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Inaugural lecture

I will be giving my inaugural lecture on the topic of "The computer is the new microscope."

It's traditional when appointed a full professor in the UK (strictly speaking, when appointed full prof for the first time) to give an open lecture on a topic of your choice. Because the lecture is open to anyone, they have to be very accessible (well, as accessible as the academic can make it, which often diverges from the normal meaning of "accessible"). My choice of topic follows on from a subject I've been thinking about for a while, that computers change both the way we do science and the science we do, and that this needs to be more fully understood within both communities.

Date: 7 December, 2011 Time: 1715 Venue: Lecture theatre, Medical and Biological Science Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife

Followed by a reception in the School of Computer Science next door.

[UPDATE 16Dec2011: the slides are now available.]

Studentships in wireless sensor networks in Leuven

A number of PHD positions are available with Danny Hughes in the Netherlands.

Wireless Sensor Networks are expected to play a key role in future Internet architectures and the Internet of Things. The DistriNet research group of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven wishes to expand its Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) research team. You will play a key role in a highly integrated team, which has a strong and growing research profile in the area of middleware and software development support for WSN. Three positions are available, starting immediately.

Possible Research Topics: • System-level support for realizing WSN applications that are reliable and reconfigurable from the lowest-levels of the network stack to the application layer. • Development-time support for building autonomic and reconfigurable applications for networked embedded systems and sensor networks. • Distributed component based software engineering approaches for networked heterogeneous networked embedded systems such as sensors, smart phones and web pads.

Profile & Skills: • The student must demonstrate significant enthusiasm for, and knowledge of the subject area based upon their previous education, work and research experience. • A master degree in Computer Science or Informatics with previous experience in: Distributed Systems, Middleware, Embedded Systems or related areas. • A team player with the capability to work in an international research team. • Proficiency in English and excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

About DistriNet:

DistriNet is an international research group with extensive expertise in secure and distributed software – obviously including middleware . Research on software engineering techniques is performed in both domains on a wide range of topics such as middleware for cloud computing, internet architectures, network and software security, embedded systems and multi-agent systems. Embedded in the department of Computer Science of the K.U.Leuven, DistriNet has a headcount of over 70 researchers of which 9 professors and 15 Post-Docs.

DistriNet has a tradition of application driven research often in close collaboration with industry partners. Currently DistriNet is actively involved in about 35 national and international research projects, ranging from fundamental over strategic-basic to applied research. More information on projects and publications can be found at the IBBT-DistriNet web pages:

The three open positions are situated within a team that has been established to provide software development support for Wireless Sensor Networks.

Key words: Internet of Things (IoT), Networked Embedded Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), Middleware, Component Based Softwa

Latest application date: 2011-12-31

Financing: available

Type of Position: scholarship

Source of Funding: IWT

Duration of the Project : 4 years


Research group: Department of Computer Science

Remarks: To apply you should send your: • Curriculum Vitae • Motivation • Relevant research experience • Study curriculum with rankings • English proficiency (for foreign students) • Pdf of diploma and transcripts (translation if necessary) • Names (and e-mail) of 2 reference persons and the nature of contact with them By e-mail to Danny Hughes: at

Informal inquiries: Danny Hughes ( at

Start date Between 2011-11-01 and 2012-31-04