Stephen Christopher Phillips

Date of Birth 1974
Telephone +44 (0)7896 413 073 (mobile)


  • First class degree in maths; first class degree in chemistry; PhD in chemical physics.
  • Experienced in: modelling, optimisation and statistics; software requirements capture and analysis, architecture and engineering, SOA.
  • PRINCE2 practitioner; coordinator or work-package leader in many EC projects.
  • Salsa teacher; youth group district coordinator.


2006‑ The University of Southampton, IT Innovation Centre
Project Manager / Senior Research Engineer

Managing a variety of UK and European research projects:

  • EXPERIMEDIA: project manager (coordinating partner) and activity leader for 6.7M€ project of 11 European businesses and universities; creating a test-bed for Future Internet research and experimentation in live media experiences.
  • PrestoPRIME: work-package leader, managing the development of storage services, storage models and an SLA management system for the long-term preservation of the digital television archives of major broadcasters.
  • BonFIRE: work-package leader, researching novel ways to benchmark compute resources for the purpose of application modelling
  • IRMOS: work-package leader, developing tools to predict the performance of an application on a compute resource and to optimise the choice of resource according to business rules.
  • BEinGRID: leading the design, development and integration of an inter-bank anti-money laundering system.
  • CRISP: leading the design, development and integration of a scalable grid middleware system for remote execution of CFD and financial computations.
2004‑2006 The University of Southampton, IT Innovation Centre
Research Engineer

Working on grid middleware development projects:

  • SIMDAT: developed a grid computing service level agreement (SLA) management web-service and a secure and managed web-service layer on top of an RDBMS web-service; worked with aerospace companies to elicit their requirements for a complex distributed optimisation workflow; analysed the workflow and contributed to software developments.
  • GEMSS: developed a web interface to an accounting service.
2001‑2004 The University of Southampton, Department of Chemistry
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, supported by Celltech.

Designing and developing a new molecular mechanics package in Python and Fortran.


2011 PRINCE2 Practitioner
2008 UKA Latin Dance Teacher
1997‑2001 The University of Southampton
PhD in Chemical Physics with industrial CASE award from SmithKline Beecham.

My project, "The Computer Simulation of Conformational Change in Biological Molecules" used my computing, mathematical and chemistry skills, including algorithm design, programming and data analysis.

Won second prize presenting my work as a lecture at the 1999 MGMS Young Modellers' Forum. Won first prize in the 1999 departmental research poster competition.

1993‑1997 The University of Southampton
Double honours Chemistry and Mathematics BSc.

Achieved first class honours in Chemistry and first class honours in Mathematics.
Awarded an IMA prize, given to the two best students in the final year of a Mathematics degree.

1991‑1993 Bilborough Sixth Form College, Nottingham
A levels: A in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.
S level: Merit in Mathematics
1986‑1991 Alderman White Comprehensive School, Nottingham
GCSEs: A in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, French and History. B in English Language and English Literature. C in Art & Design and Technology.

Other Experience

2010‑ Woodcraft Folk District Coordinator
Sharing the job of coordinating the activities of the Southampton branch of the Woodcraft Folk (a national educational movement for young people). Overseeing the activities of four local groups and managing district-wide activities such as camping.
2009‑2010 Woodcraft Folk Membership Secretary
Responsible for helping people apply for membership, dealing with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) form and ensuring that membership renewals are done on time.
2008‑2011 Woodcraft Folk Group Representative
Overseeing the running of a small group of parents and children. Ensuring that the weekly sessions run smoothly and recruiting new members.
1999‑ Salsa teaching
Teaching salsa dance to classes of up to 50 people. Currently teaching one evening a week.

Technical Skills

My PhD and post-doc combined my skills in maths, chemistry and computing, in particular mathematical modelling and optimisation. Since then I have written software for a variety of application domains and more recently managed the process of software creation and integration, in particular for service oriented architectures. In the last few years I have taken the opportunity to once again be involved in modelling of complex systems: managing the creation of an application performance model, a data storage system model and an archive workflow model. I now coordinate modelling activities at IT Innovation. I am skilled in communicating with people during the requirements capture and analysis process, the determination of the best modelling techniques to apply to a problem once it is defined and the analysis of the resulting data.

Information Technology

I have programmed in many high-level languages (including C, Fortran, Java, Perl and Python) and various assembly languages. I understand many of the concepts and technologies of web services. During my post-doctoral employment I was the lead system administrator for the research group's computers. Since 1994 I have maintained a set of web pages which have thousands of visits per day and include Java, JavaScript, CGI scripts (see

Communication and Teamwork

Teaching salsa classes requires the ability to explain complex concepts simply and with enthusiasm—an ability that I find useful in all communication. I am very experienced in writing documents and giving clear presentations at the appropriate technical level to EC project meetings, conferences and to project partners. In managing collaborative research projects I lead teams of local researchers as well as distributed teams from multiple organisations. Understanding the underlying preferences and ambitions of those team members or organisations is essential and is also important when coordinating the Woodcraft Folk district where the team is entirely voluntary.

