Ian Wilson

Dr

19972022

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Research interests

I created and lead the Artificial Intelligence Paradigms (CSAIP) research unit with the aim of providing a research framework for mentoring the whole computer science team while focusing research on areas that enhanced and complimented our degrees. I also provide leadership and experience to the Cyber Security Research Group. Current research interests include: House Price Prediction with Deep Learning; Cyber Maintainable Secure Complex Systems; Natural Language Processing and the Digital Annotation of Clinical Reports; Risk and Vulnerability within Industrial Control Systems; Visualisation for Cyber Security; and Advanced Persistent Threats in Computer Network Defence. Other interests include: Business Rule Generation for Product Data Quality Assurance; Integrating Augmented Reality with Dynamic Real World Environments; Diagnostic Research into Biomechanical Urinary Problems using Signal Processing; Rule Based System to support the provision of bespoke wheelchairs for the severely disabled; Cluster detection and analysis with geo-spatial datasets using a hybrid statistical-hierarchal Neural Network approach; Techniques for Content-based Image Characterization in Wavelets Domain; Residential Property Price Forecasting; Data-mining Causal Relationships within Geo-spatial Data; Developing Image Enhancement and Image Transmission Techniques for an Internet-Based Medical Image Processing System.

Teaching interests

As subject leader, I designed and documented all five courses currently on offer within Computer Science at USW and have taught at all levels across the entire curriculum.

Experience

I have worked in computing for 37 years, which includes 23 years within an academic environment. I gained my bachelor’s computing degree in 1993 as a mature student and went on to gain a doctorate from the mathematics department in 1997. I returned to academia in 2000 as a research fellow, first in the mathematics department and then computing. I was asked to take on the role of senior lecturer in 2007, took over leadership of the postgraduate programme in 2008 and became a Reader 2009. The MSc Programme encompassed AI, Security, Forensic, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Information Systems degrees. I introduced a suite of integrated master’s degrees. I took on leadership of the then Artificial Intelligence Technologies (ART) research unit in 2012 and role of subject leader in 2013. I proposed Computing’s new structure, which raised Cyber Security to the same level as Computer Science and Informatics in 2014. I became Head of Computer Science in 2014 and refactored our provision to include a computer science degree founded on the ACM/IEEE Computer Science Curricula 2013, with emphasis on secure programming. This foundation underpinned the recent successful NCSC Computer Science certification. I created and lead the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Paradigms (CSAIP) research group, which broadened the remit of ART with the aim of providing a research framework for mentoring the whole computer science team while focusing research on areas that enhanced and complimented our degrees. I led the introduction of an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence. I was this year asked to provide leadership and experience to the Cyber Security Research Group. I am frequently engaged as an expert consultant by Welsh Government (SMART Cymru application reviewer) and provide embedded consultancy for local industry (currently engaged on a SMART Cymru project related to Knowledge Automation).

2009 – 2022 Associate Professor (Reader), Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of South Wales (previously the University of Glamorgan)

2014 – 2022 Head of Computer Science, School of Computing and Mathematics, USW

2007 – 2009 Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Glamorgan
2003 – 2007 Research Fellow, School of Computing, University of Glamorgan
2000 – 2003 Research Fellow, School of Technology, Mathematics Department, University of Glamorgan
1998 – 2000 Analyst Programmer, Information Services, University of Glamorgan.
1997 – 1998 Research Associate, Department of Mathematics, University of Glamorgan.
1993 – 1997 Research Student, Department of Mathematics, University of Glamorgan.
1988 – 1990 Finance Officer, Family Housing Association, Cardiff.
1985 – 1988 Office Manager, Education Department, Cardiff University.

Expertise

I have a broad interest in Computing that includes developing, teaching and researching in a wide range of contexts and subject areas. However, I have a particular interest in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Optimisation and Soft Systems.

Skills

Computer Science, Research, Higher Education, Risk Management, Cyber Security, Cyber Resiliance, Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Academic Writing, Mathematical Modeling, Data Analysis, Algorithms, Object Oriented Design, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Science, Research Design, Data Mining, Operations Research, Image Processing, Quality Assurance, Game Development, Econometrics, Business Intelligence, Data Science, Data Visualisation, Operations Management, Analytics, Strategic Planning, Statistics, Economics, Recruiting, Programming, C++ Language, Software Design Patterns, Knowledge Representation, Combinatorial Optimization, Knowledge Based Engineering, Soft Computing, Metaheuristics, Quality Assurance Processes, University Teaching, Staff Development, Team Leadership 

Education/Academic qualification

Artificial Intelligence, PhD

Award Date: 1 Jun 1997

External positions

External Examiner, Staffordshire University

1 Oct 202030 Sep 2024

External Examiner, University of Gloucestershire

1 Oct 202030 Sep 2024

Keywords

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • QA76 Computer software

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