George R. S. Weir

Welcome to my home page where you will find further information on my background, current research and interests.

Outline biography: Dr George R S Weir is a lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Strathclyde, where he has taught for over twenty years. He holds degrees in philosophy from the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh. His academic research has focused mainly on Cybercrime, Security, Digital Forensics, Corpus Linguistics and Readability, and he has published extensively on these topics. He is General Chair for the Cyberforensics conference, held annually in the UK, and has research links to institutions in Australia, Canada, Japan and Sri Lanka.

Background: My academic background lies in philosophy and I have a persistent interest in language and conceptual analysis that tends to infuse much of my computing-related research. I have a Scottish education (University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh and University of Strathclyde) and a Scottish accent.

Research areas: Computer security, digital forensics and cybercrime, human language technologies, computational linguistics, human-computer interaction, e-learning.
(Recent work on Cybercrime, Computer Security and Digital Forensics.)

I am happy to consider supervising PhD research in any of these areas or in any of their intersections (postgraduate application form). Feel free to contact me to discuss possible research supervision or collaboration: .

Overseas links: Japan and Greece (where I have many good friends and where I always feel at home); Thailand (where I spent time teaching at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok); Sri Lanka (where I am a visiting lecturer on the MSc in Information Security at the University of Colombo School of Computing); Australia (where I have enjoyed conference and research visits to the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory, University of Ballarat); and Canada (where I taught for four months as a Visiting Professor in the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver and at which institution I enjoy fruitful collaboration with members of the International Cybercrime Research Centre).

Interests: Music (listening well and playing badly); reading (mainly classic fiction and biography); oriental culture (mainly Japanese literature and cinema).