PhD at Edinburgh University, 1994:
Jane Hilltson joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, as a research assistant in 1989. In 1994 she was awarded a PhD. Her thesis, 'A Compositional Approach to Performance Modelling', was selected for publication as a Distinguished Dissertation in Computer Science in 1995. In 1995 she became a lecturer, and in 2001 a reader, in computer science at the University of Edinburgh. In 2006 she became a Professor Quantitative Modelling and an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow in the School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh.
She is a member of the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science.
Her principal research interests are in the use of process algebras to model computer systems and the investigation of issues of compositionality with respect to Markov processes.
Her work on the stochastic process algebra PEPA was recognized by the British Computer Society in 2004 who awarded her the the first ever Roger Needham Award.
I had originally felt a bit intimidated by the idea of doing a PhD so after completing an MSc in Mathematics I went to work in the software industry for a couple of years. This sparked my interest in computer science and I realised that I missed the stimulation of academic life.
So I took up a research position in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh and started studying part-time for a PhD.
Edinburgh was a great environment for me because I had the chance to be exposed to a wide range of topics and this undoubtedly influenced my research.
After my PhD I was lucky enough to get a post-doctoral research fellowship for two years before taking up a lectureship. I chose to stay in Edinburgh because it had proved to be a very productive environment for me. As an employer, the University has been very supportive throughout my career, and I particularly appreciated the flexibility available when I started a family. I took 10 months maternity leave with each of my children and worked part-time until the youngest was three.
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