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.


Associate Professor Ron Garcia from the University of British Columbia.

Ronald Garcia is an associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. His research investigates how fundamental concepts in the theory, implementation, and practice of programming languages can improve the software development process. His recent research has focused on the formal foundations of gradual typing: the seamless combination of static and dynamic type-based reasoning in a programming language. His past research has studied metaprogramming and generic programming.

For more information on his talks which are taking place throughout August 2018 please have a look at the SICSA Events Page

Associate Professor Ron Garcia is being hosted by Dr Samuel Lindley and Professor Philip Wadler, University of Edinburgh.


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.


Professor Barry Andrew Trimmer, Biology Department, Tufts University, Medford

Professor Barry Trimmer is the Henry Bromfield Pearson Professor of Natural Science in Biology at Tufts University. He received both his undergraduate and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge in England and carried out post-doctoral training in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Oregon, Eugene. His research focus is on the Neuromechanics of Locomotion, the science of how animals control their movements. In addition to his work on living systems, Professor Trimmer is Director of the Tufts Neuromechanics and Biomimetic Devices Laboratory which specializes in the application of found biological principles to design and fabricate Soft Robots. Dr. Trimmer is also Editor in Chief of the journal Soft Robotics. His lab designs and builds a variety of soft robots that are used to test hypotheses about locomotion and to explore new types of control systems. His interests in living systems and robots converge in his recent research that seeks to “grow” robotic devices using a combination of biosynthetic materials, cellular modulation, and tissue engineering. These Biosynthetic Robots will be versatile, safe, biocompatible and biodegradable.

Information on Professor Trimmer’s talks will be posted onto the SICSA Events Page shortly

Professor Trimmer’s visit is being hosted by Professor Barbara Webb, University of Edinburgh