Professor Ruth Falconer

Head of Division

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Computing and Maths

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8459


Professional Qualifications:

1998 BSc Physics                                                                 University of Dundee  

1999 MSc (Distinction) Information Technology                University of Abertay Dundee

2006 PhD Ecological Modelling                                            University of Abertay Dundee

2010 PGCERT HET                                                               University of Abertay Dundee             


Professional Employment History:

2014 - present              Senior Lecturer in Computational Modelling and Visualisation

2006 - 2014                   Lecturer in Modelling and Visualisation

1999 - 2006                   Teaching Fellow, School of Computing and Creative Technologies


Professor Ruth Falconer Head of Division: Computing and Mathematics in the School of Design & Informatics.

I currently teach Data Structures and Parallel Programming (GPGPU) and have previously taught 3D graphics, statistics and programming to a range of cohorts. I hold a BSc in Physics and PhD in Ecological Modelling and my ongoing research interests are the development of modelling and visualisation frameworks to understand complex systems. My innovations include developing the first theoretical model and visualisation framework for indeterminate organisms. These modelling and visualisation skills have been applied across disciplines to develop interactive visual simulations of urban sustainability, heat loss and gain from built environment and precision agriculture. I am interested in applying games technology including games engines, graphics hardware and related infrastructure, to develop playable models of complex systems. Current areas of application are the Water-Energy-Food-nexus, Microbial Ecology and Health and Social Care. I am an editorial board member for Scientific Reports, have over 55 peer reviewed articles and have secured research income approaching 1M.

CMP201 Data Structures & Algorithms I

CMP202 Data Structures & Algorithms II

I also supervise Hons and MSc projects in the areas of: Procedural Content Generation, Complex Systems in Games, Parallel Programming and GPGPU applications.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Parna P, Meyer K, Falconer R  (2017) GPU Driven Finite Difference WENO Scheme for Real Time Solution of the Shallow Water Equations. Computers and Fluids (Accepted).

Hoolohan C, McLachlan C,  Larkin, A, Falconer R,  Soutar I, Suckling J,  Druckman, A., et al. Engaging stakeholders in research to address water-energy-food (WEF) nexus challenges. Sustainability Science (Accepted).

Stojanovic V, Falconer RE , Issacs J, Gilmour D, Blackwood, D, Wilson J. (2017) Streaming and 3D Mapping of Agri-Data on Mobile Devices. The Journal of Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 13:188-199.

Houston A, Otten W, Falconer RE, Moga O, Baveye P & Hapca S. (2017) Quantification of the pore size distribution of soils: Assessment of existing software using tomographic and synthetic 3D images. Geoderma 299:73-82.

Fazey, I.,Moug, P.,Allen, S.,Beckmann, K.,Blackwood, D.,Bonaventura, M.,Burnett, K., Falconer RE,  et al. (2017). Transformation in a changing climate: a research agenda. Climate and Development

Falconer R, Otten W & White N (2015) Toward modeling the resistance and resilience of "Below-ground" fungal communities: a mechanistic and trait-based approach, Advances in Applied Microbiology, 93 1-44.

Vogel LE, Makowski M, Garnier P, Vieublé-Gonod L, Coquet Y, Raynaud X, Nunan N, Chenu C, Falconer R, Pot V. (2015) Modeling the effect of soil meso- and macropores topology on the biodegradation of a soluble carbon substrate. In Press, Accepted Manuscript. Advances in Water Resources.

Falconer RE, Battaia G, Schmidt S, Baveye P, Chenu C, Otten W (2015) Microscale Heterogeneity Explains Experimental Variability and Non-Linearity in Soil Organic Matter Mineralisation. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0123774. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0123774

Falconer, R.E.; Houston, A.N. (2015) Visual Simulation of Soil-Microbial System Using GPGPU Technology. Computation 2015, 3, 58-71.

Blackwood D J, Gilmour D J, Isaacs J P, Kurka T, Falconer R E, (2014), "Sustainable urban development in practice: the SAVE concept" Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 41(5) 885 – 906

E.V. Taguas, Ruth Falconer and A. M. Tarquis (2014). Engineering education on geosciences in a changing
world. European Journal of Engineering Education, 1-4.

