Brian R. Gaines

Brian R. Gaines (born circa 1938) is a British scientist, engineer, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary.[1]


Gaines received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Trinity College, Cambridge, and he is a Chartered Engineer, and Chartered Psychologist.[1]

His previous positions include Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, Technical Director and Deputy Chairman of the Monotype Corporation, and Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering Science at the University of Essex. He was formerly Killam Memorial Research Professor, Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Vice President (Research) and Director of the Knowledge Science Institute at the University of Calgary.

He was president of the Society for General Systems Research in 1979. He is Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, the British Computer Society and the British Psychological Society.

He has been editor of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies and Knowledge Acquisition, and of the Computers and People and Knowledge-Based Systems book series.[1]


Gaines' research interests have included modeling the socioeconomic infrastructure of information technology, human–computer interaction, cognitive psychology, and systems theory.[2]

Gaines is one of the pioneers in what is known as stochastic computing, a term he used first to characterize the highly attractive field when working at the Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd. (STL) in search of computational processors capable of learning during the 1960s.[3]


He has authored over 450 papers and authored or edited at least 11 books on a wide variety of aspects of computer and human systems.[4] His books include:


  1. 1 2 3 "Brian R. Gaines receives 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award". Constructivist Psychology Network. 21 July 2014. Archived from the original on 14 September 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  2. Herlea Damian, Daniela E.; Eberlein, Armin; Shaw, Mildred L. G.; Gaines, Brian R. (May 2000). "Using different communication media in requirements negotiation". IEEE Software. 17 (3): 28–36. doi:10.1109/52.896247.
  3. Gaines, Brian R. (1969). "Stochastic computing systems". In Tou, Julius T. Advances in information systems science. 2. New York: Plenum Press. pp. 37–172. doi:10.1007/978-1-4899-5841-9_2. ISBN 9781489958433.
  4. "dblp: Brian R. Gaines". DBLP. Retrieved 19 September 2012.

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