YCCSA People (1)

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YCCSA People

We are a large interdisciplinary community of academic staff, Research Fellows and Associates and Research Students, all located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Ron Cooke Hub on the University of York's Heslington East Campus.  Others are located within their home departments. Where available, links are to people's departmental home pages.

Academic Staff

Martin Bees

Bioconvection; dispersion of biased swimming micro-organisms in bioreactors; differential dynamic microscopy for high-throughput assays on cell motility; speciation; structured population dynamics in agricultural pest control; mathematical
physiology; plankton patch dynamics; chemoconvection; and bacterial swarming. 

Tel: +44 1904 322038  Email: martin.bees@york.ac.uk
Homepage (1)  Homepage (2)

Ignazio Cabras
Newcastle Business School

Cabras, Ignazio

Regional growth and development, public sector management, employment issues, urban-rural dynamics, community cohesion and social capital, industry and innovation, knowledge economies and ICT. 

Tel: +44 1904 325343   Email: ignazio.cabras@york.ac.uk 
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/229

Leo Caves

Caves, Leo

Modelling & Simulation of Biosystems: simulation of complex biosystems.  Data Science: methods & tools for exploratory data analysis and visualisation for biosystems.

Tel: +44 1904 325335  Email: leo.caves@york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar  
Location:  Ron Cooke Hub RCH/330

Howard Chivers
Computer Science

Chivers, Howard 

Computer Security

Tel: +44 1904 325386 Email: howard.chivers@york.ac.uk
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/224 

John Clark 
Computer Science

Clark, John

Applications of non-standard computation to software engineering and security 

+44 1904 325354  Email: jac@cs.york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar  

Location:  Ron Cooke Hub RCH/232

Tim Clarke 

Clarke, Tim

Intelligent autonomous vehicles, industrial automation and flight control with common cross-linking strands in multi-agent systems, machine vision, bio-inspiration, novel hardware demonstrators and complexity.

Tel: +44 1904 322359  Email: tc@ohm.york.ac.uk  
Home Page

Location: Physics/Electronics P/M/001

Stephen Connor 

Connor, Stephen

Coupling and stochastic stability, and their application to perfect simulation.

Tel: +44 1904 323785  Email: stephen.connor@york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar  
Location:  Mathematics G/N/164

Peter Cowling
Computer Science

Cowling, Peter 

Models and heuristic search algorithms for decision making in games
and scheduling/routing/planning/optimisation, Operational
Research/Management Science, Monte Carlo Tree Search, Hyperheuristics

Tel: +44 1904 325355 Email: peter.cowling@york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar 
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/230 


James Cussens
Computer Science

Cussens, James 

Machine learning, particularly focusing on graphical models and inductive logic programming: statistical relational learning or probabilistic inductive logic programming. 

Tel: +44 1904 325371  Email: jc@cs.york.ac.uk
Publications:  Google Scholar
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/326

Pierre-Philippe Dechant
Dechant, Pierre-Philippe

Geometry, Symmetries, Moonshine, Clifford algebras, Kac-Moody algebras, Coxeter groups, Cosmology, String Theory, Viruses, Fullerenes, Quasicrystals 

Tel: +44 1904 325370 Email: pd583@york.acuk
Publications: Google Schoolar
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/335

Gustav Delius 

Delius, Gustav

Symmetries in Dynamical Models of Evolution and Ecology, Stochastic Modelling, Quantum Field Theory, Integrable Systems, Quantum Groups. 

Tel: +44 1904 323077  Email: gustav.delius@york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar  
Location:  Mathematics G/N/110

Jason Edwards
History of Art 

Edwards, Jason

British scuplute, Queer Theory and Animal studies

Tel: +44 1904 324250 Email: jason.edwards@york.ac.uk
Location: Vanbrugh V/232 

John Forrester 
Environment Institute

Forrester, John

How different stakeholders such as citizens, policy actors, and experts perceive environmental social and ecological research science, and how it is communicated between them 

Tel: +44 1904 324409  Email: john.forrester@york.ac.uk  
Location: Grimston House V/X/106

Dan Franks
Biology/Computer Science

Working on computational models of ecology and evolution: network analysis, animal social networks, predator-prey interactions. 

