Who am I?

I have been the Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Information Systems (six departments) since October 2001. I was Dean of Science 1999-2001, and in between these two appointments, Dean of Life Sciences for 2 months in 2001. I am also Professor of Simulation Modelling in the Department of Information Systems and Computing (DISC) at Brunel University


I was an HEFCE RAE 2001 Panel Member for the 61 Library and Information Management Panel.


I have published widely, three books and over 250 refereed papers in journals (95), books and conference proceedings. I have proudly successfully supervised 37 PhD students, and I am holding significant grant income.



I managed DISC for 5 years during which: the Department more than doubled in student numbers; moved from a very poor research culture to being one of the top IS Departments in the U.K.; rationalised its teaching to give time to academics to do research, which appears to have improved the teaching, student pass rates and reduced dropout numbers; and treated PhD as junior members of staff.


The Department always balanced its books, and took extra students most years to cover shortages elsewhere in the University.


During my term as Dean of the Faculty of Science, three of my five departments had their teaching assessed, and the Faculty had a 100% record of receiving excellent for its teaching. Science’s research improvement in the 2001 RAE was the best in the previous five-faculty structure of the University. Technology and Information Systems is currently the strongest faculty in the University in terms of research and income.



My appointment as Dean of one of the three reorganised faculties, Technology and Information Systems, is in recognition of my proven leadership skills already exhibited in Brunel.


My approach to leadership combines a wide range of beliefs and experiences. Here are some of them:

1. Determine how a system works, find the positive feedback mechanisms (such as a growing Department improves its reputation, so the average quality of admitted students also rises) and make them work.

2. Give your colleagues responsibility, ask them to find solutions not problems, protect them when they make a mistake (we all do!), and develop the individual to eliminate the cause of the mistake.

3. Discuss, disseminate, decide.

4. Always be honest with people, they prefer it in the long run.

5. Do not judge people – on what basis would you judge them?

6. Talk face to face as much as possible. Help people achieve their potential.

7. Explain. For example, quality is not about standards, but about continuous improvement.


Successes? DISC was a department with good student numbers, poor research and low morale. DISC is now recognised as one of Brunel’s strongest and largest departments, strong in research and morale, and a role model for Brunel. I personally persuaded many of my colleagues in DISC to join the Department. I selected them for their excellence, which is demonstrated by the increasing improvements to DISC that they have initiated. We are always interested in talent.


I led DISC into a career development opportunity for GlaxoWellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline) graduate trainees which teaches the latter creativity and problem-solving through a three year purpose designed MSc in Information Management.


The Institute of Cancer Genetics, directed by Professor Rob Newbold in Biological Sciences, was created with my timely involvement, problem solving skills, and acquisition of resource at short notice. The Institute is a flagship endeavour for Brunel – and I predict the Institute will be ever-increasingly internationally acclaimed for the research it is doing.


A University is its people. I like people, they are endlessly fascinating. I intend to help lead the people of Brunel to the Universities’ targets of research led improvements, and to its rapid comparative improvement in the university sector. The University expects me to continue to make a major contribution to Brunel. With my colleagues that is what I expect to do.



Prior to joining Brunel, I worked as a Lecturer in Operational Research (1971-87) and then as a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems (1987-92) in the Department of Statistical and Mathematical Sciences at the London School of Economics.


I joined Brunel University in 1992 as Professor of Simulation Modelling in the Department of Information Systems and Computing. I was Deputy Head of Department 1992-93, Head of Department 1993-98, almost took a sabbatical in 1999, was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science, and then Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Information Systems in 2001.



Recent Research Grants




Principal Investigator with R.D. Macredie (Co-Investigator) on a three-year project (2000-2003) from the Systems Integration Programme of the EPSRC. £1.36million, with £2.5million in collaborative funding from Unisys, Abbey National, Computer Associates, Princeton Softech and Singularity



A five year (1996-2001) Strategic Project grant (£187,478) from the Medical Research Council, awarded jointly to J Brown of HERG (£127,200 approx.) and to me (£60,280 approx.), both at Brunel University, and to J R Yarnold of the Royal Marsden Hospital, London.




