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Professor Simeon Keates

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Simeon Keates’ responsibility as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) of the University of Chichester includes all aspects of research, innovation, commercialisation, degree apprenticeships and the Tech Park, as well as overall academic responsibility for a number of academic departments and institutes. He is also the UKVI Authority Officer and University lead for Prevent.

Simeon is known widely for his interests in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and building robots, which led him to competing in the BBC show Robot Wars. He is the author and editor of numerous books covering a range of topics as diverse as countering design exclusion, finite element applications and brandjacking. Simeon is a Fellow of the IET and Senior Fellow of the HEA.

Prior to Chichester, Simeon was Dean of the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University and former Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Greenwich. He was previously Chair of HCI and Head of School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics at the University of Abertay Dundee and Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he also worked as an Industrial Research Fellow in the Engineering Design Centre.

After 12 years at Cambridge, he moved to the US and joined the Accessibility Research Group at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center before moving to Boston and working at ITA Software (now part of Google) designing airport systems for Air Canada. He joined the University of Chichester as DVC in July 2020.