Professor Rob Hierons


Department of Computer Science

Chair in Testing

Director of Research

Head of the Testing research group

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Professor Rob Hierons
Department of Computer Science
Regent Court (DCS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

Rob Hierons received a BA in Mathematics (Trinity College, Cambridge), and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Brunel University). He then joined the Department of Mathematical and Computing Sciences at Goldsmiths College, University of London, before returning to Brunel University in 2000.

He was promoted to full Professor in 2003 and joined The University of Sheffield in 2018.

Research interests

Professor Hierons’ research largely concerns software testing. The main aim of this research is to devise automated techniques (and tools) that generate efficient, systematic test suites on the basis of program code, models or specifications.

Progress in this area can help industry to produce higher quality software and potentially to do so more quickly. He has recently become interested in the testing of autonomous systems, with a particular focus on robotics.



  • Cavalcanti A, Dongol B, Hierons R, Timmis J & Woodcock J (2021) Software Engineering for Robotics. Springer Nature. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hierons RM & Mosbah M (2019) Preface. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hierons RM, Merayo MG & Bravetti M (2013) Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics): Preface. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Groz R & Hierons RM (2004) Preface. RIS download Bibtex download

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