Principal Investigator with R M O’Keefe (Co-Investigator) for Simulation as a Tool to Assess the Impact of IT-enabled Business Process Change in Organisations, a two year project (1998-2000) awarded by the Systems Engineering for Business Process Change (SEBPC) Programme of the EPSRC. £166,480 awarded with £209,000 in collaborative funding from CACI Products Company, OSI Business Systems Engineering and Glaxo-Wellcome UK Ltd.




Journal Editorship


European Journal of Information Systems


Co-founder of the European Journal of Information Systems launched in January 1991


Chair of the Editorial Board (1991-1999)


Co-editor since 1 January 2000 with R.M. O’Keefe.



Editorial Board of

Yugoslav Journal of Operations Research, 1992-96

Computers and Information Technology, 1993-

International Journal of Manufacturing System Design, 1995-96

Journal of Intelligent Systems, 1996-

Logistics and Information Management, 2000-

Journal of Simulation Systems Science and Technology, 2001-



Research Centres


Director and Founder, Centre for Living Information Systems Thinking (LIST) established by me in1995.





I believe that complex problems are understood if they can be expressed simply (and not otherwise). LIST researches into IS Development whose problems are encapsulated in the simple myth:

“There comes a time when everyone knows what they want and agrees with everyone else.”

Since this a false assertion, IS whose development is based on the hope that the sentence is true are likely to disappoint – as so many do!

LIST is researching into approaches that are not so dependent on the assertion, such as component-based architectures (see SITE below), tailorability etc.


I have completed 11 PhDs in LIST research.




Director and Founder, Centre for Applied Simulation Modelling (CASM).



Moved to Brunel in 1992, CASM researches into software that automates the technical aspects of discrete event simulation modelling, leaving the analyst time to concentrate on the difficult aspects, problem understanding and customer education. A commercial application package has been produced by CASM under my direction. CASM have applied their work in transport (ports), health and defence.


I have completed 24 PhDs in CASM research.




Book Editorships


BCS Practitioner Series

Series Editor 1 January 2000 onwards. Editorial board until 2000: R. Winder (Series Editor), F. Bott, E. Hull, N. Holt, K. Hughes, R. Nance and R.J. Paul, Springer-Verlag London Limited.


Nance, R.E. and Arthur, J.D. 2002 Managing Software Quality: A Measurement Framework for Assessment and Prediction ISBN 1-85233-393-6.

Moynihan, T. 2002 Coping with IS/IT Risk Management ISBN 1-85233-555-6

Ezran, M., Morisio, M. and Tully, C. 2001 Practical Software Reuse ISBN 1-85233-502-5

Bawa, J., Dorazio, P., and Trenner, L. 2001 The Usability Business: Making the Web Work ISBN 1-85233-484-3

Detienne, E. (trans. F.Bott) 2001  Software Design: Cognitive Aspects ISBN 1-85233-253-0

Clarkson, M 2001 Developing IT Staff: A Practical Approach ISBN 1-85233-433-9

Veryard, R (2000) The Component-Based Business: Plug and Play ISBN 1-85233-361-8

Attoui, A. (2000) Real-Time and Multi-Agent Systems ISBN 1-85233-252-2

Sammes, T. and Jenkinson, B. (2000) Forensic Computing: A Practitioner’s Guide ISBN 1-85233-299-9

Gronlund, A. (2000) Managing Electronic Services: A Public Sector Perspective ISBN 1-85233-281-6

Hunt, J. (2000) The Unified Process for Practitioners: Object Oriented Design, UML and Java ISBN 1-85233275-1

Price, C. (1999) Computer-Based Diagnostic Systems ISBN 3-540-76198-5

Hunt, J. (1999) JAVA for Practitioners ISBN 1-85233-093-7

Benjon, D., Green, T. and Bental, D. (1999) Conceptual Modeling for User Interface Development ISBN 1-85233-009-0

Serain, D. translated by Craig I. (1999) Middleware ISBN 1-85233-011-2.

