Simon Dobson is Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science and Director of the Institute for Data-Intensive Research at the University of St Andrews. His research interests centre around the design, analysis, and construction of complex adaptive systems, especially those driven by real-world sensing. His research has generated over 150 internationally peer-reviewed publications, driven by leadership roles in research grants worth over EUR30M. He has served, amongst other activities, as programme and general chairs for the IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing; as an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems; as a member of UKCRC, the expert committee on UK computing research; as the chair of the BCS Distinguished Dissertations PhD award panel; and on the programme committees of a wide range of leading international conferences and specialised workshops. He was a director and vice-president of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics from 2006 — 2009, and has served on a number of national and EU committees and strategic initiatives.
Simon has previously worked at the UK STFC‘s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory; at Trinity College Dublin and UCD Dublin in Ireland; and was also the founder and CEO of a research-led Dublin-based start-up company. He holds a BSc from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and DPhil from the University of York, both in computer science, is a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer and Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM.