Academic Research, Writings and Teachings

Me on a field trip

Me - on a reality field trip to Andalucia

BA, Independent Study, North East London Polytechnic
MSc, DIC, Foundations of Advanced Information Technology, Imperial College
PhD, University of Teesside

In 1986 I gained a BA in Independent Study from North East London Polytechic which became University of East London. I took courses in computer science and the philosophy of science. The autumn of that year I went to Imperial College to study what was then called 4th generation computing: logic programming, functional programming, formal methods and other subjects which were the domain of the then Alvey Project.

For 23 years, from August 1987 to September 2010, I was a lecturer and then senior lecturer in the School of Computing at Teesside Polytechnic which became The University of Teesside which became Teesside University.

I started out teaching and researching formal methods and in particular the integration of structured and formal methods for software design.

In 1996, after publishing Formal Methods for Concurrency - a text book which sold out and is still in demand second hand - I retrained in multi media and WWW. This quickly led to an interest in Virtual Reality and in particular VR for the Web and the Virtual Reality Modelling Langauge (VRML). This in turn lead to over a decade of research into video game theory and, later, the book Game Invaders. You will find a range of papers and a bibliography of refereed publications under 'Research'.

Based on a large secection of this published research I gained a PhD by completed work from Teesside University in 2003. My thesis was titled "Perceptual Opportunities: A Content Model for the Analysis and Design of Virtual Environments".

Interactive storytelling was a later research interest that drew upon video game theory and was one path into my current writings and researching.

I am now a freelance writer and researcher and my current interests are in the creation, theory and analysis of eLiterature, cybertext, ergodic literature: whatever anyone chooses to call it. This lead to The ieBook: in other words which you can read on-line here.

In more general terms this amounts to a fascination with the relationship between humans and signifying systems, the symbolic ...