Dr Jim Wood

Senior Lecturer in Creative Technologies

Dr Jim Wood

Dr Jim Wood joined the School of Computer Science and Technology in October 2008 as a Lecturer in Creative Technologies, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2013 and is currently the Course Coordinator for BSc (Hons) Interactive Digital Technologies, and BSc (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects.

Before joining the University of Bedfordshire he gained 10 years experience in the education sector and had specialised in tutoring postgraduate students in interactive digital media, developing an experimental resource lab <XR>Lab, and working on both his own creative and technical projects individually and in collaboration with other artists and designers.

He has pursued practice-based research in creative technologies relating to design research, developing tools and methods for digital artefacts, influenced by his interests in experimental art, digital media and design making.

He completed his PhD from the University of London in 2015 on the topic "Digital Ways of Making, Commons-based making and digital fabrication: A Practice-Based Study of Design Making For The Coming Age of Connected Digital Objects".

Previously Jim obtained a MA in Digital Arts from Middlesex University in 1998, following a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art achieved with 1st Class at Kingston University in 1995.

In addition to his academic activities, Jim has also worked freelance as a tutor of workshops on interactive prototyping, physical computing, and as a developer of systems and software for artists projects and design research, and continues to pursue his own creative practice.

In addition to supervising projects at BSc, MSc and PhD level, he currently also co-ordinates and teaches on the following units:

  • Advanced Interactive Technologies (Unit Co-ordinator)
  • Advanced Animation Practice
  • Computer Graphics (Unit Co-ordinator)
  • Digital Design Development (Unit Co-ordinator)
  • Web Technologies and Platforms (Unit Co-ordinator)
  • Content Creation and Design

In recent years Jim has led/co-ordinated course approvals for two new courses.

  • BSc (Hons) Interactive Digital Technologies, April 2014, approved for delivery from AY 2014/15
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects, March 2016, awaiting approval

Jim also assists with external examination and  moderation of degrees offered by other Universities in the UK:

  • External Examiner - BSc Digital Media, School of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth. 04/2016 - 09/2016
  • External Panel Member Course Approval Event, BSc (Hons) Technical Direction for Visual Effects, Department of Computing, Teesside University, March 2016

Current Research Students topics

  • Lionel Jayaraj, 'A Study on Virtual Reality and Developing the Experience in a Gaming Situation' MSc by Research (Director of Studies) - under examination May 2016.
  • Grigor Todrov, 'Evaluation of Optimisation Techniques for Multiscopic Rendering' MSc by Research (2nd Supervisor) - awarded March 2016.
  • Alain Simons, 'The Use of Vectorpixels for Visualisation of Photographic Images' PhD (2nd Supervisor) - MPhil/PhD transfer completed June 2015 (registration transferred to Bournemouth University)
  • Marwah Ibrahim, 'The Design of an Innovative Automatic Computational Method for Generating a Geometric Islamic Visual Art with Aesthetic Beauty' PhD (2nd Supervisor) - MPhil/PhD transfer completed December 2015, ongoing.

Research interests

  • Ubiquitous computing in art and design practice.
  • Visualisation and Interaction with Emergent Media Technologies.
  • Digital Fabrication and Design

Dr Wood is also interested to hear from outstanding candidates who are interested in researching at MSc or PhD level, in topics  related to those listed above.

Recent Publications

  • Wood J., Liu H., & Briggs T. (2016, July). Learning computing heritage through gaming – whilst teaching digital development through history. In Proceedings of the Conference on Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. British Computer Society. (in review)
  • Prakash E. & Wood J. (2013) Workshop on Advances in Computer Games and Animation, 6th Annual International Conference on Computer Games, Multimedia and Allied Technology.
  • Wood, J. (2013) TH_mod_Te studio: making together for sharing whenever. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction. TEI ’13. New York, NY, USA: ACM, pp. 435–438.
  • Prakash E., Wood J., Li B., Clarke M., Smith G., & Yates K.(2011) Games technology: Console architectures, game engines and invisible interaction. 4th Annual International Conference on Computer Games, Multimedia and Allied Technology. pp. 103–108.
  • Wood, J. (2011) Designing for an everyday ubicomp with tangible and embodied materials. In Proceedings of the fifth international conference on Tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction - TEI ’11. the fifth international conference. Funchal, Portugal, p. 449.
  • Wood, J. & Prakash E. (2011) Invisible interaction for Games, Under the Mask conference, University of Bedfordshire.
  • Wood, J. (2010) Using participatory design methods with ubiquitous computing technologies. In Proceedings of the 2010 international conference on The Interaction Design. Create’10. Swindon, UK, UK: British Computer Society, pp. 82–83.

Previous Projects and Exhibitions

  • “Truth Serum” – Neal White/ Office of Experiments, FACT, Liverpool, April 2008
  • “News Telescope”, Mediatised View Goldsmiths, London Design Festival September 2008
  • “TagPet”, Punch + Hole, Kinetica Art Fair, London & Maker Faire, Newcastle February – March 2009

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E: jim.wood@beds.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)1234 400 400


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