Professor Ruth Falconer

Head of Division

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Games Technology and Mathematics

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+44 (0)1382 30 8459

Biography

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:
2017 - present               Head of Division: Computing & Mathematics and Professor of Complex Systems Modelling
2014 - 2017                   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 interested in the broader applications of game technology to develop intuitive systems models. I am an editorial board member for Scientific Reports, have over 55 peer reviewed articles and have secured research income over 1M. I am a Co-I and PI on several RCUK and charity-funded grants.

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.

Interests

I have a BSc in Physics, MSc in IT and my PhD developed a computational approach within theoretical ecology. My research is interdisciplinary and to date focuses mainly on environmental problems (e.g.using  sustainablity and nexus  approaches) that involve spatio-temporal and/or other multi-dimensional complexity. Numerical modelling, simulation, analysis and visualisation are critical components of this research that I implement using scripting, native programming, API’s and “engines” (Matlab/R/C#/C/C++/DirectCompute/Unity) as appropriate to achieve project goals. My personal research interests include the application of games technology (using GPGPU, games engines and related infrastructure) for computation and visualisation to scientific problems  e.g. the Water, Energy, Food Nexus; Interactive visualisation of multicontaminants from atmospheric chemistry models; streaming and visualising AGRI-Data in the field on mobile devices and biophysical modelling of soil-microbial complex. I am also interested in computer games as complex systems and the translation of complex system approaches to games and game design to enhance the player experience.

2019

Hardware acceleration of reaction-diffusion systems

Falconer, R. E., Houston, A. N., Portell, X. & Otten, W. (2019) Hardware acceleration of reaction-diffusion systems. In: Spring Simulation Conference (SpringSim), 2019. . p. 472-483. . IEEE .
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2018

Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment

Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J. P., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. . (2018) Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment. In: E-planning and collaboration: concepts, methodologies, tools, and applications. , I. (ed.). p. 486-508. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing.
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Playable simulations

Falconer, R. E. (2018) Playable simulations. . . .
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Supporting exploratory decision making of water, energy, and food nexus innovations under deep uncertainty

Falconer, R. E. (2018) Supporting exploratory decision making of water, energy, and food nexus innovations under deep uncertainty. . . .
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Computational tools to support soil management decisions

Vessia, G., Falconer, R. E., Zimmermann, B. & Tarquis, A. M. (2018) Computational tools to support soil management decisions. . . p. 1-3. .
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Control of pore geometry in soil microcosms and its effect on the growth and spread of Pseudomonas and Bacillus sp.

Juyal, A., Eickhorst, T., Falconer, R., Baveye, P. C., Spiers, A. & Otten, W. (2018) Control of pore geometry in soil microcosms and its effect on the growth and spread of Pseudomonas and Bacillus sp.. . . .
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Combination of techniques to quantify distribution of bacteria in their microhabitat at spatial scales

Juyal, A., Otten, W., Falconer, R., Hapca, S., Schmidt, H., Baveye, P. C. & Eickhorst, T. (2018) Combination of techniques to quantify distribution of bacteria in their microhabitat at spatial scales. . . p. 165-174. .
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Unsupervised machine learning of integrated health and social care data from the Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey service in Glasgow

Kang, K. L., Greer, M., Bown, J. L., Preston, J., Mabelis, J., Hepburn, L., Fisher, M., Falconer, R. E., McDermott, S. & Deed, S. (2018) Unsupervised machine learning of integrated health and social care data from the Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey service in Glasgow. . . .
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2017

Engaging stakeholders in research to address water-energy-food (WEF) nexus challenges

Hoolohan, C., Larkin, A., McLachlan, C., Falconer, R., Soutar, I., Suckling, J., Varga, L., Haltas, I., Druckman, A., Lumbroso, D., Scott, M., Gilmour, D., Ledbetter, R., McGrane, S., Mitchell, C. & Yu, D. (2017) Engaging stakeholders in research to address water-energy-food (WEF) nexus challenges. . . p. 1415-1426. .
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GPU driven finite difference WENO scheme for real time solution of the shallow water equations

Parna, P., Meyer, K. & Falconer, R. (2017) GPU driven finite difference WENO scheme for real time solution of the shallow water equations. . . p. 107-120. .
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Control of pore geometry in soil microcosms and its effect on the growth and spread of Pseudomonas and Bacillus sp.

