The academic team are primarily responsible for delivering the programme in association with our industrial partners. The team is based at the Universities of Durham, Edge Hill, Nottingham and York.
Professor Sue Black
Professor Alexandra Cristea
Mrs Johanna Waite
Mx EmJay Nicholas
Professor Nik Bessis
Professor Ella Pereira
Ms Sophie Garrett
Dr Mercedes Torres Torres
Professor Sarah Sharples
Dr Sarah Martindale
Dr Carolina Fuentes
Professor Helen Petrie
Dr Jo Iacovides
Professor Susan Stepney
An award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. Sue set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen in 1998 and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park. Sue’s first book Saving Bletchley Park details the social media campaign she led to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011, it has been an Amazon UK bestseller.
Sue didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. Sue now has 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Alexandra I. Cristea is Professor, Head of the Innovative Computing research group at the Computer Science Department, Durham University. Her research includes user modelling and personalisation, web science, learning analytics, semantic web, social web, authoring, with over 250 papers on these subjects. She is within the top 50 researchers in the world in the area of educational computer-based research according to Microsoft Research. Prof. Cristea has been highly active and has an influential role in international research projects. She is experienced in running research projects and has been the organizer of workshops, co-organizer, panelist and program committee member of various conferences in her research field (including, for example, UMAP, ED-MEDIA, Hypertext, Adaptive Hypermedia, ICCE, ICAI). She is a member of the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, executive peer reviewer of the IEEE LTTF Education Technology and Society Journal and she was co-editor of the Advanced Technologies and Learning Journal. She acted as UNESCO expert for adaptive web-based education at a high-level (Ministry of Education and Educational institutes) meeting of East European countries, educational invited expert for the Romanian prime minister, as well as EU expert for H2020, FP7, FP6, eContentPlus. She is a BCS fellow, a HEA fellow, IEEE Senior Member and IEEE CS member, EATEL (European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning) founding member, ACM member.
Johanna is a Project Manager with over 8yrs experience in Project Management across Engineering, Energy and Nuclear, Heritage, Charity and Higher Education sectors. Specialising in non-profit and community projects, Johanna also volunteers with the National Childbirth Trust coordinating local fund raising events.
EmJay is a project administrator who specialises in non-profit initiatives engaging with underrepresented groups. A former Member of UK Youth Parliament and a regional officer for Youth Voice Yorkshire & Humber, EmJay began her non-profit work engaging young people from a range of backgrounds with local government and policy-making. Her success in this resulted in an invitation to speak on youth engagement with political processes at the G8 Speaking and Presiding Officers’ conference in 2013. From there, EmJay attended Durham University, where she was a key member in the founding and development of Durham Pride UK, helping to organise their annual Pride festival and fostering outreach work with LGBTQIA+ people in the local community. As both a member and an advocate of marginalised communities, EmJay joined TechUpWomen to empower others to reach their full potential in the growing tech industry.
Edge Hill University
Professor Nik Bessis is the Head of the Department of Computer Science at Edge Hill University. His research is on social graphs for network and big data analytics as well as on developing data push and resource provisioning services in IoT, FI and clouds. Nik has led several research and knowledge transfer projects worth over £7m. He has published over 280 works and won 4 best paper awards.
Ella is a Professor of Computing and Director of Postgraduate research studies and environment at the Department of Computer Science at Edge Hill University. Ella’s research work spans from distributed services to Internet of Things (IoT), including cloud computing architectures and security and dependability related issues. She has extensive experience in various academic activities including organising and co-chairing national and international conferences and workshops, journal editorship, reviewing bids, etc. Ella is an Athena SWAN champion in the department and very keen supporter of bringing more females into the Tech industry.
Sophie is the Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Coordinator for the Department of Computer Science at Edge Hill University. Sophie’s work involves developing collaborations between industry and the Department of Computer Science, including; Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, funded research projects, student placements and student projects. Sophie is a member of the Athena SWAN departmental committee and a keen supporter of bringing more females into the Tech industry.
The University of Nottingham
Sarah Martindale is an interdisciplinary researcher who joined the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham at the start of 2012, when she began collaborating on Human-Computer Interaction projects studying the cultural value of new digital interactions and possible future interactions. Since 2015, Sarah has also managed the training programme at the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training, which is producing the next generation of digital innovators. This role involves not only academic oversight of multiple research areas and industry partnerships, but also frequent arrangement of training events, skills which Sarah is delighted to apply to TechUp also.
Mercedes Torres Torres
Mercedes Torres Torres is an Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. She is a member of the Horizon Research Institute and the Computer Vision Lab. Her research interests lie at the intersection of computer vision, machine learning, and healthcare. She is particularly interested in developing new machine learning methods for small and skewed datasets.
I am Research Fellow at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute at the School of Computer Science, at the University of Nottingham. My research areas are Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Robot Interaction (HRI) and Internet of things (IoT). I am interested in exploring and understand the impact of novel interfaces and emerging technologies in the wild, i.e home scenarios, healthcare and wellbeing, and factory settings.
The University of York
Helen is Professor of HCI in Computer Science. She has over 20 years of internationally-recognized research on new technologies for people with disabilities and older people to improve their quality of life and well-being. Her current interests are particularly in the area of supporting older people to live independently in their own homes for longer and in usable security for older people and children. She has been involved in over 30 British and international projects in these areas and has published widely. She has received a Royal Television Society Technical Innovation Prize, a Social Impact Award from the Association of Computing Machinery, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal National Institute for Blind People. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.