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Stephen Longshaw

  • Dr
  • Research Associate
  • The University of Manchester School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering
  • 6PublicationsNumber of items in Stephen's My Publications folder on Mendeley.


I am a researcher based in Manchester in the United Kingdom. I completed my BSc in Computer Science at Staffordshire University and then my MSc and PhD in the same subject at The University of Manchester. I currently work as a researcher at The University of Manchester within the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics expert group, part of the school of mechanical, aerospace and civil engineering. My research interests are varied, however they all fall within the remit of either high performance computation or image analysis. During my BSc and MSc I showed an obvious interest in the field of advanced data visualization, primarily exploring the sub-topic of information visualization. This then led to my PhD which saw me explore the problem of numerical simulation (in the form of a geological Discrete Element Model (DEM) designed to simulate fault evolution) from the perspective of a Computer Scientist. I began by analysing and defining the applicability of modern real-time Physics Engines (i.e. PhysX, Bullet, Havok) for scientific simulation, this then led to the definition of a parallelisation technique to allow large-scale rigid body simulations that utilise a Physics Engine to be executed across large distributed platforms. Finally the process of visualizing large and dense datasets containing many closely clustered rigid bodies was explored, with the goal to allow the geologist to not only see but also understand the nature of faults evolved via DEM.

Recent publications


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  • ‘Multi View Graphing’: Linked Multi Visualization utilising Brushing, Binning and Clustering

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Professional experience

Research Associate

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester

February 2012 - Present

Software Research and Development

MapleBird Ltd.

September 2011 - February 2012(5 months)

Access Grid Support Officer

Research Computing Services, The University of Manchester

April 2011 - August 2011(4 months)

Junior Database Analyst (Internship)

Hewlett Packard

July 2004 - August 2005(a year)


Ph.D. Computer Science

School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester

September 2007 - July 2011(4 years)

M.Sc. Advanced Computer Science

School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester

September 2006 - September 2007(a year)

B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science

School of Computer Science, Staffordshire University

September 2002 - September 2006(4 years)