Professional History

Current Appointments


  • United Nations member, high-level advisory body on artificial intelligence
  • Associate Vice President (International Engagement), University of Southampton
  • Regius Professor Computer Science, University of Southampton
  • Director, Web Science Institute

Previous Appointments


2020-2023 Chair, Ada Lovelace Institute
2018-2023 UK AI Skills Champion and member of AI Council
2017 – 2018 Co-chair UK Government AI Review (published October 2017), Government of the UK
2010 – 2014 Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, University of Southampton
2008 – 2010 President of the Association of Computing Machinery, Association of Computing Machinery, US 
2003 – 2004 President of the British Computer Society, BCS, UK
2002 – 2007 Head of School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton
1996 – 2002 EPSRC Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton, UK
1994 – 2017 Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK
1984 – 1994 Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton