Muffy Calder

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Muffy Calder

Colour photograph of Muffy Calder
Calder at the University of St Andrews in 2013
Muffy Thomas

(1958-05-21) 21 May 1958 (age 62)
Alma materUniversity of Stirling (BSc)
University of St Andrews (PhD)
Known forfeature interaction problem
Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland
Spouse(s)David Calder[1]
AwardsFRSE (2000)
FIEE (2002)
FBCS (2002)
OBE (2011)
FREng (2013)[2]
Scientific career
Fieldsformal methods
InstitutionsUniversity of Glasgow
University of Stirling
University of St Andrews
University of Edinburgh
ThesisThe imperative implementation of algebraic data types (1988)
Doctoral advisorRoy Dyckhoff[3][4]

Dame Muffy Calder DBE FREng FRSE FBCS FIEE (née Thomas; born 21 May 1958) is a Scottish computer scientist, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering, and Professor of Formal Methods at the University of Glasgow. From 2012-2015 she was Chief Scientific Advisor[5] to the Scottish Government.[6][7][8][9][10][11]


Calder was born Muffy Thomas on 21 May 1958 in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada to Lois van Thomas (née Hallen) and Carmen van Thomas. She graduated with a BSc degree in computer science from the University of Stirling,[12] and completed a PhD in computational science at the University of St Andrews in 1987 under the supervision of Roy Dyckhoff.[3][4] She published widely under the surname Thomas prior to her marriage to David Calder in 1998.[1]

She has worked at the University of Glasgow since 1988, and was Dean of Research in the College of Science and Engineering until 2012.[13] She became Chief Scientific Adviser to the Scottish Government on 1 March 2012.[12] Previously Calder has served as Chair of the UK Computing Research Committee and Chair of the British Computer Society Academy of Computing Research Committee.[12] She became Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering in 2015.[14] In 2015 she was appointed to the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.[15]


Calder summarises her research interests as "mathematical modelling and automated reasoning for concurrent, communicating systems".[16] Calder published an influential overview on the feature interaction problem,[17] with more than 300 citations at Google Scholar.[9] Her research has extended to applying computer science methods to biochemical networks and cell signalling in bioinformatics, resulting in a number of papers.[9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Calder was appointed Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to computer science[18] and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to research and education.[19]

She holds fellowships[2] of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2000),[18] the British Computer Society (2002), the Institution of Electrical Engineers (2002) and the Royal Academy of Engineering (2013).[1][2][20]

Calder was listed as 21st most influential woman in Scotland, 2012, by The Herald.[21]


  1. ^ a b c d "CALDER, Prof. Muffy". Who's Who 2019, A & C Black, an Imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2019; Online Edn, Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U256072.(subscription may be required or content may be available in libraries)
  2. ^ a b c "List of Fellows".
  3. ^ a b Muffy Calder at the Mathematics Genealogy Project Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ a b Thomas, Muffy (1988). The imperative implementation of algebraic data types (PhD thesis). University of St Andrews.
  5. ^ "Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor". Scottish Government. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  6. ^ Muffy Calder's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Muffy Calder at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ Muffy Calder author profile page at the ACM Digital Library Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ a b c Muffy Calder publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  11. ^ Calder, M.; Vyshemirsky, V.; Gilbert, D.; Orton, R. (2006). "Analysis of Signalling Pathways Using Continuous Time Markov Chains" (PDF). Transactions on Computational Systems Biology VI. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 4220. p. 44. doi:10.1007/11880646_3. ISBN 978-3-540-45779-4.
  12. ^ a b c "New Chief Scientific Adviser". Scottish Government. 14 February 2012.
  13. ^ "Royal Academy of Engineering New Fellows 2013". Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Professor Muffy Calder to lead the College of Science and Engineering" (Press release). University of Glasgow. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Johnson announces new council members and re-appointment". EPSRC news (Press release). Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Glasgow Computing Staff Page: Muffy Calder". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  17. ^ Calder, M.; Kolberg, M.; Magill, E. H.; Reiff-Marganiec, S. (2003). "Feature interaction: A critical review and considered forecast" (PDF). Computer Networks. 41: 115–141. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/S1389-1286(02)00352-3.
  18. ^ a b "Professor Muffy Calder awarded OBE". BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  19. ^ "No. 63135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 2020. p. B8.
  20. ^ "Royal Academy of Engineering New Fellows 2013". Archived from the original on 20 July 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Scotland's Top 50 Influential Women 2012". The Herald. Retrieved 17 March 2013.