Professor Muffy Calder

Vice-Principal of the University of Glasgow & Former Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland


Muffy Calder is Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering at University of Glasgow.

Prior to this, she was the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland. She is a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award Holder and was a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow and Dean for Research in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow.

Her research is in modelling and reasoning about the behaviour of complex software and biochemical systems using computer science, mathematics and automated reasoning techniques. She has developed and used a variety of process algebras, temporal logics and model checking techniques to solve problems in a range of systems, from telephone networks and communications protocols, to domestic home care systems and intracellular signalling transduction pathways that contribute to diseases such as cancer. She has collaborated with scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines, from Electrical and Aerospace Engineering, to Cancer and Cardiovascular medicine.

She has been an academic at Glasgow University for over 20 years, and previously worked at the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh. In the dim and distant past she was a tutor at the Open University. She has had collaborations with many world-leading companies and in the distant past she was a research fellow at BT Research Laboratories and at DEC (Digital Equipment Corp) Research Labs in California. She is currently working with the air traffic management systems provider NATS.

Previously, she was Head of Department, chair of UKCRC (UK Computing Research Committee), member of EPSRC TOP (Technical Opportunities Panel) and the Scottish Science Advisory Committee, and Senate Assessor on Court. Currently, she is the MSc. external examiner at University of Manchester. She is a past external examiner for degrees at the universities of Warwick, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, and NUI Cork.

She has a PhD in Computational Science from the University of St. Andrews and a BSc in Computing Science from the University of Stirling. She has over 75 scientific publications and has been awarded 18 external research grants. She has supervised 13 PhD students and 9 postdoctoral research assistants.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and was awarded the OBE for service to Computer Science in 2011.

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