Staff Profile:Dr Mark Gasson

Dr Mark Gasson
Position / Job Title:
Areas of Interest:

Could humans be infected by computer viruses?
Robots spark science interest for schoolchildren
Mobile users beware

Research groups / Centres:

Cybernetics Intelligence Research Group


Publications for Dr Mark Gasson

Select keynotes and public lectures

  • 'Future Health: Wiring in the human' Annual AS Level IT Student Conference, London, November 2010
  • 'Seeking Perfection' Zion Arts Centre, Manchester, October 2010.
  • 'Could you become infected with a Computer Virus?' (Keynote) IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, June 2010
  • 'From Pervasive to Invasive: Our Future with Technology' Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, Wollongong, Australia, June 2010
  • 'Enhancement: Bodies in the Future' FutureEverything and the Manchester Science Festival, May 2010
  • 'Beyond the Body? Perspectives on Enhancement' Institute for Science Ethics and Innovation, University of Manchester, April 2010
  • 'Future Tracking' Annual AS Level IT Student Conference, London, November 2009
  • 'Biometric Humans', 6th IAPR/IEEE International Summer School for Advanced Studies on Biometrics, June 2009
  • 'Identity of the Mind, Body and Spirit' FIDIS Doctoral Consortium, Greece, June 2008
  • 'ICT Implants: The invasive future of identity?' (Keynote) 3rd International FIDIS/IFIP Summer School, Sweden, August 2007
  • 'Technologies of Body and Mind' Jyväskylä Arts Festival, Finland, July 2006
  • 'Homo Sapiens 2.0' (Keynote) NEMO Science Centre, Holland, Nov 2003

Public engagement

Dr Gasson is passionate about getting young people engaged and excited about science and technology and he aims to generate interest by making the topics accessible and relevant through a variety of activities. He frequently delivers invited public lectures and workshops internationally and has participated in over 100 varied events in the last ten years. He also regularly engages with the national press and other media outlets, including being a guest expert for BBC news, in order to communicate in the widest arena possible.

After co-ordinating the successful Androids Advance initiative, Dr Gasson continues to promote engineering through interactive Robotics Master Classes aimed at school children of all abilities. These events are a unique approach which aims to both educate and fire the imagination through hands on use of state-of-the-art technology. Making research accessible in this way offers a great opportunity for young students to actually use and explore a technology that they may not otherwise see.

Recent academic engagements

  • General chair: IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, June 2010
  • Program committee: 25th IFIP International Information Security Conference, Sep 2010
  • Program committee: 6th International PrimeLife/IFIP Summer School, Aug 2010
  • Associate Editor: IDentity in the Information Society journal (IDIS)
Dr Mark Gasson

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 8220
Systems Engineering, Room 175

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