Warren, I. (1999) The Renaissance of Legacy Systems ISBN 1-85233-060-0.

Blackstaff, M. (1998) Finance for IT Decision Makers ISBN 3-540-76232-9.

Chesher, M. and Kaura, R. (1998) Electronic Commerce and Business Communications ISBN 3-540-19930-6.

Trenner L. and Bawa, J. (1998) The Politics of Usability ISBN 3-540-76181-0.

Burnett, K. (1998) The Project Management Paradigm ISBN 3-540-76238-8.

Hunt, J. and McManus, A (1998) Key Java: Advanced Tips and Techniques ISBN 3-540-76259-0.

Wijegunaratne I. and Fernandez G. (1998) Distributed Applications Engineering ISBN 3-540-76210-8.


McGraw-Hill Information Systems, International Editorial Board member since 1998.


Applied Computing Series

1995-2000, joint editors R.J. Paul, P.J. Thomas and J. Kuljis, Springer-Verlag London Limited


Morris, T. (2000) Multimedia Systems: Delivering, Generating and Interacting with Multimedia ISBN 1-85233-284-4

Scharl, A. (2000) Evolutionary Web Development ISBN 1-85233-310-3

Paterno, F. (1999) Model-Based Design and Evaluation of Interactive Applications ISBN 1-85233-155-0

Nehmzow, U. (1999) Mobile Robotics: A Practical Introduction ISBN 1-85233-173-9

Trujillo, A. (1999) Translation Engines: Techniques for Machine Translation ISBN 1-85233-057-0

Noyes, J. and Baber, C. (1999) User-Centred Design of Systems ISBN 3-540-76007-5

Gray, D. (1998) Introduction to the Design of Real-Time Systems. ISBN 3-540-76140-3.

Holcombe, M. and Ipate, F. (1998) Correct Systems: Building a Business Process Solution ISBN 3-540-76246-9.

Hunt, J. (1997) JAVA and Object Orientation: An Introduction ISBN 3-540-76201-9.

Douglas, S.A. and Mithal, A.K. (1997) The Ergonomics of Computer Pointing Devices ISBN 3-540-19986-1.

Graham, D. and Barrett, A. (1997) Knowledge-Based Image Processing Systems ISBN 3-540-76027.

Macauley, L. (1996) Requirements Engineering ISBN 3-540-76006-7.

Morris, G. Evans, P. Green and C. Theaker (1996) Object Oriented Computer Systems Engineering ISBN 3-540-76020-2.


Selected Publications

Papers Published in Refereed Journals


Year 2001


C. Chen and R.J. Paul (2001) Visualising a knowledge domain’s intellectual structure. Computer, March, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 65-71.


C. Chen, R.J. Paul and B. O’Keefe (2001) Fitting the jigsaw of citations: Information visualization in domain analysis. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 52(4), 315-330.


C. Chen, J. Kuljis and R.J. Paul (2001) Visualising latent domain knowledge. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Part C: Applications and Reviews, 31(4); p. 518-529.


J. Kuljis, R.J. Paul and C. Chen (2001) Visualization and simulation: Two sides of the same coin? Simulation, 77 (3-4): p. 141-152.


T. Eldabi and R.J. Paul (2001) Evaluation of tools for modelling manufacturing systems design with multiple levels of detail. The International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, 13, pp.163-176.


J. Kuljis and R.J. Paul (2001) An appraisal of web based simulation: whither we wander? Journal of Simulation Practice and Theory, 9(1-2): p. 37-54,



Year 2000


E.H. Page, A. Buss, P.A. Fishwick, K.J. Healy, R.E. Nance and R.J. Paul (2000) Web-Based Simulation: Revolution or Evolution? ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation, Vol. 10, No. 1, January, pp. 3-17.


