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John Knight

John Knight

Professor of Computer Science

Phone: (434) 982-2216
Fax: (434) 982-2214
Email: knight@cs.virginia.edu
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Department of Computer Science
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia
151 Engineer‘s Way, P.O. Box 400740
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4740

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Areas Of Interest

Software reliability and software engineering

Biographical Sketch

John Knight received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1973. After two years at West Virginia University and seven years at NASA's Langley Research Center, he joined the UVa in 1981 as an Associate Professor of Computer Science. He spent 1987-89 at the Software Productivity Consortium, and was promoted to Professor in 1992. He served as General Chair of the International Conference on Software Engineering, and as Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering from January 2002 to December 2005. He is a member of the editorial board of the Empirical Software Engineering Journal. He has directed six Ph.D. theses with three more in progress. He is the author or co-author of over 60 papers.


Knight's research focuses on issues related to software and architectures in high-value systems - computing systems of extreme importance to society whose failure would have a severe negative impact whether measured in terms of time, money or loss of life. Dependability of a computing system is the ability to deliver reliable, available, safe services that can justifiably be trusted. Such systems include medical devices, avionics, weapons systems; critical infrastructures such as financial networks, transportation systems, and power systems; and grid computing systems that increasingly play a strategically vital role in such diverse industries as finance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and aerospace. Specific topics investigated by John Knight include security through diversity, secretless security frameworks, formal and Natural Languages in Software Systems, survivability architectures, anti-terrorism and disaster management, safety Analysis, and software forensics. He works closely with industrial and governmental partners to ensure research relevance.

Selected Publications