Prof Dave Robertson

Professor of Applied Logic / Head of College of Science & Engineering


David Robertson's computing research is on formal methods for coordination and knowledge sharing in distributed, open systems using ubiquitous internet and mobile infrastructures - the goal being to develop theories, languages and tools that out-perform conventional software engineering approaches in these arenas.  His current work develops these ideas for social computation (where the nodes in the computing network may be humans).

Methods from his group have also been applied to other areas such as astronomy, simulation of consumer behaviour and emergency response but his main application focus is on medicine and healthcare.

He is currently Head of College of Science & Engineering.  Before this he was co-Director for the Centre for Medical Informatics and a member of the Farr Institute for medical data sharing.  Prior to that, he was Head of School of Informatics.

Responsibilities & affiliations

He is a Fellow of the British Computing Society and chairs the executive of the UK Computing Research Committee (the expert panel of BCS and IET).

He is a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for ICT and of the MRC Population Health Sciences advisory group; is on the Industry Advisory Board for Innovate UK’s Complex Systems programme and is a member of the management board for the Scottish Innovation Centre in Data Science.

Project activity

Dave's projects include work on SociaM EPSRC Programme, Smart Societies and SocialIST.

Project list on Edinburgh Research Explorer

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