Iain Stewart

A bit about me

Whilst at Leicester, I was Head of the School of Mathematics and Computer Science from 1999-2002 and at Durham I have twice been Head of Computer Science: from 2003-2006 and for 6 months in 2008 (the Department of Computer Science and the School of Engineering merged in 2009). I was Director of Research for the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences in 2011-2014.

I was a member of the Computer Science and Informatics Panel of HEFCE's Research Excellence Framework (REF). REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (undertaken in 2014) and replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

I have been a member of UK Computing Science Research Committee (UKCRC) since 2002 and was a member of the Executive Committee 2004-2007. As of October 2013, I rejoined the Executive Committee before standing down at the end of my term in 2016. UKCRC is an expert panel of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the British Computing Society (BCS), and aims to promote the vitality, quality and impact of Computing Research in the UK.

I have served the London Mathematical Society (LMS) for some years having been: a Member of LMS Computer Science Committee 1996-99 and Chair 1999-2002; a Member of LMS Publications Committee 1997-99; and a Member of LMS Council 1997-1999. I was also Coordinator of the joint LMS/EPSRC Mathematics for IT (MathFIT) initiative 2000-2002. As of November 2013, I was elected to LMS Council and I also joined the Computer Science Committee in February 2014. In January 2015 I became Programme Secretary, chairing Programme Committee. The LMS was founded in 1865 and is the major UK learned society for Mathematics.

The BCS Academy of Computing is a learned society dedicated to advancing computing as an academic discipline. The Academy mission is to advance the creation, study and application of knowledge in computing for the benefit of society. I was a Member of BCS Academy Board, which is the most senior committee within the Academy, before resigning in 2016. I am also a Fellow of the BCS.

In deciding how best to meet the needs of peer review of research proposals, the EPSRC established a college of experts, nominated by those active in the research field concerned, to provide a broadly based community from which to obtain peer review advice. I am a member of the EPRSC Peer Review College and have been since its inauguration.

The Computer Journal was established in 1958 and is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the BCS. It is split into four sections and publishes research papers in a full range of subject areas, as well as regular feature articles and occasional themed issues. The journal provides a complete overview of developments in the field of Computer Science. I have been an Associate Editor for some years but in January 2014 I became Section Editor of Section A: Computer Science Theory, Methods and Tools.

The Journal of Discrete Algorithms is published by Elsevier and welcomes original papers in all areas of finite and discrete algorithm design and analysis. Articles in other areas of theoretical computer science will also be considered when there is a clear connection to computational issues. I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Discrete Algorithms.

The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A was founded in 1660 and is the world's first scientific journal. It publishes high quality theme issues on topics of current importance and general interest within the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences. As of January 2017, I joined its Editorial Board.

I am a member of the Advisory Board of the Springer book series Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science (UTICS).

I have previously been: President of the British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science (BCTCS); President of the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL); and an editor of the LMS Journal of Computation and Mathematics.

(updated 2nd April 2017)