Staff profile

Professor Alistair McEwan

Professor of Software Engineering, Head of Discipline Computing and Maths


I joined the University of Derby in 2020, taking up a chair in Software Engineering and the role of Head of Discipline Computing and Mathematics.  Prior to Derby, I was the lead of the Embedded Systems group in the Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester.  Before that I held several post-doctoral research fellowships a the Universities of Oxford, Kent, and Surrey.

Research interests

My research interests focus on the development and application of sound engineering principles to the design, development, and verification of dependable systems incorporating software - systems where high levels of assurance in the behaviours (and misbehaviours) are needed. Such systems may be, for instance, safety-critical or fault-tolerant systems implemented in either hardware or software, or a combination of both in reconfigurable hardware, and may even incorporate machine learning or artificial intelligence components.

Research projects have involved topics such as

These projects have been funded by a variety of sources including the EPSRC, FP7, Horizon 2020, and industrial funding; and have been conducted in collaboration with companies from automotive, avionics, medical, space, and consumer electronics, as well as a number of academic partners.

Membership of professional bodies