Professor Peter Andras is the Dean of the Schools of Computing and Engineering & the Built Environment since August 2021.
Previously Peter was the Head of the School of Computing and Mathematics (2017 – 2021) and Professor of Computer Science and Informatics at Keele University from 2014 – 2021. Prior to this he worked at Newcastle University in the School of Computing (2002 – 2014) and the Department of Psychology (2000 – 2002).
He has a PhD in Mathematical Analysis of Artificial Neural Networks (2000), MSc in Artificial Intelligence (1996) and BSc in Computer Science (1995), all from the Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.
Peter’s research interests span a range of subjects including artificial intelligence, machine learning, complex systems, agent-based modelling, software engineering, systems theory, neuroscience, modelling and analysis of biological and social systems. He has worked on many research projects, mostly in collaboration with other researchers in computer science, psychology, chemistry, electronic engineering, mathematics, economics and other areas. His research projects have received around £2.5 million funding, his papers have been cited by over 2,400 times and his h-index is 25 according to Google Scholar.
Peter has extensive experience of working with industry, including several KTP projects and three university spin-out companies, one of which is on the London Stock Exchange since 2007 – eTherapeutics plc.
Peter is member of the Board of Governors of the International Neural Network Society (INNS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and member of the UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC), IEEE Computer Society, Society for Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).
Peter serves on the EPSRC Peer Review College, the Royal Society International Exchanges Panel and the Royal Society APEX Awards Review College. He is also regularly serving as review panel member and project assessor for EU funding agencies.
Outside academia, Peter has an interest in politics and community affairs. He served as local councillor in Newcastle upon Tyne, parish councillor in Keele and stood in general elections for the Parliament. He has experience of working with and leading community organisations and leading a not-for-profit regional development consultancy and project management organisation.