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Dr Zakiyya Adam
Research Associate

Zakiyya works on producing analytical outputs that support strategic direction within the Research Centre and inform a range of stakeholders across industry and government about trends and areas of key interest.

Joe Bourne
Creative Communications Research Fellow

Joe is one of PETRAS’s Synthesis Fellows. Responsible in particular for delivering create content and activities which foster collaboration and engage the public in PETRAS’s research. Contact Joe if you would like support in delivering public engagement activities around your research or want to be connected to PETRAS projects relating to a special interest.

Prof. Rachel Cooper
PETRAS Quintet member

Professor Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. She is founding Director of ImaginationLancaster, an open and exploratory design-led research centre conducting applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions. Her research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry. An academic leader with 20 years research experience and collaboration with industry partners. Rachel Cooper has led large interdisciplinary research programmes related to design, many of which have focused on the future of people, places and products in both physical and digital environments. Professor Cooper has undertaken several advisory roles to national and international universities, government and non-governmental organisations. She was a Lead Expert for the UK Government Foresight programme on the Future of Cities (2013-2016), a member of the Blackett Review of the Internet of Things (2014) ,was on the UK Academy of Medical Sciences Working group addressing ‘The Health of the Public 2040’ (2015-16) and is a currently a Chair of the UK Prevention Research Partnership, Expert Advisory Group. She is also series editor of the Routledge series Design for Social Responsibility. She was founding editor of The Design Journal and also founding President of the European Academy of Design. She is currently President of the Design Research Society. Rachel was awarded the OBE by the Queen for services to education in 2013.

Dr Claire Coulton
Monitoring and Cohort Development Lead
01524 510818

Claire is responsible for monitoring project progress and leading PDRA Cohort development. Claire is also the editor of the PETRAS Little Book Series. Get in contact if you have any queries regarding project progress, evaluation and impact. If you are interested in any of the PETRAS Little Book series, please let Claire know. Finally, contact Claire for Cohort Development information, ideas and courses.

Prof. David De Roure
PETRAS Quintet member

Professor David De Roure FBCS FIMA FRSA is Professor of e-Research at the University of Oxford. Throughout his career he has investigated emerging technologies and models in large scale distributed and sociotechnical systems, with a broad interest in society, technology and creativity while also focusing on innovation in the process of scholarship. From an early background in electronics and computer science, he became closely involved in the Hypertext, Web, and linked data communities, in pervasive computing, and in digital social research. Today he focuses on living in the Internet of Things, on new methods of digital scholarship, and innovation in knowledge infrastructure. David’s personal research is at the intersection of music, maths, machines and AI, empowering the creative human in music composition, performance and production. David works closely with multiple disciplines including humanities (digital humanities, digital musicology), engineering (Internet of Things, cybersecurity), social sciences (Social Machines, Web Science), information science (knowledge infrastructure, computational archival science), and computer science (large scale distributed systems, AI). He is a founding member of two major UK initiatives: the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for Internet of Things Cybersecurity, and the Software Sustainability Institute.

Emilie Didier
Business Development Executive

Emilie is working on developing relationships with industry partners to expand our collaboration and give businesses an opportunity to be part of this cutting edge project. Contact Emilie if you would like to collaborate and benefit from our strategic insights and be at the forefront of the development and adoption of new technologies in industry.

Ruth Dollard
Operations Manager
020 3108 6266 ext. 56266 

Ruth works closely with the PETRAS management team to provide advice, guidance and support on a wide range of operational issues to support decision-making and strategy development. Specific responsibilities of the Centre Operations Manager include overseeing the financial operations of the PETRAS Centre and facilitating the execution of research contracts.  Contact Ruth if you have particular queries relating to the financial or contractual elements of a PETRAS research project.

Sarah Hardy
Communications Lead
07741 671 581 

Sarah leads the communications team and is responsible for developing and delivering the communications strategy for PETRAS. The role involves working with the PETRAS management team and relevant stakeholders to raise the profile of the Centre, deliver clear messaging and build brand identity.   Contact Sarah if you have press and media, events or general communications enquiries.

Eleri Jones
Head of PETRAS

Eleri is responsible for the overall management and administration of the Research Centre, as well as senior science-policy engagement.  Contact Eleri if you are a government official and want to work with the PETRAS Research Centre. 

Sam King
Research Programme Coordinator
0203 108 9419 

Sam assists the Programme Manager in providing support to academic members and works with the centre team to expand on the work of the PETRAS Centre, particularly with respect to liaison with funding bodies.  Contact Sam if you have any queries regarding Researchfish or general enquiries relating to PETRAS. 

