Professor Nik Bessis

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    Professor Nik Bessis received his BA from the T.E.I. of Athens, Greece and his MA and PhD degrees from De Montfort University, UK in 1995 and 2002 respectively. He is a full Professor of Computer Science and the founding Head of the Department of Computer Science at Edge Hill University, UK (2015-2021). Following his secondment at the Faculty as a Senior Advisor on Digital Strategy and TNE (2021-22) Professor Bessis is now (2022-) a Senior Advisor to PVC (Research) advising on Research Partnerships and on the implementation of the University 2023-27 Research Strategy. He is now based at the Graduate School. He is coaching and mentoring senior staff (Profs and Managers) at the University. He is also the founding Director of the interdisciplinary Data Science research centre (2018-) and the Director of the Data and Complex Systems research centre (2017-2022). He was with University of Derby, UK as a Professor of Computer Science and a Director of the Distributed and Intelligent Systems research centre (2010-2015). He started his academic career with University of Bedfordshire, UK as a Lecturer and progressed to a Principal Lecturer (2001-2010). He is a fellow of HEA, BCS and a senior member of IEEE. He has substantial external examiner experience in UK Universities and as a QAA subject/institutional expert in UK, Greece and Cyprus (2010-). In 2021/22, he was one of the advisory group members for the development of the QAA subject benchmark statement in computing (2022). His research is on smart systems and applications,  social graphs for network and big data analytics as well as on developing data push and resource provisioning services in IoT, FI and inter-clouds for a number of settings including disaster management. He is a funded proposals' reviewer and involved in a number of funded research and commercial projects worth over £15m. He led REF submissions in 2014 and 2020 and led his department acquire over £3m of funding in 3 years time. Professor Bessis is the leading publishing author at the University, he has published over 350 works and won 4 best papers awards. His edited book on Big Data and Internet of Things (2014) attracted over 700 citations and 148,000 downloads (top-25 on Amazon at the time). According to Google scholar, his h-index is 36 and i-10 index is over a 100. AD Scientific Index 2023 positions him as a top 10 accross the University and a top 1 in Technology, Engineering and Computer Science. Professor Bessis has assessed over 25 Professorship conferments and examined over 40 PhD theses world-wide, organised over 40 conferences, serving as an editor of several books and the founding editor-in-chief of a refereed international journal, the International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies (IJDST).

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Management Development Programme (MDP), Other, Harvard Institutes for HE, Executive Education, Harvard University

    Award Date: 15 Jul 2015

    Design and Manufacture, PhD, De Montfort University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

    Information and Graphic Design, MA, De Montfort University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

    Graphic Design, BA, Technological Educational Institution of Athens

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1991

    Other positions

    Professor of Computer Science, Director of DISYS research centre, University of Derby

    Dec 2010Sept 2015

    Lecturer/SnrLecturer/Principal Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire

    Sept 2001Dec 2010


    • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    • Smart Systems
    • Autonomous Systems
    • Big Data
    • Internet of Things
    • Industry 4.0
    • Cloud computing
    • IoT Analytics
    • Disaster Management
    • Data Science

    Research Institutes

    • Health Research Institute

    Research Centres

    • Data Science STEM Research Centre
    • Data and Complex Systems Research Centre
    • Centre for Intelligent Visual Computing Research


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