Professor Jane Hillston

EPSRC Council member

Professor Jane Hillston is a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Council.

Jane is an internationally leading researcher in computer science, focusing on modelling and analysis techniques to understand and predict the behaviour of dynamic systems.

Her PhD thesis introduced stochastic process algebra and was awarded the Distinguished Dissertation Award by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Committee of Professors and Heads of Computing. Subsequently, she has developed a number of high-level modelling languages for application domains. These range from performance modelling of computing systems, understanding of biological processing and quantified verification of collective adaptive system, with increasing integration of data-driven techniques over the last decade.

Jane has extensive experience in academic leadership, having served as Head of School of Informatics and Deputy Vice Principal Research at the University of Edinburgh. She was Chair of the UK Computing Research Committee between 2018 and 2021 and currently sits on the Board of Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre and the DataLab.

She has strong interests in interdisciplinary research, research culture and equality, diversity and inclusion. She is currently Dean of Research and Research Excellence Framework in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and British Computer Society. She was awarded the Needham Award in 2005, the RSE Lord Kelvin Medal for Physical, Engineering and Informatics Sciences in 2021 and the BCS Lovelace Medal for Computer Science Research in 2023. She was awarded an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours List in June 2023.

Last updated: 2 April 2024

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