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Paul Crowther

Dr Paul Crowther PhD, MSc, SFHEA, FBCS

Deputy Head of Department

Summary

I gained a PhD from the university of Tasmania in 1999 and have been an active researcher in intelligent systems and computing pedagogy since 1992. My teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels includes database systems, knowledge management and intelligent systems. I have been involved in a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and I have developed case studies based on these for my teaching.

  • About

    I am Deputy Head of Department of Computing in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts at Sheffield Hallam University where I have been an academic since 2001. I manage operational aspects of the department and contribute to development of the department's strategic direction.

    Prior to my arrival at Sheffield Hallam I was a lecturer at the University of Tasmania where I also completed my doctoral degree which was based on a study of visual knowledge acquisition and representation.

    My original research domain involved knowledge acquisition from images and development of intelligent systems. In parallel with this I research and publish in the area of postgraduate pedagogy, particularly related to dissertations and distance learning. Since 2002 I have become active in research into knowledge management and knowledge transfer leading 3 knowledge transfer partnerships. My work has been recognised by a Professional Fellowship of the British Computer Society.

    I have outstanding strength in contributing to the development of teaching and learning through development in pedagogy and creativity in teaching and learning in the discipline of information technology and have been awarded the status of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have substantial strength in contributing to the development of knowledge through research and knowledge transfer.

    My teaching areas are object oriented systems analysis and design, knowledge management, database design and object relational database implementation and administration. In the past I have also taught programming (C++).

    Specialist areas of interest

    Computing Pedagogy
    Agent Based Systems
    Knowledge Based Systems

  • Teaching

    Department of Computing

    Information Systems

    MSc Information Technology Management

    Logical Database Development

    Strategy-based Organisational Dynamics

  • Research

    • Communication and Computing Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    Graysons Ltd (Leeds, South Yorkshire) Knowledge Transfer Programme (KTP) project (2011).

    Penny Hydraulics (Clowne, Nottinghamshire) Knowledge Transfer Programme (KTP) project (2010).

    ACS Steel (Leeds, South Yorkshire) Knowledge Transfer Programme (KTP) project (2009 - 2011).

    ACL Bearings (Launceston Tasmania) - development of a quality control and diagnostic intelligent system (2000)

    Botanical Resources Australia (based in Ulverstone, Tasmania) – e-commerce and database development (2000)

    Serve-Ag (based in Devonport, Tasmania) – developing a proposal for investigation of knowledge management and supervising a database development implementing quality management of seed production (1999)

    Using Business Intelligence to predict student behaviour

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Crowther, P. (2006), ' Mobile Learning Environments ' Ch 88 in Encyclopedia of Mobile Computing & Commerce (EMCC). J. Goh (ed.), Idea Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1599040028.

    Crowther, P., (2005), Developing Requirements Using Use-Case Modelling and the Volere Template – Establishing a Base Line for Evolution, Chapter 7 in Advances in UML and XML- Based Software Evolution edited by H. Yang, Idea Publishing Group, pp 141 - 153, ISBN 978-1591406211.

    Polovina, S., Hill, R., Crowther, P. and Beer, M., (2004), ' Multi-Agent Community Design in the Real, Transactional World: A Community Care Exemplar', Proceedings of ICCS 2004.

    Crowther, P. and Hartnett, J., (2001), Spatial Database Design – Building Efficient Schema, Proceedings of the 29th Annual International Conference and Technical Exposition of the Australasian Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, Melbourne, Australia, November.

    Barrett, R., Crowther, P., Laurence, R. and Lincolne, R. (2001), ‘Remote Sensing as an Aid to Tasmanian Horticultural Crop Recording and Husbandry’, Proceedings of IGARSS 2001.

    Barrett, R., Crowther, P., Laurence, R. and Lincolne, R. (2000) ‘Agricultural Crop Identification Using Spot and Landsat Images In Tasmania’ ,IAPRS, Vol. XXXIII, Amsterdam, 2000.

    Pakiarajah, V., Crowther, P. and Hartnett, J. (2000) ‚Conflict Resolution Techniques for Expert Systems Used to Classify Remotely Sensed Satellite Images’, Proceedings of GeoComputation 2000, Greenwich.

    Crowther, P. and Hartnett, J., (2001), Handling Spatial Objects in a GIS Database -Relational v Object Oriented Approaches, Proceedings Of Geocomputation 2001, Brisbane, Australia.

    Crowther, P. and Hartnett, J., (1999), ‘Teaching Internet Technologies Using an Interactive Self Paced Approach’, Proceedings of the 7th National Health Informatics Conference, Hobart.

    Crowther, P., Hartnett, J., Williams R. N., Pendelbury, S. (1999) ‘Developing Quality Training Data For A Statistical Decision Tree Classifier In A Spatial Environment’. Proceedings of GeoComputation 1999, Washington.

    Anderson, S.J., Williams, R. N. and Crowther, P. (1999), ‘Automatic detection of Agricultural Field Boundaries Using High-Resolution Visible Light Satellite Images’, Proceedings of the 27th Annual International Conference and Technical Exposition of the Australasian Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains NSW.

    Crowther, P (1999), ‘A Visual Knowledge Classification and its Relationship to the KADS model’ in Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence, Proceedings of the 12th Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AI’99, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 1747. Norman Foo (ed) Springer, pp 478-479.

    Crowther, P. (1998), ‘Knowledge Acquisition from Satellite Images for Geographic Expert Systems – Show or Tell?’, Proceedings of the International Conference on Modeling Geographic and Environmental Systems with Geographic Information Systems, Hong Kong, June.