Tel: +44 1904 325342 Email: daniel.franks@york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar 
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/228 


Yvette Hancock


Quantum modelling of nanoscale devices, graphene and Raman spectroscopy of complex systems including single-cell Raman. Interested in the study of complex phenomena across length- and time-scales

Tel: +44 1904 322204 Email: y.hancock@york.ac.uk
Publications: The York Research Database
Location: Physics P/A003

Richard Law

‌‌Law, Richard

Plant ecology, community dynamics and evolutionary ecology 

Tel: +44 1904 325334  Email: richard.law@york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar
Location:  Ron Cooke Hub RCH/327

Niall MacKay 

Mackay, Niall - photo by Ian Martindale

Mathematical physics (integrable models and quantum groups), applied mathematics (warfare modelling, scaling laws in biology and physics)

Tel: +44 1904 323493  Email: niall.mackay@york.ac.uk 
Location: Mathematics G/N/111

Julian Miller 

Miller, Julian

Novel electronic and computational systems whose designs are motivated by biological principles of organisation and operation

Tel: +44 1904 322383  Email: jfm7@ohm.york.ac.uk 
Location: Physics/Electronics P/M/101

Simon O'Keefe
Computer Science

O'Keefe, Simon

Study of neural networks and their application to a variety of problems

Tel: +44 1904 325375  Email: simon.okeefe@york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/329

Jon Pitchford 

Pitchford, Jon

Individual-based models (IBMS) of growth, competition and foraging in marine and terrestrial systems; marine reserves and evolutionary fisheries management; evolution under uncertainty; plankton dynamics; terrestrial carbon dynamics in complex food webs; epidemiology; group movement; wind farms and dead birds 

Tel: +44 1904 328559  Email: jon.pitchford@york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar
Homepages: Biology Mathematics
Location: Biology Room B/S109

Fiona Polack 
Computer Science

Polack, Fiona

Engineering nature-inspired systems, modelling, simulation, and validation of complex systems, modelling and metamodelling, software engineering, eg. for security, with formality, Formal and integrated software specification 

Tel: +44 1904 325337  Email: fiona@cs.york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/328

Martin Robinson 

Robinson, Martin

Applying electromagnetic and radio frequency techniques to bio-medical problems; electromagnetic compatibility and shielding

Tel: +44 1904 322385  Email: martin.robinson@york.ac.uk 
Location: Physics/Electronics P/Z/014

Angelika Sebald 

Sebald, Angelika

Nuclear magnetice resonance - spin dynamics in spectroscopy and computation 

Tel: +44 1904 324539  Email: angelika.sebald@york.ac.uk a
Location: Chemistry C/A/048

Steve Smith  

Smith, Steve

Evolutionary computation, particularly alternative representations and their application to image processing. Vision and image analysis for novel medical computing and rich media applications, such as video augmented environments 

Tel: +44 1904 322351  Email: stephen.smith@york.ac.uk  
Location: Physics/Electronics P/M/103

Susan Stepney 
Computer Science

Stepney, Susan

Non-standard computation, complex adaptive systems, non-von Neumann architectures 

Tel: +44 1904 325377  Email: susan@cs.york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar 
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/331

Gianluca Tempesti 

Tempesti, Gianluca

Bio-inspired digital hardware, built-in self-test and self-repair, programmable logic, and cellular automata 

Tel: +44 1904 323328  Email: gianluca.tempesti@york.ac.uk 
Location: Physics/Electronics P/Z/013

Jon Timmis  

Timmis, Jon

Natural computation, swarm robotics and computational immunology  

Tel: +44 1904 32 2318  Email: jtimmis@cs.york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar  
Location: Electronics DF/02

Mike Tse 

Tse, Mike

Supply chain risk management in solving quality risk by using a large scale, empirical approach 

