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Professor Simon Shepherd

Professor Simon Shepherd


Professor Simon Shepherd was educated at Edgbaston College, Kenilworth School, the Royal Naval Air Engineering School Lee-on-the-Solent, the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth and the Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Engineering and a Doctorate in Cryptography. He served as a Commissioned Officer in Her Majesty's Navy as a weapons and communications specialist where he held a number of appointments ranging from sea-going front line duty in aircraft carriers to shore duties in Naval Intelligence. After 12 years service, he left the RN and joined British Aerospace plc where he was Senior Systems Engineer in the Special Projects Division responsible for computer modelling and development of future systems. He was appointed to Bradford University as a junior lecturer in 1992 and elevated to a Personal Chair in 2001.

Professor Shepherd is a Member of the London Mathematical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. His interests include early music as principal harpsichord of the Bradford Chamber Ensemble, fine food and wine and technical analysis and modelling of the stock market where he holds an "interesting" portfolio.


Future plans

Currently about to submit to EPSRC for a project on Microwave Imaging and Optimised Limb Fracture Rehabilitation, with colleagues from Electrical Engineering, Computing, Health Studies and Warwick and Kent Universities.

Current, and significant recent, funded projects

Sonic Characterisation of Water Surface Waves, Turbulence, Mixing and Bed Friction in Shallow Water Flows, EPSRC EP/G015341/1, £454,220.


Over the last 25 years, Professor Shepherd has supervised 26 PhD students and 2 MPhil students. All were successful. He is currently supervising 2 PhD students who are near completion:

Muhammad ADEKA


Professor Shepherd has published over 150 internationally refereed journal and conference papers, together with book chapters, patents, etc. A sample of recent publications since 2009 are:

C B BEGGS, S J SHEPHERD and K G KERR, "How does healthcare worker handwashing behaviour impact upon the transmission of MRSA between patients? : an analysis using a Monte Carlo model", BMC Infectious Diseases, 9, (64), 15 May 2009, doi:10.1186/1471-2334-9-64.

S J SHEPHERD, C B BEGGS, C F SMITH, K G KERR, C J NOAKES, and P A SLEIGH, "Effect of negative air ions on the potential for bacterial contamination of plastic medical equipment", BMC Infectious Diseases, 10, (92), 12 April 2010, doi:10.1186/1471-2334-10-92.

C B BEGGS, S J SHEPHERD and K G KERR, "Potential for airborne transmission of infection in the waiting areas of healthcare premises: stochastic analysis using a Monte Carlo model", BMC Infectious Diseases, 10, (247), 24 August 2010, doi:10.1186/1471-2334-10-247.

A NICHOLS, K ATTENBOROUGH, S TAHERZADEH and S J SHEPHERD, "An airborne broadband acoustic method to measure the characteristics of a dynamically rough air-water interface", Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128, (4), 2327-2327, October 2010.

A M SNELLING, C B BEGGS, K G KERR and S J SHEPHERD, "Spores of C. Difficile in hospital air", Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2010:51, 1 November 2010, 1104.

S J SHEPHERD and C B BEGGS, "Cerebral hydrodynamics are at most a third order system", Medical Hypotheses, 76, (5), 648-652, May 2011, doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2011.01.023.

P ZAMBONI, E MENEGATTI, P CONFORTI, S J SHEPHERD, M TESSARI and C B BEGGS, "Assessment of cerebral venous return by a novel plethysmography method", Journal of Vascular Surgery, 56, (3), 677-685, Sept 2012, (online 21 April 2012, .

C B BEGGS, S J SHEPHERD, M G DWYER, P POLAK, C MAGNANO, C ELLEN, G P POLONI, B WEINSTOCK-GUTTMAN and R ZIVADINOV, "Sensitivity and specificity of SWI venography for detection of cerebral venous alterations in multiple sclerosis", J. Neurological Research, 34, (8), 793-801, Oct 2012, doi:10.1179/1743132812Y, .

V V ZHARKOVA, S J SHEPHERD and S I ZHARKOV, "Principal component analysis of background and sunspot magnetic field variations during solar cycles 21-23", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 424, (4), 2943-2953, 2012, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.21436.x, .

C B BEGGS, S J SHEPHERD and P ZAMBONI, "Cerebral venous outflow resistance and intepretation of cervical plethysmogaphy data with respect to the diagnosis of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency", Journal of Phlebology, Vol ?, (??), 1-9, 2012, doi:10.1258/phleb.2012.012039, .

