Research

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My research can be categorised under three main themes; (a)Artificial Intelligence; (b)Virtual Worlds and Game Environments; and (c) Education Methodologies. I have published 16 times since rejoining accademia three years ago in 2012; I currently have 4 papers under review (3 journal and 1 conference); I have written two theses (MSC and PGCertHE); edited a conference proceedings; and contributed towards a book (to be published later this year).

My PhD thesis (which is close to completion) explores simulating crowds, which aside from providing many financial and practical benefits over human actors in films, can also add life to virtual worlds. Specifically, I have been exploring the recreation of the rich emotional, and moral behaviour we expect of real crowds, to improve the believability of the simulated agents. This project has involved a variety of cross-discipline research, and has been supported by a Fujitsu scholarship. My thesis spans both my Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Worlds research themes.

In 2014 I contributed a new international conference to my research community, the Artificial Life and Intelligent Agents (ALIA) symposium. This was well attended, and received paper submissions from a wide variety of international institutions. The post-proceedings were published by Springer in 2015. I acted as both the general chair of the event and the principal editor of the proceedings. The ALIA symposium received great support from the community and will be running for a second year in 2016 at Aston university. I have also organised academic workshops and symposia, please see my conferences and workshops page for more details.

I have sat on the advisory board for the Welsh national supercomputing resource (HPC Wales) since 2014, providing technical user insight to the strategic direction of the group. I am also chairman of the user group committee, and have chaired the user group AGM. In addition, I have sat on the advisory board for a Welsh social enterprise, creating augmented reality heritage tours through historic Llandudno.