Ian is Emeritus Professor of Software Engineering at the University of St Andrews and has 30+ years of experience of research and teaching in this area. In the 1990s, unhappy with the effectiveness of technical solutions to software problems, he entered into a collaboration with colleagues from sociology to examine socio-technical issues and how these influenced complex software systems. From this collaboration, he has learned an immense amount about inter-disciplinary working and about the value of a social and organisational perspective on systems engineering. He is a principal investigator in the Large-scale Complex Systems Engineering research and teaching programme and, as well as his interests in socio-technical systems, he is also interested in cloud computing and how this will affect organisations and their software engineering.
For more information about Ian's research and teaching, Ian's web page is at http://www. software-engin.com
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