Muffy Calder


Head of College of Science and Engineering
University of Glasgow

Research in computational modelling and automated reasoning for concurrent, communicating systems, especially sensor-based systems. Model-checking, process algebras, probabilistic systems, protocols and telecommunications services, biochemical networks and cell signalling, safety-critical systems.

Member of Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, REF 2021 Main Panel B, and chair of BCS School Curriculum and Assessment Committee.

Past Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (Scottish Government), co-chair of SSAC (Scottish Science Advisory Council) (2012-2015), co-Chair of EU FET Science Advisory Group (2014-15), and chair of DCMS Science Advisory Council. Past member of UKRI-EPSRC Council (2015-2020), member of Nurse Review of Research Councils (2015), Dean of Research in College of Science and Engineering (2010-2012), Senate Assessor (2009-2011), Chair of UKCRC (UK Computing Research Committee) (2008-2010), Head of Computing Science (2003-2007).

Past external examiner at University of Manchester, Warwick, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, and NUI Cork.

Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow (2011-2012) and Royal Society Wolfson Merit Research Award (2011-2016). 2016 Suffrage Science award winner in Computing Science and Mathematics.

Principal Investigator of the S4 EPSRC Programme Grant S4: Science of Sensor System Software . Report from our 2020 research retreat .

RSE Women in Science Online Portrait 2022

Imagine the Pandemic Without Computer Science YouTube video

Computing is too important to be left to men Twitter video

Selected recent publications:
Privacy Intrusion and National Security in the Age of AI: assessing proportionality of automated analytics.
CETaS Research Reports, May 2023.


Probabilistic Bigraphs Formal Aspects of Computing, Vol. 34, Issue 2, ACM, 2022. DOI


Modelling and verifying BDI agents with bigraphs Science of Computer Programming, 2022.


Stochastic model checking for predicting component failures and service availability IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, vol. 16:1, 2019. DOI


Making Sense of the World: Framing Models for Trustworthy Sensor-Driven Systems Computers, 7(4), 62, 2018. DOI

Data-driven modelling and probabilistic analysis of interactive software usage Journal of Logical and Algebraic Methods in Programming, vol. 100, 2018. DOI


Computational modelling for decision-making: where, why, what, who, and how Royal Society Open Science 5:172096, 2018. DOI

Orcid number: 0000-0001-5033-7232


Current/Recent Research Projects

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