Organisational Skills

Since working at IT Innovation I have always been assigned to at least two projects. The fact that the projects I have managed have all been successful is testament to my ability to manage competing demands on my time and organise multiple project teams around deadlines for software releases, meetings and document delivery. Since becoming PRINCE2 qualified I have begun using using the techniques for managing my projects and have also been instrumental in instituting a programme management strategy.


Planning and Managing the "Cost of Compromise" for AV Retention and Access, Addis, M.J.; Jacyno, M.; Hall-May, M.; McArdle, M.; Phillips, S.C., SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, vol 121, number 1, Jan/Feb 2012, pp 32-38, ISSN 1545-0279.

Planning and Managing the "Cost of Compromise" for AV Retention and Access, Addis, M.J.; Jacyno, M.; Hall-May, M.; McArdle, M.; Phillips, S.C., in 2011 Conference of the International Broadcast Convention, 6-11 September, Amsterdam.

Snow White Clouds and the Seven Dwarfs, Phillips, S.C.; Engen, V.; Papay, J., in proceedings of IEEE 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, CloudCom 2011, Nov. 29th - Dec 1st, 2011, Athens, Greece, pp738-745, ISBN 978-1-4673-0090-2

Web Service specifications relevant for Service Oriented Infrastructures, Oliveros, E., Movilla, J., Menychtas, A., Keubert, R., Braitmaier, M., Middleton, S., Phillips, S., Boniface, M. and Nasser, B. in Achieving Real-Time in Distributed Computing: From Grids to Clouds, IGI Global Books, ISBN 13:9781609608279 and 10:1609608275, 2011

Monitoring and Metering on the Cloud, Oliveros, E., Cucinotta, T., Phillips, S., Yang, X., Middleton, S. and Voith, T. in Achieving Real-Time in Distributed Computing: From Grids to Clouds, IGI Global Books, ISBN 13:9781609608279 and 10:1609608275, 2011

Service Level Agreements for real-time Service Oriented Infrastructures, Kubert, R., Gallizo, G., Polychniatis, T., Varvarigou, T., Oliveros, E., Phillips, S. and Oberle, K. in Achieving Real-Time in Distributed Computing: From Grids to Clouds, IGI Global Books, ISBN 13:9781609608279 and 10:1609608275, 2011

Platform-as-a-Service Architecture for Real-time Quality of Service Management in Clouds, Boniface, M., Nasser, B., Papay, J., Phillips, S., Servin, A., Zlatev, Z., Yang, K. X., Katsaros, G., Konstanteli, K., Kousiouris, G., Menychtas, A., Kyriazis, D. and Gogouvitis, S. in Internet and Web Applications and Services, ICIW 2010 Fifth International Conference, May 2010, Barcelona.

Information exchange in business collaboration using grid technologies, Aisopos, F., Tserpes, K., Kardara, M., Panousopoulos, G., Phillips, S. and Salamouras, S., Identity in the Information Society 2009 2, 189-204.

Dynamic Service Provisioning Using GRIA SLAs, Boniface, M.J.; Phillips, S.C.; Sanchez-Macian, A.; Surridge, M., in proceedings of Non Functional Properties and Service Level Agreements in Service Oriented Computing Workshop (NFPSLA-SOC'07), September 17 2007, Vienna, Austria.

Grid-Based Business Partnerships Using Service Level Agreements, Boniface, M.J.; Phillips, S.C.; Surridge, M., in proceedings of Cracow Grid Workshop, 2006, 16-18 October 2006, Cracow, Poland.

The analysis of molecular dynamics simulations by the Hilbert-Huang Transform, Essex, J.W.; Wiley, A.P.; Gledhill, R.J.; Phillips, S.C.; Swain, M.T., in Hilbert-Huang Transforms in Engineering Applications, Taylor and Francis, ISBN 10:0849334225, 2005, 245-265.

Parametrization of Reversible Digitally Filtered Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Wiley A.P.; Swain M.T.; Phillips S.C.; Essex J.W.; Edge C.M., JCTC 2005, 1, 24-35.

Application of the Hilbert-Huang Transform to the Analysis of Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Phillips, S.C.; Gledhill, R.J.; Essex, J.W.; Edge, C.M., J. Phys. Chem. A 2003, 107, 4869-4876.

Reversible Digitally Filtered Molecular Dynamics, Phillips, S.C.; Swain, M.T.; Wiley, A.P.; Essex, J.W.; Edge, C.M., J. Phys. Chem. B 2003, 107, 2098-2110.

Digital Signal Processing Methods to Analyze and Enhance Conformational Change, Essex, J.W.; Phillips, S.C.; Gledhill, R.J.; Edge, C.M., Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 223: 21-Comp Part I, April 7th 2002

Digitally Filtered Molecular Dynamics: The Frequency Specific Control of Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Phillips, S.C.; Essex, J.W.; Edge, C.M., J. Chem. Phys. 2000, 112, 2586-2597.


Available on request.