Meet the team

DECaDE is a partnership between the University of Surrey, University of Edinburgh, and the Digital Catapult.

We are Hiring!

DECaDE launched October 2020 and is now hiring for several posts, including a full time centre manager, and several research fellow and PhD student positions all available for immediate start!

Socio-technical research focus

DECaDE builds upon world-leading expertise at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) within Surrey’s Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP). These technical capabilities fuse with expertise in socio-economic modelling and digital business transformation within Surrey Business School’s Centre for Digital Economy (CoDE), and people-centric security and trusted systems within the Surrey Centre for Cybersecurity (SCCS). Edinburgh brings world-class human factors and design expertise via Centre for Design Informatics (CDI). DECaDE incorporates SCRIPT within Edinburgh Law School; an AHRC law and technology research centre focusing on the relationship between law, technology, commerce and society. Co-creation is driven through the Digital Catapult via both its DLT Field Labs and machine intelligence garage engaging diverse private and public sector end-users.

Who we are


Prof. John Collomosse, DECaDE Director
Professor, Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP).
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Prof. Glenn Parry, DECaDE Co-Director
Professor, Centre for Digital Economy (CoDE).
+44 (0)1483 684307
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Prof. Steve Schneider
Professor, Director Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS).
+44 (0)1483 689637
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Prof. Chris Speed
Professor, Centre for Design Informatics (CDI).
+44 (0)7917 225815
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Dr. Dave Murray-Rust
Senior Lecturer, Director Centre for Design Informatics (CDI).
+44 (0)131 650 2971
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Prof. Burkhard Schafer
Professor, Director SCRIPT, School of Law.
+44 (0)131 650 2035
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Dr. Robert Learney
Head of Technology - Distributed Systems, Digital Catapult.
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Dr. Libby Kinsey
Lead Technologist AI/ML, Digital Catapult.
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Ian Crawford
Project Manager AI/ML & Distributed Systems, Digital Catapult.
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Dr. Ella Tallyn
Research Associate, Centre for Design Informatics.
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Dr. Jonathan Rankin
Researcher, Centre for Design Informatics.
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Dr. Tu Bui
Research Fellow, Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP).
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Mike Brookbanks
Visiting Research Fellow, Surrey Centre for Digital Economy.
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Andy Baloiu
DLT/Blockchain Technologist, Digital Catapult.
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Doctoral Students

Alex Jermakov
PhD Student, Content Provenance, CVSSP Surrey.
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