Prof. Julie McCann
Deputy Director of PETRAS; Co-I Logistics 4.0: Securing High Value Goods using Self-Protecting Edge Compute (LOG40)

Professor Julie McCann heads up the Adaptive Emergent Systems Engineering (AESE) group in the Department of Computing at Imperial College where she leads a highly multi-disciplinary group of Post Docs and PhD students. From this she leads the Resilient and Robust Infrastructure challenge part of the Data Centric Engineering theme in the Alan Turing Institute. She is PI for the NRF funded Singapore Smart Sensing project, and the Logistics 4.0 project with PETRAS and the Tate Modern. She is Imperial PI for the EPSRC Science of Sensing Systems Software (S4) programme grant. Until recently she was Co-director of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities and Co-PI of the NEC Smart Water Lab.  She is currently Director of the cross-Imperial Smart Connected Futures Network. Until recently she was Co-director of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities and Co-PI of the NEC Smart Water Lab and Director of the cross-Imperial Smart Connected Futures Network. She is actively involved in the field’s top conferences (Infocom, Sensys, IPSN, and EWSN) and is an Associated Editor for IoT-J. McCann’s body of practical work unifies decentralised algorithms, protocols, cross-layer, dynamical solutions, with a particular focus on low-powered, low-resourced devices that can act as modern wireless sensor-based systems or future smart matter. She applies this to Space, Agri and Infrastructure Engineering challenges (encompassing the Internet of Things and Cyber-physical systems). Her interests lie in harnessing the various interactions between the cyber and physical to improve performance, resilience and to make secure. Areas of Interest: Bio-inspired computing, smart farming, smart cities, industry 4.0, critical infrastructures. Affiliations: Imperial College, Department of Computing. Twitter: @JAMGMcC

Dr Peter Novitzky
Senior Research Fellow

Peter Novitzky is a senior research fellow at PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), UCL, specialising in the ethical challenges of AI, safety and security. Peter's appointment follows research and teaching roles working mainly on multiple European projects as well as a position at the National University of Singapore. Peter successfully completed his PhD in applied philosophy at Dublin City University (Ireland), where he specialised in the ethics of artificial intelligence for vulnerable populations. His long-term research interests focus on the intersection of bioethics, AI ethics, research integrity, and most recently, responsibility in research and innovation. Peter is a magna cum laude graduate of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics obtained from the consortium of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (Netherlands) and Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy). He also studied and performed research at Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Hungary) and Charles University in Prague (Czechia). He continues to engage in research with collaborators in Canada, UK and the Netherlands. 

Katerina Papakyriakopoulou
Marketing & Communications Officer

Katerina works within the Communications team and plays a key role in overseeing the communication and marketing strategies and activities of PETRAS. The role involves promotion of research outputs and impact to stakeholders in government, industry, and academia. Contact Katerina if you have press and media, events or general communications enquiries.

Dr Rajab Said
Business Partnership Executive
+44 75454 25169

Rajab has more than 20 years of balanced experience in developing, managing, using, and promoting Computer-Aided Engineering solutions – gained while working at world-leading establishments in academia and software industry and supporting small & large companies in their Innovation & Development. Rajab’s principal responsibility is in building strategic partnerships across industries working in the IoT & AI domain to facilitate direct collaboration and knowledge transfer to maximise the impact of the state-of-the-art research carried out within PETRAS academic consortium. Please contact Rajab if you have any question about our research activities and/or how you can play a part as an industrial partner.

Dr Halil Uzuner
Research Programme Manager
0207 594 0982 

Halil works closely with the Centre’s academic partners, other Centre team members, and the PETRAS governance bodies to oversee the Centre’s research programme, and lead the development and implementation of its processes and procedures around project monitoring and internal QA. He plays a lead role in the design, development, and delivery of the Centre’s funding calls for proposals, resulting in expanding the research portfolio of PETRAS.  Contact Halil if you have queries on: PETRAS Research Programme, its Quality Assurance processes, deliverables, and calls for proposals. 

Prof. Jeremy Watson
Director of PETRAS; Co-I Modelling for Socio-technical Security (MASS)  

Professor Jeremy D Watson CBE FREng FIET J D Watson is the PI and Director of the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems security, Prof of Engineering Systems at UCL STEaPP, and Chief Scientist and Engineer at BRE; he was previously President of the IET, Global Research Director at Arup, Technology Director of BOC Edwards, and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Communities & Local Government during which time he served on SAGE. He currently is lead Fellow for Engineering Policy at the RAEng, and chair of the National Engineering Policy Centre Committee. Areas of Expertise  Behaviour Change; Data Science; Energy; Public Policy & Governance; Risk & Security; Systems Engineering; eResearch  Affiliations  NPL Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC); Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK); Institute for Sustainability and of Building SMART UK; NERC Innovation Advisory Board and Building SMART UK; Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  Twitter: @ProfJeremyW  

Prof. Tim Watson
Quintet Member & Research Excellence Board Lead

Professor Tim Watson FBCS FIET is Professor of Cyber Security and the Director of the WMG Cyber Security Centre at the University of Warwick. With more than thirty years’ experience working with government, industry and in academia, he has been involved with a wide range of programmes, several high-profile projects and has acted as a consultant for some of the largest telecoms, power and transport companies. He is an adviser to various parts of the UK government and to several professional and standards bodies. Tim’s research includes EU-funded projects on combating cyber crime, UK MoD research into automated defence, insider threat and secure remote working, and UKRI-funded research, focusing on the protection of critical national infrastructure against cyber attack. In PETRAS he is the Chair of the Research Excellence Board.

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