T. Eldabi, R.J. Paul and S.J.E. Taylor (2000) Simulating Economic Factors in Adjuvant Breast Cancer Treatment. Journal of the Operational Research Society. Vol 51, No 4 (April), pp. 465-475. ISSN 0160-5682


S.Alshawi, A.D. Elliman and R.J. Paul (2000) People, Information Systems and Change. Cognition, Technology and Work. Vol. 2, No 1, pp. 1-6. ISSN 1435 5558



Year 1999


M. Lycett, and R.J. Paul (1999) Development Barriers to International Information Systems. In: Holland, Chris; Schmid (Editor), Beat F.; Buchet, Brigette: EM - International MIS, Electronic Commerce and Financial Services. EM - Electronic Markets, Vol. 9, No. 4, 11/99. URL:



L.P. Baldwin, R.J. Paul and D.S. Williams (1999) Managing Soft Knowledge in a Hard Workplace. Cognition, Technology & Work. Vol 1, No 3, pp. 133-141. ISSN 1435 5558.


B. Lehaney, S.A. Clarke and R.J. Paul (1999) A Case of an Intervention in an Outpatients Department. Journal of the Operational Research Society. Vol 50, No 9 (September), pp. 877-891. ISSN 0160-5682


R.J. Paul, G.M. Giaglis and V. Hlupic (1999) Simulation of Business Processes. American Behavioral Scientist Vol. 42, No. 10 (August), pp. 1551-1576.


J. Brown, J. Karnon, T. Eldabi and R.J. Paul with and on behalf of the ABC Trial Steering Committee. (1999) Using modelling in a phased approach to the economic evaluation of adjuvant therapy for early breast cancer. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, Vol.32, No. 2, pp. 95-103.


G.H. Galal and R.J. Paul (1999) A Qualitative Scenario Approach to Managing Evolving Systems. Requirements Engineering. Vol. 4, No 2, pp. 92-102.


M. Lycett and R.J. Paul. (1999) Information Systems Development: A Perspective on the Challenge of Evolutionary Complexity. European Journal of Information Systems Vol. 8, No 2, pp 127-135.


G.M. Giaglis, R.J. Paul, and V. Hlupic (1999) Integrating Simulation in Organisational Design Studies, International Journal of Information Management. Vol. 19, No 3 (June) pp 219-236.


J. Nikoukaran V. Hlupic and R.J. Paul (1999) A Hierarchical Framework for Evaluating Simulation Software. Simulation Practice and Theory Vol. 7, No 2, pp 219-231.


G.M. Giaglis, R.J. Paul, and G.I. Doukidis (1999) Assessing the Impact of Electronic Commerce on Business Performance: A Simulation Experiment, Electronic Markets. Vol. 9, Nos. 1 & 2, pp25-31.


V. Hlupic, Z. Irani and R.J. Paul (1999) Evaluation Framework for Simulation Software. Advanced Manufacturing Technology. Vol. 15, pp. 366-382.


M.C. Angelides and R.J. Paul (1999) A Methodology for Specific, Total Enterprise, Role-Playing Intelligent Gaming-Simulation Environment Development. Decision Support Systems. Vol. 25, No.2 (March) pp. 89-108.


J. Nikoukaran and R.J. Paul (1999) Software Selection for Simulation in Manufacturing: A Review. Simulation Practice and Theory Vol. 7, No 1 (March), pp. 1-14.


P. Kanellis, M. Lycett and R.J. Paul (1999) Evaluating Business Information Systems Fit: From Concept to Practical Application. European Journal of Information Systems Vol 8, No 1, pp 65-76.


G.M. Giaglis, R.J. Paul, and G.I. Doukidis (1999) Dynamic Modelling to Assess the Business Value of Electronic Commerce, International Journal of Electronic Commerce. Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 35-51.


V. Hlupic and R.J. Paul (1999) Guidelines for Selection of Manufacturing Simulation Software, IIE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing. Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 21-29.


G.M. Giaglis, R.J. Paul, and R.M. O’Keefe (1999) A Research Note: Integrating Business and Network Simulation Models for IT Investment Evaluation, Logistics Information Management. Vol. 12, Nos 1-2, pp. 108-117.



