Dr Buckley started out his academic career as a Computer Science Undergraduate at Teesside Polytechnic where he really enjoyed subjects such as programming, formal methods and compiler design. However, when he graduated he felt that he needed more experience in hardware so pursued an MSc in Systems Engineering at University of Wales, Cardiff, and elected to do as much robotics and control systems study as possible. This opened up the opportunity to stay for postgraduate research in applying artificial intelligence and optimisation techniques to geometry problems of the complex robotic manipulators used to service nuclear power stations.
Around the time of completing his PhD the Cardiff Manufacturing Engineering Centre was launched and Dr Buckley joined as a research associate working on a number of European funded projects supporting the technical Computer Science aspects of the work. After 3 years of postdoctoral work, he moved to the midlands and found a lectureship in Computer Science at Wolverhampton. In 2005, he was promoted to a Principal Lecturer and since the merger of the School of Computing and IT with the School of Engineering and Built Environment has been the Head of Learning and Teaching. He continues to teach Software Engineering related courses and is an active researcher in several areas.
Selected Earlier publications (pre-2008)