Juarez, S., N. Nunan, V. Pouteau, A. Duday, S. Schmidt, S. Hapca, R. E. Falconer, W. Otten, C. Chenu. (2013). To what extent is microbial decomposition of organic carbon resistant to experimental modifications of soil structure? European Journal of Soil Biology. 58, 81-90.

Gilford, J., Falconer, R.E., Wade, R., Scott-Brown, K.C. (2013) 3D visualisation and artistic imagery to enhance interest in 'hidden environments' - new approaches to soil science education. International Journal Engineering  Education . 1-16.

Isaacs, J. P., Blackwood, D. J., Gilmour, D., & Falconer, R. E. (2013). Real-Time Visual Simulation of Urban Sustainability. International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR), 2(1), 20-42.

Savage, A., Katz, E., Eberst, A., Falconer, R.E., Houston, A., Harrison, D.J and  Bown, J.  (2013). Characterising the tumour morphological response to therapeutic intervention. Journal of Disease Models & Mechanisms 6 (1), 252-260.

Cazelles, K., W. Otten, P.C. Baveye, and R.E. Falconer. (2013). Soil fungal dynamics: Parameterization and sensitivity analysis of modelled physiological processes, soil architecture and carbon distribution.. Ecological Modelling 248, 165-173.

Rangel, D., Superak, C., Bielschowsky, M., Falconer, R.E. and Baveye, P. (2012). Rapid prototyping and “3D printing” of experimental equipment in soil science research. Soil Science society of America Journal Vol. 77 No. 1, p. 54-59.

Otten, W., Pajor, R., Schmidt, S., Baveye, P.C., Hague, R., Falconer, R.E. (2012). Combining X-ray CT and 3D printing technology to produce microcosms with replicable, complex pore geometries. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 51, pp. 53-55.

Falconer, R. E., A. Houston, W. Otten, and P. Baveye. (2012). Emergent behaviour of fungal dynamics: influence of soil architecture and moisture distribution. Soil Science, 177 (2), pp. 111-119.

Kravchenko, A., Falconer, R.E., Grinev, D., and Otten, W. (2011). Fungal colonization in soils of contrasting managements: modelling fungal growth in 3D pore volumes of undisturbed soil samples. Ecological Applications 21(4), 2011. pp 1202-1210.

Falconer, R.E., J. L. Bown, N. A. White and J. W. Crawford. 2011. Linking individual behaviour to community scale patterns in fungi. Fungal Ecology. 4(1): pp.76-82.

Isaacs, J. P., D. J. Gilmour, D. J. Blackwood, and R. E. Falconer. 2011. Immersive and Non immersive 3D virtual city: Decision support tool for urban sustainability, Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon), Vol. 16, pg. 151-162,

Isaacs, J., R.E.  Falconer, D Blackwood, and D Gilmour. (2011). Enhancing urban sustainability using 3D visualisation. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  Urban Design and Planning, 164, 163 – 173.

McAdam E, Falconer RE, Bown JL, Crawford, JW (2011) Fungi as metaphors for resource management. Adaptive 2011. The Third International Conference on Adaptive and Self-Adaptive Systems and Applications 20-24.

Bown, J., Fee, K., Sampson, A., Shovman, M., Falconer, R., Goltsov, A., Issacs, J., Robertson, P., Scott-Brown, K., and Szymkowiak, A. (2010). Information visualisation and the arts-science-social science interface. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Intelligent Interactive Technologies and Multimedia pp9-17, ACM.

Falconer R.E., J.L. Bown, E. McAdam, P. Perez-Reche, A. T. Sampson, J. van den Bulcke and N.A. White (2010) Modelling fungal colonies and communities: challenges and opportunities. IMA Fungus Volume 1 No.2: 155-159.

Pajor, R.  Falconer, R., Hapca, S., and W. Otten. (2010). Modelling and quantifying the effect of heterogeneity in soil physical conditions on fungal growth. Biogeosciences, 7, 3731-3740.

