Mark Owen: curriculum vitae

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Name: Dr Mark OWEN

E-mail: mail -at- quinapalus -dot- com


Languages: mother tongue English; fluent German, modern Greek and French

Technical: audio and video signal processing, embedded systems, microcontroller programming, digital ASIC design, processor architectures, digital hardware, low-level software, communications

PC familiarity: I regularly use PCs and UNIX for text processing, documentation and design work, including all the usual packages


Trinity College, Cambridge, UK (1985–92): B.A. (Hons.) Mathematics, II.1, specialising in Pure Mathematics; M.Phil. Computer Speech and Language Processing; Ph.D. in speech recognition with a novel design of neural network; Certificate in Modern Greek, with credit

Bristol Grammar School, UK (1974–85): 10 O-levels, 3 A-levels, all grade A; examinations syndicate prizes in Greek and physics

CELÀ, Avignon, France (summer 1990): certificate of proficiency in French; Horizonte, Regensburg, Germany (summer 1991): certificate of proficiency in German; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (summer 1992): certificate of proficiency in modern Greek; Oxford/Cambridge/RSA (July 2000) certificate in Business Language Competence (Operational) – German


Quixate Ltd, Cambridge (2008–): founding director

European Commission and Research Executive Agency, Brussels (2007–): expert evaluator, rapporteur and reviewer, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), Horizon 2020 (H2020) and Horizon Europe

Cambridge (2002–): technical consultancy, freelance translation from modern Greek and German into English, and technical writing

Advanced Rendering Technology Ltd, Cambridge (2000–2): ASIC Group Leader, responsible for architecture and design of subsequent-generation image processing chip

Cambridge Consultants Ltd, Cambridge (1999–2000): Consultant, audio and video DSP algorithms, soft- and hardware, video processor ASIC architecture design

Datawave Technology Ltd and dB Research Ltd, Bootle, Merseyside (1994–9): Principal Researcher, audio, video and radar DSP, data compression and modulation/demodulation algorithms, soft- and hardware, microcontroller programming, FPGA design

dB Electronics Ltd, Bootle, Merseyside (1994): Senior Analyst, radar displays, signal processing algorithms

Thessaloniki and Cambridge (1992–3): technical translator and interpreter Greek–English

Inmos Ltd, Bristol (summers of 1987 and 1988): parallel DSP algorithms and programming

CEGB Bristol (summer 1986): man–machine interface design and graphics software for Didcot power station

Bristol University (summer 1983): programming and digital hardware design




  • ‘The Use of Display Modules in the Didcot Man–Machine Interface’, Central Electricity Generating Board (1987) (co-author)
  • ‘A Song of Six Splatts’ Eureka 47 (1987) (co-author)
  • ‘Interstice’ Eureka 49 (1989)
  • ‘Debased’ Eureka 50 (1990)
  • ‘Teeko’ TMS (1991)
  • ‘Digitale Schachuhr’ Elektor Sonderheft ‘µC-Projekte 3’, Elektor-Verlag (1996)
  • ‘Brick Wall’ The Times 5 July 1997
  • ‘Mistake’ The Times 9 March 2002
  • ‘Small but Perfectly Formed’ The Times 11 February 2012
  • ‘Elm’ The Times 23 February 2013 (winner, Ascot Gold Cup)
  • ‘German Serial Composition’ The Times 9 November 2013
  • ‘Two Solutions’ The Times 5 May 2018
  • ‘Envy’ The Times 13 August 2022
  • ‘Infeasible’ The Times 4 November 2023
  • ‘Palimpsest’ The i 9 March 2024 (co-author)
  • Various patents in the fields of signal processing and processor architectures


Playing the piano badly, music composing, arranging, listening; crossword solving and occasional setting for the ‘Listener’ and ‘Inquisitor’ series; hellenophilia; tavli.

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