Friday, March 30, 2012

PhD - Completed!

This post bookends the post that started this entire blog four and a half years ago. Today I received the result for my PhD in Software Engineering! My thesis, Derivation of a General Purpose Architecture for Automatic User Interface Generation was highly praised by the examiners:

"In summary, a very satisfying, inspiring, carefully laid out, meticulously planned and executed thesis. I unhesitatingly recommend that the candidate be admitted to the degree of PhD"

I would like to acknowledge and thank a number of people for their support, advice and encouragement.

My supervisor, John Leaney, was instrumental in opening me up to the world of academic rigour. I would like to thank him for challenging me to think about epistemologies and research methodologies, interview techniques, reflection, VVT and GQM, and a host of other disciplines. His support and enthusiasm for my work never faltered. Most of all I would like to thank him for being able to readily understand my goal, and bridge the divide between the commercial world I knew and the research community I aspired to join.

I would like to thank those people who posted forum messages, blogged, tweeted, wrote magazine articles, and published papers regarding my work. I would like to thank my interviewees and adoption study participants for their time and feedback. Given the Action Research methodology of my thesis, their observations were critical to my progress. I would like to thank Dan Haywood of the Naked Objects team, who was always friendly and supportive, and very professional considering the sometimes conflicting nature of our projects! I would also like to thank Dan Allen, for his help shepherding my research within Red Hat.

Finally I would like to thank and apologise to my family who lived with my long absences throughout – both physical absences during the weeks, and mental absences during the weekends when I couldn't drag my head out of the work.


Anonymous said...


I'd really like to look at your theses, could you please provide a link to PDF?


Richard said...


Thanks for your interest!

The final thesis will be posted on But I need to make the usual minor corrections first based on examiner feedback. So give me a few weeks.



Richard Kennard said...

Hi Donatas,

Final thesis now available at I have updated the link above to suit.

Love to hear your feedback!



Anonymous said...

Thank you, Richard. It is always good to know when successful framework has solid theoretical foundations.

Wish you everything the best!