Rasheed, T., E. Hart, J. Bown, and R. E. Falconer (2010). Symbiotic Cognitive Networks: A Proposal. Artificial immune systems. 9th international conference, ICARIS 2010, Edinburgh, UK, July 26˜29, 2010. Proceedings. Berlin: Springer (ISBN 978-3-642-14546-9/pbk). Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6209, 326-328.

Falconer, R., and M. Shovman (2010) Visualizing complex systems. PerAdaMagazine towards pervasive adaptation.  doi 10.2417/2201009.003295.

Xu, H., Falconer, R.E., Bradley, D.,  and J. W. Crawford (2009) FUNNet – A Novel Biologically-Inspired Routing Algorithm Based on Fungi. IEEE - CTRQ '09. Second International Conference on Communication Theory, Reliability, and Quality of Service, 2009.

Falconer, R. E., J. L. Bown, N. A. White, and J. W. Crawford (2008). Modelling Interactions in Fungi; The Royal Society Interface. 5(23), 603-615.

Falconer, R.E.,  J. Bown, E. Hart and J. Timmis (2008). A New Paradigm for SpeckNets: Inspiration from Fungal Colonies. 2nd IEEE International Conference on Self-adaptive and Self-organizing Systems. SASOWorkshops, 90-95.

Isaacs, J., Falconer, R. E., and D. Blackwood (2008) "A Unique Approach to Visualising Sustainability in the Built Environment," IEEE VIS International Conference Visualisation. pp. 3-10.

Falconer, R.E., J. L. Bown, N. A. White, and J. W. Crawford (2007). Biomass Recycling: a key to efficient foraging; Oikos, 116 ( 9): 1558–1568.

Blair, J., R. E. Falconer, A. C. Milne, I. M. Young, and J. W. Crawford (2007) Modeling Three-Dimensional Microstructure in Heterogeneous Media. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 2007; 71: 1807-1812.

Falconer, R.E., J. L. Bown, N. A. White, and J. W. Crawford (2005). Biomass Recycling and the origin of phenotype in fungal mycelia; Proceedings Royal Society, 272(1573):1727-34.

Conference Papers

Falconer, R, Gilmour, D and Vagra, L. Models and Decision Support Tools for understanding and managing the WEF NEXUS . Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBS), London, UK, 31st August-2 September 2016.

Vagra, L. and Falconer, R. Methods to learn about WEF Nexus challenges. Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBS), London, UK, 31st August- 2 September 2016.

Stojanovic, T.A.  Jackson, M. Gilmour, D. Falconer, R. Stojanovic, V. Booth, L. Duck, R.W. (2016) The physical characteristics and features of the Forth-Tay marine planning region and their importance for seascape characterisation. Tay Estuary Forum Occasional paper Series, 6. Tay Estuary Forum: Dundee.

Stojanovic, V., R. Falconer, J. Isaacs, D. Gilmour, and D. Blackwood. "INTERACTIVE VISUALISATION TO SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT IN LAND USE SCENARIO PLANNING." Management 1373: 1382.

V. Stojanovic, D. Blackwood, D. Gilmour, J.P. Isaacs, R.E. Falconer, "Comparison of Advanced and Standard Real-Time 3D Rendering Methods for Interactive Landscapes (Short Paper Version)," iv, pp.539-544, 2013 17th International Conference on Information Visualisation, 2013

Illsley, B., Duffy, A., Rowan, J., Blackwood, D., Bebbington, J., Horner, M., and Falconer, R. (2013). TAYplan: Strategic Land Use Change 2035-2050. Available from

Gilford, J, Falconer, RE., Wade, R & Scott-Brown, KC. (2011). Promoting interest in soil sustainability issues using interactive virtual environments. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 13, EGU2011-13507, 2011

Blackwood, D., Isaacs J., Gilmour, D and Falconer R (2012). Integrating Sustainability in Water Sensitive Urban Design through Dynamic visualisation and Modelling. In Proc. 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design, Feb 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

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