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University of Stirling


Professor Carron Shankland


Computing Science University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Carron Shankland

About me

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. Her 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. Her 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, her 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 am leading an initiative to create a network (CygnetS) for those interested in gender diversity in computing. I am a member of the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies, and a ScienceGrrl. Until recently I led the University's Athena SWAN activities, 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. I am a member of the Modelling and Analysis of Complex Systems 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.


Computing Science
University of Glasgow

Computing Science
University of Glasgow

Event / Presentation

Modelling the bubonic plague in a prairie dog burrow: a work in progress. PASTA 2009 - 8th Workshop on Process Algebra and Stochastically Timed Activities
Process Algebra and Stochastically Timed Activities (PASTA)

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