PROF Richard Sinnott

PROF Richard Sinnott


  • IT security (authentication, authorisation, auditing and accounting systems)
  • biomedical IT systems (bioinformatics, life science data management)
  • clinical IT systems (biobanking, clinical trials, epidemiology, disease registries)
  • eResearch across multiple application areas (security, HPC, data management, distributed systems)
  • engineering IT systems (large scale supercomputing / Grids)
  • public health IT systems (social, clinical, geospatial, environmental systems)
  • social science IT systems (social simulation, microdata)
  • software engineering (real time systems, formal methods, distributed systems)



  • Director of eResearch at the University of Melbourne since July 2010 and Professor of Applied Computing Systems in Computing and Information Systems Department, Melbourne School of Engineering. In these roles he is responsible for all aspects of eResearch (research-oriented IT development) at the University. He has been lead software engineer/architect on an extensive portfolio of national and international projects, with specific focus on those research domains requiring finer-grained access control (security).

    Prior to this position he was Technical Director of the National e-Science Centre at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and Director of e-Science at Glasgow. In these roles he was responsible for organising and administrating both UK wide work and local Glasgow University activities associated with e-Science. He also held the position of Deputy Technical Director for the Bioinformatics Research Centre at the University of Glasgow and Technical Manager of the National Centre for e-Social Science (based in Manchester). He was involved in many applications-oriented projects applying a wide variety of Grid/eResearch based technologies (see below).

    Richard ran his own software consultancy company in the area of real time telecommunication systems and was a senior research scientist for several years based in Berlin, Germany.  He was also editor of several international computing standards (ITU-T X904). He has over 150 publications covering all aspects of computing science: from theoretical computing science; real time systems; security and more recently in eResearch and its applications. Richard currently lectures in cloud computing.   


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2010: Diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease by neuromuscular function evaluation – DiPAR, EU Research for SME, total grant 1,776,226€

    2010: A Proxy Credential Auditing Infrastructure for the UK e-Science National Grid Service, JISC, total grant £133,482

    2010: European Network for Study of Adrenal Tumours for Cancer (ENSAT-CANCER), Virtual Research Environment for Cancer Research, European Science Foundation, 6,000,000€ (total grant), 513,496€ to NeSC Glasgow, (starts January 2011). 

    2009: Enhancing Repositories for Language and Literature Researchers (ENROLLER), JISC, total grant £314,277

    2009: E-Infrastructure for Social Simulation, JISC, total grant £1,349,371

    2008: Pharming of Therapeutic siRNA, ITI-Techmedia, total grant £143,011. 

    2008: Scottish Health Informatics Platform for Research (SHIP),  Wellcome Trust, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, total grant £3.5M

    2008: ShinTau, JISC funded, £29,979K to Glasgow

    2008: National e-Science Centre Research Platform Grant (NRP), EPSRC, total grant £787,175

    2008: National e-Science Centre Information Networking Grant (NIN), EPSRC, £400,000

    2008: Advanced Grid Authorisation through Semantic Technologies (AGAST), JISC total grant £132,637

    2008: Data Management through e-Social Science: Case studies, Provision and Support, ESRC total grant £911kK

    2008: AVERT-IT, Advanced Arterial Hypotension Adverse Event prediction through a Novel Bayesian Neural Network, EU FW7 total grant 1.8M€ 

    2008: EuroDSD: Investigation of the molecular pathogenesis and pathophysiology of Disorders of Sex Development, EU FW7 total grant of 2.9M€

    2007: Integrating VOMS and PERMIS for Superior Grid Authorisation (VPman), JISC, total grant £165kK

    2007: OMII-Sec



Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Stirling 1997
  • MSc, The University of Stirling 1993
  • BSc (Hons), University of East Anglia 1988



Available for supervision

  • Y