Professor Muffy Calder, OBE FRSE, FREng FBCS FIEE, Vice Principal for Science and Engineering University of Glasgow

Past Member
Professor Muffy Calder, formerly SSAC Co-Chair

Muffy Calder OBE is Vice Principal of Science and Engineering and Professor of Computing Science at Glasgow University.  She was Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland and SSAC Co-Chair from 1 March 2012  till December 2014.  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 until her appointment as Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland in 2012.

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.  She has had collaborations with many world-leading companies including NATS and BT and in the past she was a research fellow at BT Research Laboratories and at DEC (Digital Equipment Corp) Research Labs in California.

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 chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Council and on the Board of the BCS Academy of Computing. She is a past external examiner for degrees at the universities of Manchester, 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 over 20 external research grants.  She has supervised 13 PhD students and 9 postdoctoral research assistants.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the British Computer Society.  In 2011 she was awarded the OBE for services to Computer Science.