Jean Bacon

Jean Bacon

     	University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
     	William Gates Building,
     	JJ Thomson Avenue
     	Cambridge CB3 0FD, UK
     	work: (+44) 1223 334604
     	fax: (+44) 1223 334678
     	email: jmb25 at

I'm Professor Emerita of Distributed Systems at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. I lectured systems courses such as "Concurrent Systems", "Operating Systems", "Distributed Systems" and "Computer Architecture". Author of "Concurrent Systems" Addison Wesley, 1st edition 1993, 2nd edition 1998, which in 2002/3 evolved into edition 3 for the Open University's "Software systems and their development (M301)" and "Operating Systems: Concurrent and distributed software design" with Tim Harris.

I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the Open University in 2013 - conferred in Ely cathedral on June 1st: Eulogy and Acceptance.

I'm a Fellow of Jesus College and Director of Studies in Computer Science. Supervision arrangements are summarised at

I'm a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. I was elected to the IEEE Computer Society's Board of Governors for 2002-2004 and 2005-2007. I was founding Editor in Chief of IEEE Distributed Systems Online (DS Online), which was extended from 2008 to become Computing Now, see:

Research Projects:
My research interests are in the broad area of distributed systems. Ken Moody and I led the Opera research group from its creation in the 1990s.
Some of our funded projects are listed below; more information is available from Opera projects .
* CloudSafetyNet: End-to-end application security in the cloud. EPSRC, January 2013 - December 2015, with Imperial College and ECRIC (Eastern Cancer Registry and Information Service).
* PAL , PAL Personal and Social Communication Services for Health and Lifestyle Monitoring, EPSRC/TSB, July 2009 - December 2012, with Essex University, HW Communications, MAC Ltd and Thales Research.
* Smart Flow , October 2008 - April 2012, with Imperial College and ECRIC.
* TIME-EACM , October 2005 - March 2011, with CUED and Oxford, and BT as project partner.
* CareGrid, October 2005 - January 2009, with Imperial College. Related publications: CareGridPubs.pdf
* EDSAC21, EPSRC, January 2005 - September 2008. Related publications: EDSACpubs.pdf
* Contract-Driven Application Development and Control, EPSRC, October 2004 - September 2007.
* ECCO, EPSRC, October 2003 - September 2006.
* SECURE (Secure environments for collaboration among ubiquitous, roaming entities), EU Framework 5, Global Computing, January 2002 - June 2005, with TCD, BRICS Aarhus, Geneva and Strathclyde.
* Oasis RBAC (role-based access control) and Access Control Policy Management
* Global Computing using Events
* Active Systems
* IMP Interactive multimedia presentation support system
* Multi-Service Storage Architecture (MSSA)

Graduate students

Recent publications
Recent publications may be found with Opera publications . A more complete list is here.

Other interests include wildlife (especially botany), walking and painting.
I had an exhibition in Blythburgh Church, Suffolk, August 2007, see reedbed paintings. These resulted from a year's photographs taken by Ken Moody, which can be seen from the website. The exhibition, extended with new paintings and photographs, was repeated in King's College Art Centre, February 2008, see Exhibition 2008. The February 2005, exhibition in King's showed flower paintings, abstracts and some paintings done in St Saturnin, Provence.
Earlier exhibitions had web images of low resolution and poor colour quality, created from scanned-in photographic prints: January 1997, February 1998 and July 2000, in King's College Art Centre.

In 2010 I did a six-piece acrylic, with colours inspired by two small watercolours by Paul Klee. This was a challenge for the photographer.

Current projects are winter trees in low sunlight and the explosion of may blossom and cow parsley in spring.