John Fitzgerald is a specialist in the engineering of resilient systems, particularly using rigorous model-based design techniques. He is currently seconded from his role as Director of the Centre for Software Reliability while he leads for the School on the design of the first major university building at Newcastle Science Central - a new home for all our research and teaching activities from autumn 2017. Until 2015, John served as Director of Research in the School of Computing Science.
John recently completed a term of over a decade as Chair of FME, the main European body bringing together researchers and practitioners in rigorous methods of systems development. He is a Fellow of the BCS, and a member of the EPSRC College. He is a member of the ACM and IEEE.
In my research, I develop model-based methods and tools to help in the design of particularly challenging types of product, especially systems that require collaboration between engineering teams of differing backgrounds and disciplines.
My group here in Newcastle undertakes groundbreaking research into co-modelling and co-simulation in the design of trustworthy embedded systems (in the DESTECS project and in the EPSRC platform grants on Trustworthy Ambient Systems). Our work in the Deploy project concentrated on achieving and demonstrating dependability through the deployment of formal methods in four industry sectors. In 2011-2014 I led the international COMPASS project, developing technology for engineering complex "Systems-of-Systems" that are built from pre-existing systems that might never have been designed with collaboration in mind. These strands of work come together in the work that I now lead on multi-modelling methods in the INTO-CPS project.
The impact of my group's research has been felt in the development of model-based engineering methods that have been successfully applied in areas as diverse as firmware design and options trading. We play a leading role in one of the first EU Horizon 2020 Innovation Actions, CPSELabs, in which we provide funding and research support to small industry-led consortia wanting to experiment with new design technology in order to develop new products, complete value chains, or transfer experience from one domain to another.
Our team is playing a key role in two EU Horizon 2020 Support Actions in the area of Cyber-Physical Systems. In TAMS4CPS we are developing a research agenda for Transatlantic cooperation on modelling and simulation for CPSs, while in Road2CPS we are building roadmaps, constituencies of interest and mechanisms to multiply the impact of CPS research.
I work with a great group of scientists:
And I have a fine team of doctoral students:
John founded the MSc in Computer Security and Resilience. Within the programme, he contributes to the following modules:
John currently teaches on: