Xu has been appointed as professor of computing.
He comes to Leeds from the University of Durham
where he led research on distributed systems
and Internet computing. His research interests
include dependable distributed systems, fault
tolerance, and secure Grid computing for large-scale
Neville takes up a chair in tribology and
surface engineering on Nov 1. Professor Neville
ran the corrosion and surface engineering
research group at Heriot-Watt University.
Her work focuses on lubrication and wear,
corrosion and mineral scaling. She has strong
links with industry in the UK and abroad.
Thorpe has been appointed to a new chair in
in LUBS from Oct 1. Professor Thorpes
research focuses on the evolution of business
knowledge within SMEs, part of the ESRC's
evolution of business knowledge initiative.
He joins Leeds from Manchester Metropolitan