Executive Summary: Dr. P. S. Ward, B.Sc. Ph.D
Consultancy: Information Systems Architect; GUI/HUI Design & Evaluation; Human Factors/HCI; Systems Analysis & Systems Modelling; Information & Knowledge Modelling; Project Management.
Undergraduate & Postgraduate Study
The School of Medicine University of Leeds
My Vision of "Interactive Hypermedia"
A Pioneer in R&D into Hypermedia and the Use of Pure OOT/The Eiffel Programming Language in the Design & Development of Software Components for Interactive Hypermedia
IMP: The Information Modelling Programme University of Leeds
The School of Geography University of Leeds
The Evolutionary Series of R&D 1985-1996
Seminars at TOOLS Conferences
The Spider Phobia Program
The CLCV Browser Project
PBL Tutor at HYMS
Beyond the Academic Arena
Capabilities & Passions
Referees – Information Technology R&D
Short-List : Publications in Biology and Information Technology
Between 1972-78 I published a number of papers on the histochemistry of muscle including in Canadian Journal of Zoology and Proceedings of International Congress of Neuromuscular Diseases.
Biology (very shortlist)
Ward, PS, and Goldspink G (1974) Changes in Fibre Type Composition in Growing Muscle as a Result of Dynamic Exercise and Static Overload. Muscle and Nerve 7 50-53.
Ward PS (1978) The splayleg syndrome in new-born pigs: a review. The Veterinary Bulletin 48 (4) Part 1 279-295 and Part 2 381-399.
My focus was necessarily on realising my vision by
employing a small team - principally a gifted games programmer and
a games graphics artist - in the evolution of a series of tools and
applications driven by end users in a cycle of funding. This was
the priority over publication.
Nevertheless, I contributed to a series of academic and industrial journals and national and international conferences in the IT Domain - Between 1989 and 1996
IT Papers & Presentations
Ward PS, (1987) Concept Position Paper: IBM UK “A Vision of Information Modelling and Hypermedia”
Ward PS (1989) “A Human Nervous System Graphical Hypertext Browser, British Computer Society HCI Specialist Interest Group Meeting, London.
Ward PS (1990) Guest Editor for Current Psychology: Research and Reviews (Special Edition) "Hypermedia and Artificial Intelligence" 9 (2).
Parrot C and Ward PS (1991) “The GPE ‘Graphical Programming Environment’ An Object-Oriented Information Modelling Tool.” Tools '91 Fourth International Conference : Technology of Object-Oriented Languages and Systems, Paris.
Ward PS and Collins AMK (1991) "An Interactive Multimedia Guidance System for Libraries : Improving Access and Adding Value to Information Spaces for People". Presentation at Online '91 Information : 15th International Online Information Meeting Olympia London.
Ward PS, and Arshad FN (1992) "Interactive Multimedia Information Systems For Education" and “Collected Conclusions” Part V111, in Kjelldahl, L (ed.) Multimedia: Systems, Interaction and Application: Eurographics Seminars. Springer Verlag Parrot C and Ward PS (1993) “Media Language: an Object-Oriented Approach to Generic Application Development". Proc. Tools USA '93 11th International Conference on the Technology of Object-Oriented Languages and Systems. Santa Barbara, USA.
Arshad FN, Kelleher G and Ward PS (1994) "Providing User-Oriented Coherence in Large Multimedia Presentation Systems". IEEE Conference on Multimedia Computing Systems. Boston, USA.
Ward P.S. (1994). “Health-related Multimedia - on the development of computer-based courseware - based on the IMP Project 'EVE' a Case Study.” Published by The Health Education Authority Hunter L , Beetham M, Fuller, Arshad FN, Ward, P and Parrot C (1994) "Hypertext for Research and Learning about 19th Century Periodicals". Monograph CTI Centre for Textual Studies.
Arshad FN, Kelleher G and Ward PS (1995) "Creating Interactive Learning Environments : delivering effective computer-based advice" LEA: Immediate Publishers
Ward PS (1996) “Information Modelling Tools and Frameworks for the Delivery, Distribution and Management of Digital Multimedia Materials.” in Digital Media and Electronic Publishing, Chapter 10 pp 119-142. Academic Press ISBN 0-12-227756-2
Seminar at ETH Zurich ‘Enabling the Modelling of Information Domains; the OO Paradigm, the Evolution of Tools and Powerful Ideas’ Ward PS (November 2013)
Short-List : Projects and Working Applications
1988-90 "Interactive Multimedia in Medicine" (A Browsable Colour-Coded Graphical Model of the Human Nervous System) IBM Academic Systems, Cambridge 1989-92 EEC ESPRIT Project P2474 MM1 "A Multi-Mode Interface for Man-Machine Interaction with Knowledge-Based Systems" (acting as consultant on GUI design and user-evaluation)
1989-90 "Hypermedia tools/mechanisms, visual and object-based programming in the biomedical domain" (The Graphical Programming Environment; a novel object-oriented graphical tool for end-user building of structural domains based on C++) IBM UK Research Laboratories, Hursley Park, Winchester.
1990-92 EEC AIM (Advanced Informatics for Medicine) Project A 1041 "Assistant for Interacting with Multimedia Medical Databases" (acting as consultant on GUI design and user-evaluation)
1991-5 'STILE' (Supporting Textiles Industries Learning Environments) Autumn 1991 Demonstrator (built with ‘Media Language’ a novel authoring and distribution tool for multimedia courseware based on the Eiffel Object-Oriented Programming Language); 1992-5 various Student Learning Modules (delivered on networks of Sun workstations and PC’s)
1992 'Access' for the University of Leeds Librarian (built with ‘Media Language’) a distributed networked system providing a guidance/orientation, instruction and educational support system for the University campus libraries.
1992-3 'Victorian Periodicals Hypermedia Project' (built with ‘Media Language’) an interactive hypermedia system for the support of research and teaching in the School of English at Leeds and the Department of English and History at Manchester Metropolitan University
1992-94 ‘System EVE' (built with ‘Media Language’) a demonstrator interactive multimedia education and training system for the midwifery profession; in collaboration with the Leeds College of Health an funded by the Yorkshire Regional Health Authority
1993 'Environment Foundations Course' (built with a novel object-oriented software tool based on Eiffel delivered on Sun Microsystems platform and X11 Windows to PC’s and Mac Workstations exploring the multi-authoring and management of large-scale distributed interactive multimedia courseware) delivering courseware for the newly established University of Leeds Environment Centre; funded by Leeds TEC; used as the core teaching materials for 75 students from across university departments, 1993-6
1996-97 CLCV Project Resource Browser for The Ministry of Agriculture in Pakistan; providing a distributable HTML-based, logical framework and GUI for the 5-year $10 million Cotton leaf Curl Virus project funded by the Asian Development Bank
1998-99 The FrameWorks Browser Project for the Department of Digital Media, with The School of Digital Media, University of West of England; exploring a simple scaleable tool for the management, distribution, multi-authoring and delivery of very large interrelated project work and derived educational materials
1999 Prototype 'IMP FW' a personal information modelling & management visual browsing Tool
2012/13 'PIM DINGER' a personal & enterprise information modelling & management visual browsing tool
2013/14 'Frameworks' - a ‘Toolbox’ consisting of 3 Tools/3 Modules: 'Frameworks, Creator'; 'Frameworks, AutoEditor'; 'Frameworks, Data Machine' - Creator, enabling freehand creation of information models; AutoEditor, enabling creation of information models within a constrained framework according to a Theory of Information Modelling; and Data Machine, enabling the modelling of data, including connection with Industry DataBases, and the visualisation of data enabling effective deployment. 05 Mar 2014