Derek McAuley

Director of Horizon Digital Economy Research



Derek McAuley is Professor of Digital Economy in the School of Computer Science and Director of Horizon at the University of Nottingham, UK. After a PhD and lectureship in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge he moved to a chair in Department of Computer Science at the University of Glasgow.

He returned to Cambridge in July 1997, to help found the Cambridge Microsoft Research facility, moving on to found the Intel lablet in Cambridge in July 2002.

Before joining Nottingham in 2009, he was involved at two startups,  XenSource (acquired by Citrix) and Netronome. In 2013/14 he worked as Chief Innovation Officer (in residence) at the UK’s Digital Catapult during its startup phase. His research expertise is in ubiquitous computing, computer architecture, networking, distributed systems and operating systems, while his interdisciplinary interests include issues of ethics, identity, privacy, information policy, legislation and economics within a digital society. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and member of the UKCRC, a computing research expert panel of the IET and BCS.