Bill is a Professor at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, next generation user interfaces, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, e-Health, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and simulation. Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World, and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing.
He has published over 27 academic books, and over 200 academic publications, along with several awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, and for teaching, such as winning at the I ♥ my Tutor Awards (Student voted), Edinburgh Napier University, 2011, and two recent innovation and enterprise awards for an e-Health Platform with the IET and the BCS. Presently he is working with a range of industrial/domain partners, including with the Scottish Police, health care professionals and the FSA. As part of the drive to create a World-leading in frastructure for security and cybercrime, he leads the Scottish Centre of Excellence for Security and Cybercrime which brings together a wide range of collaborators, including most of the universities in Scotland, the Scottish Police, the public sector, and a range of SMEs and large organisations.
Current work includes initiatives on creating an e-Forensics Cloud across Scotland, and in organising a large-scale Symposium to engage a large number of stakeholders within Scotland, in order to focus on creating a World-leading infrastructure. He has a long track record in commercialisation activities, including being a co-founder of Inquisitive System, which has progressed from PhD work to a university spin-out, though the Scottish Enterprise funded Proof-of-Concept scheme. This spin-out has also involved patenting novel security software in three territories around the World. His current work includes collaboration of TSB Grants with Microsoft plc on a £2million project which aims to improve the care of the elderly using Trusted Cloud-based services, and with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on a next generation Health Care platform.