Sonification, auditory display, human-computer interaction, aesthetics, multimedia programming, network security and visualization


Context Informed Intelligent Information Infrastructures for Better Situational Awareness, in in International Conference On Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics And Assessment (CyberSA 2015)

A Case-Based Reasoning Method for Locating Evidence During Digital Forensic Device Triage in Decision Support Systems.

Article on the theoretical foundations of visualization in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

Article on listening to sonification in the Journal of Sonic Studies

Follow this link for the web site & discussion forum for my book How To Think Like A Programmer

I work here in the Department of Computer Science  & Digital Technologies in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University. Prior to October 2001 I worked for 12 years in the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University.

I am a computer scientist. I am a chartered engineer. I teach and research in the computing domain where it intersects with creative digital media. For instance, I teach introductory digital audio, I conduct research into how to use sound to communicate data and information (sonification) and I also look at how the aesthetic properties of scientific artefacts affect how they may be used, that is, how people interact with them.

I collaborate with computer and network security specialists, with 3D modellers and digital special effects experts, with musicians, with artists, and, of course, with other computer scientists and engineers.

I am also a board member of the International Community for Auditory Display 2004-2012, 2015-.

Dept. of Computer Science & Digital Technologies

Northumbria University

Pandon Building, Camden Street

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1XE

United Kingdom


t: +44(0)191 243-7614


coming up

ICAD 2016 -- International Conference on Auditory Display, Canberra, Australia (July 2-8).

Special issue on Sonification of Real Time Data in the journal ‘Displays’ (Elsevier). Sept. P. Vickers and D. Worrall guest eds.


Reader in Computer Science


My research is in the following main areas. I am especially interested in the points at which these topics intersect:

  1. BulletSonification & Auditory Display

  2. BulletNetwork security

  3. BulletVisualisation

  4. BulletAesthetic Computing

  5. BulletEmbodied Interaction

  6. BulletComputing & Music

My publications page lists some of my recent work.

Also see the CAITLIN project’s web site

If you are interested in working with me as a collaborator, as a PhD student or on a BSc/MSc dissertation please get in touch.

The views expressed herein are not necessarily those of the University of Northumbria or any group or part thereof; neither are they necessarily mine or his or hers or theirs or anyone else's who may wish to initiate legal proceedings.