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Professor John MacIntyre BSc PhD FRSA MBCS CEng                          

 

Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences
Pro Vice Chancellor
Director of Research, Innovation & Employer Engagement

University of Sunderland

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I have worked at the University of Sunderland since 1992, having graduated from the University with a First Class Honours Degree in Combined Science (Computer Science and Physiology). I then went on to complete a PhD in applied artificial intelligence, focussing on the use of neural networks in predictive maintenance, which was awarded in 1996.

During the 1990s I established a research centre – the Centre for Adaptive Systems – at the University, which became recognised by the UK government as a Centre of Excellence for applied research in adaptive computing and artificial intelligence. The Centre undertook many projects working with and for external organisations in industry, science and academia, and for three years ran the Smart Software for Decision Makers programme on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry.

I have successfully supervised in PhDs in fields ranging from neural networks, hybrid systems, and bioinformatics through to lean manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and business and maintenance strategies.

I went on to become Associate Dean, and then Dean, of the School of Computing and Technology, covering Computer Science and Engineering; in 2008 I became the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, and in 2010 Pro Vice Chancellor of the University.

I am, and have, been a member of many regional, national and international organisations linked to my own research or professional areas, or on behalf of the University.
Since 1996 I have been the Editor-in-Chief of 
Neural Computing & Applications, an international scientific peer reviewed journal published by Springer Verlag.

Prior to entering academia I worked in industry including several years working overseas on major civil and structural engineering projects, developing and implementing new computerised planning systems.

I am a keen sportsman, having played both soccer and cricket, and now focussing on snowboarding, golf, and tennis, as well as keeping fit at the gym!