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Professor Paul Roe
Faculty of Science,
School of Computer Science
Discipline *
Distributed Computing, Computer Software
+61 7 3138 9323
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PhD (University of Glasgow), MEng(Hons) (University of York)


Grid computing, Programming languages, Software engineering, Web services., eScience

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Paul Roe received his MEng from the University of York in 1987 and his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 1991. He is currently a full professor in the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT, in Brisbane Australia. At QUT, he founded and led the Microsoft-QUT eResearch Centre, a collaboration between the Queensland State Government, Microsoft Research and QUT which investigated smart tools for eResearch.

Professor Roe has published over 200 papers, received over $10M in competitive research funding (50% in category one research) and graduated more than 21 research students. He has organised numerous conferences. He undertakes novel interdisciplinary research, including ecological acoustic monitoring systems which enable new scales of environmental monitoring through big data collection and analysis, and novel computer systems supporting communication and collaboration in remote Aboriginal communities.

Recently he has created the worlds first acoustic observatory to acoustically monitor biodiversity across Australia

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Paul has designed and teaches an introductory computer systems subject called “Introduction to Computer Systems” (IFB102). This subject introduces students to computers; it addresses the questions:

  • What is a computer and how does a computer work?
  • What is a network and how does it work?
  • What is the web and how does it work?

The subject uses Raspberry Pi computers ( and is one of the largest classes in the world using Raspberry Pis (more than 900 students in semester 1 2021!).


In the past Paul has developed and taught new subjects on: functional programming, high performance computing, distributed and mobile computing.

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Paul has undertaken many collaborations with industry including large technology companies such as Microsoft, Telstra, Oracle and IBM, and many smaller companies. He also works closely with federal, state and local government and Aboriginal organisations including land councils (e.g. Anindilyakwa Land Council) and Aboriginal corporations.

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For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.