Signatories to health committee letter

The national programme for IT in the NHS: The Select Committee may be aware of the concerns of health professionals, technologists and professional organisations about the £6bn NHS national programme for information technology (NPfIT):

Ross Anderson , Professor of security engineering, Cambridge University

Ross Anderson is one of the founders of the discipline of information security economics. He has documented security failures in a number of important distributed systems, including automatic teller machines, prepayment electricity meters and medical record systems. He has written extensively on good security design, and is the author of the standard textbook Security Engineering.

James Backhouse, Director, Information System Integrity Group, London School of Economics

James Backhouse pioneered the study of IT security from a social science perspective. He was a member of the committee which extended BS7799 for web-based operations. He has published in numerous academic journals in the fields of security, online education, risk and financial crime. Current projects involve financial regulation and profiling for the prevention of money laundering.

David Bustard, Professor, School of Information and Software Engineering, University of Ulster

David Bustard's main research area is requirements engineering, particularly in relation to the evolution of software systems and their alignment with organisational needs. Before becoming an academic he worked at Ferranti Digital Systems. He has also been a visiting fellow at the Software Engineering Institute, Pittsburgh and at the BT Research Labs in Ipswich.

Ewart Carson, Professor of systems science, Centre for Health Informatics, City University

Ewart Carson is a member of the executive team of the Healthcare Technologies Professional Network of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, a technical board member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (Ifac) and chairman of the Ifac co-ordinating committee for bio- and ecological systems. He has been awarded honorary membership of the Royal College of Physicians, fellowship of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and fellowship of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers.

Patrik O'Brian Holt, Professor, School of Computing, The Robert Gordon University

Patrik O'Brian Holt has 20 years of experience in consultancies relating to human factors engineering and human computer interaction. His clients have included the Scottish Office, Lockheed-Martin, NHS, IBM and the Scottish Court of Sessions.

Roland Ibbett, Professor, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Roland Ibbett is a leading member of Institute for Computing Systems Architecture. His research interests include computer and network architectures, design and simulation and performance evaluation. At Edinburgh he has developed Hase (Hierarchical computer Architecture design and Simulation Environment), a virtual laboratory for research in computer architecture.

Ray Ison , Professor of systems, Open University

Ray Ison's research centres on systems approaches to changing organisational practices. Earlier this year he was invited to contribute to a workshop on change and innovation in the NHS.

Achim Jung, Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham

Achim Jung's research interests include domain theory, denotational semantics of programming languages, lambda calculus, topology and cryptography.

Frank Land, Emeritus professor, IS department, London School of Economics

Frank Land started his IT career with J Lyons in 1953, working on the pioneering Leo computer first as a programmer and then as a systems analyst. In 1982 he became professor of systems analysis at the LSE. In 1986 he joined the London Business School as professor of information management. He retired in 1991 and was appointed emeritus professor at the LSE.

Bev Littlewood, Professor of software engineering,  City University

Bev Littlewood founded the Centre for Software Reliability, of which he was director until 2003. He has worked for many years on problems associated with the modelling and evaluation of software dependability and is a member of the government's advisory committee on the safety of nuclear installations and sits on an International Federation for Information Processing working group on reliable computing and fault tolerance.

John A McDermid, Professor of software engineering, University of York

John McDermid is leader of the High Integrity Systems Engineering Group within the Department of Computer Science at the University of York. He has been technical director of the BAE Systems Dependable Computing Systems Centre since 1991 and director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Systems and Software Engineering since 1993. He is a founder member of the UK Computing Research Committee.

Julian Newman, Professor of computing, Glasgow Caledonian University

Julian Newman specialises in the semantic web and collaborative computing for Glasgow Caledonian University. He has worked on grid-computing applications and grid security.

Brian Randell, Emeritus professor and senior research investigator, School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle

Brian Randell is an expert on secure systems. He began working on computers with English Electric between 1957 and 1964 before joining IBM's research centre at Yorktown Heights, New York. In 1971, as professor of computing science at the University of Newcastle he initiated research into software fault tolerance. He has been principal investigator on research projects on system dependability funded by the government, the Ministry of Defence and European Community bodies.

Uday Reddy, Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham

Uday Reddy's research focuses on functional programming, logic programming and object-oriented programming, type systems, semantics and reasoning methods, constructive logic and type theory, automated deduction, program transformation and synthesis.

Peter Ryan, Professor of computing science, University of Newcastle

Peter Ryan is involved in the European Maftia (Malicious and Accidental Fault Tolerance for Internet Applications) project using fault tolerance techniques to build systems that are intrusion-tolerant. He has conducted research in formal methods and information assurance at GCHQ, CESG and Dera.

Geoffrey Sampson, Professor, University of Sussex

Sampson is professor of natural language computing at the University of Sussex. He was formerly chairman of the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Department. He has worked as a consultant to BT Research Labs and the Royal Signals & Radar Establishment (now Qinetiq).

Michael Smith, Visiting professor, Department of Computer Science, University College London

Michael Smith is founder and technical director of medical research company Medix UK, and visiting professor at University College London and City University. He is a former professor of health informatics at Keele University and former director of information at North Staffordshire Health Authority.

Martin Shepperd, Professor of software technologies, Brunel University

Martin Shepperd specialises in engineering complexity, with a focus on software technologies and modelling.

Tony Solomonides, Reader in computer science and medical informatics, University of the West of England

Tony Solomonides is involved in the European Community-backed Healthgrid project, which is bringing the benefits of grid computing to bear on medical imaging and image processing, modelling the human body for therapy planning, pharmaceutical research, and epidemiological studies.

Ian Sommerville, Professor of software, St Andrews University

Ian Sommerville is a specialist in software engineering focusing on system dependability, requirements engineering, service-centric computing and the use of social analysis techniques in systems design. For 20 years he was professor of software engineering at Lancaster University.

Harold Thimbleby, Professor of computer science, Swansea University

Harold Thimbleby is a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder and professor of geometry, Gresham College, London. He specialises in user interface design and has worked as a consultant for Andersen Consulting, BT, Canon, the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Union, Greater Glasgow Health Board and Logica.

Martyn Thomas, Visiting professor of software engineering, Oxford University

Martyn Thomas is visiting professor of software engineering at Oxford University Computing Laboratory, and at the University of Bristol and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His company, Thomas Associates, provides consultancy services in systems and software engineering for public and private sector organisations. Thomas is a former partner in Deloitte Consulting.

Colin Tully, Professor of software practice, Middlesex University

Colin Tully studies failures in software-based systems and ways of improving organisational capability for avoiding such failures. He is currently involved in the establishment of the Centre for Systems Forensics and Capability at Middlesex University. He practised for 12 years as an independent software consultant and systems engineer and is senior consultant with Cutter Consortium's Agile Software Development & Project Management Practice.

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