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Director, Assuring Autonomy International Programme, University of York

John McDermid became Professor of Software Engineering at the University of York in 1987. His research covers a broad range of issues in systems, software and safety engineering. He became Director of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation funded Assuring Autonomy International Programme in January 2018, focusing on safety of robotics and autonomous systems.

He acts as an advisor to government and industry, including FiveAI, the UK MoD and aerospace companies including Rolls-Royce. He has been actively involved in standards development, including work on safety and software standards for civilian and defence applications. He is author or editor of six books and has published about 400 papers. He is a Visiting Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University. He became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2002 and was awarded an OBE in 2010.


  • 2018–present
    Director, Lloyd's Register Foundation Assuring Autonomy International Programme
  • 2016–2017
    Head of department, School of Computer Science (University of York)
  • 2006–2012
    Head of department, School of Computer Science (University of York)