Professor Jane Hillston FBCS FRSE

Professor Jane Hillston is the Chair of Quantitative Modelling in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. She is the Director of the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science. Her principal research interests are in the use of stochastic process algebras to model and analyse dynamic systems and the development of efficient solution techniques for such models. These models capture both engineered computer systems and naturally occurring systems such as biochemical pathways and the spread of disease within a population. She defined the stochastic process algebra PEPA (Performance Evaluation Process Algebra) in her PhD thesis, which won the CPHC and BCS Distinguished Dissertation award in 1995. The PEPA modelling language has a worldwide community of users and more than 150 papers have been published about PEPA. In 2004 Prof Hillston was the recipient of the first Roger Needham Award for a distinguished research contribution in computer science by a UK based researcher within ten years of their PhD for her work on PEPA and compositional approaches to performance modelling. She was site leader for the EU DEGAS project, which was selected as a FET-GC success story by the EU commission and participated in the SENSORIA project.