Tel: +44 1904 325341  Email: mike.tse@york.ac.uk
Location: Manangement LMB/234

Reidun Twarock 

Twarock, Reidun

Novel analytical and computational tools for the modelling of viruses


Tel: +44 1904 325368  Email: reidun.twarock@york.ac.uk
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/323

Andy Tyrrell 

Tyrrell, Andy

Design of biologically-inspired architectures, artificial immune systems, evolvable hardware, FPGA system design, fault tolerant design, and real-time systems 

Tel: +44 1904 322340  Email: amt@ohm.york.ac.uk
Location: Physics/Electronics P/B/005

Harry Venables 

Venables, Harry

Development and application of ant colony optimisation techniques within the field of facility location, a branch of supply chain management  

Tel: +44 1904 325037  Email: harry.venables@york.ac.uk  
Location: Management LMB/212

Richard Walsh
English & Related Literature

Walsh, Richard 

Narrative theory and complex systems

Tel: +44 1904 323338 Email: richard.walsh@york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar 
Location:  Derwent M/110


Julie Wilson 

Wilson, Julie

Working on chemometrics, biostatistics and image analysis 

Tel: +44 1904 325369
Email: julie.wilson@york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/324 

Jamie Wood  

Wood, Jamie


Working on complexity and emergent phenomena in biologically inspired models 

Tel: +44 1904 328650   Email: jamie.wood@york.ac.uk 
Publications: Google Scholar
Location: Biology Room B/S112 

Peter Young 

Young, Peter

Population genetics, molecular phylogeny and comparative genomics of rhizobia and other bacteria. Molecular ecology and diversity of mycorrhizal fungi. Bioinformatics and environmental genomics. Biologically-inspired computing 

Tel: +44 1904 328630  Email: peter.young@york.ac.uk 
Location: Biology B/J/10

Research Fellows


Eric Dykeman 


Dynamic properties of viruses 

Tel: +44 1904 325366
Email: eric.dykeman@york.ac.uk 
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/325

Michael Lones 

Lones, Michael

Evolutionary and bio-inspired computing methods and applications in biology and medicine 

Tel: +44 1904 322830
Email: michael.lones@york.ac.uk 
Location: Physics/Electronics P/M/10

Elva Robinson 

Robinson, Elva 

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow. Working on organisation of ant societies, specifically how the simple behavioural rules followed by individual ants interact to produce adaptive colony-level behaviours


Tel: +44 1904 3255338
Email: elva.robinson@york.ac.uk
Publications: Google Scholar 
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/225


Martin Albrecht Trefzer 

Automatic Design of Adaptive Systems using Unconstrained Evolution and Development on a Hardware Platform


Tel: +44 1904 323324
Email: martin.trefzer@york.ac.uk 
Location: Physics/Electronics P/M/105

James Alfred Walker 

Walker, James Alfred

Evolutionary Computation, especially Cartesian Genetic Programming (CGP), and its application to real-world problems 


Tel: +44 1904 322832
Email: james.walker@york.ac.uk 
Location: Physics/Electronics P/M/105

Research Associates

Nathan Burles


Tel: +44 1904 325646
Email: nathan.burles@york.ac.uk
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/337

Sam Devlin
Computer Science

Game Data Mining 

Tel: +44 1904 325339
Email: sam.devlin@york.ac.uk
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/334


Simon Hickinbotham
Computer Science

Hickinbotham, Simon

Condition Monitoring on a Cloud" with Cybula Ltd and ACA Group


Tel: +44 1904 325334
Email: simon.hickinbotham@york.ac.uk
Location: Computer Science CSE/228

Jerry Swan

Metaheuristic Optimization, Search Based Software Engineering, Machine Learning and Symbolic Computation

Tel: +44 1904 325384
Email: jerry.swan@york.ac.uk
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/337

Research Students

Stewart Aitken


 Field Programmable Gate Arrays for Complex Systems Simulations

  • Computer Science 2010 - 2016
  • Supervised by Professor Susan Stepney

Cicik Alfiniyah

Coupling biological dynamics of swarming in colonies of Erwinia carotovora to thin-film fluid dynamics

