Jonathan Blackledge (Personal Website: http://blackledge.sharepoint.com) is the Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Professor, an Honorary Professor of Dublin Institute of Technology, Distinguished Professor of Warsaw University of Technology, Poland and Professor Extraordinaire of the University of Western Cape, South Africa.
He graduated in physics from Imperial College, London University in 1980 and gained a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Kings College, London University in 1984. He was then appointed a Research Fellow of Physics at Kings College from 1984 to 1988 specializing in electromagnetism and inverse problems. During this period, he worked on a number of industrial research contracts undertaking theoretical and computational research into the application of inverse solutions for the processing and analysis of electromagnetic signals and images.
In 1988 he joined the Applied Mathematics and Computing Group in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University as Lecturer and later, as Senior Lecturer and Head of Group where he promoted postgraduate teaching and research in applied and engineering mathematics focusing on Computer Aided Engineering. While at Cranfield, he co-founded Management and Personnel Services Limited through the Cranfield Business School which was originally established for the promotion of management consultancy working in partnership with the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce. He expanded the company for the delivery of a range of National Vocational and Higher Level Qualifications through the City and Guilds London Institute in areas that included Engineering, Business Administration and ICT.
From 1994-2003 Jonathan Blackledge was Professor of Applied Mathematics and Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at De Montfort University where he introduced a number of post-graduate teaching and research programmes and established the Institute of Simulation Sciences.
From 2003-2008 he was Visiting Professor in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University, where, as part of his appointment, he co-founded the Advanced Signal Processing Research Group.
In 2004, he was appointed Professor Extraordinaire of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa where he undertakes supervision of PhD students and the delivery of short courses for the University’s CPD programmes.
In 2010, he completed a second PhD in Mathematical Information Technology at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, and, in 2010, was appointed to the position of Distinguished Professor in the Centre for Advanced Studies at Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship at Dublin Institute of Technology.
In addition to his academic positions, Professor Blackledge has been a co-founder, co-investor and Director of a group of companies specializing in Vocational Education, Audio Post-production and Management Consultancy. He his currently Head of the Management Academy at PTS Consulting Group working with the Chartered Management Institute. Previous positions in industry have included Director of R & D at Microsharp Corporation Limited where research into the manufacture of optical diffusers for digital display technologies was undertaken.
In 2010, Professor Blackledge successfully commercialised two research projects based on his 'Technologies to License' leading to the establishment of new SMEs trading in Telemedicine and Computational Finance for which he was awarded 'Researcher of the Year'.
Professor Blackledge has published 14 teaching and research books, over 250 scientific and engineering research papers and technical reports, has filed 15 patents, developed 17 'Technologies to License' through the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre (Hothouse) at Dublin Institute of Technology.
He has supervised to completion 58 research (MPhil/PhD) graduates and over 100 MSc/MEng graduates. His current research interests include nonlinear dynamical systems modelling, computer network security and energy management working in both an academic and commercial context. He holds Fellowships with a number of scientific, engineering and management institutes and societies in the UK and Ireland including the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the British Computer Society, the Royal Statistical Society, the City and Guilds London Institute, Engineers Ireland, the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Chartered Management Institute.