Professor Robert Berry

Robert Berry


Phone number
+44 (0)121 204 3658


Room number 
EAS School Centre, MB133

I joined Aston University as Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science in September 2008.  Prior to this I had worked for IBM Corporation from 1987 to 2008.  Most recently I was an IBM Distinguished Engineer at IBM, Hursley.  I served as IBM’s Technical Advisor to Barclays Group.  Before that I was Chief Technology Officer for Messaging technology.

My background is in complex systems software with particular focus on performance and the issues involved in delivering different aspects of Quality of Service.

Qualifications & Education

  • BA, Computer Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 1978
  • PhD, Computer Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 1983


  • 2014 – date: Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University.
  • 2008 – 2014: Professor and Executive Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University.
  • 2007 – date: Visiting Professor, Department of Computing, Imperial College London.
  • 1987 - 2008: IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Corporation.  Hawthorne (New York), Austin (Texas), Hursley (UK).
  • Technical Advisor, Barclays Group
  • CTO, Messaging Technology
  • 1983 – 1987.  Software Engineer, Boole and Babbage, Inc.  Austin (Texas).

Teaching activity

  • Middleware integration concepts

Research interests

  • Instrumentation and analysis of complex systems software
  • Systems performance
  • Quality of Service for complex systems software (middleware)
  • Event Processing Systems

PhD Supervision
I am interested in supervising a PhD student in the area of event processing systems. 

Membership of Professional Bodies
Member, ACM
Fellow, BCS

Selected publications
B. White Eagle, M. J. Ward, R. F. Berry, “Extending Quality of Service into the Timeliness domain through platform design choice and guided execution of measurement plans “, IBM Research Report, 2007.

R. F. Berry, P.E. McKenney, F.N. Parr, “Responsive systems: an introduction to the IBM Systems Journal special issue on Real-time and Event Based Systems”, IBM Systems Journal, V. 47, No. 2, 2008

D. Pearce, M. Webster, P. Kelly, R. Berry, "Profiling with AspectJ”, Software Practice and Experience, 2006. 

R.F. Berry, ”Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Performance Engineering with Modern Business Software", Proceedings of the UK Performance Engineering Workshop, Warwick, July, 2003.  (Also in IEE Proceedings, Software, Vol. 150, No. 4., August 2003.)

J. Davies, N. Huismans, R. Slaney, S. Whiting, M. Webster, R. Berry, “An Aspect Oriented Performance Analysis Environment”, Aspect Oriented Software Development Conference, Boston, 2003. 

Real-time, Event-based and Time Dependent Systems, IBM Systems Journal, Volume 47, No.2, 2008.  Conceived, organised, co-edited this special issue.


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