Otten, W., Juyal, A., Eickhorst, T., Falconer, R., Spiers, A. & Baveye, P. C. (2017) Control of pore geometry in soil microcosms and its effect on the growth and spread of Pseudomonas and Bacillus sp.. . . .
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2016

Transformation in a changing climate

Fazey, I., Moug, P., Allen, S., Beckmann, K., Blackwood, D. J., Bonaventura, M., Burnett, K., Danson, M., Falconer, R., Gagnon, A. S., Harkness, R., Hodgson, A., Holm, L., Irvine, K. N., Low, R., Lyon, C., Moss, A., Moran, C., Naylor, L., O’Brien, K., Russell, S., Skerratt, S., Rao-Williams, J. & Wolstenholme, R. (2016) Transformation in a changing climate. . . p. 197-217. .
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An evaluation of water treatment technologies for sustainable rural communities

Blackwood, D. J. ., O'Keeffe, J., Gilmour, D. J. & Falconer, R. E. (2016) An evaluation of water treatment technologies for sustainable rural communities. . . .
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Streaming and 3D mapping of agri-data on mobile devices

Stojanovic, V., Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J., Blackwood, D. J., Gilmour, D. J., Kiezebrink, D. & Wilson, J. (2016) Streaming and 3D mapping of agri-data on mobile devices. . . p. 188-199. .
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Quantification of the pore size distribution of soils

Houston, A. N., Otten, W., Falconer, R. E., Monga, O., Baveye, P. C. & Hapca, S. M. (2016) Quantification of the pore size distribution of soils. . . p. 73–82. .
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2015

The role of sustainability assessment in sustainability management for urban redevelopment

Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J., Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J. P. & Simpson, E. (2015) The role of sustainability assessment in sustainability management for urban redevelopment. In: Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, September 7-9, Lincoln, UK. Raidén, A. (ed.), Aboagye-Nimo, E. (ed.). p. 377-386. Nottingham: ARCOM.
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Major project team learning

Simpson, E., Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J., Falconer, R. E. & Isaacs, J. P. (2015) Major project team learning. In: Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, September 7-9, Lincoln, UK. . p. 681-690. Nottingham: ARCOM.
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Scotland’s water map

Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J. ., Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J. P., O'Keeffe, J., Duffy, A., Stojanovic, V. & Rathjen, J. (2015) Scotland’s water map. . . .
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Modeling the effect of soil meso- and macropores topology on the biodegradation of a soluble carbon substrate

Vogel, L. E., Makowski, D., Garnier, P., Vieublé-Gonod, L., Coquet, Y., Raynaud, X., Nunan, N., Chenu, C., Falconer, R. E. & Pot, V. (2015) Modeling the effect of soil meso- and macropores topology on the biodegradation of a soluble carbon substrate. . . p. 123-136. .
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Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment

Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J. P., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2015) Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment. In: Emerging issues, challenges, and opportunities in urban e-planning. Silva, C. (ed.). p. 188-209. Hershey: Engineering Science Reference.
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Toward modeling the resistance and resilience of "below-ground" fungal communities

Falconer, R. E., Otten, W. & White, N. A. (2015) Toward modeling the resistance and resilience of "below-ground" fungal communities. In: Advances in applied microbiology. Sariaslani, S. (ed.), Gadd, G. (ed.). p. 1-44. . Academic Press.
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2014

Visual simulation of soil-microbial system using GPGPU technology

Falconer, R. E. & Houston, A. N. (2014) Visual simulation of soil-microbial system using GPGPU technology. . . p. 58-71. .
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Engineering education on geosciences in a changing world

