Hugill began working with computers in the 1970s, writing cricket scoring programs for the mainframe machine in the nearby university. In the 1980s, he used the Fairlight CMI to produce several digital compositions. However, his involvement with Creative Computing really began in 1994/5 during the composition of 'Island Symphony', an electroacoustic piece that also used the internet as a musical resource (at a time before the World Wide Web). His subsequent foundation of the BA/BSc in Music, Technology and Innovation and then the Insitute Of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University was accompanied by many projects and theoretical writings which developed the idea of a hybrid discipline at the intersection of the "arts" and "sciences" underpinned by computer technology. This was consolidated by the establishment of a Creative Computing programme at Bath Spa University and, most recently, at University of Leicester.
Ontology of Silence
A project to build an ontology of silence that can be used to structure a database of silences that in turn may be searched by an app. See the blog for further information.
A discreet electroacoustic AI installation that detects and tramsits the hidden resonances in buildings. Pilot funded by NESTA/London Sinfonietta in 2017.
Hugill, A., Ma, S., Yang, H. (2016) BERTiE: British Education Research Tool
Giving teachers, students and all educators easy-access to education research, policy and comment online
This project was substantially funded by a well-known organisation in 2016, but is still subject to a non-disclosure agreement.
Improving Museum Performance using Predictive Analysis. With Black Radley Ltd., Prof Hongji Yang, Dr Alison Hems. Funded by NESTA, 2015.
Mini online opera, libretto and movies by Martin Rieser. Commissioned by CROMT, University of Sussex. Premiered at Glyndebourne, 2014.
A multi-iPad installation with Martin Rieser (text, images) and Lee Scott (programming). Exhibited as part of the 'Post-humanist Desire' show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 2013/14 (36,509 visitors).
The Opera Group: digital developments.
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership with The Opera Group. Funded by the Technology Strategy Board in 2012.
The Old through the New
Interactive layered views of modern and historical Leicester. With Dr Jerry Fishenden. 2011.
Virtual Roman Leicester
Interactive digital model of Roman Leicester. Funded by Leicester City Council, 2011.
Leicester Digital Mapping
A cluster of projects aiming to create rich overlayed maps of the city's geography, environment and culture. Funded by AHRC and Leicester City Council in 2010. Collaboration between DMU, University of Leicester, Leicester City and County Councils, and Infoterra Ltd.
Disability and Digital Technology
Researching in teractive technologies for disability, in particular gaze control. Funded by DMU Revolving Investment Fund, 2010.
DARBS Agent-based framework.
A project with Prof Adrian Hopgood to build a new computational framework. Funded by DMU Revolving Investment Fund, 2010.
A survey and interactive hub for digital music, with Dr Rob Weale. Funded by HEIF, 2009.
Digital sensory experiences for therapeutic use in hospices and elsewhere. Collaboration with LOROS and Dr R Weale, 2009.
A tool designed to help develop creative ideas in a transdisciplinary multimedia context, based upon the thesis that "creativity is an emergent property". With Prof H Zedan, Prof S Thomas, Prof S Brown, 2009.
Online new media centre development, KTP funded by AHRC/TSB, 2007.
CREEM (Creativity East Midlands)
A network project investigating "creativity" and "innovation", including public dialogues and a conference. Funded by AHRC, ACE, DTI and ESRC. Principal Investigator: Prof S Brown, 2007.
Collaborative Stereoscopic Access Grid Environment for Experimentation within the Arts and Humanities Community (led by University of Manchester). Funded by JISC, 2004.
Hugill, A. (1995) Looe Island: A Virtual Tour
Hugill, A. (1994) New Impressions of Africa
Hypertext translation of Cantos I, II & IV of Nouvelles Impressions d'Afrique by Raymond Roussel, with introduction.
Hugill, A and Yang, H (2016) 'PRASCAL: a pataphysical programming language.' International Journal of Creative Computing, 1 (2/3/4). pp. 133-153. ISSN 2043-8354
Hugill, A. & Rieser, M. (2013) 'Secret Garden'. NMC Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus 9 (3).
Hugill, A. & Scott, L. (2013) 'The Imaginary Voyage: an online opera'. Digital Creativity 24 (3): 268-273.
Rieser, M. & Hugill, A. (2013) 'Secret Garden'. Digital Creativity 24 (3): 264-267.
Hugill, A., Yang, H., Raczinski, F. Sawle, J. (2013) 'The pataphysics of creativity: developing a tool for creative search'. Digital Creativity 24 (3): 237-251.
Hugill, A. & Smith, S. (2013) 'Digital creativity and transdisciplinarity at postgraduate level: the design and implementation of a transdisciplinary masters programme and its implications for creative practice'. Digital Creativity 24 (3): 191-207.
Hugill, A. (2013) 'Transdisciplinary Learning for Digital Creative Practice'. Digital Creativity 24 (3): 165-167.
Hugill, A. & Yang, H. (2013) 'The Creative Turn: New Challenges for Computing'. Creative Computing 1 (1): 3-15.
Hendler, J. & Hugill, A. (2013) 'The syzygy surfer: (Ab)using the semantic web to inspire creativity'. Creative Computing 1 (1): 20-34.
Hendler, J. and Hugill, A. (2011) 'The Syzygy Surfer: Creative Technology for the World Wide Web'. Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11 , June 14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany, pp. 1-3.
Zedan, H., Cau, A., Buss, K., Westendorf, S., Hugill, A. & Thomas, S. (2008) 'Mapping Human Creativity'. Download pdf. Proceedings of the 12th Serbian Mathematical Congress , Novi Sad. pp. 1-14.
