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Dr Paul Vickers

Associate Professor

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Paul -Vickers

Paul is Associate Professor (formerly Reader) in Computer Science and Computational Perceptualization in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences where he has worked since 2001. Prior to that he worked for 12 years in the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, and from 1987-1988 he worked in a software development team at Digital Equipment Co. Ltd.

Paul is a computer scientist. Paul is a chartered engineer. He teaches and researches in the computing domain where it intersects with creative digital media, specifically in the field of sonification and auditory display. For instance, he has taught programming, introductory digital audio, and sound design; he conducts research into how to use sound to communicate data and information (sonification); and he also explores how the aesthetic properties of scientific artefacts affect how they may be used, that is, how people interact with them and the implications this has for their design.

Paul collaborates with computer and network security specialists, with musicians, with artists, and, of course, with other computer scientists and engineers.

Between 2004-2012 and again from 2015-2018 he was a board member of the International Community for Auditory Display (ICAD).

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Campus Address

Ellison Building

0191 243 7614


CEng — Chartered Engineer awarded by the Engineering Council, 2001

MIEE ­— member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (MIEE) (Now the Institution of Engineering & Technology – MIET), 2000

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (formerly the ILT), 2000

PhD in Computer Science, Loughborough University, 2000

BSc (Hons) in Computer Studies, The Liverpool Polytechnic (CNAA), 1989

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Auditory display; sonification; computer and cyber security; human-computer interaction; digital aesthetics; information visualization; computer programming (esp. the teaching of)

Sponsors and Collaborators

University of Newcastle

University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria

Key Publications

Vickers, P., Laing, C., & Fairfax, T. (2017). Sonification of a Network’s Self-Organized Criticality for Real-time Situational AwarenessDisplays47, 12–24.

Vickers, P. (2017). Sonification and Music, Music and Sonification. In M. Cobussen, V. Meelberg, & B. Truax (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art (pp. 135–144). Oxford: Routledge.

Vickers, P., Hogg, B., & Worrall, D. (2017). Aesthetics of sonification: Taking the subject-position. In C. Wöllner (Ed.), Body, Sound and Space in Music and Beyond: Multimodal Explorations (pp. 89–109). Routledge.

Gibson, H., & Vickers, P. (2016). Using Adjacency Matrices to Lay Out Larger Small-world NetworksApplied Soft Computing42, 80–92.

Ballweg, H., Bronowska, A. K., & Vickers, P. (2016). Interactive Sonification for Structural Biology and Structure-based Drug Design. In T. Hermann, R. Bresin, & J. Yang (Eds.), ISon 2016, 5th Interactive Sonification Workshop (pp. 41–47). Bielefeld, Germany: CITEC, Bielefeld University.

Vickers, P., Faith, J., & Rossiter, N. (2013). Understanding Visualization: A Formal Approach using Category Theory and SemioticsIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics19(6), 1048–1061.

Further Information

My entry in Google Scholar

My entry in Research Gate

My personal web site

My Northumbria Research Link

Pure Portal

Professional Activity

External roles and activities

2008­–2013 Liverpool John Moores University: Information Systems Subject External.

2011–2012 University of the West of Scotland: Computer Science Programme External.

2007–2011 University of the West of Scotland: Computer Science Subject External.

2003–2007 Bolton University: BSc (Hons) Leisure Computing Technology, Computing Technology, Internet Communications and Networks, Computer Games Software Development, and Multimedia and Website Development.

PhD examiner at: University of Vienna, Trinity College Dublin, KTH, Stockholm, Loughborough University, University of Glasgow, Queen Mary University of London, University of York (Dept. of Electronics, University of Hull, Liverpool John Moores University.

MSc dissertation examiner: McGill University, Montréal.

Expert reviewer for EU Horizon 2020 cyber security programme .

Research grant reviews for: EPSRC, ESRC, the Academy of Finland/Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology), the Flanders Research Foundation, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the National Library of Australia, and the Higher Education Academy

Journal reviewer for: IEEE Transactions on Multimedia; ACM Transactions on Applied Perception; ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing; ACM Computers in Entertainment; International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Elsevier; Interacting with Computers, Elsevier; Journal of Systems and Software, Elsevier; Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International; Journal of the Audio Engineering Society; Journal of Music, Technology and Education, Intellect; Universal Access in the Information Society, Elsevier; Journal of Sonic Studies, Leiden University Press; Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, Springer; Information Systems Frontiers, Springer; IET Electronics Letters;



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