Taguas, E. V., Falconer, R. & Tarquis, A. M. (2014) Engineering education on geosciences in a changing world. . . p. 463-466. .
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Sustainable urban development in practice

Blackwood, D. J., Gilmour, D. J., Isaacs, J. P., Kurka, T. & Falconer, R. E. (2014) Sustainable urban development in practice. . . p. 885–906. .
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Microscale heterogeneity explains experimental variability and non-linearity in soil organic matter mineralisation

Falconer, R. E., Battaia, G., Schmidt, S., Baveye, P. C., Chenu, C. & Otten, W. (2014) Microscale heterogeneity explains experimental variability and non-linearity in soil organic matter mineralisation. . . .
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2013

Real-time visual simulation of urban sustainability

Isaacs, J. P., Blackwood, D. J., Gilmour, D. & Falconer, R. E. (2013) Real-time visual simulation of urban sustainability. . . p. 20-42. .
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Comparison of advanced and standard real-time 3D rendering methods for interactive landscapes (Short paper version)

Stojanovic, V., Blackwood, D. J., Gilmour, D. J., Isaacs, J. P. & Falconer, R. E. (2013) Comparison of advanced and standard real-time 3D rendering methods for interactive landscapes (Short paper version). In: Proceedings of 17th International Conference on Information Visualisation IV 2013, July 16-18, London. Banissi, E. (ed.), Azzag, H. (ed.), McK. Bannatyne, M. (ed.), Bertschi, S. (ed.), Bouali, F. (ed.), Burkhard, R. (ed.), Counsell, J. (ed.), Cuzzocrea, A. (ed.), Eppler, M. (ed.), Hammer, B. (ed.), Lebbah, M. (ed.), Marchese, F. (ed.), Sarfraz, M. (ed.), Ursyn, A. (ed.), Venturini, G. (ed.), Wyeld, T. (ed.). p. 539-544. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE .
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2012

Dynamic visualisation and modelling to support sustainable phosphate management

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2012) Dynamic visualisation and modelling to support sustainable phosphate management. In: BHS Eleventh National Symposium, Hydrology for a changing world, Dundee. . . British Hydrological Society.
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Combining X-ray CT and 3D printing technology to produce microcosms with replicable, complex pore geometries

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. . . p. 53-55. .
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Rapid prototyping and 3-D printing of experimental equipment in soil science research

Rangel, D. P., Superak, C., Bielschowsky, M., Farris, K., Falconer, R. E. & Baveye, P. C. (2012) Rapid prototyping and 3-D printing of experimental equipment in soil science research. . . p. 54-59. .
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Soil fungal dynamics

Cazelles, K., Otten, W., Baveye, P. C. & Falconer, R. E. (2012) Soil fungal dynamics. . . p. 165-173. .
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3D visualisation and artistic imagery to enhance interest in ‘hidden environments’ – new approaches to soil science

Gilford, J., Falconer, R. E., Wade, R. & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2012) 3D visualisation and artistic imagery to enhance interest in ‘hidden environments’ – new approaches to soil science. . . p. 467-482. .
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Characterising the tumour morphological response to therapeutic intervention

Savage, A., Katz, E., Eberst, A., Falconer, R. E., Houston, A. N., Harrison, D. J. & Bown, J. L. (2012) Characterising the tumour morphological response to therapeutic intervention. . . p. 252-260. .
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Emergent behavior of soil fungal dynamics: influence of soil architecture and water distribution

Falconer, R. E., Houston, A. N., Otten, W. & Baveye, P. C. (2012) Emergent behavior of soil fungal dynamics: influence of soil architecture and water distribution. . . p. 111–119. .
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Effects of different soil structures on the decomposition of native and added organic carbon

Juarez, S., Nunan, N., Duday, A., Pouteau, V., Schmidt, S., Hapca, S. M., Falconer, R. E., Otten, W. & Chenu, C. (2012) Effects of different soil structures on the decomposition of native and added organic carbon. . . p. 81-90. .
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2011

