Short CV/Education and training


  • 1982 – 1985
    Department of Mathematics, The University of York- BA Hons. First Class in Mathematics (1985)

  • 1985 – 1987
    Department of Mathematics, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania – MSc. in Mathematics (1987)

  • 1989 – 1993
    Department of Computer Science, The University of Edinburgh – PhD in Computer Science (1994)


  • 1985 – 1986
    Teaching Assistant, Department of Mathematics, Lehigh University, USA

  • 1987 – 1988
    Consultant/Business Analyst, Logica Financial Systems Ltd., London

  • 1988 – 1989
    Research Officer in Information Systems, Kingston Business School, Kingston upon Thames

  • 1989 – 1991
    Research Associate, Department of Computer Science, University of Edinburgh

  • 1994 – 1994
    EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • 1995 – 2001
    Lecturer, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

  • 2001 – 2006
    Reader, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

  • Since 2006
    Chair of Quantitative Modelling, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

  • Since 2011
    Director of the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science

Selected publications

  • Book: A Compositional Approach to Performance Modelling, J. Hillston, Distinguished Dissertation Series, published by Cambridge University Press, June 1996.

  • Computer and Telecommunications Performance Engineering, Edinburgh 1991. J Hillston, P.J.B. King and R.J. Pooley (Eds) Workshops in Computing Series, Springer-Verlag 1992.

  • Allan Clark, Vashti Galpin, Stephen Gilmore, Maria-Luisa Guerriero and Jane Hillston. Formal Methods for Checking the Consistency of Biological Models. To appear in Proceedings of ICSB 2010: Advances in Systems Biology.

  • J. Hillston, M. Tribastone and S. Gilmore. Stochastic Process Algebras: From individuals to populations, To appear in The Computer Journal 2011.

  • Vashti Galpin, Jane Hillston and Luca Bortolussi. HYPE: Hybrid modelling by composition of flows. To appear in Formal Aspects of Computing 2011.

  • M. Massink, D. Latella, A. Bracciali and J. Hillston. Modelling Non-Linear Crowd Dynamics in Bio-PEPA, in proceedings of Fundamental Aspects of Software Engineering 2011, Springer-Verlag.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • QUANTICOL – A Quantitative Approach to Management and Design of Collective and Adaptive Behaviours an EU FET-IST FOCAS project. Five site European project for which I am Edinburgh site leader and coordinator

    1/04/13 – 31/03/17

  • Machine learning methods for formal dynamical systems: a systems biology case study, support for Anastasis Georgoulas

    1/10/12 – 30/09/15

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the EPSRC College of Peers and the Computer Science panel (PE6) for the Advanced Grants of the European Research Council, 2008 – 2012

  • Member of UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC)

  • Member of the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship Committee of the Royal Society, 2014 – 2016

  • Member of the international steering committee of the Gallileo Gallilei Graduate School at the University OF Pisa

  • Member of the Learned Society Awards Committee of the BCS Computing Academy

  • Member of the Computer Science Panel for ERC Advanced Grants

  • Member of the Meetings and Events Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Theoretical Computer Science D, and the Editorial Board of the Computer Journal

  • Steering Committee member for International Conference on the Quantitative Evaluation of Systems (QEST)

  • MLQA-ERCIM working group on Models and Logics for Quantitative Analysis elected Steering Committee member 2011 – 2013


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