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Project Team

Lucia Rapanotti, Production Manager and co-Chair of the Virtual MPhil. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing Department, The Open University, UK, with a Laurea Cum Laude (Milan, Italy) and a PhD (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) in Computer Science. She is an Editorial Member of Expert Systems, The Journal of Knowledge Engineering and of the IARIA Journal On Advances in Internet Technology, a Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT, and a Member of BCS ELITE (Effective Leadership in Information Technology). She is also External Examiner for the MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering) at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Previously, she held research positions at Milan University (Italy), Oxford University and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), and was Editor-in-Chief of Expert Systems, and Secretary of the BCS Requirements Engineering Specialist Group. She has published widely in international conferences and journals and is a member of numerous international programme committees.
She joined The Open University in 1996, and has worked on many Computing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with roles which span from educational software designer to academic author and editor, to module, award and programme Chair, to research supervisor and examiner.
Her main research focuses on the development of tools to help people tackle complex engineering problems, whether in the development of software, systems, processes or other artefacts. She also has a research interest in infrastructures to support disperse research communities, and particularly, the apprenticeship of new researchers mediated by online technology.
More information can be found on her home page at, including a full academic CV.

Leonor Barroca, co-Chair of the Virtual MPhil. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing Department with a PhD (Univ. Southampton) in Computer Science. Her research is in the Software Engineering area where she has published in international conferences and journals and been a member of international conferences programme committees.
Leonor has been with the OU since 1994, mainly involved in the Computing postgraduate programme, having chaired the whole programme and the production and presentation of several of its courses. She is currently chairing M885 (Analysis and Design of Enterprise Systems) and recently been an author in M363 (Software Engineering with Objects). She is the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for Computing, and she is also a member of the NIIT partnership team.