Bradley Pursglove | Doctoral Trainee

Bradley Pursglove

I'm a second year Computer Science PhD Student at Open Lab. I graduated from Newcastle University in 2014 with a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, where I focused on Games Engineering due to my passion for the industry. For my dissertation project I developed a web-based toolset, to allow the rendering and navigation of 3D models within a CAVE virtual reality suite. I also undertook a placement year at Sage UK during my third year, where I was a junior programmer working on the Sage 200 team.

After graduating, I worked in Culture Lab on a summer internship to develop a website that enabled the configuration of the Open Movement IMUs that are manufactured by university spin-off, Axivity. Following this I began my PhD project, "Learner Identification for SOLE-based Education Research", which focuses on using these IMUs (Inertial Measurement Units) to collect movement data on the wearer, and then classifying these data in such a way that we can determine the activities being performed by the wearer. In this way, it will be possible to achieve cross-device user identification, within a multi-user environment. It is intended that this technology could be a powerful tool within a SOLE-based environment (as well as a number of other possible applications), allowing facilitators and researchers to gain meaningful insights into the learning and learning facilitation processes.

My main interests include new hardware and novel ways of interacting with these technologies, as well as the games industry and developments in that field.

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