Professor George M. Coghill

Professor George M. Coghill
B.Sc.(Eng), M.Sc.(Med. Sci.), Ph.D., LTCL, C.Eng., FIET, FRSA

SICSA Chair in System Modelling


Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 273829
The University of Aberdeen Meston Building, Room 231


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After completing a degree in Engineering Science at the University of Aberdeen I moved into Clinical Physics, working for Greater Glasgow Health Board. During my time there I completed an M.Sc. by research in an area of Artificial Intelligence. This led me to pursue an academic career, to which end I undertook a PhD in the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University on the topic of Fuzzy Qualitative Reasoning.

My first academic appointment was in the University of Wales, Aberystwyth - now Aberystwyth University (1997 – 2002), where I extended my research interests to include Scientific Discovery.  After that I returned to Aberdeen as a Senior Lecturer in Computing Science. I was promoted to Reader in 2009, and to a Chair in 2011.

At Aberdeen I have undertaken a number of roles. I was Head of Computing Science (2010-2014); Director of Research and a Deputy Head of the School of Natural and Computing Sciences (2015 – 2018). I have served on a several committees in the institution including the Academic Standards Committee (Post-graduate), the Quality Assurance Committee, and the Research Policy Committee. I have also done a few stints on Senate (currently until 2020).

My research remains within the area of Model-based Systems and Qualitative reasoning, and I have been fortunate to be involved in a number of interdisciplinary projects with friends and colleagues across a wide spectrum of disciplines.

In addition to my academic interests my avocation is singing, for which I obtained a diploma from Trinity College London in 2014. I have given a number of recitals, and aim to give some more.


Research Overview

  • Model-based Systems and Qualitative Reasoning (MBS&QR): a sub-speciality of AI.
  • Informational Philosophy of Science: an intersection between MBS&QR, Philosophy of Information, Philosophy of Modelling, and Philosophy of Science.
  • Scientific Discovery Systems: also AI/Machine Learning.
  • Philosophy of Information/ Philosophy of Modelling
  • Artificial Immune Systems: a sub-speciality of Bioinspired Computing (a form of Machine Learning).

Teaching Responsibilities

This year I am teaching on the following courses:

CS3025: Knowledge Based Systems.

CS4047: Computational Intelligence.

CS551J: Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

In previous years I taught on:

CS3029: Knowledge Based Systems.

CS4047: Computational Intelligence.

CS5065: Foundations of Artificial Intelligence.



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