Vic Grout

Professor of Computing Futures

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Vic Grout

Room: B120


+44 (0) 1978 293203


Vic 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 (Thesis title: "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, Wrexham, Wales.  He also serves on the UK National Committee of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC) as the Chair of the Council of Heads of Computing in Wales/Cyngor Penaethiaid Cyfrifiadura Cymru (CPCC).  He is an approved British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation assessor, an Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) recommended speaker and a European Commission (EC) ‘Horizon 2020’ (H2020) Expert Research Assessor and Ethics consultant.

Vic has worked in senior positions in academia and industry for nearly 30 years and has published over 300 research papers, patents and books.  His research interests span several areas of computational mathematics, including artificial intelligence and the application of heuristic principles to large-scale problems in Internet design, modelling, simulation, management and control.  He has also worked extensively on projects using Internet technologies to help the elderly and disabled live longer independent lives.  He is an experienced ‘futurologist’ - with particular a focus on the ethical and moral dimensions of technological evolution, 'big data', ‘big connectivity’ and the 'Internet of Things' - and writes regularly in the ‘Turing’s Radiator’ blog (

Professor Grout 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 the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).  He formed and initially chaired the biennial international conference series on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 05, 07, 09, 11, 13 & 15) and is a frequent contributor to TV and radio, including the newly launched discussion forum:“… bringing together 1000 of the UK's most entertaining & dynamic personalities.”

What are your hobbies? My hobbies include gym work, scuba diving, walking and working on his old MG.

What is your favourite book? The Dancers at the End of Time, by Michael Moorcock

What are your inspirational quotes? "If one meets a powerful person …  one can ask five questions: what power do you have; where did you get it; in whose interests do you exercise it; to whom are you accountable; and, how can we get rid of you?” (Tony Benn)

“It’s no sin to fight to be free” (“Ironmasters”, The Men They Couldn’t Hang)

“I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely the establishment of a socialist economy.” (Albert Einstein)

“Rise, like lions after slumber/In unvanquishable number!/Shake your chains to earth like dew/Which in sleep had fallen on you/Ye are many—they are few!" (Percy Bysshe Shelley)

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25)

What is your favourite film? The Imitation Game.

If you weren't doing the job you do, what would you do? A writer.


BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Computing, PhD Communication Engineering

BSc Computing

Computer Networks and Security

Computer Philosophy

MSc Computing

Computer Science

Computer Networks


High Performance Computing


Computer Systems

Human Computer Relationships

21st Century Computing

Singularities and Society

“Turing’s Radiator”, (Blog)

Liu, B., Fernandez, F.V., Gielen, G., Karkar, A., Yakovlev, A. & Grout, V., “SMAS: A Generalized and Efficient Framework for Computationally Expensive Electronic Design Optimization Problems”, in Computational Intelligence in Electronic Design (eds. ), Springer, 2014.

Picking, R. & Grout, V., “E-servant: An intelligent, programmable system to support and integrate assisted living technologies”, IET Healthcare Technology Letters, 2014.

Yan, Y., Tu, W., Grout, V. & Excell, P., “A Generalization of the Buckley-Osthus Model for Web Graphs”, Discrete Mathematics (Elsevier), Vol. 320, 6th April 2014, pp73-86.

Kreider, M., Bär, R., Beck, D., Terpstra, W., Davies, J., Grout, V., Lewis, J., Serrano, J. & Wlostowski, T., “Open Borders for System-on-a-Chip Buses: A wire format for connecting large physics controls”, American Physical Society Physical Review Special Topics – Accelerators and Beans, Volume 15, Issue 8, August 2012.

Dorrell, D., Hsieh, M.., Popescu, M., Evans, L., Staton, D. & Grout, V., "A Review of the Design Issues and Techniques for Radial-Flux Brushless Surface and Internal Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors", IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (special issue on Innovation in Electrical Machines), Vol. 58, No. 9, September 2011, pp3741-3757.

Tu, W., Grout, V. & Excell, P.,  “Performance Evaluation of Split Transmission in Multihop Wireless Networks”,  Multimedia Tools and Applications, Vol. 54, Issue 3, September 2011.

Picking, R., Robinet, A., Grout, V., McGinn, J., Roy, A., Ellis, S. & Oram, D.,  “A case study using a methodological approach to developing user interfaces for elderly and disabled people”,  The Computer Journal, Vol. 53, No. 6, July 2010, pp842-859.

Rezaul, K.M. & Grout, V.,  The Fractal Internet: Estimation and control of long-range dependent traffic, 2007  (ISBN: 978-0-946881-57-4).

Grout, V.Optimising the Internet: Key Topics in Modern Network Algorithms, 2007 (ISBN: 978-0-946881-55-0).

Grout, V., McGinn, J. & Davies, J.N.  “Real-Time Optimisation of Access Control Lists for Efficient Internet Packet Filtering”,  Journal of Heuristics, Vol. 13, No. 5, October 2007, pp435-454.

Grout, V, Davies, J. & McGinn, J.,  “An Argument for Simple Embedded ACL Optimisation”,  Computer Communications, Vol. 30, No. 2, January 2007, pp280-287.

Grout, V.  “Principles of Cost Minimisation in Wireless Networks”,  Journal of Heuristics,  Volume 11, Issue 2, April 2005, pp115-133.

Grout, V., Sanders, P.W. & Stockel, C.T.  “Reduction Techniques Providing Initial Groupings for Euclidean Travelling Salesman Patching Algorithms”,  Applied Mathematical Modelling,  Vol. 13, February 1989,  pp110-114

Grout, V. & Sanders, P.W.  “Communication Network Optimisation: Past, present and future”,  (invited paper – 10th Anniversary Special Edition),  Computer Communications,  Vol. 12, No. 5,  October 1988,  pp281-287.

Grout, V., Sanders, P.W. & Stockel, C.T.,  “Large-Scale Telecommunication Network Optimisation”,  in Simulation and Optimisation of Large Systems,  (ed. A.J. Osiadacz),  Clarendon Press Oxford,  May 1988 (ISBN: 0-19-853617-8).

Grout, V. & Sanders, P.W.,  “Practical Approach to the Optimisation of Large-Scale Switching Networks”,  Computer Communications,  Vol. 10, No. 1, February 1987,  pp30-38.


Computing Philosophy

Computing Ethics

Artificial Intelligence

Computational Mathematics

Optimisation and Heuristics

Network Algorithms

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