Dr Dan Livingstone

Dr Dan Livingstone

Associate Professor (Education)

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Dan can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Interactive systems
  • Games technologies
  • Simulations
  • Prototypes
  • Augmented reality
  • Mobile applications


Associate Professor in Interactive Systems

Founder & Manager of the Interactive Systems Studio
Course Leader BSc(Hons) Computing & Games Development
Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems, School of Computing and Mathematics.  
Institute for Sustainable Solutions Advisory Board


PhD Design Strategies for Adaptive Social Composition Systems - University of Plymouth 2010
MA(hons) Sequential Design - University of Brighton 1993
BA(hons) Alternative Practice - University of Brighton 1991

Professional membership

TIGA -Trade body for UK Games Industry

Roles on external bodies

Advisory Panel Creative England 2012 1.8m ERDF Strategic Funding for games sector startups 2013

Sponsor & Exhibitor of Explay Festival 2013

Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor of  Explay Festival 2012 

Speaker, Exhibitor & Co-sponsor of Explay Festival 2011 

Jury Representative for Europrix Awards 2010

Juror for Europrix Awards 2005 - 2010

Peer Reviewer for ICMC 2006 International Computer Music Conference

Teaching interests

Undergraduate and masters project supervision 

Agile software development and team building 
Enterprise and Open Innovation

Interactive Systems: User Experience/Interaction Design/ Development Process for Games, APPs, Interactive exhibits.
Simulation and training; Virtual and Augmented Environments

Module Leader: PRCO203, AINT354, AINT355
Module inputs: AINT253, AINT254

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner; BA(Hons) Computer Game Arts; University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. 2016 - 2020
External Examiner; BSc(Hons) Computer Game Technology; University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. 2016 - 2020
International Partner Liaison Tsing Yi IVE Hong Kong 2013 - 2018

Research interests

Founder & Manager of Interactive Systems Studio, interdisciplinary research & development team creating apps, bespoke software, 3D worlds and rich user experiences for internal & external clients for education outreach, data visualisation, public engagement and research dissemination. 

- Creative Consultancy, agile software development & public engagement 
- Interactive systems integrating real world data, analytics & games technology
- Interaction Design for APPS, Interactive Exhibits, Novel Interactive Systems, Serious Games
- Multimodal Interaction: Gesture, Vision, Touch, Biofeedback,Motion capture.

Other research

- Adaptive sound systems, gesture capture and spatial tracking for conscious and subconscious interaction
- mental models for ‘perceptual constructs’ to develop interactive systems. 
- real time synthesis and spatialisation of sound. 

Staff member of CRNS Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems 

Former member of ICCMR Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (Centre relocated to Faculty of Arts '09) He has published within the field of Computer Music, both at ICMC the International Computer Music Conference and at NIME conference, New Interfaces for Musical Expression, contributing to the field of Tangible Interfaces with embedded or autonomous behaviours. 

Grants & contracts

2013 PhD Studentship Volcanic Hazards Visualisation (Co Supervisor with Prof. Ian Stuart & Prof. Paul Cole)
2013 Internal & External commissions Interactive Systems Studio
2012 Internal Investment, Interactive Systems Studio, Faculty of Science & Environment
2011 Proof of Concept Funding to develop Games Based Learning Prototype with Remode Studios & Mutant Labs (Livingstone D. & Yeomans P.)
2009 Proof of Concept Funding to develop iphone application in partnership with graduate company mutant labs 
2007 Media Innovation Award for Individual Contribution to Innovation, sponsored by TwoFourTV
2006 Proof of Concept Funding to establish Immersion Design Lab

Livingstone, D. and Miranda, E. R. (2005).

"ORB3 - Musical Robots within an Adaptive Social Composition System"

Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, Barcelona.

http://www.icmc2005.org ICMC2005 Proceedings p543-546

Livingstone, D. and O'shea C. (2005).

"Tactile Composition Systems for Collaborative Free Sound"

Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, Barcelona.

http://www.icmc2005.org ICMC2005 Proceedings p687-690

Livingstone, D. and Miranda, E. R. (2005).

"Orb3 - Adaptive Interface Design for Real time Sound Synthesis & Diffusion within Socially Mediated Spaces" Proceedings of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference (NIME05) Vancouver, Canada. NIME2005 Proceedings p65-69 ISBN 0-88865-808-7


Livingstone, D. and Miranda, E. R. (2004). "Composition for Ubiquitous Responsive Environments". Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, Miami (USA). pages 321 - 325

ISBN 0-9713192-2-7


Burraston, D. Edmonds, E. Livingstone, D. and Miranda, E. R. (2004). "Cellular Automata in MIDI based Computer Music". Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, Miami (USA). pages 71 - 79

ISBN 0-9713192-2-7


Livingstone, D. (2003) "Emergent Behavior in the context of Reactive Compositional Environments" IX Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music (IX SBCM)

Music as Emergent Behaviour. Published conference proceedings pp235-240



Anders, P. and Livingstone, D. (2001) "STARS: Shared Transatlantic Augmented Reality System." In Reinventing the discourse, proceedings of ACADIA 2001 conference in Buffalo, NY, ed.W. Jabi, pp. 350-355. Buffalo, NY: Gallagher Printing Inc.


Livingstone, D. (1999) "Towards the Empathy Manifold"

International Conference paper for Invencao, Brazil (online proceedings publication)


Livingstone D. (1998) "The Space between the Assumed Real and The Digital Virtual." Published in In Ascott, R. Reframing Consciousness Art, Mind & Technology Intellect Books pp138-143 2001

ISBN: 1841500135

Jagodzinski A P. Livingstone D. Phillips M. Rogers T.Turley S.(1988)

Design issues for interactive drama

HCI'98 British Computer Society Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, September 1988.

HCI'98 Conference Companion Eds. May J, Siddiqui J & Wilkinson J pp 26-27.

ISBN 0 86339 795 6.

Reports & invited lectures

Invited speaker 'Top Talent Professor' EADiM Instructors conference, Europrix Multimedia Awards, 2005, 2006, 2007.

Enterprise Panel speaker and Jury member for Europrix Multimedia Awards, International Center for New Media, Moosstrasse 43a, 5020 Salzburg, Austria Graz 2008, 2009.

Other academic activities

Workshop Leader Formation Zone Tectona Challenge

Advisory Board Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research 
Member of University of Plymouth Enterprise Enablers Working Group
Member of Europrix International Jury
Member of EADiM European Academy of Digital Media
Peer Reviewer for ICMC 2006 International Computer Music Conference

Additional information

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