david brown photo Prof. David J Brown

Professor in Interactive Systems for Social Inclusion staff profile  publications

David is Professor in Interactive Systems for Social Inclusion. He is a highly experienced project manager (£2M as Principal Investigator), and over 70 high quality journal and conference publications. He is a member of the International Programme Committee for the International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technology and the European Conference on Games Based Learning. He is a founding member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability Special Affinity Group on Assistive Technology, and Conference Chair for Interactive Technologies and Games: Education, Health and Disability held annually at NTU.

James Lewis PhotoJames Lewis

Senior Lecturer

James is Senior Lecturer in 3D Games Programming and a member of the Interactive Systems Research Group for over 10 years. He is particularly interested in games and virtual environments for health applications and for behavioural change.

Dr. Matthew Bates


Matthew is a lecturer in multimedia applications and computer-assisted learning. His research interests include the positioning of games-based learning applications which encourage collaborative learning through the construction of new materials. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 2011 by Nottingham Trent University for his thesis entitled ‘Student Participation in Serious Games Design’. His research has collaborated with several educational programmes in Nottinghamshire to investigate how both children and adults can form part of multi-disciplinary design initiatives to create new interactive systems.

Photo of Nick ShoplandNick Shopland

Research Fellow publications

Nick was awarded an MSc in Engineering Multimedia at Nottingham Trent in 2000 and since then has worked as a developer and researcher with NTU’s Interactive Systems team. Over that time he has worked on many of the team’s projects, and is presently dedicated to the RECALL Project. He is currently studying for a PhD in “Combining Location Based Services and Gaming to Enhance Route Learning for People with Physical and/or Intellectual Disabilities”. He graduated with a degree in  Applied Biology in 1989, after which he worked on the installation, commissioning, validation and operation of a recombinant human serum albumen facility at Delta Biotechnology Ltd. (Nottingham), which operated using networked process control and process information management systems.

Andy Burton photoDr. Andy Burton

Research Fellow -publications Google Scholar Microsoft Academic

Andy joined NTU to work in the Interactive Systems Research Group in April 2010. He is currently working as a research fellow across a number of European projects covering such areas as  robotics for education of people with learning disabilities (EduRob), tablet game development to engage school pupils (NOLB), and curricular education for individuals with intellectual disabilities (MaTHiSiS). He has previously been involved in a number of earlier social inclusion research projects working with socially excluded groups including children and adults with disabilities (ViPi and SGSCC), refugees (RISE),  disengaged learners (CodeRED), and stroke survivors. He previously worked for 13 years at The University of Nottingham in civil engineering, mining and environmental engineering, geography and computer sciences. His research background is in VR/AR applications in a variety of research fields, including teaching and learning, spatial literacy, health and safety, reconstructions and simulations. His Ph.D. (University of Nottingham, 2000) was in ‘expert systems to assist in the remediation of contaminated soils’. His first degree was in Environmental Engineering (University of Nottingham, 1994).