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Peter Quinn

Job: Research Assistant

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Lean Engineering Research Group

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8089

E: Peter.Quinn@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

I first graduated from De Montfort University in 1994 with a BEng Electronic Engineering. It was also during this era that my interest in Formal Logic and its applications to music, philosophy, theology, literature and linguistics began; which itself was initiated by reading Spinoza’s Ethics and the fact that George Eliot (the pseudonym for Marian Evans) had attempted a translation of Spinoza but did not publish in her lifetime.

In 1997 I obtained my MSc in Image Processing also from De Montfort, where I was mentored by Professor Jonathan Blackledge. He introduced me to how Kantian philosophy can be applied to “well-defined” and “ill-defined” problems in mathematics, physics and engineering.

In 1998 I moved to Birmingham to become Teaching Company Associate with the University of Central England (now Birmingham City University). My work at Birmingham was concerned with the design and development of a range of intrinsically-safe ultrasonic flowmeters for use in hazardous environments. The project incorporated a mixture of analogue and digital electronics, as well as statistical signal analysis and mathematical modelling techniques. Here I authored a number of academic papers for which I was awarded my fist doctoral level qualification (2000). Here also I began to explore the problem of pragmatic language games as given by Lyotard and Wittegenstein.

In 2000 I worked for Degree2 Innovations in Bristol (an offshoot of Bristol University) where my work was concerned with finding statistical models for optimising Internet traffic data flow profiles  – what is more commonly known as the “Quality of Service” problem.

In 2001 I returned to De Montfort to undertake further doctoral training in Advanced Numerical Methods. Here I contrasted calculus-based optimisation techniques with Evolutionary and Genetic Algorithms. This was also where my explorations in Formal Logic became articulated. I then developed an ontological algorithm for use in multi-modal (i.e. multi-criteria) search based problems, which constructs and manages a task-specific Bayesian-Nash object function which is unique to each problem. The algorithm itself was based upon a number of papers that had sought to put Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit into Formal Methods. In addition, this approach took my research into Group Theory, Theorem Proving, Formal Logic and Game Theory.

In 2002, after what should have been the start of a sabbatical year, I enrolled on a BA (Hons) English at De Montfort. I graduated in 2005 with First Class Honours. Here I established strong contacts with academic staff from the English Faculty and what is now the Centre for Adaptations. In 2007 I obtained my MA English, also from De Montfort.

In 2010 I enrolled at the University of Leicester to undertake a PhD on George Eliot. During this time I also undertook various works of translation, which strengthened my language, linguistic and critical reading skills and my ancient and modern language skills. I have since extended this work to develop Eliot’s scholarly writing into a philosophy of continuous improvement – itself derived from Spinoza, Kant, Strauss, Hegel, Feuerbach, etc. It is anticipated that this work will provide an alternative or complementary approach to existing process improvement and Total Quality Management methods.

In July 2014 I returned to De Montfort to work as a Research Assistant in the Lean Engineering Research Group. Here I am currently involved in a number of projects concerning process improvement, lean-agile and reactive scheduling, as well as writing reports and proof reading academic papers for other members of staff.

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Research interests/expertise

Within the Lean Engineering Research Group my main focus of research is upon the implementation of Lean, Agile and Reactive, Sigma Six process improvement strategies and Total Quality Management.

In addition, my other interests include; signal analysis, statistical analysis, Fourier analysis and various approaches to mathematical modelling. My research on George Eliot has also allowed me to contrast the logical philosophies and approaches of Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, Heidegger, etc. with the mathematical approaches of Gödel, Hausdorff, Hofstadter, etc.

I am also interested in linguistics, translation and the history of language and how language evolves. I have a growing number of works in translation, including:

  • Translation of Charles Perault’s Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé (aka. Tales of Mother Goose) from French to English with annotated notes
  • Translation of Friedrich Hölderlin’s “Der Ister” from German to English
  • Translation of various poems by Goethe from German to English
  • Translation of Friedrich Gerstäcker’s Germelshausen from German to English
  • Translation of various poems by Catullus from Latin into English
  • Partial translation of Virgil's Georgica from Latin to English with annotated notes
  • Partial translation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote from Spanish to English
  • Partial translation of Dante’s Inferno from Italian to English
  • Partial translation of Spinoza’s Ethics from Latin to English
  • Partial translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses from Latin to English
  • Partial translation of Homer’s Odyssey from Greek to English
  • Partial translation of Beowulf from Norse into English
  • Various Biblical translations from Hebrew, Greek and Latin into English

Qualifications

B.Eng Electronic Engineering – 1994 De Montfort University

MSc Software Techniques for Image Processing – 1997 De Montfort University

Teaching Company Associate – 2000 University of Central England (now Birmingham City University)

PhD (Cand) Advanced Numerical Methods – 2002 De Montfort University

BA (Hons) 1st Class English – 2005 De Montfort University

MA English – 2007 De Montfort University

PhD (Cand) – 2011 University of Leicester

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