James Bown

James Bown

Interim Dean of School of Design and Informatics

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My focus is on the use of computational methods to model complex biological and healthcare phenomena. Research activity spans systems modelling of complex networks and analysis of network behaviour, image analysis and interactive data visualisation using computer games technologies.  My research investigates how cancer cells respond to anti-cancer drugs at cellular and tissue scales and extends over systems modelling, image analysis through spatial statistics to analyse cancer patient tissue images to predict survival and interactive visualisation of cell signalling dynamics.

I work with Macmillan Cancer Support and the Digital Health and Social Care Institute on a project using AI and games technology to support optimisation of health and social care provision. I also support the strategic development of research and knowledge exchange at Abertay.

I am also Co-Director of InGAME (Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise). InGAME is the UK Creative Cluster for Computer Games. InGAME is Abertay-led with academic partners Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, and industry partners including Sony, Microsoft, 4J Studios (games include Minecraft), Beano, Outplay (UK’s largest mobile phone games company). InGAME provides a R&D environment for new and experimental creative content, products, services and experiences. The InGAME Applied Games Lab enables industry to work directly with our R&D team to harness the power of computer games to solve real-world problems in games and outwith the games sector (diversification) and de-risk technologies (through experimentation). InGAME, at its mid-point, has delivered 28 outputs (R&D projects, innovation labs, etc.) and provided networking/training opportunities to more than 700 people.


Selected Funding (grantsmanship of £6M)


Title of Award




InGAME UKRI Creative Clusters Award


£10M (£4.4M to Abertay)


Improving patient care pathways

Macmillan Cancer Support and Digital Health Institute



Systems Approaches to Cancer

Northwood Trust

£1M (PI)


EPSRC Peer Review Associate College Member

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

Medical Research Scotland Studentship Panel Member

Visiting Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of York


GRS501 Research Methods

CMP201 Data Structures and Algorithms

CMP400 Honours Project

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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