SICSA welcomes incoming Directors

From August 2014 SICSA will be bidding farewell to three Directors and welcoming their replacements, who will be in post for the next 2 years.

We say goodbye and thank you for all of the hard work and commitment to Professor Rod Murray-Smith, outgoing SICSA Director; Professor Aaron Quigley, outgoing Deputy Director and Director of KE; and Professor Jon Oberlander, outgoing SGA Director. All three outgoing Directors have been instrumental in driving SICSA forward in a time of changing landscapes; and in securing a sustainable future for SICSA beyond the end of its original funding period. We wish all of the outgoing Directors a hearty thank you and the very best for the future.

The incoming Directors will be in position from 1st August 2014. Read more about them below:

SICSA Director – Professor Stuart Anderson
Stuart will be replacing Professor Roderick Murray-Smith as overall Director of SICSA. Stuart is a Professor of Dependable Systems at Edinburgh. He is particularly interested in socio-technical systems, resilience of such systems and how Social Science and Informatics provide a unique perspective on the conception, design, deployment and operation of computer-based systems. Stuart is also interested in Social Computation and Collective Adaptive Systems and recently worked on the development of the Digital Health Institute.

SICSA Deputy Director and Director of Knowledge Exchange – Dr Iadh Ounis
Iadh will be replacing Professor Aaron Quigley as Deputy Director and Director of KE. Iadh is the leader of the Terrier Team at the University of Glasgow, where he and his team are developing and evaluating novel large-scale text information retrieval techniques and applications. Iadh has extensive teaching experience at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels, covering both general Computing Science topics (e.g. Database Systems) and specialised research-driven courses and is currently the Director of the Computing Science PGT programmes at Glasgow, overseeing Masters programmes. He is also an outreach champion for the School of Computing Science.

SICSA Graduate Academy Director – Dr Ian Miguel
Ian will be replacing Professor Jon Oberlander as SICSA Graduate Academy Director.  Ian is a Professor of Computer Science at the School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews, where he is a member of the Constraints Group. His research interests are in automated constraint modelling and constraint solver design. He gained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2001. Following post-doctoral research at the University of York, in 2004 he received a Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering, which was held concurrently with his first appointment at St Andrews.

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