Professor Kelleher is currently part time interim PVC for Research and Enterprise at Salford University having retired as VC of the University of Central Lancashire in September 2015. Prior to this he spent 5 years at Manchester Metropolitan University where he was Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer. Before that he was at Liverpool John Moores University where he had taken up the post of Professor of Artificial Intelligence in 1993 before progressing to the post of Director of Research. He was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor in 2002 and, in addition to general management, was responsible for student recruitment and widening participation, student services, library and information services, research, enterprise and development funding. Before 1993 he was an academic at Warwick and Leeds Universities teaching and researching in Artificial Intelligence.
A graduate of the London School of Economics where he studied Economics and then Social Psychology, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from Leeds University and has many years experience in industry: as one of the first employees of a start-up software company, as a general software consultant and as a senior manager in a private research institute in Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Gerry’s research interests were in the development and application of Artificial Intelligence technologies involved in automated reasoning, but with a particular emphasis on developing rigorous models for dealing with change. He has worked on large scale applications of this work in planning, scheduling, logistics, medicine and education. He has attracted personal grants of over £2 million and given invited lectures in the USA, Europe and Japan.