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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 2019

Computer forensics
research process
research method

Next-Generation Digital Forensics: Challenges and Future Paradigms

Montasari, R. & Hill, R., 11 Apr 2019, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE 12th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability, ICGS3. London: IEEE, p. 205-212 8 p.

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

Law enforcement
Mobile devices
Digital forensics

Securing Manufacturing Business Intelligence for the Industrial Internet of Things

Hill, G., Al-Aqrabi, H., Lane, P. & Aagela, H., 22 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Fourth International Congress on Information and Communication Technology. Springer Verlag, 16 p. 174

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

Competitive intelligence
Intellectual property
Internet of things

Sentiment Classification of Drug Reviews Using Fuzzy-rough Feature Selection

Chen, T., Su, P., Shang, C., Hill, R., Zhang, H. & Shen, Q., 5 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) IEEE International Conferences on Fuzzy Systems 2019. IEEE, 6 p.

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

Feature extraction
Public health

The Standardised Digital Forensic Investigation Process Model (SDFIPM)

Montasari, R., Hill, R., Carpenter, V. & Hosseinian-Far, A., 18 Apr 2019, Blockchain and Clinical Trial. Jahankhani, H., Kendzierskyj, S., Jamal, A., Epiphaniou, G. & Al-Khateeb, H. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham: Springer, Cham, p. 169-209 41 p. (Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

law enforcement

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Membership of a panel
  • 1 Invited talk

Video Analytics: Coping with the Potential of Smart Cities

Richard Hill (Speaker)
7 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

SmartWorld 2018: The 4th IEEE Smart World Congress (Event)

Richard Hill (Member)
10 Oct 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of a panel