David Bell graduated in 1969 in Pure Mathematics, and has three research degrees in Computing topics. He became a full professor 1986 - at Queen's University, Belfast since 2002, where he was the Director of Research in Knowledge and Data Engineering, a group focussing on research in Soft Computing until 2011, and he is now Professor Emeritus .
He has produced several hundred publications, and supervised more than 35 PhDs to completion. He was prime investigator on many national projects and on about 18 EU-funded projects (eg MAP, ESPRIT, DELTA, COST, AIM,.) in IT in the Eighties and Nineties.
His activities have included: PC chairmanships (eg joint Programme Committee Chair of VLDB'93 and ICDE'97), conference PC memberships and journal editing/ editorial board memberships -eg Computer Journal and North-Holland.s Information Systems. He has been guest editor/co-editor of well-known journals such as IEEE Trans KDE, on (eg) Knowledge Discovery, Data Driven Data Mining and Semantic Web. He is Author/Co-author of several books, including Distributed Database Systems published by Addison-Wesley in 1992. He served on the UK Technology Foresight Panel for several years, and was member of a number of national and international advisory and funding groups, including, for example, a sub-group of the Wellcome Trust in the UK
His research interests are centred on data and knowledge management - the linking of reasoning under uncertainty, machine learning, and other artificial intelligence techniques with database work . This involves the exploration of other topics in computing, including, aspects of agent awareness and innateness.