Professor Sunil Vadera is Head of the School of Computing, Science and Engineering and a Professor of Computer Science. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional.
Sunil has experience of leading both research and teaching, having served as a Subject Head of Computer Science from 1999 to 2003, an Associate Head Teaching from 2003 to 2008, Director of the Informatics Research Institute from 2008 to 2009, Associate Head Research from 2009 to 2011 and Associate Dean Research & Innovation from 2011 to 2012. He also served as Chair of the British Computer Society Academic Accreditations Committee with responsibility for professional accreditation of all UK programmes in Computer Science from 2007 to 2009.
Sunil’s research is driven by his desire to close the gap between theory and practice in Artificial Intelligence, which has included developing data mining methods for credit rating of sub-prime loans aimed at helping to improve financial inclusion; a British Gas funded project on using data mining on SMART meter data with a view to improving energy consumption behaviour in households; and an FP7 funded project, SEEDS, that uses machine learning methods to help reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in large buildings while maintaining user comfort.