Paul Bruton

Paul Bruton

Paul’s combination of technical and personal skills, combined with over twenty-five years of experience in science and information technology allows him to operate at many levels in a client organisation. Building on an academic background in Computer Science and Geophysics, Paul worked as a software developer in fields as diverse as medical imaging, multimedia, software localisation, user interface development and telephone fraud detection prior to joining Tessella in 2001. Paul’s early technical work with Tessella included the development and support of the control system for an automated pharmaceutical compound management system. Starting in a development role, Paul moved to lead the client team towards agile practices and the introduction of hardware emulation which reduced deployment down-time from days to hours, and facilitated rapid fault diagnosis. Paul’s current role involves a mix of technical consultancy and project management. Since 2011 he has been central to the design of protocols for modelling consumer behaviour through data acquired from sensors and wearables. Working with a major consumer goods company, Paul led the development of a set of prototypes in the “Internet of Belongings” space where IoT meets consumer science. Paul represents Tessella in the OASIS ‘COEL’ Technical Committee: formulating an ecosystem and technical architecture for communicating human behavioural data while protecting privacy. In the same time period, Paul has operated as a consultant project manager on R&D IT Strategy in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical and UK government sectors. His work has included information risk management, organisational design and organisational culture with a recent focus on external collaboration – the technical and security aspects of data sharing and management of predictive models in a commercial ecosystem of suppliers and academic partners.

R&D externalisation: getting the IT right

Part 2 of 2: The complex relationships between researchers and their data R&D intensive companies are increasingly interested in externalising their research: working with laboratories outside their company walls through commercial and academic collaborations and alliances. But greater openness carries greater risks. In an increasingly data-driven R&D environment ensuring the company investing in the research […]

R&D externalisation: getting the IT right

Part 1 of 2: Building the technology to share R&D data without risk R&D intensive companies are increasingly interested in externalising their research: working with laboratories outside their company walls through commercial and academic collaborations and alliances. This has several advantages, including accessing a wider range of expertise, sharing research risk, making the business more […]

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