Supervisors

You should choose a potential supervisor whose research interests match your own. We encourage you to contact your chosen supervisor for an informal chat – this will also help you to put together your research proposal, which is an integral part of your application. 

You should only apply to the institution at which your chosen supervisor is based once you have been recommended for a place on the IGGI programme. This applies whether you are recommended for a studentship or an alternatively funded place. Please visit the Apply page for further details of the process.

The filters will allow you to select potential supervisors based on their home institution or where they fit into the research themes of IGGI. 

To contact your chosen supervisor, click on their name to send them an email.

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  • Professor Richard Bartle

    Professor Richard Bartle

    Co-wrote first multi-user dungeon, the progenitor of modern MMORPGs. Invented the Bartle Test for Gamer Personality Type, taken by more than 750,000 people. A leading figure in the industry.

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  • Dr Paul Cairns

    Dr Paul Cairns

    Human-computer interaction and games. Psychology of game players. Research methods.

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  • Professor Simon Colton

    Professor Simon Colton

    Computational creativity, content generation, game HCI.

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  • Professor Peter Cowling

    Professor Peter Cowling

    Director of IGGI and the DC Hub. Strong games industry links. Artificial Intelligence (AI) for mobile and video games – particularly Monte Carlo Tree Search. Gamification/Games for Science and Society.

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  • Dr Jeremy Gow

    Dr Jeremy Gow

    Computational creativity, game analytics and Human Computer Interaction

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  • Professor Udo Kruschwitz

    Professor Udo Kruschwitz

    Excellent industrial links, Games With a Purpose (GWAP), Natural Language Processing.

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  • Professor William Latham

    Professor William Latham

    Game graphics; substantial industry experience; project management for games.

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  • Professor Simon Lucas

    Professor Simon Lucas

    Founding Editor-in-Chief IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games. Co-Founder of IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games. A leading academic in the field with three prizes for games related work and more than 40 publications in the area.

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  • Dr Diego Perez

    Dr Diego Perez

    Computational Intelligence for Games. Reinforcement learning. Evolutionary Computation. General Video Game AI

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  • Professor Atau Tanaka

    Professor Atau Tanaka

    Interactivity in music

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  • Professor Marian Ursu

    Professor Marian Ursu

    Strong creative industries links. Interactive media. Interactive narratives. Intelligent audio-video-centred communication.

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  • Dr Freida Abtan
    Dr Freida Abtan Music

    Music computing, audio-visual composition

  • Dr Rob Alexander
    Dr Rob Alexander Computer Science

    Robot simulation and “red-teaming” for robot control software safety & robustness using game AI techniques

  • Dr Gareth Beale
    Dr Gareth Beale Centre for Digital Heritage & the Digital Creativity Labs

    Games for heritage and museums with a particular interest in community participation in development and production

  • Dr David Beer
    Dr David Beer Sociology

    Sociology of digital data and big data, mobile media and the relations between popular culture and by-product data.

  • Professor Mark Bishop
    Professor Mark Bishop Director TCIDA/ Computing

    Artificial intelligence, Analytics, Embodied Cognition, Enactivism & Cybernetics.

  • Dr Tim Blackwell
    Dr Tim Blackwell Computing

    Complexity; dynamical systems; digital art and music, swarm intelligence.

  • Dr Florian Block
    Dr Florian Block Theatre, Film and Television/ Digital Creativity Hub

    Enabling the general public to interact with real-world data through the use of novel interactive technology and visualization techniques. Utilizing interactive technology, data visualizations and games for scientific outreach, digital civics and citizen science.

  • Dr Andy Bremner
    Dr Andy Bremner Psychology

    Object knowledge, spatial representation, body representation, multi-sensory perception, learning and cognitive control, in childhood.

  • Dr Luca Citi
    Dr Luca Citi Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Brain Computer Interfaces and Games, Data mining, game analytics.

  • Dr Adrian Clark
    Dr Adrian Clark Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Virtual Reality, Computer Vision, Computer Graphics.

  • Professor John Clark
    Professor John Clark Computer Science/York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis

    Games for training and understanding in security domains.

  • Professor Edward Codling
    Professor Edward Codling Maths

    Use of games to understand complex crowd and swarm behaviours (Organiser of Theoretical Ecology and Complex Systems (TECS) seminar series).

  • Professor Tim Crawford
    Professor Tim Crawford Computing

    Music information retrieval

  • Professor Mark d'Inverno
    Professor Mark d'Inverno Computing

    Multi-agent systems for online cultural experiences

  • Professor Teresa da Silva Lopes
    Professor Teresa da Silva Lopes The York Management School

    Marketing of games. Business models. Games With A Purpose (GW AP).

  • Dr Sebastian Deterding
    Dr Sebastian Deterding Theatre, Film and Television/ Digital Creativity Hub, starting January 2016

    Strong UX and gamification industry links. Gamification, gameful and playful design, motivational design, social norms and interactions around games and play

  • Dr Sam Devlin
    Dr Sam Devlin Computer Science/Digital Creativity Hub

    Games as a platform for furthering research in Artificial Intelligence or to generate data useful in contexts outside of the game itself (Collective Game Intelligence)

  • Dr Kate Devlin
    Dr Kate Devlin Computing

    Illumination models for graphics, interaction design

  • Professor John Drever
    Professor John Drever Music

    Soundscapes, acoustic ecology, acoustics

  • Dr Michael Fairbank
    Dr Michael Fairbank School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Neural networks and Deep Learning. Adaptive Dynamic Programming + Reinforcement Learning. Optimisation. Control Theory. Financial Forecasting. AI in games.

  • Professor Maria Fasli
    Professor Maria Fasli Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Market Based Economic Games, Game Trading Competitions.

  • Dr Rebecca Fiebrink
    Dr Rebecca Fiebrink Computing

    Creative applications of machine learning; gestural and embodied interaction; accessibility and personalised interaction

  • Professor Frederic Fol Leymarie
    Professor Frederic Fol Leymarie Computing

    Strong games industry links. Procedural game content genesis. 3D graphics and vision. Gamification. Scientific visualisation.

  • Dr Dan Franks
    Dr Dan Franks Computer Science/Biology/York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis

    Interested in using coevolutionary algorithms for game intelligence, and in developing games to address scientific questions.

  • Professor Jonathan Freeman
    Professor Jonathan Freeman Psychology

    presence, user experience of digital media, restorative media, social media, gaming, digital inclusion, usability and accessibility, attitudinal consumer segmentations, future media, innovation

  • Professor Matthew Fuller
    Professor Matthew Fuller Cultural Studies

    Software studies, computational culture

  • Dr Jennifer Gabrys
    Dr Jennifer Gabrys Sociology

    Science and technology studies, digital media, rnateriality, environments and environmental change, urbanism, creative practice, participation inventive methods.

  • Professor Andrea Galeotti
    Professor Andrea Galeotti Economics

    Study of Network Games, Economic Game Theory, Recipient of 5 Year ERC Fellowship Grant, Editorial Board of Several Economics Journals.

  • Dr Michael Gardner
    Dr Michael Gardner Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Games and virtual reality, games and education.

  • Dr Marco Gillies
    Dr Marco Gillies Computing

    Virtual Reality, Virtual Humans, Interactive Machine Learning, Body and Movement based Interaction Techniques.

  • Dr Mick Grierson
    Dr Mick Grierson Computing

    Audiovisual interaction, cognition and perception, signal processing, brain-computer interfaces

  • Dr Murray Griffin
    Dr Murray Griffin Biology

    Games for Rehabilitation (with successful clinical trials)

  • Professor Dongbing Gu
    Professor Dongbing Gu Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Reinforcement Learning and Robotics, Use of Games as Complex Virtual Environments for studying Machine Learning.

