James Noble is a Professor of Computer Science in School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He holds a BSc(Hons) and PhD from VUW.
James has the rare distinction of being awarded the prestigious Marsden Funds five times. The most recent being for his project an immune system for software.
James’ research centres around software design, including the design of the users’ interface and the programmers’ interface, both influenced by his longstanding interest in object-oriented approaches to design.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of IT Professionals NZ (FIITPNZ) and the British Computer Society (FBCS), a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (SMACM), and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MIEEE). He was awarded the Dahl-Nygaard Senior Award in 2016, and held a James Cook Fellowship in 2015 and 2016. James is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London, and King’s College, London.
James’ other interests include music. Over the last few years, he has been half of the experimental improvising duo SelectiveYellow, an experimental improvising electronic research music duo consisting of Chris Wilson (primary songwriter in post-rock band Gold Medal Famous) and James. The duo is based in Wellington, New Zealand, drawing on New Zealand’s heritage of
experimental music practice.
Part of this project attempts to compare musical improvisation techniques e.g. from free jazz and improvised noise music, with live coding of computer music for concerts and algoraves, and with more traditional software engineering techniques such as pair programming, software visualisation, live pedagogical demonstrations of programs in lectures, and Agile methodologies.
Pictures and videos on Selective Yellow’s facebook page.
For more years than he cares to remember, James has also played in a guitar-pop band- The Doubtful Sounds, because, “well, it’s pretty doubtful really”.