Dr Olaf Chitil – Lecturer

Olaf Chitil

If you have been to a selection day at the Canterbury Campus, you may recognise Olaf Chitil, who is one of our admissions officers. He is also a Lecturer in the School of Computing and member of the Programming Languages and Systems Research Group.

  1. What inspires you in your work?
    Always learning, whether how to teach something or a new area/method in research
  2. When did you first realise your interest/passion for your role?
    I started to love programming when I was about 15. I wrote my first programs on paper before I had a computer. I started to enjoy teaching when I supervised classes at university and gave my first lectures as a PhD student.
  3. What would you say was your greatest achievement?
    Becoming a lecturer at Kent?
  4. What would you say is the best part of your job?
    The variety. No day is like the previous one.
  5. Why did you choose to work at the University of Kent?
    I was actually an undergraduate student here for one year. I studied in Germany, but in 1992/93 I spent an Erasmus exchange year at Kent. I enjoyed that time very much. I nearly returned for doing a PhD at Kent with my old academic advisor. When I finished a position as research associate at the University of York and saw the job advertisement at Kent I immediately applied.
  6. What has been a personal highlight for your achievements in your work?
    During my time as research associate at York I suddenly saw a connection between the research I was doing there and a problem I studied during my PhD. I wrote a paper about it in 2 weeks and presented it at a major conference. Since then, I put much further work into this idea…
  7. Where is the most interesting place you have been?
    China. Because my wife is Chinese, we have visited many places in China and I love it.
  8. What are your proudest achievements outside of your work?
    Ah, that’s private.
  9. What do you like most about Canterbury?
    It’s a lovely little town surrounded by green hills. Most importantly, to the North, East and South it is just a few miles to the sea. I love walking along the sea.
  10. If you could pick anyone throughout history, to talk to, who would it be and why?
    Nobody, really. I rather talk to people around me now.