  • Mathematics 2013 - 2016
  • Supervised by Profess Martin Bees and Dr Jamie Wood

Laila Alsharief

Evolution and bioconvection in suspensions of mixed species
  • Mathematics 2013 - 2016
  • Supervised by Professor Martin Bees and Dr Jon Pitchford

Hasanen Alyasiri

Web Server Security
  • Computer Science 2014 - 2017
  • Supervised by Professor John Clark and Dr Rob Alexander

Edward Bowles

Discovery of cryptanalytic attacks and strategies through metaheuristic search
  • Computer Science 2013 - 2016
  • Supervised by Professor John Clark

Matthew Bedder

Hierarchical Monte Carlo Tree Search for highly branching games

  • Computer Science 2014 - 2018
  • Supervised by Dr Daniel Kudenko and Professor Simon Lucas (University of Essex)

Jennifer Beeston

Digital gaming and interactive technologies for nurological care centres

  • Computer Science 2015 - 2019
  • Supervised by Dr Paul Cairns

Joesph Butterick

Mathematical mopdels of predator prey interactuions in animal groups

  • Mathematics 2013 - 2017
  • Supervised by Dr Jamie Wood and Dr Dan Franks

Yi-Huei Chen


The relationship between ant colony size and altitude

  • Biology 2011 - 2014
  • Supervised by Dr Elva Robinson


Gabriel Costa Silva

Supporting Portability and Interoperability in Cloud Computing

  • Computer Science 2013 - 2016
  • Supervised by Dr Louis Rose and Dr Radu Calinescu

Joe Cutting

Immersion in self-paced games

  • computer Science 2014 - 2017
  • Supervised by Dr Paul Cairns

Matthew Dale

Complex in materio computation for robust dynamical control

  • Computer Science 2014 - 2017
  • Supervised by Professor Susan Stepney and Dr Julian Miller


Frances Drachenberg

Foramalisation of computational models from immunological theory from a complex systems prospective

  • Biology 2015 - 2018
  • Supervised by Dr Leo Caves, Professor Susan Stepney and Professor Paul Kaye

Stephanie Dyson

Using a systems biology and computational modelling approach to understand the immunology and complex biological system of the intestinal tract

  • Computer Science, Biology 2012 - 2016
  • Supervised by Professor Jon Timmis and Dr Marika Kullberg

Sam Ellis

Mechanisms and consequences of polydomy in red wood ants

  • Biology 2011 - 2014
  • Supervised by Dr Elva Robinson

Elmira Abdollahzadeh Esmaeili

Analysis of post-translational modifications in collagen

  • Chemistry 2014 - 2017
  • EPSRC funded and supervised by Dr Julie Wilson

Penny Faulkner


Chemical Realism in Artificial Chemistries

  • Chemistry 2015 - 2018
  • Supervised by Dr Angelika Sebald and Professor Susan Stepney

Simos Gerasimou
Gerasimou, Simos 

Runtime Quantitative Verification of Self-Adaptive Artificial-Intelligence System

  • Computer Science 2012 - 2016
  • Supervised by Dr Radu Calinescu

James Geraets

Templated self-assembly of nanocontainers with applications in virology and drug delivery

  • Biology and Physics 2011 - 2015
  • Funding: Wellcome - Supervised by Profesor Reidun Twarock and Dr. Yvette Hancock

Bjorn Gerckens

Simulation modelling of mAb efficacy for the treatment of autoimmune disease (CASE)

  • Biology and Computer Science 2012 - 2016
  • Supervised by Professor Jon Timmis and Dr Mark Coles

Anna Grey

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The uses and abuses of research metrics

  • Management 2011 - 2017
  • Supervised by Professor Kiran Fernandes and Professor Mathias Beck

German Leonov

Agent-based modelling of microRNA regularoty networks

  • Computer Science and Centre of Immunology and Infection 2011 - 2015
  • Supervised by Dr Dimitris Lagos and Professor Jon Timmis


Alan Millard

Millard, Alan

Self-healing swarm robotic systems

  • Computer Science 2011 - 2014
  • Supervised by Professor Jon Timmis and Professor Alan Winfield from Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Babajide Ogunyomi (Jimmy)

