Welsh Crucible 2011
Ian obtained his B.Sc. degree in computer science at Cardiff University, and then went on to complete his Ph.D. in the same department, specialising in CAD/CAM. He left to work in the games and computer graphics industry, working on a range of projects from Nintendo GameCube 3D engine support through to Ethernet device drivers. He subsequently returned to Cardiff University in 2003 after a break in industry of 10 years, and worked in the area of distributed, collaborative visualization. Since then he has been involved in a variety of collaborative projects, such as arterial cell modelling, endoscopy simulation and haptic control for drug design, alongside more computer-science focused work which includes display calibration and 3D displays. His research interest is the gap between data stored in a computer and the consumption of it by the user – why must it be so hard for the lay person?
2016 Update: Ian has left academia and has moved to work in industry, where he is currently a Software Engineer at Renishaw Plc.