Dr Katrina Attwood

Picture of me with friend I came to Computer Science via a bizarre and circuitous route, which took in the picturesque byways of English Literature, Linguistics, Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture and Old Norse-Icelandic Philology. After a time as a lecturer in Old Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, I decided that the future of philology was too bleak to contemplate, and took an MSc in the Computer Science Department at York. I now work as a research associate within the High-Integrity Systems Engineering group at York. My primary research interests include requirements engineering processes and techniques for embedded, real-time systems, safety engineering (particularly the development of assurance arguments) and the application of insights from linguistics (including NLP) to software engineering.

I am currently working on the OPENCOSS FP7 project, where I am developing a common language for certification, which will inform the reuse of assurance assets within and across the aerospace, railway and automotive domains. I am also working with Rolls-Royce plc to define requirements processes and techniques for safety-critical software systems.

Previous projects include the Rolls-Royce funded University Technology Centre in Systems and Software Engineering, in which - among other things - I developed tailored NLP-based techniques for automated quality checking of requirements documents for aerospace control systems. I also worked in the MoD-funded Software Systems Engineering Initiative, in which I was the York project manager and also developed assurance information systems, based on techniques pioneered at York.

I am also the editor of the Goal Structuring Notation (GSN) Community Standard, which can be downloaded here.

Oh yes - and I still edit Old Norse-Icelandic Poetry, when I'm not singing!

My email address is katrina[dot]attwood[at]york[dot]ac[dot]uk

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Last updated March 20th 2013