Professor Carron Shankland


Computing Science University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Carron Shankland

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I am a professor in Computing Science engaged in research and teaching in computing. My research lies in the intersection of computer science, mathematics and biology: understanding the behaviour of biological systems through mathematical and computational models. Models (in process algebra) can describe systems at a high level of abstraction as networks of communicating individuals, scaling up to the emergent population dynamics. My group has worked across a range of biological systems (disease dynamics, immunological systems, collective dynamics of cells, cell signalling response to cancer therapies) as well as in computer networks and protocols. In addition, my group is developing an exciting technique combining genetic programming with modelling to produce models directly from experimental data.

I am committed to advancing the careers of women in academic and have a number of related roles. I chair the BCS Women in Computing Research group (BCS is the professional society for computing and IT). I lead the CygnetS network for those interested in gender diversity in computing and am expanding that to a network for diversity in ICT (DiVERct). I am a member of the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies, and a ScienceGrrl. I led the University's Athena SWAN activities 2012-2016, chairing our self-assessment panel, resulting in a successful Bronze award in 2013. My work in this area has been recognised by a Suffrage Science award, and a Scottish Woman of the Year award. I am a member of the Biological Modelling group.


Suffrage Science Award 2016
The Suffrage Science scheme celebrates women in science for their scientific achievement and for their ability to inspire others. 12 awards in Computing and Mathematics were made in 2016.

Scottish Woman of the Year 2017 (Services to Science and Technology)

Inaugural year for this award.


PhD in Computing Science
University of Glasgow

Verification of LOTOS Specifications using Term Rewriting Techniques

BSc in Computing Science (Hons)
University of Glasgow

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