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Dr. Gary Wills
Building 53 Room 4038
Electronics and Software Systems Group
Department of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton,
SO17 1BJ

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Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2831
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+44 (0)23 8059 2865

Gary Wills

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Gary Wills is an Associate Professor, at the University of Southampton.

He is based in the Electronics and Software Systems Group previously in the Learning Societies LabIAM Group (formerly the Multimedia Research Group ) within the Academic Unit of Electronics and Computer Science, part of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering.


Gary Wills is an Associate Professor,  in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He graduated from the University of Southampton with an Honours degree in electromechanical engineering, and then a PhD in Industrial hypermedia systems.
He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology. Gary is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy. He is also a visiting associate professor at the University of Cape Town, working the Information Systems Department.

Gary’s main administrative role within the school is programme leader for the MSc in Cyber Security

Previously he was in charge of the IT in Organisation degree programme.(2003-2105)

Research Interests

Gary’s main research projects revolve around providing people with relevant information in order for them to carry out a task. Gary's research projects focus on Secure System Engineering and he works across disciplines with colleagues from industry, medicine, psychology, nursing, social worker and education.  Gary is also part of the Games Design Hub based at Winchester School of Art.
In education he researches into assessment systems, serious games and the use of technology for learning and teaching.
In Medicine and Psychology he researches Virtual Research Environments enabling collaboration, discussion and dissemination of results from clinical trials, especially those with large datasets. Investigating suitable methods for researchers in these fields to own and develop the information space.
For Industry his research, allows engineers to view federate knowledge, using semantic web (knowledge technologies and ontologies) to present appropriate information to the engineers. 

However his passion in research is to use ICT for Social Change and this is demonstrated through his work with a living lab in South Africa, RLabs.
A description of the current and previous projects can be found at the project page.

Academic CV
Standard University Academic CV [Upon request]

Current School Duties
programme leader for the

Information Technology in Organisations (ITO)
Software Engineering
Computer Science with Cyber Security

Previous School Duties
MSc in Cyber Security
full GCHQ certification
Examination officer (responsible for the ITO programme)
Post-graduate induction training (IAM & LSL research Groups)
Group Budgets

Current Lecturing
I am currently teaching, in ECS. for 2016-17 (sabbatical semester 2)

Level H (III) Project Key Words

games-development games-health knowledge-management games-learning games-design knowledge learning games computers-education assessment learning-technologies

Previously Taught


Part1 (Level 4, certificate)

Part2 (level 5 Diploma)

Part 3 (level 6 Degree)

Part 4 (LEVEL 7 Master's)

At New College

* also taught at Dorchester Adult Education Centre

Professional bodies:

CEng: Chartered Engineer
MIEE:Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
PFHEA: Principal Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy.

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