Jessie Kennedy

Jessie Kennedy

Prof Jessie Kennedy

Dean, Research & Innovation

Biography

Professor Jessie Kennedy is Dean of Research & Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University.

Appointed in January 2015, Jessie's first degree was in Biology, followed by an MPhil in Computing, which led to a research assistant post in medical computing at the University of Edinburgh in 1983.

She joined Edinburgh Napier University in 1986 as a lecturer, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1992, Reader in 1995, and Professor in 2000. Thereafter she held the post of Director of the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation from 2010-14.

Jessie has published widely, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over £2 million in research funding from a range of bodies, including EPSRC, BBSRC, National Science Foundation, and KTP, and has had 13 PhD students complete.

She has been programme chair, programme committee member and organiser of many international conferences, a reviewer and panel member for many national and international computer science funding bodies, and became a Member of EPSRC Peer Review College in 1996 and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Jessie has a long-standing record of contribution to inter-disciplinary research, working to further biological research through the application of novel computing technology.

Her research in the areas of user interfaces to databases and data visualisation in biology contributed to the establishment of the field of biological visualisation, where she is a recognised international leader.

Jessie hosted the first biological visualisation workshop at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, was an invited speaker at a BBSRC workshop on Challenges in Biological Visualisation, was a founding member of the International Symposium in Biological Visualisation - being Programme Chair in 2011, General Chair in 2012 and 2013 - and steering committee member since 2014.

She has been keynote speaker at related international conferences and workshops, such as VIZBI, the International Visualisation conference and BioIT World, and is currently leading a BBSRC network on biological visualisation.

Her research in collaboration with taxonomists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, produced a data model for representing differing taxonomic opinions in Linnaean classification.

This work led to collaboration on a large USA-funded project with ecologists from six US universities and resulted in a data standard for the exchange biodiversity data that has been adopted by major global taxonomic and biodiversity organisations.

Events

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Participant at Dagstuhl Seminar On Information Visualization
  • Participant at Dagstuhl Seminar On Information Visualisation At Schloss Dagstuhl.
  • Organiser of the 1st Annual Meeting of the BBSRC Biological Visualisation Network
  • Member of Program Committee, EuroVis, Gronigen, June 2016
  • Member of Program Committee, VAST 2016, Baltimore, October 2016
  • Member of Program Committee, EuroVA, Cagliari, June 2015
  • Member of Program Committee, IVAPP, Berlin, March, January 2015
  • Member of Program Committee IV 2008, London, July 2008.
  • Member of Program Committee, BioVis 2016, Baltimore, October 2016
  • Member of Program Committee, EuroVis, Eindhoven, 2008.
  • Member of Program Committee IV 2014, Paris, July 2014
  • Member of Program Committee, IVAPP, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2014
  • Member of Program Committee, InfoVis 2014, Paris, France, November 2014
  • Member of Program Committee PacificVis 2015, Hangzhou, China
  • Member of Program Committee, BioVis 2015, Dublin, July 2015
  • Member of Program Committee for the International Conference on Information Visualisation Theory and Applications, France 2010
  • Member of Program Committee 26th British National Conference on Databases, Cardiff, July 2009.
  • Member of Program Committee PacificVis 2013, Sydney, February 2013
  • Member of Program Committee, BioVis 2014, Boston, USA, July 2014
  • Member of Program Committee PacificVis 2014, Yokohama, Japan, March 2014
  • Member of Program Committee 25th British National Conference on Databases, Cardiff, July 2008.
  • Member of Program Committee, InfoVis 2008, Ohio, USA, October 2008.
  • Member of Program Committee IV 2009, London, July 2009.
  • Member of Program Committee, InfoVis 2009, Atlantic City, USA, October 2009.
  • Member of Program Committee, EuroVis, Berlin, 2009.
  • Chair of Workshop: Applications of Information Visualisation in Bioinformatics, September 15th 2008, Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Co-organiser of Dagstuhl Seminar on BioVis, 9-14/9/2012.
  • General Co-Chair of BioVis 2012
  • General Co-Chair for BioVis, the 3rd International Symposium in Biological Visualization
  • Member of the Short papers programme committee for Eurovis 2013
  • Member of the EuroVis 2012 Programme Committee
  • Member of the programme committee for the 23rd Scientific and Statistical Database Management Conference
  • Member of the Programme Committee for InfoVis 2012
  • Member of the Programme Committee Data Integration in the Life Sciences, 2010, Goteburg
  • Member of the Programme Committee British National Conference on Databases 2010, Dundee
  • Member of the Programme Committee for IV 2010, London
  • Member of the programme committee for the 28th BNCOD 2011
  • Member of the Programme Committee for InfoVis 2010, Salt Lake City
  • Member of the programme committee for IV 2013 in London.
  • Member of the programme committee for InfoVis 2013
  • Member of the Programme Committee, Eurovis 2010, 9-11 June, Bordeaux,France
  • Member of the programme committee for EuroVis 2011.
  • Steering Committee Member, BioVis 2014, Boston, USA, July 2014
  • Programme Chair of the British National Conference on Databases, 2007
  • Program Co-Chair – Short Papers, EuroVis, Cagliari, June 2015
  • Program Co-Chair – Short Papers, EuroVis, Swansea, June 2014
  • Programme Co-Chair for BioVis 2011: Symposium on Biological Data Visualization
  • Program Chair 24th British National Conference on Databases, Glasgow, July 2007.

