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Sue Black

  • PhD
  • Senior Consultant
  • Cornerstone Global Associates
  • 16PublicationsNumber of items in Sue's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 23Followers

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Sue is an inspiring and passionate leader who excels at bringing people together to solve complex issues. She is also an accomplished academic manager and researcher with more than 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering. Sue is well known for h


Sue Black is Head of the Department of Information and Software Systems in the the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Westminster. You can also find Sue on Wikipedia, Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter. In 2009 Sue has been named Tech Hero by ITPRO magazine: "We look to Sir Tim, Sue Black and other tech leaders for inspiration". She has also been presented with the BCS John Ivinson award and nominated for the Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 2009: IT Twitter User of the Year!!! A keen researcher, Sue completed a PhD in software measurement in 2001 in which she reformulated an algorithm used to compute the ripple effect measure for C source code. Her research interests are software engineering, software measurement and software evolution and she is interested in anything that can help to improve the quality of software. Her most recent collaborative research paper is "Formal vs Agile: survival of the fittest" and single author paper "Deriving an approximation algorithm for automatic computation of ripple effect measures" . Since 1998 Sue has been campaigning for equality, and more support, for women in tech. She founded the online networks LondonBCSWomen in 1999 and BCSWomen in 2001, BCSWomen now has over 1200 members. Sue blogs about her campaign to save Bletchley Park and the interesting times that she has had while raising awareness of its financial situation. Since July 2008, Sue has been raising awareness of the plight of Bletchley Park the site where codebreakers such as Alan Turing worked during World War Two. The work carried out there shortened that war by possibly two years saving millions of lives. Bletchley Park is also the birthplace of the first programmable, digital computer Colossus invented by Tommy Flowers . Due to her vociferous campaigning Sue has been in the media an increasing amount over the last few years. She has recently appeared on BBC Breakfast Time, BBC News 24 and the BBC Radio 4 Today program. More details of her media appearances are on Sue's press page . Sue currently supervises PhD student Sid Kargupta and is carrying out some interesting research with Rocco Agrifoglio looking at Twitter. If you are interested in a PhD in software quality, software measurement, software evolution or research related to the use of social media, particularly Twitter, please contact Sue for an informal chat. TAGS: #softwareengineering #phd #computerscience #socialmedia #womenintech #bpark #bletchleypark #turing #tommyflowers #bcs @Dr_Black @bletchleypark

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  • Deriving an approximation algorithm for automatic computation of ripple effect measures

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  • Deriving an approximation algorithm for automatic computation of ripple effect measures


Professional experience

Senior Consultant

Cornerstone Global Associates

August 2010 - Present

Senior Research Associate

University College London

August 2010 - Present

Head of Department

University of Westminster

January 2007 - July 2010(4 years)


PhD Software Engineering

London South Bank Univerity

January 1994 - September 2001(8 years)

BSc Computing Studies

London South Bank Univerity

September 1989 - July 1993(4 years)