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Dr Kamaran Fathulla

Senior Lecturer in Software Development

Kamaran has completed a Masters Degree, in 1991, in Microelectronic and Information Engineering from Liverpool John Moores University. In 2006, was awarded a PhD from the University of Salford developing a meta framework for understanding diagrams. Kamaran started teaching career as early as 1991 working as a part time lecturer at the University of Salford, then began an academic career in the Gulf Region from 1996  to 2002 working as a senior lecturer and head of IT and Computing Section. Kamaran’s moved back to the UK working as a senior lecturer in Information Systems at the University of Northampton. Then moved to Essex University working as a senior instructor in Computing and Electronic Engineering.

Kamaran moved for a short period in 2013 to Heriot Watt University Campus in Dubai working as a lecturer in Computer Science. Prior to coming to University of Chichester University Kamaran worked as a Burnham Lecturer in Computer Science at two academic establishments with the Ministry of Defence in the UK. The first role was with the Royal School of Military Survey and the second was with the Defence School.

Kamaran is presenting a seminar on Big Data Visualisation Tools and Techniques 26 May at the University of Essex. More information about the seminar and booking.

Learning and Teaching Interests

Kamaran’s teaching interests are varied with specific interests in Big Data, HCI, Databases, Cyber Security, Web Services, and anything to do with Programming particularly in Python.

Kamaran has been the recipient of two excellence in learning and teaching awards from the universities of Essex and Heriot Watt:

November 2013

Project Title: Mapping Building Design Practices to Computer Program Design

Awarded by Heriot Watt University Enhancement Theme Fund-

May 2011

Project Title: Culturally Oriented Programming Environment.

Awarded a University of Essex TALIF Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund


Consultancy and Publications

Kamaran Fathulla, (2011). Rethinking Human and Society’s Relationship with Technology.

International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD). Volume 5 (In Press) Information Resources Management Association.

Kamaran Fathulla, (2010). Rethinking Our Understanding of Diagrams. Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies.

Kamaran Fathulla, (2008). Understanding Diagrams: A Pointer To The Development of Diagramming Software. Visible Language, 42.3 US. Publisher: Rhode Island School of Design.;col1

Kamaran Fathulla & Andrew Basden, (2008). Symbolic, Spatial, Mapping (SySpM): A framework for interpreting maps. The Cartographic Journal. Volume 45, Number 4, November 2008 , pp. 304-311(8). Publisher: Maney Publishing.

Kamaran Fathulla, Andrew Basden, (2007). Frameworks for understanding diagrams: Enriching the debate. Applied Semiotics Journal. Canada. No.19, V.7

Kamaran Fathulla and Shafqat Hameed (2009) A Framework For Understanding Diagrams in Education. Newport CELT Journal, V.2.

Kamaran Fathulla, Shafqat Hameed, and Andrew Thomas (2009) Extent of E-Learning Effectiveness and Efficiency in an integrated Blended Learning Environment. Newport CELT Journal. V.2.


Research and Scholarly Activity

Kamaran’s research interests are multidisciplinary focusing on developing an understanding the diverse ways in which reality can be understood and how this understanding impacts our interaction with it. This approach is underpinned in the work of the Dutch philosopher Herman Dooyewerd.

Kamaran’s current interests are in:

  • Cyber security and how it can be made more accessible to business managers and users through visualization technologies.
  • Using innovative GIS technologies in business, environmental, and counter terrorism applications.
  •  How 3D visualization can best be used in the health sector.  Focus of this research is on enabling patients with brain injury back into the workforce.
  • Uses of diagramming in learning and teaching.