About Me


I work as an architect and engineer with most of my experience focussed on distributed data technologies. I manage teams and work with larger organisational issues too.

I’m currently at Confluent working as an Engineer on Apache Kafka. Whilst my primary focus is engineering, my roll has spanned all departments at one point or other, working on a wide range of projects from developing our microservice strategy through to engineering a new version of the replication protocol.

Previously I led the central data platform team at RBS where we built the streaming database: ODC. I also worked at Thoughtworks and a few financial institutions.

 

Academic Publications

  • Test Oriented Languages: Is it Time for a New Era? RefTest at IEEE International Conference on Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST), 25th March 2011, Berlin, Germany (here)
  • Enabling Testing, Design and Refactoring Practices in Remote Locations. RefTest at IEEE International Conference on Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST), 25th March 2011, Berlin, Germany (here)
  • Simulating Software Evolution with Varying Numbers of Developers and Validation Using OSS, Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC) 2009 (here)
  • Chapter in the book “Software Process Change” part of the Lecture Notes on Computer Science series (here)
  • ACM Transactions on Modelling and Computer Simulation (here)
  • Paper at the International Workshop on Process Simulation’ at ICSE 2006 in Shanghai (here)

Conferences & Lectures

Other stuff

I was honoured to do a best man’s speech for my great friend Piers who, magnificently, returned the favour at my own wedding.

Contact: benstopford(atsymbol)gmail.com

 


Other People That Matter

My lovely sister: http://www.whiterabbitfilms.com

Pat Kua: http://thekua.com

Brian Oliver: http://www.brianoliver.com

Kuldeep Singh: http://elope.wordpress.com/

David Falcey: http://blogs.oracle.com/felcey/

My wedding site