Paul Vickers holds a BSc degree in Computer Studies from Liverpool Polytechnic and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Loughborough University. He is currently Reader in Human-Computer Interaction and head of the Creative Media Technologies group in Northumbria University's School of Computing, Engineering, and Information Sciences in the United Kingdom where he has worked since 2001. He currently teaches computer programming, digital audio, sound design, and research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as supervising Ph.D. students. Between 1989 and 2001 Vickers taught at Liverpool John Moores University, and before that worked in a software development team at Digital Equipment Co. Ltd. Paul Vickers is a UK Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is also a Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy.
His research is centred in the human-computer interaction (HCI) and auditory visualization fields with a particular focus on the use of music as a medium for external representations. Vickers has presented at and been on the organizing committees for many international conferences, is a board member of the International Community for Auditory Display, has been interviewed by international media about his work on auditory representations of programs, and has nearly fifty research publications (journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and books). His latest book, How To Think Like A Programmer: Program Design Solutions For The Bewildered was published by Cengage/Course Technology in 2009. A keen musician, Paul Vickers is very interested in bringing together the technologists,engineers, musicians, composers, sound artists, audio engineers, and programmers to build well-motivated and well-designed tools for exploring the use of sound as a communication medium. He owns no cats.