Simeon Keates

simeon keates

Prof Simeon Keates MA (Cantab) PhD (Cantab) FIET

Dean of the School of Engineering & the Built Environment


Professor Simeon Keates is Dean of the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University.

He was previously Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor in the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Greenwich and Head of School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics at the University of Abertay Dundee. His work history has included time both overseas and in industry, including a role as Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, where he lectured on the Design and Digital Communication study line.

He obtained his MA in Electrical and Information Science Tripos (EIST) from the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge (CUED) and PhD in Rehabilitation Engineering from the same institution, where he also worked as a Research Associate in the Speech Vision Robotics Group and later as the Royal Mail Research Fellow in the Engineering Design Centre, specialising in Inclusive Design.

After 12 years at Cambridge, he moved to the US and joined the Accessibility Research Group at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center before moving to Boston and working at ITA Software (now part of Google), designing systems for Air Canada.

Simeon's research interests include inclusive design, user-centred design, AI, HCI, robotics, novel computer architectures and machine-learning. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including "Countering Design Exclusion: An introduction to inclusive design" and "Designing for Accessibility: A business guide to countering design exclusion,” and over 150 research papers.

He has chaired a number of conferences, most recently the 15th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, was a member of the drafting committee for BS 7000 Part 6, and even competed on BBC 2’s Robot Wars.