School of Informatics

Jane Hillston recognised in King’s Birthday Honours

Professor Jane Hillston, Head of School of Informatics, was awarded a MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours List for services to computer science and to women in science.

Photograph of Jane Hillston smiling as she looks at a laptop screen

Jane Hillston is a Professor of Quantitative Modelling. She holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of York, an MSc in Mathematics from Lehigh University and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh. She is known for her work on stochastic process algebras. In particular, she has developed the PEPA process algebra, and helped develop Bio-PEPA, which is based on the earlier PEPA algebra and is specifically aimed at analysing biochemical networks. In 2004, she received the first Roger Needham Award at the Royal Society in London awarded yearly for a distinguished research contributor in computer research by a UK-based researcher within ten years of their PhD. 

In March 2007 she was elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in 2018, to the membership of the Academia Europaea. She is the recipient of the Suffrage Science Award for Computer Science and the RSE Lord Kelvin Medal. In 2022 she was elected a fellow of the Royal Society, one of only five female fellows whose research falls into broad computer science or computational sciences fields.

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence have great potential to drive positive change within society.  In my career, I have worked to ensure that there is diversity in the discipline and that we as informaticians use our influence to support good decision making.  I am delighted and humbled that this work has been recognised by an honour in the King’s first birthday honours list.

Professor Jane HillstonHead of the School of Informatics

More than 1,000 recipients have been awarded honours for their outstanding contributions across all sectors and parts of the UK.  

Related links

Link to The University of Edinburgh news item

Link to King’s Birthday Honours List 2023 (PDF)

Link to Jane Hillston's personal page