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Personal profile


After qualifying as a Chartered Production Engineer and working in the manufacturing industry, my career in higher education commenced in 2000 at Sheffield Hallam University. I have held a number of academic teaching, research and academic management posts over the last 17 years.

In 2010 I joined the University of Derby as Head of Subject, Computing, with a remit to renew the existing academic portfolio and develop the School’s first submission to an external research assessment exercise (REF2014). During 2011, the Mathematics scheme was added to the School. In 2014 the School became a Department within the new College of Engineering and Technology.

In 2017 I joined the University of Huddersfield as Head of the Department of Informatics.

Research Expertise and Interests

My primary research interest relates to how we can build intelligent systems that demonstrate agency and autonomy. I am particularly interested in the use of agency as a design abstraction, and more recently, how multiagent systems can inform the design of large scale interconnected networks, to be found in ‘Edge Computing’ and Internet of Things (IoT) architectures.

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Information and Communication Technology
  • e-Learning
  • Java Programming
  • Computer Networking
  • Information Technology
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Security
  • Simulation
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information System Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • IT Security
  • Computer Science Education
  • Network
  • Wireless Sensor Network
  • Simulation and Modeling
  • Information Technologies
  • Virtualisation
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Web Science
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Big Data
  • Distributed Computing
  • Educational Leadership
  • IT Systems
  • Ad Hoc Networks
  • Higher Education Research
  • Science 2.0 and Open Access
  • IT Systems Engineering
  • Multi Agent System
  • Context Aware Computing
  • Ambient Intelligence
  • IT Services
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Autonomous Agents
  • Peer-to-Peer Networks
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Opportunistic Networks

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Research Output 2003 2018

Are Timing-Based Side-Channel Attacks Feasible in Shared, Modern Computing Hardware?

Montasari, R., Hosseinian-far, A., Hill, R., Montaseri, F., Sharma, M. & Shabbir, S., 24 Apr 2018, In : International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence. 8, 2, p. 32-59 28 p., 3.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Side channel attack
Computer forensics
research process

A Scalable Model for Secure Multiparty Authentication

Hill, R. & Al-Aqrabi, H., 9 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) IEEE SmartWorld 2018. IEEE Computer Society, 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Cloud computing
Access control
Computer hardware
Sensor networks

A Secure Connectivity Model for Internet of Things Analytics Service Delivery

Hill, G. & Al-Aqrabi, H., 25 Jun 2018, (Accepted/In press) 2018 IEEE Smart World Congress Proceedings. IEEE Computer Society, 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Cloud computing
Internet of things

Connecting to Smart Cities: Analyzing Energy Times Series to Visualize Monthly Electricity Peak Load in Residential Buildings

Iram, S., Fernando, T. & Hill, R., 18 Oct 2018, Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC 2018). Arai, K., Bhatia, R. & Kapoor, S. (eds.). Springer Verlag, p. 333-342 10 p. ( Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Time series
Energy utilization
Intelligent buildings
Energy efficiency

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Invited talk

Video Analytics: Coping with the Potential of Smart Cities

Richard Hill (Speaker)
7 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk