the Graduate Diploma in IT and developing one of the first BSc degrees in Multimedia Technology. Prior to this, he worked as a research scientist at the Universities of Southampton and Lancaster. Cham also spent two years as a CERN Fellow in Geneva, as well as leading a research and development group at the General Electric Company.

Alongside his teaching, Cham has worked on projects funded by the Department of Trade and Industry, the European Regional Development Fund, and the EU research and development framework. His award-winning KTP project saw him develop a digital video-based system for the analysis of car crash tests. His major recent technology transfer activity has been managing a large ERDF-funded project that provides access to advanced web–based ICT technologies to SMEs.

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