Information and communication technologies (ICT) contacts

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Sam Francis

Samantha Francis, Head of ICT

Sam has worked at EPSRC since 2007. She took over leading the ICT Theme in 2017.

ICT Theme team

Working with Sam is a team of three Senior Portfolio Managers and seven Portfolio Managers. If you haven't found an answer to your question on these webpages or you just want to get in touch then please email or call one of us.

Each Portfolio Manager is responsible for a different section of the research portfolio as listed below. If you have questions relating to a specific Research Area, maybe you are concerned about the progress of a proposal, maybe you want to know more about our relevant strategies or maybe you want to invite us to something important in the area, then please get in touch with the Portfolio Manager looking after your area. We are always happy to talk to you and will endeavour to answer any queries as soon as we can.

Different schemes and different parts of our strategy are also looked after by different Portfolio Managers. Have a look at our responsibilities, listed below to see who might be best to talk to if you have concerns or questions, maybe relating to a specific scheme e.g. first grants or a strategy e.g. developing leaders, which aren't Research Area-specific.

If you can't find who or what you're looking for please still get in touch. Just call or email any Portfolio Manager and we will point you in the right direction.

Michael Barclay, Portfolio Manager

Michael.Barclay@epsrc.ac.uk; 01793 444209

Michael joined EPSRC and the ICT Theme in 2017 as a Portfolio Manager. Michael coordinates the Data-Enabled Decision-Making cross-ICT priority. Michael manages the following Research Areas:

  • Software Engineering
  • Verification and Correctness
  • Databases
  • Information Systems

Nigel Birch, Senior Portfolio Manager

Nigel.Birch@epsrc.ac.uk; 01793 444224

Nigel joined EPSRC in 1994 and has worked in the ICT Theme as a Senior Portfolio Manager since 2015. Nigel coordinates both the New and Emerging Areas and the People at the Heart of ICT cross-ICT priorities. He is one of the coordinators of the Theme’s international activities and is responsible for Human like-computing. Nigel manages the following Research Areas:

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Music and Acoustic Technology

Laura Cadman, Portfolio Manager

laura.cadman@epsrc.ac.uk; 01793 444302

Laura joined EPSRC and the ICT Theme in 2017 as a Portfolio Manager. Laura is the lead contact for the EPSRC National Epitaxy Facility and is the Theme contact for Strategic Equipment. Laura manages the following Research Areas:

  • Displays
  • Optoelectronic devices and circuits
  • Optical communications
  • Optical devices and subsystems

Ellie Gilvin, Senior Portfolio Manager

Ellie.Gilvin@epsrc.ac.uk; 01793 444260

Ellie joined EPSRC in 2013 and has worked in the ICT Theme as a Senior Portfolio Manager since 2015. Ellie coordinates the ICT SAT and the Theme's Impact activities. Ellie manages the following Research Areas:

  • Human Communication in ICT
  • Human Computer Interaction

Jo Holbourn, Portfolio Manager

joanne.holbourn@epsrc.ac.uk; 01793 414116

Jo joined EPSRC in 2017 as a portfolio manager in the ICT theme. Jo is responsible for the ICT theme Building Leaders strategy and is theme contact for the ICT Discipline Hopping Call . Jo manages the following research areas:

  • Image and Vision Computing
  • Computer Graphics and Visualisation
  • Vision Hearing & Other Senses
  • Speech Technologies
  • Biological Informatics

Adam Luqmani, Portfolio Manager

Adam.Luqmani@epsrc.ac.uk; 01793 444460

Adam joined EPSRC and the ICT Theme as a Portfolio Manager in 2016. Adam is responsible for the ICT Theme Building Leaders strategy and is the theme contact for the Fellowship scheme. Adam is one of the coordinators of the Theme's International activities, including CHIST-ERA, and is one of the Theme contacts for the Programme Grant scheme. Adam also, with Matthew Scott, coordinates the Safe and Secure cross-ICT priority and manages the following Research Areas:

  • Architectures and Operating Systems
  • Programming Languages and Compilers
  • Theoretical Computer Science

Sarah Newman, Portfolio Manager

Sarah.Newman@epsrc.ac.uk; 01793 444581

Sarah joined EPSRC in 2015 and has worked in the ICT Theme as a Portfolio Manager since January 2016. Sarah coordinates the Cross-Disciplinarity and Co-Creation cross-ICT priority and is the Theme contact for Remit Queries. Sarah leads on the Theme’s Equality and Diversity activities and supports Ellie with the Theme's Impact activities. She also coordinates the Themes’ Responsible Innovation in ICT activity and manages the following Research Areas:

  • Microelectronics Device Technology
  • Microelectronics Design

Matthew Scott, Portfolio Manager

Matthew.Scott@epsrc.ac.uk; 01793 444551

Matthew joined EPSRC and the ICT Theme as a Portfolio Manager in 2015. Matthew is one of the Theme contacts for the Programme Grant scheme and is responsible for the Dark Fibre Facility. Matthew coordinates the Theme's Balancing Capability activities and, with Adam Luqmani, coordinates the Safe and Secure cross-ICT priority. He also manages the following Research Areas:

  • RF and Microwave Devices
  • RF and microwave communications
  • ICT networks and distributed systems
  • Pervasive and Ubiquitous Systems

Nelly Wung, Portfolio Manager

Nelly.Wung@epsrc.ac.uk; 01793 444193

Nelly Wung joined EPSRC in 2016 as a Portfolio Manager. She is the Theme's contact for the First Grant and New Investigator Award schemes, and Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Nelly coordinates the Future Intelligent Technologies cross-ICT priority and manages the following Research Areas:

  • Artificial intelligence technologies
  • Natural language processing

Vacancy: Senior Portfolio Manager

During periods where we have a vacant post other members of the ICT team cover the necessary activities and portfolios. If you have queries about any of the following please contact any member of the ICT team and they will try their best to help you or give you the details of someone who can.

  • Cybersecurity