Incremental Model-toText Transformations

  • Computer Science 2012 - 2016
  • Supervised by Dr Louis Rose

Garo Panikian

Panikian, Garo

Learning probablistic models of complex biological systems

  • Computer Science 20011 - 2016
  • Supervised by Dr James Cussens

Duncan Procter


  • Biology 2012 - 2016
  • Supervised by Professor Michael Hofreiter and Dr Elva Robinson

Nick Sephton

Integrating macnine learning, search and knowledge-based approaches for decision making: application to the complex game Magic: The Gathering

  • Computer Science 2012 - 2015
  • EngD - Supervised by Professor Peter Cowling 

Komsan Srivisut

Multi-Core testing

  • Computer Science 2013 - 2016
  • Supervised by Professor John Clark

Chris Timperley

Reflection and Open-ended Evolution

  • Computer Science 2013 - 2016
  • Supervised by Professor Susan Stepney

Eva Weiss

Packaging-signal mediated assembly mechanisms in single-stranded RNA viruses

  • Biology 2014 - 2017
  • Supervised by Professor Paul Kaye and Professor Reidun Twarock


Admin Staff

Sarah Christmas
YCCSA Manager
Christmas, Sarah 


Tel: +44 1904 325334
Email: sarah.christmas@york.ac.uk 
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/221

Joanne Maltby
IGGI Manager

Tel: +44 01904 325641
Email: joanne.maltby@york.ac.uk
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/223



Kieran Alden

Use of computational models to inform or replace biological experimentation, robust model design, statistical analysis of simulations of complex systems

University of Birmingham

Publications: Google Scholar
Homepage 1 - Homepage 2

Adel Aloraini

Machine learning in bioinformatics specially for cancer modelling and gene regulatory networks

Qassim University


Paul Andrews
Andrews, Paul


Keith De'Bell

Mathematical modeling of self-organizing systems and complex systems, social development and the social determinants of health.

St. Francis Xavier, Canada

Publications: Google Scholar

Jose Cuesta

Complex systems, statistical physics, evolutionary dynamics, theoretical ecology, social modelling & experiments

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Publications: Google Scholar
Home Page

Alastair Droop

Bioinformatics especially NGS data analysis, modelling and visualisation. Complex systems analysis and emergence in dynamic biological systems

University of Leeds

Publications: Google Scholar


Peter Dudley


Cybernetics and Adaptive Systems

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Linkedin Page

Bruce Edmonds

Social aspects of informal value exchange; simulating the social processes of science; bridging the qualitative-quantitative worlds; the social complexity of immigration and diversity; social and socially-situated intelligence; measures and characterizations of complexity; evolutionary processes; nature and application of context in cognitive and AI domains; social simulation; philosophy of science (particularly modelling);  the application of social processes/structures to computational systems, simulating the social processes of science and using qualitative data to inform the specification of agent-based models.

Publications: Google Scholar

Karim ElSawy

Molecular modelling and computer simulation of biomolecules

Qassim University

Publications: Google Scholar


Kiran Fernandes


Modelling Complex Sysems, Open Innovation and Complex Supply Chains

University of Durham

Publications: Google Scholar
Home Page

Philip Garnett

Complex systems modelling, simulation and data analysis


Publications: Google Scholar

Richard Greaves

Simulation of stem cell fate computation

Email: richard.greaves@york.ac.uk
Location: Ron Cooke Hub RCH/226

Julianne Halley


Ottoline Leyser

Self-organisation in plant development

Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University

Publictions: Google Scholar

Christian Micheletti

Development and application of coarse grained models to study kinetic, thermodynamic and mechanical properties of biomolecules

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)


Howard Noble


Participatory agent-based modelling: envisaging the future through making, playing and explaining games

University of Oxford


Simon Poulding

Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Publications:  Google Scholar


Edward Powley


Emma Uprichard


Methods and methodology; time and temporality; children and childhood; cities and urban change; food; critical realism;
change and continuity

University of Warwick

Publications: Google Scholar