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r.hill@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472060



After qualifying as a Chartered Production Engineer and working in the manufacturing industry, my career in higher education commenced in 2000 at Sheffield Hallam University. I have held a number of academic teaching, research and academic management posts over the last 17 years.

In 2010 I joined the University of Derby as Head of Subject, Computing, with a remit to renew the existing academic portfolio and develop the School’s first submission to an external research assessment exercise (REF2014). During 2011, the Mathematics scheme was added to the School. In 2014 the School became a Department within the new College of Engineering and Technology.

In 2017 I joined the University of Huddersfield as Head of the Department of Informatics.

I have published widely in the fields of agent-oriented computing, Cloud computing, Enterprise Architecture and analytics for Big Data.

I have extensive experience of university curriculum design, development and examination from Foundation Degree to Doctorate level. I also have considerable experience of the design and delivery of academic programmes in partnership with employers such as Capgemini, SAP, Atos and SAS, as well as with overseas educational institutions.

Professional Membership includes;

  • Fellow of the British Computing Society (FBCS)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MIEEE)
  • Chartered Production Engineer (CEng)
  • Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP)

Profession Qualifications include:

  • PgCert, Higher Education Management, University College London, 2013.
  • PhD, Sheffield Hallam University, 2007.
  • MSc, Leeds Beckett University, 1995.
  • BEng (Hons) Sandwich, Leeds Beckett University, 1994.
  • PgCertLT, Sheffield Hallam University, 2001.

Research and Scholarship

My primary research interest relates to how we can build intelligent systems that demonstrate agency and autonomy. I am particularly interested in the use of agency as a design abstraction, and more recently, how multiagent systems can inform the design of large scale interconnected networks, to be found in ‘Edge Computing’ and Internet of Things (IoT) architectures.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Yaseen, M., Anjum, A., Rana, O. and Hill, R. (2017) ‘Cloud-based scalable object detection and classification in video streamsFuture Generation Computer Systems . ISSN 0167-739X

Liu, J., Liu, L., Xue, Y., Dong, J., Hu, Y., Hill, R., Guang, J. and Li, C. (2017) ‘Grid workflow validation using ontology-based tacit knowledge: A case study for quantitative remote sensing applicationsComputers & Geosciences , 98, pp. 46-54. ISSN 0098-3004

Ikram, A., Anjum, A., Hill, R., Antonopoulos, N., Liu, L. and Sotiriadis, S. (2015) ‘Approaching the Internet of things (IoT): a modelling, analysis and abstraction frameworkConcurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience , 27 (8), pp. 1966-1984. ISSN 1532-0626

Liu, Z., Liu, L., Hardy, J., Anjum, A., Hill, R. and Antonopoulos, N. (2012) ‘Dot-base62x: building a compact and user-friendly text representation scheme of ipv6 addresses for cloud computingJournal of Cloud Computing: Advances, Systems and Applications , 1 (1), p. 3. ISSN 2192-113X

Shi, Q., Xiao, Y., Bessis, N., Lu, Y., Chen, Y. and Hill, R. (2012) ‘Optimizing K2 trees: A case for validating the maturity of network of practicesComputers & Mathematics with Applications , 63 (2), pp. 427-436. ISSN 0898-1221

Smith, A. and Hill, R. (2011) ‘Measuring efficiency in opportunistic ad hoc networksJournal of Interconnection Networks , 12 (03), pp. 189-203. ISSN 0219-2659

Conference Item

Shadija, D., Rezai, M. and Hill, R. (2017) ‘Towards an Understanding of Microservices’. In: 23rd International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC'17), 7th-8th September 2017, University of Huddersfield, UK

Hill, R., Devitt, J., Anjum, A. and Ali, M. (2017) ‘Towards In-Transit Analytics for Industry 4.0’. In: IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things (iThings 2017), 21-23 June 2017, Exeter, UK


  • SAS UK. Honorary SAS Fellow, 2014-Present.
  • External Examiner appointments:
    • University of Ulster, Belfast, UK. 2013–Present.
    • University of Teesside, Teesside, UK. 2011–2015.
    • University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK. 2006–2010.
    • Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK. 2005-2008.
    • South Yorkshire Open College Network, Sheffield, UK. 2007-2011.
    • PhD External Examiner: Royal Holloway, Sheffield Hallam, Leeds Beckett.
  • Programme Chair, The 16th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications (IUCC2017), China.
  • Finance Chair of the International Conference of Utility and Cloud Computing, IEEE/ACM, 2014, 2016.
  • General Chair of International Conference of Conceptual Structures, 2010.
  • Programme Chair of International Conference of Conceptual Structures, 2007.

Research Degree Supervision

Enterprise Activities

I have been engaged as a consultant with:

  • SAP UK
  • SAP Benelux
  • Rolls Royce
  • De Montfort University
  • Capgemini
  • Atos

Administrative Responsibilities

Head of Informatics Department

Teaching and Professional Activities

My teaching is focused primarily on the following topics:

  • Big Data
  • Predictive analytics
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Multiagent systems