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Euan Dempster

School Academic Advisor

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Personal profile

Euan Dempster BSc Hons, PhD, PG-Cert Ed. A graduate in Computer Science from the Heriot-Watt University, I gained my doctorate in the field of performance prediction in parallel databases. I started my academic life late after careers in the merchant navy and as a boiler commissioning engineer. I joined the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games at the University of Abertay in 2006.

I am the programme tutor for the MSc in Computer Games Technology. Teaching responsibilities lie in the School of Design and Informatics and focus on the development of inter-disciplinary teams and the integration of professional skills, attitudes and practices into undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning. 

I am the Academic Advisor for the School of Design and Informatics who provides academic advice to students in SDI.



DES101 - Developing Game Concepts
DES203 - Interactive Media Production
DES502 - Game Design and Development
CMP504 - Masters Project
DES504 - Professional Development in Context

Research interests

My principal research interests lie in development, design, production and management within the creative industries.

I have supervised masters projects; using AI to improve NPC behaviour using fuzzy logic, classifiers and expert systems; using mobile gaming as part of an on-line study package; a tool to assist animators, using surface technology in games. 
Currently interested in using games in the assessment of students. The development of games for learning is also an area that I would like to research further, as well as combining learning games with assessment and the use of metrics in game design.
Currently supervising 5 PhD students, one is investigating using games to assist cancer patients. One investigating large complex data sets to establish pathways through NHS services and to visualise service usage in the future. One looking at automating the detection of pornographic images to assist Police. One creating interactive media to teach written English to Chinese students and to teach Mandarin to english students. One creating a pipeline for 3D models to be created from images and transposed into AR by using mobile technology alone.


Was external examiner at Southampton Solent University (2008-2014).

Just completed 4 year stint as external examiner for a suite of programmes run in Singapore for Oxford Brookes University

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Research Output

A review of age estimation research to evaluate its inclusion in automated child pornography detection

MacLeod, L., King, D. & Dempster, E., 3 Aug 2020, Intelligent computing: proceedings of the 2020 Computing conference. Arai, K., Kapoor, S. & Bhatia, R. (eds.). Cham: Springer, Vol. 1. p. 566-580 15 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (AISC); vol. 1228).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Avatars: the other side of Proteus's mirror : a study into avatar choice regarding perception

    Harbord, C. & Dempster, E., 8 Nov 2019, Entertainment computing and serious games: first IFIP TC 14 joint international conference, ICEC-JCSG 2019, Arequipa, Peru, November 11–15, 2019, proceedings. van der Spek, E., Göbel, S., Do, E. Y-L., Clua, E. & Baalsrud Hauge, J. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 412-416 5 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 11863).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
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    Innovative strategies for 3D visualisation using photogrammetry and 3D scanning for mobile phones

    Munir, V., Dempster, E. W. & Lyons, D., 27 Jul 2019, Proceedings of EVA London 2019 (EVA 2019). Weinel, J., Bowen, J. P., Diprose, G. & Lambert, N. (eds.). BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, p. 231-236 6 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
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    RPGs to enhance the second language acquisition of both Mandarin and English

    Harbord, C. & Dempster, E. W., 28 Jun 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Open Access
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    The use of avatars in digital role-playing games (RPGs) in computer-assisted language learning (CALL)

    Harbord, C. & Dempster, E., 28 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) Digital games and language learning : theory, development and implementation. Peterson, M., Yamazaki, K. & Thomas, M. (eds.). Bloomsbury Academic, p. 154-182 29 p. (Advances in digital language learning and teaching).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)