  • Graham Harwood
    Graham Harwood Cultural Studies

    Interactive media.

  • Dr Jon Hook
    Dr Jon Hook Theatre, Film and Television

    New forms of interaction for games, including: tangible and reconfigurable interfaces; augmented reality; large interactive surfaces; pervasive and locative media; and game design for the Internet of things

  • Professor Huosheng Hu
    Professor Huosheng Hu Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Robotics, famous for Robotic Fish (featured on BBC News, London Aquarium}, Robotic Games (e.g. RoboCup). Novel methods for man-machine interaction.

  • Professor Janis Jefferies
    Professor Janis Jefferies Computing

    The impact of technology on the arts (textiles, sound, curating, design and literature)

  • Dr Mark Johnson
    Dr Mark Johnson Digital Creativity Hub

    Procedural generation, competitive gaming and eSports, game cultures, game semiotics, game literacy. Available as a co-supervisor

  • Dr Yuan Ju
    Dr Yuan Ju Economics

    Mechanism design for economic games. Fair division, bargaining and negotiation protocols. Experimental game theory.

  • Dr Dimitar Kazakov
    Dr Dimitar Kazakov Computer Science

    Adaptive and learning agents for games. Evolution of cooperation, communication and foraging strategies in game environments. Natural language processing and language games. Games and financial forecasting for stock market simulations.

  • Dr Gavin Kearney
    Dr Gavin Kearney Electronics

    Sound and audio processing for virtual environments. Spatial Audio and surround sound. Interactive audio systems. Virtual Acoustics.

  • Dr Ben Kirman
    Dr Ben Kirman Theatre, Film and Television/ Digital Creativity Hub

    Unconventional gameful/playful interfaces, locative/pervasive games, critical game design

  • Dr Daniel Kudenko
    Dr Daniel Kudenko Computer Science

    Strong games industry links. Artificial Intelligence (AI). Machine Learning. Game Analytics.

  • Dr Gustav Kuhn
    Dr Gustav Kuhn Psychology

  • Professor Richard Law
    Professor Richard Law Biology/York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis

    multiplayer games to understand/train sustainable and economic use of shared resources, especially in fisheries.

  • Dr Annie Louis
    Dr Annie Louis School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Computational modeling of narratives. Procedural generation of text content in games. Models of linguistic creativity and quality for game scenarios and storytelling.

  • Dr Debbie Maxwell
    Dr Debbie Maxwell Theatre, Film and Television

    Interactive media; user experience; traditional storytelling; knowledge exchange; codesign; ethnography; design methods; community engagement.

  • Professor Klaus McDonald-Maier
    Professor Klaus McDonald-Maier Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Embedded systems, novel hardware architectures, measuring emotional responses.

  • Dr Daniel Mullensiefen
    Dr Daniel Mullensiefen Psychology

    Music and sound perception

  • Dr Damian Murphy
    Dr Damian Murphy Electronics

    Interactive acoustic environments, room acoustics measurement and simualtion, auralization, acoustic modelling and evaluation, spatial audio rendering.

  • Dr Jenna Ng
    Dr Jenna Ng Theatre, Film and Television

    Film and interactive media; digital media convergence; machinima; game aesthetics, narrative, affect

  • Dr Nikolay Nikolaev
    Dr Nikolay Nikolaev Computing

    Machine learning and artificial intelligence

  • Dr James Ohene-Djan
    Dr James Ohene-Djan Computing

    Interaction design and assistive technologies.

  • Dr Sylvia Xueni Pan
    Dr Sylvia Xueni Pan Computing

    Immersive Virtual Reality; Cognitive Neuroscience; Social Interaction; Training and psychotherapy; Character Animation

  • Dr Sandra Pauletto
    Dr Sandra Pauletto Theatre, Film and Television

    Sound design; Auditory displays; Sound synthesis and processing; Interactive audio; Sound design for Cinema and Television; Cinematic and synthetic voice.