Fungal colonization in soils with different management histories

Kravchenko, A., Falconer, R. E., Grinev, D. V. & Otten, W. (2011) Fungal colonization in soils with different management histories. . . p. 1202–1210. .
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Enhancement of water treatment sustainability through dynamic visualisation & modelling

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J., Comber, S. & Whitehead, P. (2011) Enhancement of water treatment sustainability through dynamic visualisation & modelling. . . .
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Enhancing urban sustainability using 3D visualisation

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2011) Enhancing urban sustainability using 3D visualisation. . . p. 163-173. .
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Promoting interest in soil sustainability issues using interactive virtual environments

Gilford, J., Falconer, R. E., Wade, R. & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2011) Promoting interest in soil sustainability issues using interactive virtual environments. . . .
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Emergent properties of the fungal-soil complex

Falconer, R. E., Houston, A. N., Otten, W. & Baveye, P. C. (2011) Emergent properties of the fungal-soil complex. . . .
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Visualisation & modelling for stakeholder education in sustainable water treatment

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2011) Visualisation & modelling for stakeholder education in sustainable water treatment. . . .
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Linking individual behaviour to community scale patterns in fungi

Falconer, R. E., Bown, J. L., White, N. A. & Crawford, J. W. (2011) Linking individual behaviour to community scale patterns in fungi. . . p. 76-82. .
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Immersive and non immersive 3D virtual city: decision support tool for urban sustainability

Isaacs, J. P., Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J. & Falconer, R. E. (2011) Immersive and non immersive 3D virtual city: decision support tool for urban sustainability. . . p. 151-162. .
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2010

Modelling and quantifying the effect of heterogeneity in soil physical conditions on fungal growth

Falconer, R. E., Hapca, S. M. & Otten, W. (2010) Modelling and quantifying the effect of heterogeneity in soil physical conditions on fungal growth. . . p. 3731-3740. .
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Modelling and visualizing sustainability assessment in urban environments

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2010) Modelling and visualizing sustainability assessment in urban environments. In: Proceedings of the 26th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-8 September 2010, Leeds, UK. Egbu, C. (ed.), Lou, E. (ed.). p. 1477-1486. Leeds.
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Visualizing complex systems

Falconer, R. E. & Shovman, M. (2010) Visualizing complex systems. . . .
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Effect of soil management on pore geometry and the implications for fungal invasion and interactions

Kravchenko, A., Falconer, R. E., Grinev, D. V. & Otten, W. (2010) Effect of soil management on pore geometry and the implications for fungal invasion and interactions. In: Proceedings of the 19th World Congress of Soil Science: Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia 1-6 August 2010. Gilkes, R. (ed.), Prakongkep, N. (ed.). p. 33-36. Brisbane: International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS).
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Symbiotic cognitive networks

Rasheed, T., Hart, E., Bown, J. L. & Falconer, R. E. (2010) Symbiotic cognitive networks. In: Artificial Immune Systems: 9th International Conference, ICARIS 2010, Edinburgh, UK, July 26-29, 2010: proceedings. Hart, E. (ed.), McEwan, C. (ed.), Timmis, J. (ed.), Hone, A. (ed.). p. 326-328. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
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Using interactive 3D visualisation to educate stakeholders in urban sustainability

Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J. P. & Blackwood, D. J. (2010) Using interactive 3D visualisation to educate stakeholders in urban sustainability. . . .
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Sustainable urban developments

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2010) Sustainable urban developments. In: Proceedings of the Eleventh IASTED International Conference on Computer Graphics and Imaging. Sappa, A. (ed.). . IASTED and ACTA Press.
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Modelling fungal colonies and communities

