Forthcoming Distinguished Visiting Fellows

Hosting a Distinguished Visiting Fellow can be an opportunity to work with eminent researchers who are world class in their field, leading to long lasting relationships to benefit your own career and potential future collaborations for SICSA.  There will be some interesting talks from SICSA DVFs in the near future and this web-page will be updated accordingly.

You can access the full reports from previously funded DVFs on the SICSA report page.
For more information on how to apply for SICSA funding please see the funding webpage.


Professor Robin Cockett, Department of Computing Science, University of Calgary. 

Dr. J. Robin B. Cockett received a B.A. in Mathematics from Warwick University (U.K.) in 1974. He then continued his studies at Leeds University (U.K.) in order to obtain a Ph.D. in Mathematics. In 1977 he joined the Marconi Avionics Company (Basildon, U.K.) where he undertook feasibility, computer simulation, and pattern recognition studies. In 1979 he was awarded his doctorate and moved to Marconi Research where he set up an image processing facility. This involved management, both general and technical, and the purchasing of equipment.

Dr. Cockett’s main research contribution over this period was the algebraic reformulation of decision trees and the discovery of methods for syntactic optimization (the reduction algorithm). These techniques were used (with Juan Herrera) in a Small Business Initiative (SBI) project funded by the Wright{Patterson Air Force Base. The project was awarded the highest technical merit in its year (1988) and became the basis of a commercial product: the \Knowledge Shaper.”1\

Information on his talks will be posted onto the SICSA Events Page shortly

Professor Cockett’s visit is being hosted by Dr Chris Heunen, University of Edinburgh

1Perceptics Corporation, Knoxville.


Dr Jason Alexander, Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University

Jason is currently on sabbatical and is a SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow. He has a BSc(Hons) and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and was previously a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bristol. His research is broadly in Human-Computer Interaction, with a particular interest in developing novel interactive systems to bridge the physical-digital divide. His recent work focuses on the development of shape-changing interfaces—surfaces that can dynamically change their geometry based on digital content. He also has interests in data physicalization, digital fabrication, and novel haptic interaction techniques.