Bill Roscoe

Andrew William "Bill" Roscoe is a Scottish computer scientist. He was Head of the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford from 2003 to 2014, and is a Professor of Computer Science. He is also a Fellow of University College, Oxford.

Bill Roscoe
Born1956 (age 6263)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Alma materOxford University
Known forCommunicating Sequential Processes
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsOxford University
ThesisA Mathematical Theory of Communicating Processes (1982)
Doctoral advisorC. A. R. Hoare[1]
Doctoral studentsG. Mike Reed[1]
Gavin Lowe[2]

Professor Roscoe works in the area of concurrency theory,[3] in particular the semantic underpinning of Communicating Sequential Processes (CSP) and the associated occam programming language with Sir Tony Hoare.[4] He co-founded Formal Systems (Europe) Limited and worked on the algorithms for the Failures-Divergence Refinement (FDR) tool.


  1. Bill Roscoe at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. Lowe, Gavin (1994). Probabilities and priorities in timed CSP (DPhil). University of Oxford.
  3. A. W. Roscoe at DBLP Bibliography Server
  4. Roscoe, A.W., Jones, C.B. and Wood, K. (eds.), Reflections on the Work of C.A.R. Hoare. Springer. ISBN 978-1-84882-911-4 (2010).

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