Norman Paton

Norman William Paton is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester in the UK[5][8][9][10][11] where he co-leads the Information Management Group (IMG)[12] with Carole Goble.

Norman Paton
Norman William Paton
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen
Known for
Scientific career
ThesisA Prolog implementation of an object-oriented database system (1989)
Doctoral advisorPeter M. D. Gray[6][7]


Paton was educated at the University of Aberdeen where he was awarded first class Bachelor of Science degree in Computing Science in 1986 and a PhD in 1989 for research into object-oriented database systems using Prolog[13][14][15] supervised by Peter Gray.[6]


Paton's research interests are currently in distributed information management including dataspaces,[16][17][18]query processing in Wireless sensor networks,[19][20] autonomic computing, workflow management, and data management for systems biology.[21][22] His research has been funded by the EPSRC,[23] the BBSRC[24] and the European Union.

Paton has also been active in the Open Grid Forum (OGF),[25] Proteomics Standards Initiative (PSI)[3] and the Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology (MCISB).[24]


Paton has taught on several database courses at undergraduates and postgraduate level.


Paton has had a variety of roles in the School of Computer Science including director of the research school, director of teaching strategy, and head of school from November 2008[26] to November 2011[27].


  1. ^ a b Paton, Norman W.; Díaz, Oscar (1999). "Active database systems" (PDF). ACM Computing Surveys. 31: 63–103. doi:10.1145/311531.311623.
  2. ^ Stevens, R.; Baker, P.; Bechhofer, S.; Ng, G.; Jacoby, A.; Paton, N. W.; Goble, C. A.; Brass, A. (2000). "TAMBIS: Transparent Access to Multiple Bioinformatics Information Sources". Bioinformatics. 16 (2): 184–185. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/16.2.184. PMID 10842744.
  3. ^ a b Taylor, C. F.; Paton, N. W.; Lilley, K. S.; Binz, P. A.; Julian Jr, R. K.; Jones, A. R.; Zhu, W.; Apweiler, R.; Aebersold, R.; Deutsch, E. W.; Dunn, M. J.; Heck, A. J. R.; Leitner, A.; Macht, M.; Mann, M.; Martens, L.; Neubert, T. A.; Patterson, S. D.; Ping, P.; Seymour, S. L.; Souda, P.; Tsugita, A.; Vandekerckhove, J.; Vondriska, T. M.; Whitelegge, J. P.; Wilkins, M. R.; Xenarios, I.; Yates Jr, J. R.; Hermjakob, H. (2007). "The minimum information about a proteomics experiment (MIAPE)". Nature Biotechnology. 25 (8): 887–893. doi:10.1038/nbt1329. PMID 17687369.
  4. ^ Pedrioli, P. G. A.; Eng, J. K.; Hubley, R.; Vogelzang, M.; Deutsch, E. W.; Raught, B.; Pratt, B.; Nilsson, E.; Angeletti, R. H.; Apweiler, R.; Cheung, K.; Costello, C. E.; Hermjakob, H.; Huang, S.; Julian, R. K.; Kapp, E.; McComb, M. E.; Oliver, S. G.; Omenn, G.; Paton, N. W.; Simpson, R.; Smith, R.; Taylor, C. F.; Zhu, W.; Aebersold, R. (2004). "A common open representation of mass spectrometry data and its application to proteomics research". Nature Biotechnology. 22 (11): 1459–1466. doi:10.1038/nbt1031. PMID 15529173.
  5. ^ a b Norman Paton publications indexed by Google Scholar  
  6. ^ a b Norman Paton at the Mathematics Genealogy Project  
  7. ^ Paton, N. W.; Gray, P.M.D. (1990). "Optimising and Executing DAPLEX Queries using Prolog". The Computer Journal. 33 (6): 547–555. doi:10.1093/comjnl/33.6.547.
  8. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  9. ^ Norman W. Paton at DBLP Bibliography Server  
  10. ^ Norman Paton's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  11. ^ Norman Paton author profile page at the ACM Digital Library  
  12. ^ Information Management Group at the University of Manchester