M ADEKA, S J SHEPHERD and R ABD-ALHAMEED, "Password security awareness in African countries within the context of password security", Journal of Information Security Research, 4, (1), 1-9, March 2013, ISSN 0976-4143 (Print), ISSN 0976-4151 (Online).

A NICHOLS, S J TAIT, K V HOROSHENKOV and S J SHEPHERD, "A non-invasive airborne wave monitor", Journal of Flow Measurement & Instrumentation, 34, 118-126, Oct 2013, doi:10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2013.09.006.

A NICHOLS, S J TAIT, K V HOROSHENKOV, S J SHEPHERD and Y ZHANG, "Low-cost on-line non-invasive sewer flow monitoring", Journal of Water Practice Technology, 8, (3-4), xxx-yyy, Nov 2013, doi:10.2166/wpt.2013.048.

C B BEGGS, C P CHUNG, N BERGSLAND, P N WANG, S J SHEPHERD, C Y CHENG, M G DWYER, H H HU and R ZIVADINOV, "Jugular venous reflux and brain parenchyma volumes in elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease", BMC Neurology, 13, 157--, 2013, doi:10.1186/1471-2377-13-157.

C B BEGGS, C MAGNANO, S J SHEPHERD, K MARR, V VALNAROV, D HOJNACKI, N BERGSLAND, P BELOV, S GRISAFI, M G DWYER, E CARL, B WEINSTOCK-GUTTMAN and R ZIVADINOV, "Aqueductal cerebrospinal fluid pulsatility in healthy individuals is affected by impaired cerebral venous outflow", Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 40, (5), 1215-1222, Nov 2014, doi:10.1002/jmri.24468. .

C P CHUNG, C B BEGGS, P N WANG, N BERGSLAND, S J SHEPHERD, C Y CHENG, D P RAMASAMY, M G DWYER, H H HU and R ZIVADINOV, "Jugular venous reflux and white matter abnormalities in Alzheimer's disease : A pilot study", Journal of Alzheimers Disease, 39, (3), 601-609, 2014, doi:nn-nnnn-nnnn. .

S J SHEPHERD, S I ZHARKOV and V V ZHARKOVA, "Prediction of solar activity from solar background magnetic field variations in solar cycles 21-23", The Astrophysical Journal, 795, (1), xxx-yyy, 13 October 2014, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/795/1/46, Impact Factor 6.345.

T T MAPOKA, Y A S DAMA, H M ALSABBAGH, S J SHEPHERD and R A ABD-ALHAMEED, "Multi-Service Group Key Establishment for Secure Wireless Mobile Multicast Networks", International Journal of Telecommunications, 27, (2), 69-80, October 2014.

T T MAPOKA, S J SHEPHERD and R A ABD-ALHAMEED, "A new multiple service key management scheme for secure wireless mobile multicast", IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 14, (8), 1545-1559, 16 October 2014, doi:10.1109/TMC.2014.2362760.

T T MAPOKA, S J SHEPHERD, Y A S DAMA, H M AL SABBAGH and R A ABD-ALHAMEED, "Multi-service group key management for high speed wireless mobile multicast networks", EAI Transactions on Mobile Commmunications & Applications, 2, (6), August 2015, doi:10.4108/eai.11-8-2015.150093.

C B BEGGS, C MAGNANO, S J SHEPHERD, P BELOV, D P RAMASAMY, J HAGEMEIER and R ZIVADINOV, "Dirty appearing white matterin the brain is associated with altered cerebrospinal fluid pulsatility and hypertension in individuals without neurologic disease", Journal of Neuroimaging, ??, (?), ???-???, 2015, Impact Factor 1.82, Accepted -- to appear.

V V ZHARKOVA, S J SHEPHERD, E POPOVA and S I ZHARKOV, "Heartbeat of the Sun from Principal Component Analysis and Prediction of Solar Activity on a Millenium Timescale", Nature (Scientific Reports), 5(15689), 1-11, 29 October 2015, doi:10.1038/srep15689.

T T MAPOKA, S J SHEPHERD and R A ABD-ALHAMEED, "Advances in rekeying strategies for secure group key distribution on emerging wireless multicast communication networks", International Journal of Innovations in Communications Security, ??, (??), October 2015, Accepted -- to appear.

T T MAPOKA, S J SHEPHERD and R A ABD-ALHAMEED, "New application of BAN logic to verify multi-service group key management in wireless mobile multicast communication security", IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ??, (??), November 2015, Accepted -- to appear.

Profile last updated on: 22-02-2016

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