  • Professor Alan Pickering
    Professor Alan Pickering Psychology

    Biological and cognitive correlates of personality, statistics, neural networks and other formal models, cognitive control, category learning.

  • Dr Jon Pitchford
    Dr Jon Pitchford Biology

    multiplayer games to understand/train sustainable and economic use of shared resources, especially in fisheries.

  • Professor Massimo Poesio
    Professor Massimo Poesio Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Expert in natural language processing, Games With a Purpose (GWAP).

  • Dr Fiona Polack
    Dr Fiona Polack Computer Science/York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis

    Games as mulltiagent complex systems models. Software engineering.

  • Professor Riccardo Poli
    Professor Riccardo Poli Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Genetic Programming, games and emergent behaviour.

  • Dr Chris Power
    Dr Chris Power Computer Science

    Interactive systems for disabled and older adult users. Interactive systems for digital cultural heritage. Evaluation of interactive systems.

  • Dr Ida Pu
    Dr Ida Pu Computing

    Algorithmics and collective intelligence

  • Dr Philip Quinlan
    Dr Philip Quinlan Psychology

    Integrating learning to read in gaming apps. In particular helping boys learn to read

  • Dr Christophe Rhodes
    Dr Christophe Rhodes Computing

    Compiler design and implementation; colour theory and perception; audio, music and multimedia informatics.

  • Dr Elva Robinson
    Dr Elva Robinson Biology /York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis

    Using games in behavioural ecology to explore competing social behavioural strategies e.g. in collective decision-making, foraging.

  • Dr Paul Schweinzer
    Dr Paul Schweinzer Economics

    Mechanism design for economic games. Experimental game theory.

  • Dr Francisco Sepulveda
    Dr Francisco Sepulveda Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Brain Computer Interfaces and Games.

  • Dr Stephen Smith
    Dr Stephen Smith Electronics/York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis

    Manager of Complex City Apps. Games With A Purpose (GW AP). Interactive tasks for the assessment of neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Dr William Smith
    Dr William Smith Computer Science

    Content capture for animation and games, photorealistic rendering, 3D graphics.

  • Dr Daniel Stamate
    Dr Daniel Stamate Computing

    Data science and analytics

  • Professor Susan Stepney
    Professor Susan Stepney Computer Science/York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis

    Gamification: Using games to do and publicise complex systems science.

  • Dr Matt Taylor
    Dr Matt Taylor Biology

    Games for Rehabilitation (research already supported by successful clinical trials).

  • Andy Thomason
    Andy Thomason Computing

    Compiler design and games programming; substantial industry experience.

  • Professor Jon Timmis
    Professor Jon Timmis Electronics/York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis

    Using machine learning approaches in collective decision making for autonomous systems.

  • Professor Edward Tsang
    Professor Edward Tsang Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents/Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Constrained Satisfaction, Computational Finance and Game Theory.

  • Dr Alexei Vernitski
    Dr Alexei Vernitski Maths

    Design of novel mathematical games and puzzles

  • Professor Alex Wade
    Professor Alex Wade Psychology

    Expert in human neuroimaging. Ongoing collaboration with Riot Games to evaluate personality traits from huge quantities of gameplay data.

  • Dr Jez Wells
    Dr Jez Wells Electronics/Music

    Music signal modelling and effects processing, public engagement.

  • Dr Jamie Wood
    Dr Jamie Wood Maths/Biology/York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis

    Using games to do as well as disseminate science. Current interests in animal behaviour and synthetic biology.

  • Dr John Woods
    Dr John Woods Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Robotics and Games, Games in Education.

  • Professor Qingfu Zhang
    Professor Qingfu Zhang Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Evolutionary Algorithms, Multi-Objective Optimisation and Games.

  • Professor Robert Zimmer
    Professor Robert Zimmer Head of Computing

    New media psychology, culture mining, machine haptics.

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