James John Miles

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Jim Miles
James John Miles

(1959-02-07) 7 February 1959 (age 65)
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool
Scientific career
ThesisInformation storage on thin film media (1990)

James John Miles (born 1959) is a retired Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester where he previously was head of the school and a member of the Nano Engineering & Storage Technology Research Group (NEST).[2][3][4]


Miles graduated with a first class honours degree in Physics from the University of Liverpool in 1980. Following this he completed a Master of Science in Computational physics from the University of Salford in 1987 and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester in 1990.[5]


Miles has worked at the Meteorological Office modelling the formation of storm clouds and completed research in novel anaesthetic delivery systems for BOC Medishield, now Datex Ohmeda. Since 1987 he has worked in Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Manchester School of Engineering and the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester.

His research interests are in magnetic materials[6][7][8][9] for data storage purposes, including micromagnetic modelling[9] of thin magnetic films for hard disks.[10] He is involved in the Information Storage Industry Consortium (INSIC) Extremely High Density Recording (EHDR) programme,[11] determining the architecture and design of future 1 Terabit per square inch hard disk products and beyond.[12][13][14]

His research[15][8][16] is done in collaboration with academic and industrial research groups, including Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), San Jose, California and Seagate Research, Pittsburgh, USA.

Research funding[edit]

Miles research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.,[17] European Union and INSIC. He has been involved in obtaining grant funding in excess of £3 million of which £1.6 million is in grants or awards for which he was the principal applicant.[17] Miles is also a member of one of the groups that secured Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF)[18] for the £1.8M Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology.

Jim Miles served as Head of the School of Computer Science from November 2011[19] till July 2016.[20] He retired from The University of Manchester in August 2019.[21]

Other activities[edit]

In the University, Miles was Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences from 2008 to 2011. He has supervised several PhD students via the Doctoral Training Centre, the first of its kind in the UK.

In August 2017, he was responsible for the discovery of a previously-unknown collection of Alan Turing letters in an old filing cabinet at the University of Manchester.[22]

Previously Miles has been an editor of Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials and a Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Magnetics.


  1. ^ Miles, J. J.; Chantrell, R. W.; Parker, M. R. (1985). "Model of magnetic-field-induced ordering in dispersions of fine paramagnetic particles". Journal of Applied Physics. 57 (8): 4271. Bibcode:1985JAP....57.4271M. doi:10.1063/1.334582.
  2. ^ "NEST: Prof Jim Miles (School of Computer Science - The University of Manchester)". Archived from the original on 2012-06-02. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  3. ^ "Research Groups: NEST: Nano Engineering & Storage Technology Research Group (School of Computer Science - The University of Manchester)". Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  4. ^ James John Miles's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Miles, James John (1990). Information storage on thin film media (PhD thesis). University of Manchester.(subscription required)
  6. ^ Miles, J. J.; Wdowin, M.; Oakley, J.; Middleton, B. K. (1995). "The effect of cluster size on thin film media noise". IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. 31 (2): 1013. Bibcode:1995ITM....31.1013M. doi:10.1109/20.364777.
  7. ^ Kheong Sann Chan; Miles, J. J.; Euiseok Hwang; Vijayakumar, B.; Jian-Gang Zhu; Wen-Chin Lin; Negi, R. (2009). "TDMR Platform Simulations and Experiments". IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. 45 (10): 3837. Bibcode:2009ITM....45.3837C. doi:10.1109/TMAG.2009.2024001. S2CID 37915996.
  8. ^ a b James John Miles publications indexed by Microsoft Academic
  9. ^ a b Saharan, L.; Morrison, C.; Miles, J. J.; Thomson, T.; Schrefl, T.; Hrkac, G. (2011). "Angle dependence of the switching field of recording media at finite temperatures". Journal of Applied Physics. 110 (10): 103906. Bibcode:2011JAP...110j3906S. doi:10.1063/1.3662919.
  10. ^ Morrison, C.; Saharan, L.; Hrkac, G.; Schrefl, T.; Ikeda, Y.; Takano, K.; Miles, J. J.; Thomson, T. (2011). "Inter/intra granular exchange and thermal activation in nanoscale granular magnetic materials". Applied Physics Letters. 99 (13): 132507. Bibcode:2011ApPhL..99m2507M. doi:10.1063/1.3644469.
  11. ^ "EHDR Program Conclusion". Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  12. ^ Wood, R. W.; Miles, J.; Olson, T. (2002). "Recording technologies for terabit per square inch systems". IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. 38 (4): 1711. Bibcode:2002ITM....38.1711W. doi:10.1109/TMAG.2002.1017761.
  13. ^ Wood, R.; Williams, M.; Kavcic, A.; Miles, J. (2009). "The Feasibility of Magnetic Recording at 10 Terabits Per Square Inch on Conventional Media". IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. 45 (2): 917. Bibcode:2009ITM....45..917W. doi:10.1109/TMAG.2008.2010676. S2CID 23018778.
  14. ^ Miles, J. J.; McKirdy, D. M. .; Chantrell, R. W.; Wood, R. (2003). "Parametric optimization for terabit perpendicular recording" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. 39 (4): 1876. Bibcode:2003ITM....39.1876M. doi:10.1109/TMAG.2003.813785. S2CID 19996112.
  15. ^ J. J. Miles at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  16. ^ Jim Miles publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  17. ^ a b http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewPerson.aspx?PersonId=10840 Grants awarded to Jim Miles by the EPSRC
  18. ^ "Science and innovation - GOV.UK".
  19. ^ "News from Head of School". 21 February 2011. Archived from the original on 2019-10-03.
  20. ^ "Weekly newsletter for the School of CS". 11 July 2016. Archived from the original on 3 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Department of CS newsletter". 25 September 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-10-03.
  22. ^ Kenny, Jordan. "Lost Turing letters give unique insight into his academic life prior to death". University of Manchester. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
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