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I am interested in games and fun; how can we make fun games and how the degree to which a game is fun can be measured. 

My PhD (completed at Glasgow University in 2021) investigated the use of formal methods, specifically probabilistic model checking, as a means of game balancing. This involved the publishing of a small mobile game alongside automated verification which was then compared to how the game was actually played. 

I joined Abertay in the summer of 2021 and am looking to continue my research into game balancing both advancing on the approaches used before and exploring new techniques.


I am the module leader for:

  • CMP201 - Data Structures and Algorithms 1 (starting 2022/23).
  • ELE002 - Games for Change.
  • CMP105 - Games Programming (starting 2022/23).

I am also supporting:

  • DES506 - Studio Game Development.
  • CMP208 - Games Programming and System Architectures.
  • CMP203 - Graphic Programming.
  • CMP202 - Data Structures and Algorithms 2

Research interests

In addition to my core research on game balancing I am also interested in:

  • Computer Science education (teaching programming),
  • Board games,
  • Football analytics,
  • Player analysis,
  • Ranking and Matchmaking systems.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, PhD, Using Probabilistic Model Checking to Balance Games, University of Glasgow

31 Oct 20171 Jan 2022

Award Date: 1 Jul 2022


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