Falconer, R. E., Bown, J. L., McAdam, E. V., Perez-Reche, P., Sampson, A. T., van den Bulcke, J., White, N. A. & Perez-Reche, F. J. (2010) Modelling fungal colonies and communities. . . p. 155-159. .
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Modelling and quantifying the effect of heterogeneity in soil physical conditions on fungal growth

Pajor, R., Falconer, R. E., Grinev, D. V. & Otten, W. (2010) Modelling and quantifying the effect of heterogeneity in soil physical conditions on fungal growth. In: 1st International Conference and Exploratory Workshop on Soil Architecture and Physico-Chemical Functions "CESAR". Wollesen de Jonge, L. (ed.), Moldrup, P. (ed.), Vendelboe, A. (ed.). p. 283-287. Denmark: Aarhus University.
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Modelling fungal growth in heterogeneous soil

Otten, W. & Falconer, R. E. (2010) Modelling fungal growth in heterogeneous soil. In: 1st International Conference and Exploratory Workshop on Soil Architecture and Physico-Chemical Functions "CESAR". Wollesen de Jonge, L. (ed.), Moldrup, P. (ed.), Lindblad Vendelboe, A. (ed.). p. 91-100. Denmark: Aarhus University.
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Information visualization and the arts-science-social science interface

Bown, J. L., Fee, K., Sampson, A. T., Shovman, M., Falconer, R. E., Goltsov, A., Issacs, J. P., Robertson, P., Scott-Brown, K. C. & Szymkowiak, A. (2010) Information visualization and the arts-science-social science interface. In: Proceeding of the First International Conference on Intelligent Interactive Technologies and Multimedia: IITM 10. . p. 9-17. . Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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2009

Enhancing urban sustainability through novel visualisation

Gilmour, D. J., Falconer, R. E., Blackwood, D. J. & Isaacs, J. P. (2009) Enhancing urban sustainability through novel visualisation. In: Second International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment: conference proceedings. Horner, M. (ed.), Price, A. (ed.), Bebbington, J. (ed.), Emmanuel, R. (ed.). p. 671-687. Loughborough: Loughborough University.
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FUNNet

Hao, X., Falconer, R. E., Bradley, D. A. & Crawford, J. W. (2009) FUNNet. In: Proceedings : the Second International Conference on Communication Theory, Reliability, and Quality of Service: CTRQ 2009. Borcoci, E. (ed.), Rodriques, J. (ed.), Diaz, M. (ed.), Abouaissa, A. (ed.), Boeglen, H. (ed.). p. 97-102. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE .
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Visualisation for sustainable decision making

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Blackwood, D. J. & Gilmour, D. J. (2009) Visualisation for sustainable decision making. . . .
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2008

A unique approach to visualising sustainability in the built environment

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E. & Blackwood, D. J. (2008) A unique approach to visualising sustainability in the built environment. In: Visualisation in Built and Rural Environments: proceedings of the International Conference Visualisation. . p. 3-10. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society.
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Modelling interactions in fungi

Falconer, R. E., Bown, J. L., White, N. A. & Crawford, J. W. (2008) Modelling interactions in fungi. . . p. 603-615. .
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Visualising urban sustainability

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., McNeish, W., Fullwood, P., Romilly, P. & Blackwood, D. J. (2008) Visualising urban sustainability. . . . Abertay University.
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A new paradigm for SpeckNets

Falconer, R. E., Bown, J. L., Hart, E. & Timmis, J. (2008) A new paradigm for SpeckNets. In: Proceedings of the Second IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Workshops. Di Marzo Serugendo, G. (ed.), Gleizes, M. (ed.). p. 90-95. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE .
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2007

Biomass recycling

Falconer, R. E., Bown, J. L., White, N. A. & Crawford, J. W. (2007) Biomass recycling. . . p. 1558-1568. .
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Increasing discrimination in multi-criteria analysis

Barannik, V., Blackwood, D. J. & Falconer, R. E. (2007) Increasing discrimination in multi-criteria analysis. In: International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment. Horner, M. (ed.), Hardcastle, C. (ed.), Price, A. (ed.), Bebbington, J. (ed.). Glasgow: SUE-MoT.
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The role of visualisation in effective sustainability assessment