    Hartnett, J. and Crowther, P. (1998), ‘A Practical Interim Standard for Spatial Meta Data’, Proceedings of the International Conference on Modeling Geographic and Environmental Systems with Geographic Information Systems, Hong Kong, June.

    Williams, R. N. and Crowther, P. (1998), ‘Application of a Technique, based on local Image Homogeneity, to Delineate Spatial Objects in Satellite Images’, Proceedings of IGARSS ’98, July, Seattle

    Crowther, P and Hartnett, J, (1998), ‘A Flexible Tool To Extract Algorithmic Knowledge From Image Interpretation Experts’. Proceedings of GeoComputation 1998, Bristol, UK, September.

    Crowther, P. and Hartnett, J. (1997), ‘The Problem With Lines - Spatial Reasoning With One Dimensional Features In A Two Dimensional Representation Of Three Dimensional Space’, Proceedings of the 8th Joint European Conference and Exhibition on Geographic Information Systems. Vienna, In Press

    Hartnett, J., Crowther,P. and Williams, R. N.(1997), ‘Three Spatial Analysis Techniques which Incorporate Expert Knowledge Applied to the Selection of the best Site for a Forestry Plantation, Proceedings of the 8th Joint European Conference and Exhibition on Geographic Information Systems. Vienna, In Press

    Crowther, P., Hartnett, J. and Williams, R. N. (1997), ‘A Visual Tool For Capturing The Knowledge Of Expert Image Interpreters: A Picture Is Worth More Than A Thousand Words’. IGARSS’97, Singapore

    Williams, R. N., Crowther, P. and Pendlebury, S. (1997), ‘Design and Development of an Operational Ice Mapping System for Meteorological Applications in the Antarctic’, IGARSS’97, Singapore

    Crowther, P. and Hartnett, J. (1997), ‘Geographic Expert Systems: Extraction of Expertise from Image Interpreters’, Geomatics Info Magazine International, Vol 11, No 10, pp 57 – 59.

    Crowther, P. and Hartnett, J. (1997) ‘Eliciting Knowledge With Visualization - Instant Gratification For The Expert Image Classifier Who Wants To Show Rather Than Tell’. Proceedings of GeoComputation 1997, Otago, New Zealand

    Williams, R. and Crowther, P. (1996), ‘An Image Analysis Development System with Artificial Intelligence Capabilities, Designed for Antarctic Glaciological Applications’, Proceedings of the 8th Australasian Remote Sensing Conference. Canberra

    Crowther, P. and Hartnett, J. (1996), ‘Using Repertory Grids for Knowledge Acquisition for Spatial Expert Systems’. Proceedings of the 4th Australian and New Zealand Conference on Intelligent Information Systems. Adelaide

    Hartnett, J. Williams, R. Crowther, P. and Hill, K. (1996), ‘Providing a Graphical User Interface for Customized GIS Applications’, in Geographical Information, From Research to Applications through Cooperation, Rumor, M., McMillan, R. and Ottens, H. F. L. (eds), IOS Press, Vol 1

    Crowther, P. and Lear, F. (1996), ‘The Evolution and On-Line Customized Modularization of an Introductory Information Systems Unit’, Proceedings of the 13th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Computers in learning in Tertiary Education, Adelaide

    Crowther, P. and Hartnett, J. (1996), ‘Knowledge Acquisition for Expert Systems used with a Geographic Expert Systems’, Proceedings of the 24th Annual International Conference and Technical Exposition of the Australasian Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. Hobart

    Crowther, P., Hartnett, J. and Williams, R.(1995), ‘Teaching Repertory Grid Concepts for Knowledge Acquisition in Expert Systems: An Interactive Approach’, Proceedings of the 12th Annual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in learning in Tertiary Education, pp 97 - 103

    Williams, R. Crowther, P. and Micheal, K. (1994), ‘Interpretation of Remotely Sensed Sea Ice Images for Climatological Studies Using an Expert System’, Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Remote Sensing Conference. Melbourne

    Hartnett, J., Williams, R. and Crowther, P. (1994), ‘Per Pixel Reasoning Using a GIS Closely Coupled to an Expert System to Produce Surface Classifications Based on Remotely Sensed Data and Expert Knowledge’, Proceedings of the 5th Joint European Conference and Exhibition on Geographic Information Systems. Paris

    Crowther, P., Hartnett, J. and Williams, R.(1994), ‘Documentation of design and Structure in Expert Systems Rule Base’, Proceedings of the 7th Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Melbourne

    Crowther, P. (1992), EVAP, the Genesis of an Industrial Expert System’, Proceedings of the 5th Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Hobart

    Crowther, P. (1991), ‘Integration of an Expert System in a Multimedia Self Paced Instruction Course - An Example from Industry’, Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Computers in learning in Tertiary Education pp 157 -166

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Kennedy Ehimwenma 'Helper Agents For Learning In Structured Ontology Interoperability System' - expected completion date August 2015. (director of studies)

    Abdurrahman Jalil 'Framing pedagogical requirements for mobile learning based on Task Model' - expected completion date August 2015. (supervisor)

    Noreen Axelby (2004) 'An expert advisor system for college management'. (director of studies)

    Richard Hill (2007) 'A requirements elicitation framework for agent-oriented software engineering'. (supervisor)

    Richard Wilson (2013) 'Using business intelligence to predict student behaviour'. (supervisor)

    Hugh Lafferty (2014) 'Analysing Quizzes using a Census'. (supervisor)

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