Frank Bott

Department of Computer Science
Aberystwyth University
Ceredigion SY23 3DB

Telephone: +44 1970 622423

I was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School and Trinity College Cambridge, where I read Mathematics.  I have been a member of the Computer Science Department at Aberystwyth since 1979; I was head of the department from 1990 to 2000 and I am now largely, but not completely, retired.  Before moving to Aberystwyth, I was for two years a Visiting Professor at the University of Missouri, and I worked for nine years in the software industry and for six years in the University of Cambridge.    

During my academic career, I have taught courses on most aspects of computing but in recent years my main interest has been in the area generally known as professional issues.  I currently give some lectures on legal issues relating to computing and some lectures on mobile communications.  I have written extensively on professional issues and I have also enjoyed translating two books (see below). 

I have been an active member of the British Computer Society since 1964, with particular involvement in the Society's examinations and its accreditation activities.  Over the years I have given a number of talks to BCS branches.  The text of a talk on Pornography, the Internet and the Law, which I have given to several branches, can be found here.

I am also interested in musicology and musical history.  Jointly with Dulais Rhys I have written a biography of Joseph Parry (see below).  The texts of two talks I have given on Parry are available on the web: Joseph Parry in Aberystywth and Publishing Joseph Parry’s Music.

Recent Publications

Bott, M. F.  Professional Issues in Information Technology. Second Edition.  British Computer Society, 2014.

Rhys, Dulais and Bott Frank.  To Philadelphia and Back: the Life and Music of Joseph Parry.  Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst, 2010.

Lescuyer, P.  UMTS: its origins, its architecture and the standard.  Translated by Frank Bott.  Springer Verlag, London, 2004.

Détienne, F. Software Design: Cognitive Aspects.  Translated and edited by Frank Bott.  Springer Verlag, London, 2002.

Bott, M. F., Coleman, A., Eaton, J. and Rowland, D.  Professional Issues in Software Engineering.  Third Edition.  Taylor and Francis, London, 2000.  pp 364.   

Bott, M. F.  ‘Software as a corporate asset’.  IEE Proceedings - Software, 147 (2), April 2000, pp31 – 36. 

Bott, M. F.  ‘Financial models of software component reuse’.  Proc FESMA ’98.  Technologisch Instituut vzw, Antwerp, 1998. pp213 – 222. 

Bott, M. F.  ‘Selling, Marketing and Procurement of Software’.  Keynote address at PASE’96: Professional Awareness in Software Engineering.  The Royal Society, London, 1996.  (pp305 – 312 of the Proceedings)

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