Isaacs, J. P., Blackwood, D. J., Falconer, R. E. & Gilmour, D. J. (2007) The role of visualisation in effective sustainability assessment. In: International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment. Horner, M. (ed.), Hardcastle, C. (ed.), Price, A. (ed.), Bebbington, J. (ed.). Glasgow: SUE-MoT.
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Modeling three-dimensional microstructure in heterogeneous media

Blair, J. M., Falconer, R. E., Milne, R. E., Young, I. M. & Crawford, J. W. (2007) Modeling three-dimensional microstructure in heterogeneous media. . . p. 1807-1812. .
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2005

Biomass recycling and the origin of phenotype in fungal mycelia

Falconer, R. E., Bown, J. L., White, N. A. & Crawford, J. W. (2005) Biomass recycling and the origin of phenotype in fungal mycelia. . . p. 1727-1734. .
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Funding

Research (> 732K) and Consultancy (>37K) Awards

2017– 2019 Principal Investigator (Abertay) on Modelling the resilience of below-ground microbial communities. RCUK (NERC): £220K; Abertay share £25K. NE/P014208/1.

2016 – 2019 Principal Investigator (Abertay) on Modelling the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: STEPPING UP. RCUK: (EPSRC): 1.4M; Abertay share £178K. Work Package Leader. EP/N00583X/1.

2015 – Present    Co-Investigator on Sustainable methods to supply clean water to Scotland’s rural communities. CREW: £35K.

2014 – Present     Principal Investigator on AGRI-AP: Applied Graphics and Rendering Innovation for Agricultural Precision. TSB £17K

2013 – Present   Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D.    Building Information Models (BIM) and Interactive Visualisation. SFC - (HEFC) £10,000

2013 – Present   Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D.   Investigating web based game technologies (webGL and openCL) for generating optimized fertilizer and lime maps. SAGES  £11,434

2013 - Present    Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D.     3D visualization for TAYplan strategic landuse planning. TayPlan £8,000

2013 – Present   Blackwood D, Gilmour D, Isaacs J & Falconer R.       Scottish Water Sector Overview Map for CREW (Center of Expertise for Water. CREW  £60,000.

2013 – 2013       Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D    Maximising passive solar gain: A physically based simulation and rendering approach. SFC - (HEFC) £10,000

2013 – Present  Co-Investigator on Development of a potato breeding interactive decision-making  tool: combining sensory and consumer science data (INTERFACE-AGRICO £60,000)

2012 - Present      Principal Investigator on developing and testing geovisualisation approaches for understanding multiple benefits from Scottish agricultural systems. Scottish Government and UAD funded (£74,000).

2012 - Present      Undergraduate Carnegie scholarship -  GPGPU implemenation of microbial dynamics model (£1000)

2012 - Present  Nuffield scholarship - Promoting 3D quantification of microbial biomass with respect to physical  architecture. (£1000)

2009 - Present       Co-Investigator, Multiscale Modelling and Emergent Properties of Microbial Degradation of Soil Organic Matter. ANR - France  (671,902 euro). 

2009 - Present      Principal Investigator on developing an Agent based Model for the effect of land management decisions on the sustainability of urban/rural interface. Scottish Alliance of Geoscience, Environment and Society: SAGES (£50,000).

2011 - Date          Simulation and Visualisation of  St Andrews Sand Dunes, for Fife Countryside Trust (£29,000)   .

2011 - Date          Sustainability Assessment and Visualisation of the Dunfermline Edge Development, for Fife Council. (£10,000).

2009 - Present      Co-investigator, Sustainability Enhancement and Visualisation of Dundee Waterfront, for Dundee City Council (£40,000). 

2008 - Present      Co-investigator, DC Noise – Demographic Change: New opportunities in shrinking Europe, EU Interreg project (UAD share £102,000). 

