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Sunil Vadera, PhD Computer Science, FBCS, CITP, C.Eng

Professor of Computer Science, The University of Salford
Salford, United Kingdom

Research field: Computer and Information Science - Artificial Intelligence
Data Mining
Cost-sensitive decision tree learning
Information and sensor validation
Exemplar based models
Bayesian networks
Social data mining


Awards and Grants

  •  Aug 2011 
    FP7 SEEDS - Self-Learning Energy Efficient Buildings and Open Spaces View website
  •  Mar 2011 
    British Gas: Data Mining for Customer Usage Patterns from SMART Meters Data
  •  Sep 2008 
    KTP on Data Mining for credit scoring for sub-prime lending View website

Biographical Information

Sunil Vadera is a Professor of Computer Science and currently Head of the School of Computing,Science and Engineering at the University of Salford. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) and Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

He gained a first class BSc(Hons) in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Salford in 1982. Following graduation, he began his career as a Research Assistant and progressed to a Lectureship in Computer Science in 1984. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester in the area of Formal Methods of Software Development which was awarded in 1992. He was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 1997 and became a Professor in 2000.

His research is driven by the desire to close the gap between theory and practice in Artificial Intelligence, with expertise in the areas of Bayesian networks, decision tree learning, credit assessment and planning. His research has included work on sensor validation with the Mexican Instituto de Electricas, research on the development a system that advises on the relief venting of explosions in chemical processes for the Health and Safety Executive in the UK and research on machine learning for credit rating of sub-prime loans.

The impact of the work on sub-prime lending is presented in an ESRC video:

He is currenty working on an FP7 project SEEDS: Self Learning Energy Efficient Buildings and Open Spaces:

He was chair of the UK BCS Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Symposium held in Salford in April 2009:

General Chair of IFIP Intelligent Information Processing:

Chair of the IEEE ICDM Workshop on Cost-Sensitive Data Mining held in 2012:


Professional Experience

2011 - Present
1999 - Present
Professor of Computer Science at The University of Salford
Salford, United Kingdom
Sep 2011 - Nov 2012
Associate Dean Research and Innovation at The University of Salford
Salford, United Kingdom
Sep 2009 - Sep 2011
Associate Head Research (Informatics and Acoustics) at The University of Salford
Salford, United Kingdom
Sep 2008 - Oct 2009
Director of Informatics Research Institute at The University of Salford
Salford, United Kingdom
Jan 2007 - Dec 2009
Chair of BCS Academic Accreditations Committee at British Computer Society (BCS)
Swindon, United Kingdom
Dec 2002 - Dec 2007
Associate Head Teaching at The University of Salford
Salford, United Kingdom

Dec 1987 - Dec 1991
Manchester University, in Manchester, United Kingdom
PhD in Computer Sciennce (part-time)
Dec 1983 - Dec 1985
Manchester University in Manchester, United Kingdom
MSc in Computer Science (part-time)
Dec 1978 - Dec 1981
The University of Salford in Salford, United Kingdom
BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (first class)

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