Professor Anthony Finkelstein


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Job title: Chief Scientific Advisor
Organisation: Government Office for Science
Tags: Advisor, ARAC

Anthony Finkelstein is a graduate in systems engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the City and Guilds of London Institute. Formerly, Dean of UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Head of UCL Department of Computer Science and Professor of Software Systems Engineering at University College London (UCL). Anthony is currently serving in the capacity of a Chief Scientific Advisor affiliated to the Government Office for Science. He is also a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at the National Institute for Informatics, Tokyo, Japan. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the British Computer Society (BCS) and has been active professionally in both, serving on numerous Boards and Committees.

His research is in the area of software development processes and on the construction of large computational models. In 2009 he received the Oliver Lodge Medal of the IET for achievement in Information Technology. He has been recognised for his contributions to the field of requirements engineering and for his professional service by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

He served on the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise in Computer Science & Informatics and served on the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. He was a member of the Committee of Visitors for the US National Science Foundation. He has provided consultancy advice to a large number of high profile companies and government organisations. He has acted as an expert in complex technology disputes and frequently technology due diligence on start-up companies working with leading VC and other investors. He has established three successful 'spinout' companies providing respectively professional services, product software and an innovative software service. He has a widely read blog 'Serious Engineering' commenting on issues in engineering, technology and education.