2008 - Present      Co-Investigator for developing an interactive simulation and visualisation tool for urban sustainability (UAD funded, £50,000) 

2008 - 2011          Co-Investigator, Phosphates Life Cycle Management, for UK Water Industry Research Limited.  Lead Researchers - Consultants Atkins Ltd. (UAD share, £15,000).  

2007 -  2011        Co-Investigator on the EPSRC project “Biological metaphors and crisis: building self healing, emergence and resilience into critical infrastructures” (EP/E062865: £366,002).  

2007 -  2008         Co-Investigator on investigation into fungal-inspired network protocols.           Norman Fraser Design Trust (£9,000).

2004                       “Inside Nature using Xray micro Computed tomography”. BBSRC: £2000

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Editorial, Board, Committee & Reviewer Roles

• Women in Games Board membership  (May 2018 - Present)

• CPHC: Council of Professors and Heads of Computing in UK membership  (August 2017 - Present)

• Sicsa Committee: Abertay representative on SICSA committee (August 2018 - Present)

• Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports  (Jan 2015 - Present)

• Associate Editor for SSSAJ: Soil Physics (Jan 2014 – Dec 2019)

• Guest Editor Special Issue - Engineering Education on Geosciences in a Changing World - In Journal of Engineering Education (2013).

• Expert reviewer for  European Commission: Marie Sklodowska -Curie Innovative Training Network Grants and Individual Fellowship Grants: Engineering and Informatics Panel (2016 – present).

• Annually review 12-16 manuscripts for peer reviewed journals, 2-3 RCUK proposals and book chapters.


Invited Talks & Panel Events

  1. RE Falconer (2018) Women in Gaming: The Next Generation. A UK-Italy dialogue on the future of video games. Organized by British Embassy Rome, UK Science & Innovation Network and Women in Games Rome. Villa Wolkonsky the British Embassy Rome. 20/11//2018.
  2. RE Falconer (2018) Education Panel with ReFIG. European Women in Games Conference. London City University. 12/9/2018.
  3. RE Falconer & V Stojanovic. (2015) Computational Modelling and Visualisation of Environmental Systems. 5/10/2015. CEH Edinburgh.
  4. RE Falconer. (2015) SAVE: Data, Information and Viz Tools. ESCOM Conference 7-8th May 2015. University of Edinburgh.
  5. RE Falconer. (2014) A Modelling and visualization framework for understanding ‘below-ground ‘fungal  ecology. FIRA Institute Henan China.
  6. RE Falconer (2014) Modelling and visualization framework for understanding ‘below-ground ‘fungal        ecology. SGM Annual Meeting. Loughborough.
  7. Falconer, RE. Pore scale modelling of microbial degradation. Workshop in 3D Imaging and Applications in Geosciences, University of Abertay Dundee  8/10/2013.
  8. Blackwood, D & Falconer. RE - A monitoring framework for sustainable development. Improvement Services Scottish Government.  18/1/2013
  9. Blackwood D & Falconer RE. Stakeholder Engagement via Immersive Visualisation. Exeter University, 10th Jan 2012
  10. Falconer, RE, Battaia, G and Otten,W. (2012) A pore scale model of Soil Organic Matter (SOM) dynamics and microbial colonisation. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 14, 8182, Vienna, 24/4/2012.
  11. Ruth Falconer. "3D Visualisation – Promoting The Development” House Building In Fife: “Building Relationships" Fife Council, Kirkcaldy, 28/11/2012.
  12. Blackwood, D, Isaacs, J., & Falconer RE. Stakeholder Engagement via Immersive Visualisation – Scottish Government, 24th November 2011.
  13. Falconer R. E. Interactive Visualisation for Sustainability @ Revealing Research in partnership with RCUK Digital Economy Programme, Pecha-Kucha. Dundee Science Centre, 9th November 2011.
  14. Blackwood D & Falconer RE. Stakeholder engagement through immersive visualisation technologies James Hutton Institute, 20th September 2011
  15. Falconer, RE and Otten, W (2010). From soils to.... University of Abertay Research Conference. 'The fundamental interconnectedness of all things'. Dundee, 15/9/2010.
  16. Ruth E Falconer and Wilfred Otten (2010). From soils to.... University of Abertay Research Conference. 'The fundamental interconnectedness of all things'.
  17. Ruth E. Falconer. (2009) Integrating techniques: Modelling fungal community dynamics in heterogeneous soil, SIMBIOS, University of Abertay Dundee, UK. At  Micro Soil: Integrating Biological, Physical and Chemical techniques for the study of soil micro-habitats.
  18. Ruth Falconer and Jim Bown (2009). Fungi for pervasive adaptive systems. Centre for Emergent Computing. Edinburgh Napier University. 11th Feb 2009.
  19. Ruth E. Falconer (2009) Modelling fungal growth in heterogeneous soil: analyses of the effect of soil physical structure on fungal community dynamics. Soils Complex and Non Linear Systems theme,  22nd April 2009. European Geoscience Union, Vienna, Austria.
  20. Perada Summer School. Bio-inspired Models Ruth E Falconer, University of Abertay Dundee, UK Emma Hart, Centre for Emergent Computing, Edinburgh Napier University, UK Ben Paechter, Centre for Emergent Computing, Edinburgh Napier University, UK. September 2008.
  21. Sessions organised (involved organising speakers)
  22. Ruth Falconer and Nia White (2010) Modelling Fungal Colonies and Communities. International Mycological Congress 9 The Biology of Fungi Edinburgh, UK. 1-6 August.
  23. Ruth Falconer, Invitation to European Geosciences Union (2010) Vienna 2-7 May 2010.Co-convenor of a session on Contemporary Education in Engineering and the Geosciences and paper presentation: Ruth Falconer, John Isaacs, and David Blackwood. Using interactive 3D visualisation to educate stakeholders in urban sustainability.


