Neil is Professor of Systems Engineering, Head of the Centre for HCI Design and co-founder of the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at City University London.
He has won and led research worth over £3million as part of research projects collectively worth over £35million. He is currently the principal investigator on the COLLAGE, CHOReOS and MIRROR projects, and previously led the S-CUBE, APOSDLE, TRACEBACK, SeCSE, VANTAGE, SARA, NATS-EASM, BANKSEC, CREWS, GOMOSCE, ISRE, RESCUE, RESCUE-DMAN, SERPS and SIMP projects. He successfully supervised the doctorates of Dr Konstantinos Zachos, Dr Cornelius Ncube, Dr Marina Krumbholz and Dr Kulwinder Kaur-Deol, and is currently supervising the doctorates of Mobina Nouri and Anja Sisarica.
Neil has published research in over 160 peer-reviewed publications including IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Communications of the ACM and the IEEE International Conferences on Software Engineering and on Requirements Engineering. Special recognitions include the award in 2008 for the most influential paper reported in the IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference 10 years earlier, and one of the 35 articles that represented the best of the 1200 published papers over the first 25 years of IEEE Software. A review of requirements publications 1963-2010 at the University of Colorado at Boulder revealed that Neil has had more papers accepted for publication than any other author in the discipline. He was elected Chair of the Steering Committee for the IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference 2010-2012, Program Chair for the conference in 2004, and was Associate Editor (Requirements) for IEEE Software and edited its Requirements Column 2005-2013. He was also co-founder of the BCS Requirements Engineering Specialist Group.
Neil has 2 primary research interests. His first is requirements engineering for socio-technical systems, including theories, techniques and tools for agent-based goal modeling and analysis, and scenario-based design of such systems. He has pioneered the reframing of requirements work as creative activities, drawing on theories and models of creativity to improve requirements practices. His second research interest is computer-based support for creativity work, including the development and large-scale evaluation of mobile creativity technologies in domains ranging from large-scale emergency management and dementia care to product design and improving the safety of car manufacturing plant lines.