Prof Jessie Kennedy - Dean of Research and Innovation
Prof. Jessie Kennedy became the Dean of Research and Innovation at Edinburgh Napier in January 2015. Her first degree was in Biology followed by an MPhil in Computing, which led to a research assistant post in Medical Computing at the University of Edinburgh in 1983. She joined Edinburgh Napier University in 1986 as a lecturer, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1992, Reader in 1995, and Professor in 2000. She held the post of Director of the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation from 2010-2014.
Jessie has published widely with over 100 peer reviewed publications, has had over £2 million in research funding from a range of funding bodies including EPSRC, BBSRC, National Science Foundation and KTP and has had 13 PhD students complete. She has been programme chair, programme committee member and organiser of many international conferences and has been a reviewer and panel for many national and international computer science funding bodies. She has been a Member of EPSRC Peer Review College since 1996 and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Jessie has a long-standing record of contribution to inter-disciplinary research, working to further biological research through application of novel computing technology. Her research in user interfaces to databases and data visualisation in biology contributed to the establishment of the field of biological visualisation where she is a recognised international leader. She hosted the first biological visualisation workshop at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, was an invited speaker at a BBSRC workshop on Challenges in Biological Visualisation, was a founding member of the International Symposium in Biological Visualisation, being Programme Chair in 2011, General Chair in 2012 and 2013 and Steering committee member since 2014. She has been Keynote speaker at related international conferences and workshops such as VIZBI, International Visualisation conference and BioIT World and is currently leading a BBSRC network on biological visualisation.
Her research in collaboration with taxonomists at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh produced a data model for representing differing taxonomic opinions in Linnaean classification. This work led to collaboration on a large USA funded project with ecologists from 6 US Universities and resulted in a data standard for the exchange biodiversity data which has been adopted by major global taxonomic and biodiversity organisations.
Norman Turner - Head of Research & Innovation Office
Norman heads up the Research & Innovation Office, overseeing the Research and Innovation support activities ensuring that it provides the aspirations for growth in volume, quality and value of Research and Innovation activities, as set out in the Strategy 2020. The office provides expert support for researchers across the full range of research, knowledge exchange (KE) and commercialisation activities.
Norman joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2008, initially as a Management Accountant and then as Head of Project Finance overseeing the accounting for all commercial, research and EU activities. Prior to joining the University, he worked as a Management Accountant at Communities Scotland, involved in the Scottish Government community ownership programme. Most recently, Norman worked at the Bank of Scotland as a Senior Accountant in the Corporate Finance and Planning department and was responsible for the West of Scotland Commercial and Real Estate business support. He went on to work in the Bank’s joint ventures department as a Senior Analyst.
Norman is a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
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