Year 1998


J. Kuljis, R.D. Macredie and R.J. Paul (1998) Information Gathering Problems in Multinational Banking. Journal of Strategic Information Systems. Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 233-245. ISSN 0963-8687.


S. Taylor, T. Eldabi and R.J. Paul (1998) Clinical Trials, Economic Evaluation and Simulation. OR Insight. Vol.11, No. 4, pp. 22-28. ISSN 0953-5543.


R.J. Paul and T.S. Chanev (1998) Simulation Optimisation Using a Genetic Algorithm. Simulation Practice and Theory. Vol. 6, No. 6, pp. 601-611. ISSN 0928-4869.


J. Nikoukaran and R.J. Paul (1998) Simulation Software Selection - Whys and Hows. Yugoslav Journal of Operations Research, Vol.8, No.1, pp.93-102. YU ISSN 0354-0243



Year 1997


R.J. Paul, R.D. Macredie and L.P. Baldwin (1997) Interdisciplinary Approaches to Neural Computing. Neural Computing & Applications. Vol. 6, No. 4, pp 187-192. ISSN 0941-0643


R.J. Paul and T.S. Chanev (1997) Optimising a Complex Discrete Event Simulation Model Using a Genetic Algorithm. Neural Computing & Applications. Vol. 6, No. 4, pp 229-237. ISSN 0941-0643


R.J. Paul and R.D. Macredie (1997) Objective and Subjective Views of Knowledge and Their Implications for System Design. AI and Society, Vol. 11, Nos. 1 and 2, pp 1-5.


R.J. Paul and S.J.E. Taylor (1997) Simulation Modelling Methodology and Education. Informatica, Vol. 21, No. 4 (November) pp 579-586. ISSN 0350-5596.


G.M. Giaglis, R.J. Paul and G.I. Doukidis (1997) Simulation for Intra- and Inter-Organisational Business Process Modelling. Informatica, Vol. 21, No. 4 (November) pp 613-620. ISSN 0350-5596.


G. Au and R.J. Paul (1997) A Graphical Discrete Event Simulation Environment. Information Systems and Operational Research, Vol.35, No.2, (May) pp 1-17. ISSN 0315-5986.



Year 1996


L. Aharonson-Daniel, R.J. Paul and A.J. Hedley (1996) Management of queues in out-patient departments: the use of computer simulation. Journal of Management in Medicine; Vol.10: No.6; pp. 50-58. ISSN:0268-9235.


B. Lehaney and R.J. Paul (1996) The Use of Soft Systems Methodology in the Development of a Simulation of Out-patient Services at Watford General Hospital. Journal of the Operational Research Society. Vol. 47, No. 7 (July) pp 864-870. ISSN 0160-5682


G. Au and R.J. Paul. (1996) Visual Interactive Modelling: A Pictorial Simulation Specification System. European Journal of Operational Research. Vol. 91, No. 1 (July) pp 14-26. ISSN 0377-2217.


C.M. Hirata and R.J. Paul (1996) Object-Oriented Programming Architecture for Simulation Modelling. International Journal in Computer Simulation. Vol. 6, No 2 (June) pp.269-287. ISSN 1055-8470.


V. Hlupic and R.J. Paul (1996) Methodological Approach to Manufacturing Simulation Software Selection. Computer Integrated Manufacturing. Vol. 9, No 1, pp. 49-55. ISSN 0951-5240.



Year 1995


V. Hlupic and R.J. Paul. (1995) A Critical Evaluation of Four Manufacturing Simulators. International Journal of Production Research. Vol. 33, No 10 (October), pp. 2757-2766. ISSN 0020-7543.


R.D. Macredie and R.J. Paul (1995) Simulation Modelling in Manufacturing System Design: An Overview. International Journal of Manufacturing System Design. Vol. 2, No 3 (September), pp. 233-247. ISSN 0218-3382.


R. Macredie, R.J. Paul and L.A. Gardner (1995) Research Directions in the Centre for Information Systems (CIS). International Journal of Information Management, Vol. 15, No. 4 (August), pp. 317-320. ISSN 0268-4012.


