Blesson Varghese


  • KY16 9SS

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

PhD projects

Distributed systems; Cloud/Edge computing; Distributed machine learning; Computer systems

Personal profile


Blesson Varghese is Reader in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. He directs the Edge Computing Hub funded by Rakuten, Japan.

He was the recipient of the 2021 IEEE Rising Star Award and a Royal Society industry fellowship to British Telecoms plc, UK. His research interests are in developing large-scale distributed systems spanning the cloud and the edge of the network and has academic, industry and consulting experience in multiple continents.

He has featured in 'Clouded', a documentary on the cloud produced by Hewlett Packard and VMWare, and has interviewed on broadcast media.

Find more information on his personal homepage or Google Scholar profile

Research overview

My research focuses on addressing systems-related challenges for developing large-scale distributed systems, specifically those encompassing the cloud and the edge of the network. My current interests are in unlocking the scientific and societal potential in 'Edge computing', referred to as the next Internet frontier. 

Teaching activity

I teach CS5052: Data-Intensive Systems that focuses on the design of large-scale distributed systems encompassing the cloud and the edge. 

I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate projects. 

Profile Keywords

Distributed systems, Cloud/Edge computing, Distributed intelligence, Collaborative Machine Learning, Edge AI/ML

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Honorary faculty member, QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST

Feb 2022 → …


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