Academic Advisory Group
The Academic Advisory Group bring world-leading advice and collaboration opportunities to the Institute’s research, linking diverse communities of researchers and championing BDFI’s mission within their disciplines and external networks.
David Bull, Professor of Signal Processing, Faculty of Engineering
David Bull, Professor of Signal Processing, Faculty of Engineering David is also Director of Bristol Vision Institute, Creative Technologies Lead for the University of Bristol and Director of the £46m UKRI Strength in Place Programme - MyWorld. David provides important links for BDFI into both regional and global creative R&D, in particular through his leadership of MyWorld.
Ian Craddock, Professor, Institutional Lead for Digital Health
Ian's background is in Engineering but he now has a cross-faculty role for the University, nurturing research and teaching in Digital Health. He is Director of the £16M EPSRC-funded SPHERE project, Director of the £8M Digital Health Centre for Doctoral Training, and Programme Director of the MSc in Digital Health. He has active research interests in IoT technology, time series data analysis, decision support, ethics and regulation and will be leading Digital Health activity and facilities within BDFI.
Esther Dermott, Professor of Sociology and Head of School for Policy Studies
Esther’s research expertise is in the sociological study of families, parenting especially fathers, intimacy, gendered experiences of poverty, and associated implications for policy. She is Co-Editor of the Bristol University Press book series Sociology of Children and Families and Editor-in-Chief of Families, Relationships and Societies. Esther is interested in how digital technologies and innovation are transforming the nature and practice of everyday intimacies, and how ‘the digital’ can be used to gain better understanding of co-presence and proximity in the private sphere.
Richard Owen, Professor in Innovation Management, School of Management
Richard has expertise in responsible innovation and researches the politics, risks and ethics of science, innovation and new technologies in society. He is intrigued and excited about BDFI’s Reality Emulator and its potential to open up, explore and interrogate our relationship with data, AI and how these might shape society in the future.
Awais Rashid, Professor of Cyber Security, Faculty of Engineering/Department of Computer Science
Awais’ expertise is cyber security of connected critical infrastructure systems, including large scale analysis of the resilience of cyber-physical systems and the software underpinning them. He heads the Cyber Security Group at Bristol, and leads multiple projects as part of the Research Institute in Trustworthy, Interconnected, Cyber- Physical Systems (RITICS) and Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS). His wider research includes cyber security on the Internet of Things, human factors, and adversarial behaviours.
Terms of Reference
The board is chaired by our Co-Directors Professor Susan Halford and Professor Dimitra Simeonidou. If you have any queries please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.