School of Computing

Staff Profiles

Dr Matthew Forshaw

Senior Lecturer in Data Science


Matthew Forshaw is a Senior Lecturer in Data Science. He previously received his PhD Computing Science, M.Sc. Internet Technologies and Enterprise Computing and B.Sc. (Hons) Computing Science (Networked Systems and Internet Technologies), also from Newcastle University. His research interests include operating policies for energy efficiency in large scale computing environments, Internet of Things and Learning Analytics. Matthew is also currently Membership Chair of the IEEE STC on Sustainable Computing. 

Matthew is the Degree Programme Director for Newcastle University's Postgraduate Data Science programmes (including MSc, PGDip, PGCert). Matthew holds a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Matthew is Co-Chair of Analyst Network North East (ANNE), the regional branch of The OR Society, facilitating exchange of ideas between analysts from the academic, public and private sectors in the north east of England.

Matthew is PI of two HEFCE Catalyst Fund grants:

  • "Improving Student Engagement and Retention through 'Human in the Loop' Learning Analytics", ~£103k
  • "Addressing the national data analytics skills shortage: co-creation of an industry-led Data Science programme", ~£251k. (Jan'18 - Jan'19) (HEFCE Press Release)

In 2018, Matthew was a visiting researcher at Systems Group, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich).

Area of expertise: data science, stream processing, energy efficiency, distributed computing

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Matt is the Degree Programme Director for Newcastle University's Postgraduate Data Science programmes (including MSc, PGDip, PGCert). On this programme he teaches on

CSC8631 Data Management and Exploratory Data Analysis

CSC8632 Data Science in the Wild

CSC8633 Group Project in Data Science

CSC8634 Cloud Computing with Project

CSC8635 Machine Learning with Project

Matt teaches on the following modules as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data.

CSC8621 Computer Science for Mathematicians

CSC8622 Programming for Big Data

CSC8623 Research Skills

CSC8624 Professional Skills

Matt is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).