Short CV/Education and training


  • 2020 – 2022
    Deputy Vice Principal Research, University of Edinburgh

  • 2018 – 2021
    Chair of UK Computing Research Committee

  • 2018 – 2023
    Head of School, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

  • 2016 – 2018
    Director of Research and Deputy Head of School, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

  • 2011 – 2014
    Director of the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science

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

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

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

  • 1994 – 1994
    EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

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

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

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

Education: University of Edinburgh

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

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

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

Selected publications

  • Fluid Approximation of Broadcasting Systems, L. Bortolussi, J. Hillston and M. Loreti, in Theoretical Computer Science 816, pp. 221-248, 2020.

  • Geometric Fluid Approximation for General Continuous-time Markov Chains, M. Michaelides, J. Hillston and G. Sanguinetti, in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 475 (2229), 20190100, 2019.

  • ProPPA: Probabilistic Programming for Stochastic Dynamical Systems, A. Georgoulas, J. Hillston and G. Sanguinetti, in ACMTransactions on Modelling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS), 28(1), 3, 2018.

  • Unbiased Bayesian Inference for Population Markov Jump Processes via Random Truncations, A. Georgoulas, J. Hillston and G. Sanguinetti, in Statistics and Computing, pp. 1–12, 2017, 10.1007/s11222-016-9667-9.

  • Automatic Moment-closure Approximation of Spatially Distributed Collective Adaptive Systems, C. Feng, J. Hillston and V. Galpin, in ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation 26(4), pp. 22-48, 2016; 10.1145/2883608.

  • Continuous approximation of collective system behaviour: A tutorial, L. Bortolussi, J. Hillston, D. Latella and M. Massink, in Performance Evaluation 70(5), pp. 317-349, 2013.

  • Scalable Differential Analysis of Process Algebra Models, M. Tribastone, S. Gilmore and J. Hillston, in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 38(1), 2012, pp. 205-219. doi: 10.1109/TSE.2010.82.

  • Fluid Flow Approximations of PEPA Models, J. Hillston, in the proceedings of the International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of Systems (QEST) 2005. September 2005. pp. 33-42.

  • Process Algebras for Quantitative Analysis, J. Hillston, in the proceedings of IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science, June 2005. pp. 239-248.

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

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

    01/04/2013 – 31/03/2017

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

    01/10/2012 – 30/09/2015

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Sectional Committee for Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2009 – 2012 and 2019 – 2022.

  • Member of the Executive Board of Informatics Europe 2014 – 2017, and chair of the Women in Informatics Research and Education working group 2015 – 2017

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

  • 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 the Meetings and Events Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2007 – 2011

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

  • Member of the Computer Science Panel for ERC Advanced Grants

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

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Theoretical Computer Science D, Journal of Logic and Algebraic Methods in Programming, Logical Methods in Computer Science, and Computer Science subject editor for Royal Society Proceedings A

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

  • Member of UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC)


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