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John Robinson

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Students


I have overall responsibility for ensuring that our students have an intellectually stimulating, relevant and well supported teaching and learning experience. I also have responsibility for the development and implementation of the University’s Information Strategy (which includes the library, IT and Web) and that their overall university experience is enriching and fulfilling.

Biography in brief

I am an electronic engineer and most of my research contributions have been in image and video processing and analysis. I am best known for is predictive coding. In the early 1980s I designed the hardware for the world’s first Hybrid-DPCM codec and thirty years on my algorithms and code for Adaptive Prediction Tree compression are used in many mobile phone applications.

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I have been a Professor in York’s Department of Electronics since 2000 and was its Head from 2007 to 2011. 

Immediately before coming to York I held an Industrial Research Chair at Memorial University of Newfoundland and previously worked for the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Bell-Northern Research Ltd., Verdun, Quebec, Canada; and Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd., Basildon, UK. 

I have postgraduate degrees in engineering from The University of Essex, and in the humanities from Memorial University of Newfoundland. As a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Engineer and a Professional Engineer I serve on various boards and committees associated with my profession.

I’m an amateur pianist and photographer and every few years I start to learn Italian.

Register of Interests as at 1 November 2019

  • Spouse: Gillian Robinson
  • Governor of York College
  • University of York Designated Board Member of STEM Learning Ltd
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • Registered Member of Professional Engineers Ontario

2018-19 Expenses

Below are the travel costs and expenses for Professor John Robinson covering the period August 2018 to July 2019.

John Robinson expenses Aug 18 - Jul 19 (PDF , 126kb)

2015-16 expenses

Below are the travel and expenses for Professor John Robinson covering the period September 2015 to July 2016.

 John Robinson expenses Sep 15 - Jan 16 (PDF , 5kb)

John Robinson Expenses Feb-Apr 2016 (PDF , 98kb)

John Robinson Expenses May - July 2016 (PDF , 4kb)

Profile of John Robinson PVC for Teaching and Learning

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