The Mug


Professor of Computing Futures
(Gentleman, Scholar, Wit and Self-Delusionist)

Vic Grout was awarded the BSc(Hons) degree in Mathematics and Computing from the University of Exeter (UK) in 1984 and the PhD degree in Communication Engineering (“Optimisation Techniques for Telecommunication Networks”) from Plymouth Polytechnic, now the University of Plymouth, (UK) in 1988.  He is currently Professor of Computing Futures at Glyndŵr University, Wales, where he has also previously been Head of Computing and Associate Dean for Research.  He serves as Web and Social Media Coordinator on the UK National Committee of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC) and as the Chair of the Council of Heads of Computing in Wales/Cyngor Penaethiaid Cyfrifiadura Cymru (CPCC).  He is a British Computer Society (BCS) Accreditation Assessor, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Recommended Speaker and a European Commission (EC) Horizon 2020 Expert Assessor, Panel Vice Chair and Ethics Screener.

Vic has worked in senior positions in both academia and industry for over twenty-five years (and some not-so-senior roles in politics) and has published over 300 research papers and patents and four books.  His research interests and those of his research teams span several areas of computational mathematics, particularly the application of heuristic principles to large-scale problems in Internet design, modelling, simulation, management and control.   Over the past few years, he has also worked extensively with Internet technologies to help the elderly and disabled to live longer independent lives and gives regular talks on the social impact of advancing technology.  He is a recognised ‘Futurologist’, looking beyond various emerging technologies to their wider, and combined, social, political, ethical, legal and environmental impact.

Vic is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Electrical Engineer, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Mathematician and Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA), British Computer Society (FBCS) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE) and Association of Computing Machinery (SMACM).  He initiated, then chaired the ongoing biennial international conference series on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 05, ITA 07, ITA 09, ITA 11, …).

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