Professor Vic Grout

Job Role
Professor of Computing Futures


Vic is currently Professor of Computing Futures at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, having previously served as Professor of Network Algorithms, Head of Computing and Associate Dean for Research. He 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. 

Vic is a professional ‘futurist’ investigating emerging and future technologies and their wider social, ethical, legal, political, environmental and economic impact. His work ranges from using Internet hardware to enable the elderly and disabled to lead longer independent lives, through designing complex design optimisation software, to advising the European Commission on ethical concerns relating to funded research projects. He has authored over 400 research papers and four books on these topics, edits the ‘Turing’s Radiator’ blog on technological philosophy, and appears regularly on radio and TV. His first science-fiction novel, ‘Conscious’, was published last year.

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BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Computing

PhD Communication Engineering


Grout, V., “The Singularity Isn’t Simple (However you look at it.) A Random Walk Between Science Fiction and Fact”, Information (special issue on AI and the Singularity: A Fallacy or Great Opportunity; R.K. Logan & A. Braga (eds.) 2018.

Liu, B., Grout, V. & Nikolaeva, A., “Efficient Global Optimization of Actuator Based on a Surrogate Model Assisted Hybrid Algorithm”, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 2018.

Grout, Vic, ‘Conscious’, Clear Futures Publishing, 2017 (ISBN: 978-1-5205-9012-7).

Picking, R., Cunningham, S., Houlden, N., Oram, D., Grout, V. & Mayers, J. (eds.), Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 17), Wrexham Glyndŵr University, 2017.

Liu, B., Irvine, A., Akinsolu, M., Arabi, O., Grout, V. & Ali, N., “GUI Interface Design Exploration Software for Microwave Antennas”, Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computational Design and Engineering, 2017.

Grout, V., “A Simple Approach to Dynamic Optimisation of Flexible Optical Networks with Practical Application”, Future Internet, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2017.

Liu, B., Irvine, A., Akinsolu, M., Arabi, O., Grout, V. & Ali, N., “GUI Design Exploration Software for Microwave Antennas”, Journal of Computational Design and Engineering, Vol. 4, Issue 4, 2017, pp274-281.

Grout, V., “Smoke and Mirrors in Robotic Technocapitalism”, Journal of Robotics and Automation, Vol. 4, 2016.

Grout, V. (Keynote Address), “Surrogate Modelling for Electronic Design Automation”, 4th International Symposium on Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Applications (ISEAIA 2016), Girne, North Cyprus, 2-4 November, 2016.

Grout, V. (Keynote Address), “The ‘Prof on a Train’ Game”, First IEEE Workshop on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT 2015), Wrexham, Wales, UK, 10th September, 2015.

Grout, V., “Identity Voyeurism”, British Computer Society ‘BCS ITNow’ Magazine, September 2015, pp24-27.

Grout, V., “Robot Sex: Ethics and Morality”, Lovotics, Vol. 3, e104, February 2015, doi: 10.4172/2090-9888.1000e104.

Grout V. Shazam for People?. Journal of Robotics and Automation”, Vol. 1. No. 1, 2014, pp1-4.