Professor Maciej Koutny
Professor of Computing Science

Maciej Koutny is a Professor of Computing Science in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University. He received his MSc (1982) and PhD (1984) in Applied Mathematics from the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. In 1985 he joined the then Computing Laboratory of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne to work as a Research Associate. In 1986 he became a Lecturer in Computing Science at Newcastle, and from 1994 to 2000 he held an established Readership at Newcastle University.

His research interests centre on the theory of distributed and concurrent systems, including both theoretical aspects of their semantics and application of formal techniques to the modelling, synthesis and verification of such systems; in particular, model checking based on net unfoldings. He has also investigated non-interleaving semantics of priority systems, and the relationship between temporal logic and process algebras. He has been working on the development of a formal model combining Petri nets and process algebras as well as on Petri net based behavioural models of membrane systems. 

He is the chair of the Steering Committee of the International Conferences on Application and Theory of Petri Nets and Concurrency (http://www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/TGI/PetriNets/steering-committee/), and a member of EATCS and IFIP Working Group 2.2 on Description of Programming Concepts.

He serves as an editor-in-chief of the LNCS Transactions on Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency - ToPNoC (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-417809-0). He is a member of the editorial boards of Natural Computing, Le Matematiche, and Scientific Annals of Computer Science. 

His Programme Committee chairmanship includes: ICATPN'01, ACSD'08, CHINA'08, MeCBIC'10 and CONCUR'12.

He was the scientific co-director of the 5th Advanced Course on Petri Nets held in 2010. 

In 2011 he held the Pascal Chair at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Xidian University, China; University of Evry, France; Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland; and University Paris 12, France.

Research Interests

His research interests centre on the theory of distributed and concurrent systems, including both theoretical aspects of their semantics and application of formal techniques to the modelling, synthesis and verification of such systems; in particular, model checking based on net unfoldings. He has also investigated non-interleaving semantics of priority systems, and the relationship between temporal logic and process algebras. He has been working on the development of a formal model combining Petri nets and process algebras as well as on Petri net based behavioural models of membrane systems.

Esteem Indicators

Chair of the Steering Committee of the International Conferences on Application and Theory of Petri Nets and Concurrency.

Editor-in-chief of the LNCS Transactions on Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency (ToPNoC).

Member of the editorial boards of Natural Computing, Le Matematiche, and Scientific Annals of Computer Science. 

Programme Committee chairmanship: ICATPN'01, ACSD'08, CHINA'08, MeCBIC'10 and CONCUR'12.

Scientific co-director of the 5th Advanced Course on Petri Nets held in 2010. 

Visiting Professorship: Pascal Chair at Leiden University, The Netherlands, in 2011; Xidian University, China; University of Evry, France; Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland; and University Paris 12, France.