Hugill, A. (2005) 'From Online Symphonies to MusiMOO: some creative uses of the internet in music and education' Contemporary Music Review Vol 24, No. 6, pp. 527-540
Hugill, A. (2005) 'Internet Music: An Introduction' Contemporary Music Review Vol 24, No. 6, pp. 429-437
Ayesh, A. & Hugill, A. (2003) Evolutionary Form in a Network Composition: Preliminary Report MAXIS200: Proceedings ,University of Leeds
Graves, A., Hand, C. & Hugill, A. (1999) 'MidiVisualiser: interactive music visualisation using VRML' Organised Sound Vol. 4 No. 1, Cambridge University Press
Graves A., Hand C., & Hugill A., (1997) 'Interactive Visualisation of Musical Form using VRML' Proceedings of the Fourth UK VRSIG Conference R. Bowden (Ed.) Brunel University pp. 98-109. ISBN: 1-8 72166-64-4.
Hugill, A. (2018) ‘Establishing Transdiciplinary Entities in Universities, or: why is it that musicians make the best interdisciplinarians?’, Colloqium Jean-Claude Risset: Interdisciplinarités, Collegium Musicae, Université de Sorbonne, Paris, IRCAM, May 2nd-3rd.
Hugill, A. (2017) Creative Computing. Given as part of the Hawksmoor Lecture Series, University of Greenwich, 2017.
Hugill, A. (2017) Creative Computing: Concepts, Theories and Applications. Given at the Queensland University of Technology, Creative Laboratory, Australia, August 11th.
Hugill, A. (2017) Digital Humanities: A Transdisciplinary Perspective. Given at the University of Sydney Digital Humanities Research Centre, Australia, August 8th.
Hugill, A. (2017) Creativity in the Borderland between Art and Science: Transdisciplinarity and the Legacy of ’Pataphysics. Given at the Creativity in the Borderland between Art and Science symposium, Charles Darwin University, Australia, August 2nd-3rd.
Hugill, A. (2017) Creative Computing: future directions. Given at the 3rd International Symposium on Creative Computing, University of Exeter, June 22nd.
Hugill, A. (2017) Transdisciplinarity and the Legacy of ’Pataphysics. Given at the 'Creativity in the Borderland between Art and Science' symposium, Charles Darwin University, Australia, August 2nd-3rd, 2017.
Hugill, A. (2014) 'Pataphysics and Computing. Keynote paper given at the "Philadelphia à la ‘Pataphysique" conference, University of Pennsylvania, March 22nd.
Slides and Text
Hugill, A. (2014) Jobs of the Future. Given at the Centre for Creative Computing, Bath Spa University, 2014.
Hugill, A. (2014) 'Creative Computing Processes: Musical Composition', given at the IEEE International Symposium on Creative Computing , Oxford University, April 10.
Hugill, A. (2012) 'Challenges for Creative Computing' at the IEEE Signature Conference on Computer Systems and Engineering , Izmir, Turkey, July 16-20, 2012.
Hugill, A. (2012) The Ins and Outs of Transdisciplinary Research. Given atDMU Transdisciplinary Research Centre.
Hugill, A. (2012) Adventures in Creative Technologies . Given atKingston University.
Fishenden, J. & Hugill, A. (2011) 'Palimpsests of Time and Place' in Proceedings of the IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC 2011), Munich, July 18-22.
Hendler, J. & Hugill, A. (2011) 'Creatively Abusing the Semantic Web'. Poster presentation at the ACM Web Science Conference , Koblenz, June.
Hugill, A. (2011) Making Music with Computers . Given at the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society.
Hugill, A. (2011) Future Creative Technologies .Given at the Leicester Rotary Club.
Hugill, A. (2011) Virtual Romans .Given to the British Computing Society, Leicester.
Hugill, A. (2010) The Institute Of Creative Technologies .Given at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
Hugill, A., Yang, H. & Zhou, H. (2010) 'An Ontology-Based Approach to Reengineering Enterprise Software for Cloud Computing'. Given at the 34th IEEE Conference on Computer Software and Applications , Seoul, South Korea.
Cawthorn, D., Hugill, A. & Watson, G. (2010) 'Virtual Roman Leicester (VRL): An interactive Computer Model of a Romano-British City'. Given at the 38th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology , Granada, Spain, April 6-9.
Hugill, A. (2010) Creating a Transdisciplinary Research Institute . Given at the Xian Academy of Fine Arts, and Beijing University, China.
Hugill, A. and Ibrahim, M. (2006) Why do we abandon or switch ideas, methods and views whilst being creative?
Hugill, A. (2008) The
Future of Creative Technologies. Keynote,
delivered at the Future of Creative Technologies Conference,
De Montfort University, Leicester.
BBC World Service 'Business Matters' interview, 2013. Interviewed about future jobs and new course at Bath Spa University. Also comments on current news items. Contribution begins c. 20 minutes, and runs throughout.
Bath Spa University sheds light on jobs of tomorrow
IT Pro magazine feature on future jobs.
Ready to become a digital citizeneer?
IT Business Edge magazine report on future jobs.
the "creative technologists" you may soon be hiring
Information Age magazine interview about future jobs in the digital economy.
Making Music with Computers.
Lecture to the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, 2012.
Computers, Music and Me.
Interview with Ben Jackson on BBC Radio Leicester, 2012.
Interactive Digital Art.
Interview broadcast on BBC World Service 'Digital Planet', 2010.
A series of syndicated interviews (2.3 million listeners to local radio across Europe), 2008.