Personal profile

Research Interests

My main research interests are in Software and Systems engineering, and particuarly Requirements engineering. In recent years I have developed an interest in Digital Health, particularly applied to Brain health and how diagnostic software for neurodegenerative diseases. I also have a long-standing interest in text mining, with applcations to software engineering.

I have over 140 peer-reviewed publications.

Google Scholar tells me I have an h-index of 39

Qualifications

PhD Computer Science (Lancaster) 1986-1990

BSc Computer Science 1st class honours (Lancaster) 1982-1985

Employment

Professor and Head of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University (from May 2017)

Professor of Software Systems Engineering, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University (Jan 2011-April 2017)

Visiting Professor, Arles Group, Inria Rocquencourt, France (Jan 2012 – May 2012, Jan 2013 – Apr 2013)

Reader in Software Systems Engineering, Computing Department, Lancaster University (Aug 2008 – Dec 2010).

Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Science and Technology, Lancaster University (Aug 2005 – Dec 2009).

Head, Computing Department, Lancaster University (Aug 2000 – July 2003).

Visiting Scientist, Dependable Software Applications group, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy (Apr 1999 - Sept 1999).

Senior Lecturer, Computing Department, Lancaster University (Aug 1998 – July 2008).

Lecturer, Computing Department, Lancaster University (Aug 1990 - July 1998).

Research Associate, Computing Department, Lancaster University (Oct 1986 - July 1990).

Scientific Officer, Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (Sept 1985 - Sept 1986).  

Funding Applications and Awards

Funded research

MODEM

EPSRC

2015- 2018

£940,000

PI

SAMS

EPSRC

2013-2016

£248497

PI

SiNAPSE

Electricité de France

Jan – Dec 2010

£174392

PI

MaTREx

EPSRC

2008 - 2011

£252245

PI

SeCSE

FP6 (IP)

2004-2008

€763000

PI

LCKEI

ERDF

2002-2004

£600000

PI

ECO-ADM

FP5

2000-2003

€432000

PI

REVERE

EPSRC

1998-2001

£158000

PI

DEADA

FP4

1997-2000

180000 Ecus

PI

REAIMS

FP4

1994-1996

201000 Ecus

CoI

Ceilidh

TLTP (HEFCE)

1992-1995

£65000

PI

User Interfaces to Object Databases

 

SERC/DTI

1990-1993

£66800

PI

Membership of Professional Bodies

I am a member of the IEEE Computer Society

PhD Supervision

I have successfully graduated 11 PhD students and I currently supervise Jomar Alcantara and Huma Samin.

Professional/editorial offices

I am a member of the editorial board of the Requirements Engineering Journal (Springer)

Contact Details

Phone number: 0121 204 3058
Email: p.sawyer@aston.ac.uk

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

A User Interface Framework for Object-Oriented Database Systems, Lancaster University

1 Sept 19861 Mar 1990

Award Date: 1 Aug 1990

Keywords

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • software engineering
  • systems engineering
  • requirements engineering
  • digital health
  • text mining
  • natural language processing

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