Anthony Finkelstein

University College London


Anthony Finkelstein is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Member of Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute. He is a graduate in systems engineering holding a BEng, MSc and PhD. Currently he is Professor of Software Systems Engineering at University College London (UCL), a leading UK research university, where he works in the broad field of software systems engineering. He served as Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences from 2010-2015. He is now based for his research and scholarly work at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK National Institute for the Data Sciences.

Anthony Finkelstein is on the Council (Governing Board) of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the UK science funding body. He was formerly Head of UCL Department of Computer Science. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at the National Institute for Informatics, Tokyo, Japan.

He has published more than 250 scientific papers and secured more than £35m of research funding. He is a professional Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the British Computer Society (BCS) and has been active in both, serving on numerous Boards and Committees. He received the Oliver Lodge Medal of the IET for achievement in Information Technology. He has been recognised for his contributions to the field of requirements engineering and for his professional service by the IEEE and the ACM. He was a winner of the prestigious International Conference on Software Engineering 'most influential paper' prize recognising the influence of his work over an extended period and has additionally received a ‘special contribution’ award from the International Conference on Software Engineering. He was a member of the winning team of the first Times Higher Education ‘Research Project of the Year’.

He has served on numerous editorial boards including that of ACM TOSEM and IEEE TSE, and was founder editor of Automated Software Engineering. He also chaired and presented keynote talks at numerous international meetings. He was General Chair of the International Conference on Software Engineering. He serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Singapore National Research Foundation. He served on the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework panel for Computer Science and Informatics. He was a member of the Committee of Visitors for the US National Science Foundation.

He has provided consultancy advice to a very large number of high profile companies and government organisations. He has acted as an expert in complex technology disputes and is highly experienced at technology due diligence on start-up companies working with leading VC and other investors. He was awarded the UCL ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit’ award, an institutional honour marking his contributions to knowledge transfer. He has established three successful ‘spinout’ companies providing respectively professional services, product software and an innovative software service. He has served on the Board of UCL Business, UCL’s technology transfer office.

Anthony Finkelstein is committed to engineering education and has organised national and international events for students. He was part of the team that established a University Technical College in East London. He now serves as a non-executive Director on the NHS board of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.