Contact Information

CS Department
Boston University
111 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215

richwest @

Tel: +1-617-353-2065

BOSS Group

The Quest
                Operating System


Go West, Young Man

I come from the UK, and grew up in Derby. My home city played a major part in the industrial revolution, and has a proud history with a (once) fine football team known as the Rams. It is home to the first silk mill in England, the last remaining train manufacturer in the UK, and Rolls Royce.

After a few detours around England, first in Newcastle and then in the south, I set off west to discover the world wasn't flat after all. After all these years, my primary focus is trying to work out what I'm doing with my life, and how I landed on Mars. In my spare time, when I'm not trying to get back to earth, or tackle all the failings of mankind from the comfort of my armchair, I exercise my curiosity in a few trivial pursuits as outlined below.

Research Interests

Are you interested in building things?

Research Groups


Bio / Curriculum Vitae


    Current Advisees:

    Miscellaneous Students Working on Related Research and/or Co-advised:

    Former Advisees:

        *Co-advisor with Professor Hongwei Xi
        NB: Destinations in parentheses are given at the time of completion of study at BU.

General Interests


"What's more important,
The method or the result?
In science surely it's the method.

What's more important,
The truth or glory?
In science surely it's the truth
...but in computer science?"

Q: Why is it difficult to spot a great researcher?
A: Because they're always probing around in the dark

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