Dr Euan Dempster


School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Computing and Maths

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+44 (0)1382 30 8229


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. 


DES101 - Developing Game Concepts
DES203 - Interactive Media Production
CMP401 - Honours Project Proposal Workshops


DES502 - Game Design and Development
CMP504 - Masters Project

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 a PhD student 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.

D Galloway, I Donald, E Dempster, Entertainment Design – A module in managing expectations, HCI Educators Conference, Abertay, (2009).

E W Dempster, M H Williams, N T Tomov, A Burger, N Vassilopoulos and H Taylor, STEADY - A Tool For Supporting The Teaching Of Parallel Database Systems, IEEE Transactions on Education, Volume 48, No 2, pp 238-247, 2005.
E W Dempster, N T Tomov, M H Williams, H Taylor, D Marwick, A Burger and P Trinder. Modelling Parallel Oracle For Performance Prediction, Volume 13 Number 3 of Distributed and Parallel Databases, Kluwer. (2003)
Euan Dempster, Daniel Pacey, M. Howard Williams, Alison Cawsey, David Marwick and Lachlan Mackinnon, Tools for Personalised Presentation of Information, in Proceedings of the 20th British National Conference on Databases, BNCOD 20, Coventry, UK, July 2003 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science series), Anne James, Brian Lings, Muhammad Younas (Eds.), pp261-270, Springer. (2003)
E Dempster, A Cawsey, L MacKinnon, D Bental, D Pacey, D Marwick and H Williams, Mechanisms To Support User Profiling For Information Presentation, in Human Computer Interaction 2002 Proceedings Volume 2, South Bank University, London, pp111-114. (2002)
Euan W. Dempster, M. Howard Williams, Neven Tomov, Chai Seng Pua, Albert Burger, Peter J. B. King, STEADY - A Tool for Predicting Performance of Parallel DBMSs, 11th International Conference, TOOLS 2000, Schaumburg, IL, USA, March 2000, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 1786 Springer 2000, ISBN 3-540-67260-5, pp . 362-365. (2000)
E. Dempster, N. Tomov, J. Lu, C. Pua, M. H. Williams, A. Burger, H. Taylor, P. Broughton, Verifying a Performance Estimator for Parallel DBMSs, in Proc. of 4th Int. Euro-Par Conf. (Euro-Par ‘98 Parallel Processing), Southampton, UK, pp. 126-135. (1998)
N Tomov, E Dempster, M H Williams, A Burger, H Taylor, P King and P Broughton, Analytical response time estimation in parallel relational database systems, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Volume 30 Number 2, pp 249-283. (2004)
Alison Cawsey, Euan Dempster, Daniel Pacey, Howard Williams, David Marwick, and Lachlan MacKinnon, Constraining XML Transformations for  Personalised Information Presentation, in Proceedings of the 21st British National Conference on Databases, BNCOD 21, Edinburgh, UK, July 2004 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science series), Howard Williams, Lachlan MacKinnon (Eds.), pp136-143, Springer. (2004)
D Pacey, E Dempster, M H Williams, A Cawsey, D Marwick, L MacKinnon, A Toolkit for Creating Personalised Presentations, in Proceedings of IEEE/WIC International Conference on Web Intelligence 2003, ISBN 0-7695-1932-6, Halifax, Canada, pp550-553. (2003)
Alison Cawsey, Euan Dempster, Diana Bental, Daniel Pacey, Howard Williams, Lachlan MacKinnon, David Marwick, Preventing Misleading Presentations of XML Documents: Some Initial Proposals , Proc. Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems (Second International Conference AH 2002), Malaga, Spain, May 2002, Paul De Bra, Peter Brusilovsky and Ricardo Conejo (Eds), Proceedings, pp 492-496, Springer. (2002)
N. Tomov, E. Dempster, M. H. Williams, P. King and A. Burger, Approximate estimation of transaction response time, The Computer Journal, Volume 42, No. 3, pp. 241-250. (1999)
N. Tomov, E. Dempster, M. H. Williams, A. Burger, H. Taylor, P. J. B. King, P. Broughton, Some Results from a New Technique for Response Time Estimation in Parallel DBMS, Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference, HPCN Europe 1999, Springer, pp. 713—721. (1999)
M.H. Williams, E. Dempster, N. Tomov, C. Pua, H. Taylor, A. Burger, J. Lu, P. Broughton, An analytical tool for predicting the performance of parallel relational databases, Concurrency: Practice and Experience, Vol 11, pp. 635-653. (1999)
D. Pacey, M.H. Williams, E. Dempster, A. Cawsey, D. Marwick and L.MacKinnon, Recreating the Personalisation Features of the Youngster Mobile Service Platform with the DIP Toolkit , in proc. of WWW/Internet 2003, Algarve, Portugal, 5-8 November 2003, pp. 1035-1038. (2003)
D Bental, L MacKinnon, H Williams, D Marwick, D Pacey, E Dempster and A Cawsey, Dynamic Information Presentation through Web-based Personalisation and Adaptation - An Initial Review, In Joint Proc. of HCI 2001 and IHM 2001, A Blandford, J Vanderdonckt and P Gray (Eds), pp 485-500, Springer. (2001)

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