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 details of these talks can be found on the SICSA Events Page once all details are confirmed,

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 Madalina Croitoru, University of Montpellier, France

Dr. Madalina CROITORU is a researcher in knowledge representation and reasoning, multiagent systems, and the Semantic Web. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Montpellier in France. Prior to that appointment, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southampton. Madalina got her PhD at the University of Aberdeen.  She has participated in five European projects, supervised five PhD students and three postodctoral fellows. She has authored more than 100 scientific papers in top conferences and journals.

Dr Croitoru’s visit is being hosted by Dr Nir Oren, University of Aberdeen


Professor Juho Rousu, Professor of Computer Science at Aalto University, and the leader of Foundations of Computational Health research programme at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology

Juho Rousu is Professor of Computer Science at Aalto University, and the leader of Foundations of Computational Health research programme at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology. In his research, he focuses on machine learning for structured data, especially on small molecules (drugs, metabolites). His research has resulted in several important conceptual and methodological contributions in metabolite identification, including the state-of-the-art CSI:FingerID technology, as well as drug discovery (drug-target and drug response prediction) and genomics (biomarker discovery and GWAS methods). He has published ca. 80 peer-reviewed publications, with ca. 1950 citations and H-index of 21 (Google Scholar).

Professor Rousu’s visit is being hosted by Dr Simon Rogers, University of Glasgow


Professor Mark Wallace, Montash University, Australia

Professor Wallace ’s research interests lie in modelling and software platforms for planning, scheduling and optimisation problems.  His current research interest is in the modelling of complex (real-life) combinatorial problems, and mapping these models to different solvers, and enhancements to the MiniZinc modelling platform to support new kinds of model and new solving methods. Recent work has tackled both the challenge of automatic high-quality mapping, and on applications in energy, utilities and transport.

Professor Wallace’s visit is being hosted by Professor Ian Gent, University of St Andrews