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Professor Veronica Bowman is a senior principal statistician at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and is internationally recognised as the lead technical expert for Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) knowledge management. She specialises in uncertainty calculation and communication and Bayesian inference. In particular, she has spent many years applying Bayesian methodology and data fusion techniques to problems in the military domain as well as working with academia to improve understanding of how uncertainty is propagated and how decisions should be taken under uncertainty. She was the founder and chair of the Calculating and Communicating Uncertainty Conference (CCU 2015), which bought together leading researchers from the field of uncertainty and instigated the EPSRC funded research into decision making under uncertainty.

Alison has over 30 years of experience in electronic engineering and semiconductor design, particularly in the field of ultra-low power wireless communication for medical applications.

Professor Edmund Burke joined the University of Leicester as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in July 2018.  Before that, he had been the Vice-Principal for Science and Engineering at Queen Mary University of London since 2015.  He joined Queen Mary from the University of Stirling where he held the posts of ‘Senior Deputy Principal & Deputy Vice-Chancellor’ and ‘Deputy Principal for Research’.  Before joining Stirling in 2011, he was Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Nottingham.  He had been a member of staff at Nottingham for 21 years.

Professor Nishan Canagarajah was born and educated in Sri Lanka and then received his BA (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He joined the University of Bristol in 1993 and became a Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing in 2004. He has served as the Faculty of Engineering Research Director (2006-2009), Head of Department of Computer Science (2009-2010), Head of Merchant Venturers School of Engineering (2010-2011) and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2011-2014).

A sociologist by background, I work in an interdisciplinary design context to shape computing systems around people and the social organisation of everyday life. My interest in computing began during my PhD, which focused on exploring the relationship between ‘ethnography’ (the situated study of human action and interaction) and the development of human-centred computing systems and applications.   My work has since spanned a variety of application domains including the workplace, creative industries, eScience, rural and digital economy, and the home. I was the first ethnographer to be honoured with the award of an Established Career Fellowship by the EPSRC and I hold the position of Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. I believe strongly in shaping future technologies around those whose lives are affected by them – citizens – and building solutions that demonstrably respond to their interests, needs and concerns.

PhD Southampton University 1985-1988

  • Fully sponsored by the;UKAEA; Winfrith; extensive placement, 1.5 years out of the three-year PhD, at the ;CEGB's; Nuclear Research laboratory at Berkeley, Gloucestershire.BSc (1st Hons) Applied Chemistry University of Portsmouth 1985
  • Thirty papers in technical journals, conference proceedings and books
  • Awarded best presentation at a technical conference on four occasions

Gareth Jenkins is Chief Scientific Officer for Arcinova, an agile contract research and development organisation based in Alnwick, Northumberland where he champions the use of transformational technology for innovation in high value chemicals and medicines manufacturing.  With over 20 years of industrial experience, his interests cover synthetic organic chemistry, chemo- and bio- catalysis, reaction and process engineering, process modelling and simulation.

Francesca Romana Medda is a Professor in Transport and Infrastructure at the University College London, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.

Mary Ryan is Professor of Materials Science and currently holds a Royal Academy of Engineering / Shell Research Chair in Interfacial Nanoscience in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.

Ifor Samuel is Professor of Physics at the University of St Andrews, where he founded and leads the Organic Semiconductor Centre.

Helen Sharp is Professor of Software Engineering at the Open University, UK, and Associate Dean (AD) for Research, Scholarships and Enterprise in the Open University’s largest and most diverse faculty: Mathematics, Computing and Technology (MCT).

Tim Softley is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at University of Birmingham.

John Stairmand is the Technical Director for the Technology and Consulting businesses of Jacobs. In the first half of his career John was a chemical engineer working initially on nuclear fuel cycle R&D, and then in the pharmaceutical and oil & gas industries. Most recently, he has led the Materials Science and Structural Integrity business of Jacobs, developing several internationally leading technologies, and overseeing the establishment of the BEIS­-funded "High Temperature Facility". For four separate technologies, his research innovations have been developed and implemented commercially. He has been an active member of the EPSRC peer review college for more than 20 years, and is a member of the core panel college of UKRI’s Future Leaders Fellowship scheme.  He is a visiting Professor at the Dalton Nuclear Institute of Manchester University and at the Nuclear Futures Institute of Bangor University.

Dr Ceri Williams is Director of Research and Innovation Development at the University of Leeds where she leads the strategic development of high quality research and innovation programmes.

Professor Julie Yeomans is a materials engineer specialising in ceramics and for the last thirty five years she has worked on a wide variety of ceramic and ceramic matrix composite systems, always with an interest in the microstructural characterisation of materials before and after fracture as a result of exposure to demanding environments such as those experienced in wear, thermal shock, joining and most recently ballistic and nuclear applications.

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