Lachlan is Professor of Computing Science (Strategic Development), Head of the Department of Smart Systems Technology, and Head of the Department of Creative Digital Technologies, in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich, U.K. He is also Visiting Professor of Information and Knowledge Engineering at the University of Abertay Dundee, U.K., and Visiting Professor of Games & Multimedia Technology at Buskerud University College, Kongsberg, Norway. Professor MacKinnon is Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC), and Board Member and Education Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing. He is Chair of the Executive Committee of the British National Conference on Databases, member of national committees on Cybersecurity and Secure Systems, and a member of the UK National Committee of the British Human Computer Interaction Group. His research interests in computer security are reflected in his membership of the CENTRIC Advisory Board.
Babak is Professor of Informatics and Director of CENTRIC at Sheffield Hallam University and Fellow of British Computer Society. He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Software Engineering, and later gained considerable commercial experience as a Strategy Analyst and Methodology Director for several companies. He consolidated this experience by obtaining a Masters degree (with distinction) in Information Systems in Management and a PhD in Information Systems. Babak has more than 100 referred publications in international journals and conferences on information systems with specific focus on knowledge management (KM). He is member of editorial boards of three international Journals, Chair and programme committee member of several international conferences. He has extensive and hands on experience in development, management and execution of KM projects and large international security initiatives (e.g. combating terrorism and organised crime, cyber security, public order and cross cultural ideology polarisation). He has co-edited two recent books on intelligence management – Intelligence Management: Knowledge Driven Frameworks for Combating Terrorism and Organised Crime, and Strategic Intelligence Management: National Security Imperatives and Information and Communications Technologies.
David is Professor of Communications and Head of the Communication & Computing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, where he has been employed since 1983 - initially as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on an ESRC project investigating 'Communication processes within and around "flashpoints" of Public Disorder'. This focus on the policing of riots, disorderly demonstrations and picket-line confrontations was instrumental to the development of his 'Flashpoints Model of Public Disorder', which is frequently referred to in the European, North American and Antipodean policing literatures. Among his best-known publications are the seminal Flashpoints: Studies in Public Disorder (with Chas Critcher and Karen Jones, Routledge, 1989); Contemporary Issues in Public Disorder (Routledge, 1992); Public Order Policing: Theoretical and Practical Approaches (Willan, 2007); and Rioting in France and the UK: A Comparative Analysis (co-edited with Fabien Jobard and Mike King, Willan, 2009). David is currently on the International Editorial Board of Mobilization: An international Social Movements Journal. From 2011-2013 he was External Evaluator of the EU-funded GODIAC project, which brought together 12 European partner countries in search of a distinctively more enlightened and permissive 'European approach' to protest policing.
Andrew is a Senior Research Fellow and Advisory Board Member of CENTRIC. As a professionally qualified teacher and published author, he brings unique operational and academic expertise to the CENTRIC team, and supports the CENTRIC Academy. Combining his practical expertise with applied research in the security domain, Andrew is a regular contributor of counter-terrorism training articles in the online police magazine www.PoliceOracle.com and is the author of numerous papers, book chapters, publications and handbooks used by security professionals and practitioners. Andrew has direct experience of project coordination, management and participation of large-scale multi-agency international grant funded security research projects and is an Advisory Member of European Commission research projects including project SMART (Scalable Measures for Automated Recognition Technologies) and project RESPECT (Rules, Expectations and Entry Through Privacy Enhanced Convenient Technologies).
He is a regular guest speaker at security conferences and seminars, and continues to provide training to senior police commanders across the world.