Professor Philippe De Wilde

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation


Academic Career

Between 2007 and 2014 Prof. De Wilde was Head (USA: Dean) of the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, with campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia. Prof. De Wilde obtained the PhD degree in mathematical physics and the MSc degree in computer science in 1985. He was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College London, between 1989 and 2005.

He has published numerous papers on computational intelligence. He has published four books, including ``Neural Network Models’’, Springer, 1997, and ``Convergence and Knowledge-processing in Multi-agent Systems’’, Springer, 2009. He has been a research fellow at British Telecom and has advised venture capitalists.

He works in computational intelligence and cybernetics, using neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolution, and game theory. Research interests: security of machine learning, decision making under uncertainty, games on networks, networked populations, phylogenetic trees.


Reporting directly to Professor De Wilde are:



Responsibilities include Research, Kent Innovation and Enterprise, and the Graduate School.

Professor De Wilde was appointed the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation in 2014.

Professor De Wilde is the Equality and Diversity Champion for Marriage and Civil Partnerships.