H.I.A. Odhabi and R.J. Paul (1995) Accessible Simulation Modelling for Manufacturing System Design. International Journal of Manufacturing System Design. Vol. 2, No 2 (June), pp. 145-151. ISSN 0218-3382.


R.J Paul (1995). Outpatient Clinics: The CLINSIM Simulation Package. OR Insight. Vol. 8, No.2 (Apr-June), pp. 24-27. ISSN 0953-5543.


P. Thomas, R. Macredie and R.J. Paul (1995) Games, Simulations and Human-Computer Interfaces. Journal of Intelligent Systems. Vol. 5, Nos. 2-4 (April), pp. 79-87. ISSN 0334-1860.


M.C. Angelides and R.J. Paul (1995). Providing Intelligent Tutoring within a Gaming-Simulation Environment for Learning. Journal of Intelligent Systems. Vol. 5, Nos. 2-4 (April), pp. 319-350. ISSN 0334-1860.


V. Hlupic and R.J. Paul (1995). Manufacturing Simulators and Possible Ways to Improve Them. International Journal of Manufacturing System Design. Vol. 2, No 1 (March), pp. 1-10. ISSN 0218-3382.


R.J. Paul. (1995) A Gaming-Simulation Environment for Learning using Intelligent Tutoring. Journal of Computing and Information Technology. Vol. 3, No 1 (March), pp. 45-58. ISSN 1330-1136.



Other significant papers


R.J. Paul (1994) Why Users Cannot ‘Get What They Want’. International Journal of Manufacturing System Design. Vol. 1, No 4 (December), pp. 389-394. ISSN 0218-3382

     previously published in The CRICT Workshop Papers (J. Low and S. Woolgar, Eds.) (2 April 1993, Brunel University). CRICT, Brunel University, Uxbridge. pp. 1-10.

     reprinted in the New Zealand Computer Society Quickface Newsletter, 1994. pp. 1, 14-19

     reprinted in ACM SIGIOS Bulletin, December 1993, Vol. 14. No 2, pp 8-12.


E. Saliby and R.J. Paul (1993) Implementing Descriptive Sampling in Three Phase Discrete Event Simulation Models. Journal of the Operational Research Society. Vol.44, No.2 (February), pp.147-160.  ISSN 0160-5682.


R.J. Paul (1991) Recent Developments in Simulation Modelling. Journal of the Operational Research Society. Vol.42. No.3, pp.217-226. ISSN 0160-5682.


R.J. Paul (1990) Simulation Modelling : The CASM Project. Journal of the Brazilian Operations Research Society. Vol.10. No.2, pp 1-34.


R.J. Paul and S.T. Chew (1987) Simulation Modelling Using an Interactive Simulation Program Generator. Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol.38, No.8, pp.735‑752.


J.G. Crookes, D.W. Balmer, S.T. Chew and R.J. Paul (1986) A Three Phase Simulation System Written in Pascal. Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol.37, No.6, pp.603‑618.


D.W. Balmer and R.J. Paul (1986) CASM ‑ The Right Environment for Simulation. Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol.37, No. 5, pp.443‑452.


R.J. Paul (1979) A Production Scheduling Problem in the Glass Container Industry. Operations Research, Vol.27, No.2, pp.290-302.





R.D. Macredie, R.J. Paul, R. Anketell, B. Lehaney and S. Warwick (Eds.) (1998) Modelling for Added Value. Springer-Verlag London, pp 243. ISBN 3-540-76108-X.


R.J. Paul and D.W. Balmer (1993) Simulation Modelling. Lund, Sweden: Chartwell‑Bratt Student‑Text Series. ISBN 0-86238-280-7.


G.I. Doukidis and R.J. Paul (Eds.) (1992) Artificial Intelligence in Operational Research.  Basingstoke: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-55117-6


Contact information

Professor Ray J Paul

Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Information Systems


Professor of Simulation Modelling

Department of Information Systems and Computing (DISC)

Brunel University


Middlesex UB8 3PH                


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