Professor David Lowe is the Associate Dean (Education) and Professor of Software Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at The University of Sydney. Prior to his current role he was Director of the Centre for Real-Time Information Networks (CRIN) - a designated Research Strength at the University of Technology, Sydney focused on blending embedded systems and telecommunications in addressing real-world problems. Prior to this he spent 6 years (2002-2008) as the Associate Dean (T&L) for the Faculty of Engineering, UTS.
He has active research interests in the areas of remote access technologies, and software engineering. In particular he focuses on real-time control of embedded systems in the web environment, including being a world leader in research into the use and design of remote laboratories. He has published widely, including three texts (most recently Web Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach, McGraw-Hill). He is on numerous Web conference committees and journal editorial boards and has undertaken numerous consultancies related to software evaluation, Web development (especially project planning and evaluation) and Web technologies.
A key focus of recent activities has been on utilising remote laboratories to support shared access to lab facilities. He led the Labshare project – a national initiative involving 5 core Universities and numerous other institutions, and in excess of 2000 students accessing shared facilities. He is now the CEO of The LabShare Institute: a not-for-profit company recently established to support cross-institutional and cross-sector sharing of teaching laboratory infrastructure.
He has an outstanding teaching record, including teaching and course development in software engineering, engineering design and Web technologies. He has considerable consulting experience in the areas of web systems and software engineering, as well as running industry short courses in these areas. He has served as a Higher Education Generalist on NSW DET Assessment panels, and chaired Engineering degree course accreditation panels for Engineers Australia. He is the current President of the Global Online Laboratory Consortium (an international association focused on promoting the development and use of remote laboratories), and was previously the inaugural vice-president of the International Society for Web Engineering.