Chris Preist is Principal Investigator on the Sympact project and Reader in Sustainability and Computer Systems at University of Bristol Computer Science department. He is also a member of the Cabot Institute and the Systems Centre. His research interests include life cycle analysis of digital services, the integration of life cycle analysis techniques into broader analyses of systemic impact, and the role of computer technology in bringing about more sustainable behaviours.
In addition to his post at Bristol University, Chris Preist is an Associate of Forum for the Future lectures on the WWF One Planet Leaders programme and is a freelance consultant in innovation and sustainability.
Prior to joining Bristol, he lead research on Sustainable IT at HP Labs, Bristol from 2007-09. His team’s work focused on the strategic impact of climate change on business and technology development to exploit emerging opportunities. Prior to this, his research was primarily in the areas of artificial intelligence, knowledge representation, agent technology, and the semantic web. He was the technical lead on the EU Framework 5 Semantic Web-based Web Services project, coordinating input from over 20 researchers across 8 institutions, and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Framework 6 DIP project. His work in the application of artificial intelligence techniques to automated diagnosis led to the deployment of several systems within HP manufacturing facilities and the development of an award winning product (Agilent Fault Detective). He has a degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, and a Ph.D. in Semantics of Logic Programming from Imperial College, London. He has had over 40 publications in refereed conferences and journals, and 6 patents granted.