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Paul has an international profile in leading-edge research into fundamental human computer interface issues associated with 3D interfaces, haptics, 3D sound and gesture-based interaction.

Professor Paul Anderson has extensive strategic academic experience in higher education at a senior executive leadership level, working in design practice and as an international consultant advisor to industry and government. He joined Glasgow School of Art in 1993, and in 1997 was responsible for the creation of the Digital Design Studio (DDS), which became the focus for postgraduate design research at Glasgow School of Art. DDS resulted in a multidisciplinary, unified approach to postgraduate academic teaching, pure research and commercial activity. He was Director of DDS until July 2016.

Paul received his MA in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art in 1986 before working for consultancy firms in London and developing his own practice. He has served as an on-call consultant to government agencies, and is an active member of SPIE and ACM SIGGRAPH. Cultural and academic affiliations include Fellowships of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal College of Art.

As a Principal Investigator he has been responsible for personally generating research income of £7.7 million and has published research in more than 69 peer-reviewed books, journals, strategic reports, conference proceedings and patents on the subject of advanced 3D visualisation and interaction research across multiple domains. He currently serves on the International Advisory Council for Design for Good, and is a member of the AidLab Board and Technical Committee (the World's First AI Powered Design Laboratory with RCA and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). He is currently leading the RCA as a UNESCO Ocean Decade partner supporting NEMO (a New Economic Model for the World’s Oceans) within the School of Design, RCA.