Dr Jane Hillston received BA and MS degrees in Mathematics from the University of York (UK) and Lehigh University (USA), respectively.
After a brief period working in industry, she joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, as a research assistant in 1989.
She received the PhD degree in computer science from that university in 1994. Her thesis was selected for publication as a Distinguished Dissertation in Computer Science in 1995. In 1995 she became a lecturer, and in 2001 a reader, in computer science at the University of Edinburgh. She was promoted to the Chair of Quantitative Modelling in 2005. She is a member, and past Director of the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science. Her principal research interests are in the use of process algebras to model dynamic systems and the investigation of issues of abstraction and compositionality with respect to Markov processes.