  13. ^ Paton, Norman William (1989). A Prolog implementation of an object-oriented database system (PhD thesis). University of Aberdeen.
  14. ^ Gray, P. M.; Moffat, D. S.; Paton, N. W. (1988). "A Prolog interface to a Functional Data Model database". Advances in Database Technology—EDBT '88. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 303. p. 34. doi:10.1007/3-540-19074-0_46. ISBN 978-3-540-19074-5.
  15. ^ Paton, N. W.; Gray, P. M. D. (1988). "Identification of database objects by key". Advances in Object-Oriented Database Systems. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 334. p. 280. doi:10.1007/3-540-50345-5_25. ISBN 978-3-540-50345-3.
  16. ^ Guo, Chenjuan (2011). Inferring Information about Correspondencies between Data sources for Dataspaces (PhD thesis). University of Manchester.
  17. ^ Belhajjame, K.; Paton, N. W.; Embury, S. M.; Fernandes, A. A. A.; Hedeler, C. (2013). "Incrementally improving dataspaces based on user feedback". Information Systems. 38 (5): 656. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/
  18. ^ Belhajjame, K.; Paton, N. W.; Embury, S. M.; Fernandes, A. A. A.; Hedeler, C. (2010). "Feedback-based annotation, selection and refinement of schema mappings for dataspaces" (PDF). Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Extending Database Technology - EDBT '10. p. 573. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/1739041.1739110. ISBN 9781605589459.
  19. ^ Galpin, I.; Brenninkmeijer, C. Y. A.; Gray, A. J. G.; Jabeen, F.; Fernandes, A. A. A.; Paton, N. W. (2010). "SNEE: A query processor for wireless sensor networks" (PDF). Distributed and Parallel Databases. 29 (1–2): 31–85. doi:10.1007/s10619-010-7074-3.
  20. ^ Galpin, I.; Taylor, R.; Gray, A. J. G.; Brenninkmeijer, C. Y. A.; Fernandes, A. A. A.; Paton, N. W. (2011). "Executing In-network Queries Using SNEE". Advances in Databases. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 7051. p. 136. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-24577-0_15. ISBN 978-3-642-24576-3.
  21. ^ Swainston, N.; Smallbone, K.; Mendes, P.; Kell, D.; Paton, N. (2011). "The SuBliMinaL Toolbox: Automating steps in the reconstruction of metabolic networks". Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics. 8 (2): 186. doi:10.1515/jib-2011-186. PMID 22095399.
  22. ^ Castrillo, J. I.; Zeef, L. A.; Hoyle, D. C.; Zhang, N.; Hayes, A.; Gardner, D. C.; Cornell, M. J.; Petty, J.; Hakes, L.; Wardleworth, L.; Rash, B.; Brown, M.; Dunn, W. B.; Broadhurst, D.; O'Donoghue, K.; Hester, S. S.; Dunkley, T. P.; Hart, S. R.; Swainston, N.; Li, P.; Gaskell, S. J.; Paton, N. W.; Lilley, K. S.; Kell, D. B.; Oliver, S. G. (2007). "Growth control of the eukaryote cell: A systems biology study in yeast". Journal of Biology. 6 (2): 4. doi:10.1186/jbiol54. PMC 2373899. PMID 17439666.
  23. ^ Grants awarded to Norman Paton by the EPSRC
  24. ^ a b Grants awarded to Norman Paton by the BBSRC
  25. ^ Antonioletti, M.; Atkinson, M.; Baxter, R.; Borley, A.; Chue Hong, N. P.; Collins, B.; Hardman, N.; Hume, A. C.; Knox, A.; Jackson, M.; Krause, A.; Laws, S.; Magowan, J.; Paton, N. W.; Pearson, D.; Sugden, T.; Watson, P.; Westhead, M. (2005). "The design and implementation of Grid database services in OGSA-DAI". Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience. 17 (2–4): 357. doi:10.1002/cpe.939.
  26. ^ "News from Head of School". 16 June 2008. Archived from the original on 2019-10-03.
  27. ^ "News from Head of School". 21 February 2011. Archived from the original on 2019-10-03.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Chris Taylor
Head of the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester
Succeeded by
Jim Miles