Professor Les Hatton is well-known internationally for his many contributions to Safer Software Engineering. He started his scientific career as a geophysicist and was awarded the 1987 Conrad Schlumberger Prize for computational geophysics. Since switching careers in 1990, he has published many technical papers in IEEE TSE, IEEE Computational Science and Engineering, IEEE Software, IEEE Computer and others. In 1995, he published the widely cited book “Safer C: Developing Software in High-Integrity and Safer-Critical Systems”, which helped influence the use of safer programming methods in embedded control systems around the world. More than 6,000 engineers have attended the course based on this in the last 15 years. His latest book appeared in 2011 and is entitled “Email Forensics: Eliminating Spam, Scams and Phishing“.
He has been listed in the leading scholars of Software Systems Engineering by the Journal of Systems and Software and is currently Professor of Forensic Software Engineering at Kingston University, London. He is on the editorial board of IEEE Software and along with Michiel van Genuchten, co-edits the popular Software Impact column.