Dean of the School of Computing


The School of Computing is truly distinctive. We collaborate with a broad range of groups to ensure that technological systems are built to meet the needs and aspirations of a wide variety of people. Our work benefits society and helps to enhance the lives of many individuals.

Our focus on two areas of internationally leading excellence – Human Centred Computing and Intelligent Systems – equips us to contribute to a diverse range of fields, including: assistive technologies and inclusive design, space technology, argumentation and artificial intelligence. These are just a few areas that structure the School’s research and its postgraduate and undergraduate portfolios. Work in these fields often involves enriching interdisciplinary collaboration with students and researchers from areas such as biomedical and clinical sciences, creative arts and business.

Our focus on Human Centred Computing and Intelligent Systems means that the School plays a vital role in addressing real world problems. Students and staff at the School have a particular ability to respond to the ever-changing needs of people, formulating unique and effective solutions. This has led to the rich array of partnerships that we have across the University, as well as nationally and internationally.

Rated fourth in the UK for Computing by the National Student Survey 2014, we have a very interactive approach to teaching and learning. We use a combination of lectures, tutorials and lab sessions to ensure that our students fully develop their theoretical and practical skills. Our Human Centred Computing and Intelligent Systems research groups both comprise around 20 staff, with current funding of about £3.5m. The groups cover a range of cognate research themes and are structured to allow us to capitalise upon our critical mass in these areas.

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Dundee team triumphs in global algorithm contest

Tuesday 26 August 2014


A University of Dundee team has won an international competition to create software to help in the diagnosis of connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. The six-strong team from the School of Computing’s Computer Vision and Image Processing group, triumphed over entries from 11 other institutions, including Cambridge and the Russian Academy of Science, to win the prestigious accolade.

Dean of Computing takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Monday 25 August 2014


Janet Hughes, the Dean of the School of Computing, took the Ice Bucket Challenge today, after being nominated by her sister and a colleague. Two buckets of freshly iced water were augmented by several more hurled unexpectedly from the balcony above!

See the video.

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