John Shearer is a human-computer interaction specialist teaching 3D computer graphics and games development at Newcastle University. In addition to teaching and writing software John can't help but get down and get his hands dirty building in the real world - from ambient kitchens and situated learning environments to custom leather work and just about anything that he can get away with. His PhD on interactive non-verbal behaviour in virtual characters was driven by a strong interest in developing more engaging, persuasive, and fun interfaces. John teaches in the School of Computing Science and is a resident in Culture Lab. He has recently revived his dormant interest in live performance through his work on the humanaquarium. Upcoming research developments and collaborations involve technology enhanced learning (ilab:learn), re-viewing art through computer controlled manufacture, and interactive museum installations.
He holds a BEng (Hons) in Computer Science from York University and a PhD in Computing Science from Newcastle University.