 

Invited Speaker

  • Opening Keynote Speaker at Data Visualization & Exploration Tools, Part of Bio-IT World & Expo, April 21-23, 2015, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, USA
  • Keynote Speaker, Information Design Principles and Biological Visualisation, Research Data Visualisation Workshop, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Manchester, 28/7/2016
  • Keynote speaker at IV 2012
  • Keynote speaker at VIZBI 2012
  • Invited Tutorial on the Principles of Information Visualization at VIZBI 2012 in Heidelberg
  • Invited talk at the EU 4D4Life Workshop at Reading University.
  • Invited Plenary Speaker At BBSRC Challenges In Biological Visualization Workshop, November 2010
  • Invited panel speaker, Motivating Researchers for Knowledge Exchange, AURIL/ARMA/PraxisUnico Joint Directors Forum, April 2016
  • Invited Speaker at The Making Sense Of Large Datasets: Perspectives Across The Sciences Conference.
  • Invited speaker, “BiVi: The Biological Visualisation Network”, BioJS Conference, 3rd July 2015, The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich
  • Invited speaker. “User Centred Design in BioVis: a Case study”. Symposium on Understanding Cancer Genomics through Information Visualization, Tokyo, Japan, 22nd Feb 2013
  • Invited Keynote speaker at CDVE2010

 

Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • Member of BBSRC Funding Panel meeting, 11/7/2013, Birmingham
  • Member of BBSRC Funding Panel meeting 20th March 2012, Swindon
  • Member of BBSRC TRDF Funding Panel meeting 4/12/2012, Swindon
  • Member of Advisory Board of the VITAE Scotland Northern Ireland Hub
  • Member of EPSRC funding panel, 8/11/2005, Swindon
  • Member of EPSRC eScience Funding panel, 22/7/2003, London
  • Member of EPSRC Bioinformatics Funding panel, 2-3 Oct 2007
  • Member of EPSRC Funding Panel meeting 4-5th October 2011, Swindon
  • Member of EPSRC Funding Panel meeting 12/03/2008
  • Member of EPSRC Responsive Mode Panel meeting 23/10/2013, Swindon
  • Member of EPSRC funding panel member 10/7/2001, Swindon
  • Member of EPSRC Funding Panel meeting, 17/9/2013, Swindon
  • Member of EPSRC Funding Panel meeting 6th June 2102, Swindon
  • Member of 2009-10 Swedish Computer Science Research Funding Panel
  • Member of EPSRC/BBSRC Bioinformatics Funding Panel member, 1998-01
  • Member of the project review panel for the EU project pro-ioBiosphere
  • Member of the project review panel for the EU project VIBRANT
  • Member of the project review panel for the EU project i4Life
  • Member of the Science Foundation Ireland Computer Science Funding Panel, 2009
  • Member of the Science Foundation Ireland Computer Science funding panel 2010-11
  • Member of the Challenging Engineering 2010 ICT short listing Panel 2010-11.
  • VITAE Scottish Hub Advisory Committee member, 2008-11
  • Chair TDWG (Biodiversity Information Standards) Taxonomic Names and Concepts Group, 2004-09
  • Edinburgh Napier University representative on the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Research Pool (SICSA) Research Committee, 2011- 2015
  • Grant Reviewer Austrian Science Foundation 2013
  • Grant Reviewer Austrian Science Foundation
  • EPSRC Programme Grant Funding panel member, 11/2/2015, Swindon
  • EU Project Reviewer, pro-iBiosphere, 28/10/2014, Brussels
  • EU Project Reviewer, pro-iBiosphere, 27/10/2014, Brussels
  • EU Project Review, BioVel, 7/11/2013, Brussels
  • EU Project Reviewer, i4Life, 15/12/2011, Brussels
  • EU Project Reviewer, BioVel, 19/02/2015, Brussels
  • EU Project Reviewer, VIBRANT, 30/1/2012, Brussels
  • EU Project Reviewer, VIBRANT, 28/1/2014, Brussels
  • EU Project Reviewer, BioVel, 6th November 2012, Brussels
  • Member of the BBSRC BBR funding panel.
  • Member Scottish Funding Council KTG Review Working Group 2015
  • Member of the BBSRC Funding Panel meeting 5th September 2011, Swindon
  • Advisory panel member for the BBSRC funded BioLayout Express 3D visualisation project at the Roslin Institute
  • BBSRC BBR Funding Panel Meeting, 4/2/2016, Bristol
  • BBSRC BBR Funding Panel meeting, 17/10/2014, Manchester
  • BBSRC BBR Funding Panel meeting, 10/2/2014, Birmingham
  • Scottish Representative at EU Smart Specialism Planning meeting, Linkoping, Sweden, April 2014

 

Reviewing

  • Carnegie Trust Grant Assessor
  • BBSRC Reviewer
  • Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
  • EPSRC Peer Review College.

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow of the British Computer Society

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editor of Special Issue of BMC Bioinformatics Journal on Biological Visualisation

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • IEEE VIS 2016 Best Panel: Pathways for Theoretical Advances in Visualization
  • Winner of the Edinburgh Ambassador #ScotSpirit Award 2016 sponsored by VisitScotland
  • Governor’s Prize
  • Best paper award at BioVis 2014
  • Best short paper at EuroVis 2014
  • Re-elected to the EPSRC Peer Review College.

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner Under Graduate and MSc in Computer Science, Multimedia & Telecommunications, University of Salford, 2006-09
  • External Examiner MSc Compting, University of Glasgow, 2001-04
  • External Examiner, MSc Information Systems, Wolverhampton Univ. 1994-98
  • External Examiner, School of Computing, Postgraduate Programmes, University of Abertay, 2000-03
  • External examiner, University of Abertay, School of Computing Research Review, 8th November 2010

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, Swansea University 2011
  • External Examiner, PhD Bioinformatics, University of Edinburgh 2016
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, Univ. of Leiden 2012
  • External Examiner, MSc in Computer Science, University of Birmingham, April 1993
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, University of the West of Scotland 2013
  • External Examiner, PhD in Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University - Jan 1996
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, Univ. of Loughborough 2013
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, Linnaeus Univ, Växjö, Sweden 2013
  • External Examiner, MPhil Computing, Lancaster University 2011
  • External Examiner, PhD Computer Science, University of Kent, September 2006
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing & Information Management, London Southbank University 2005
  • External Examiner, PhD Bioinformatics, Univ. of Glasgow 2007
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, Open University 2009
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, Univ. of Glasgow 2008
  • External Examiner, DPhil Computer Science, University of Ulster, May, 1997
  • External Examiner, MSc in Computer Science, UMIST - Jan 1996
  • External Examiner, MSc Computer Science, University of Aberdeen, July, 1997
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing Science, University of Glasgow, Dec. 2004
  • External Examiner, PhD Computer Science, University of Lancaster, July, 1998
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands 2015
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, Abertay University 2010
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, KU Leuven, Belgium 2016
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, Heriot-Watt Univ 2013
  • External Examiner, PhD Computing, St Andrews University 2012
  • External Reviewer, Habilitation Degree, Johannes Kepler University Linz , Austria, April 2016

 

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