External Examinations
2017 PhD external examination. Guillermo Vidal Diez de Ulzurrun of Ghent University. "Fungal growth modelling and assessment: towards a three-dimensional spatially explicit fungal growth model"
2015 PhD external examination. Rory McMullan of Ulster University. The Computational Modelling of large Scale Predator-Prey Systems.
2011 PhD transfer external examination. Steven Hopkins of  Glamorgan University. A Hybrid Mathematical Model of Fungal Mycelia: Tropisms, Polarised Growth and Application to Colony Competition

Knowledge Exchange

Research (> 732K) and Consultancy (>37K) Awards

2015 – 2018   Co-I (Abertay) on Water-Energy-Food Nexus: STEPPING UP. EPSRC. 1.4M Manchester University lead; Abertay share £178K

2015 – Present    Co-Investigator on Sustainable methods to supply clean water to Scotland’s rural communities. CREW: £35K.

2014 – Present     Principal Investigator on AGRI-AP: Applied Graphics and Rendering Innovation for Agricultural Precision. TSB £17K

2013 – Present   Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D.    Building Information Models (BIM) and Interactive Visualisation. SFC - (HEFC) £10,000

2013 – Present   Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D.   Investigating web based game technologies (webGL and openCL) for generating optimized fertilizer and lime maps. SAGES  £11,434

2013 - Present    Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D.     3D visualization for TAYplan strategic land use planning. TayPlan £8,000

2013 – Present   Blackwood D, Gilmour D, Isaacs J & Falconer R.       Scottish Water Sector Overview Map for CREW (Center of Expertise for Water. CREW  £60,000.

2013 – 2013       Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D    Maximising passive solar gain: A physically based simulation and rendering approach. SFC - (HEFC) £10,000

2013 – Present  Co-Investigator on Development of a potato breeding interactive decision-making  tool: combining sensory and consumer science data (INTERFACE-AGRICO £60,000)

2012 - Present      Principal Investigator on developing and testing geovisualisation approaches for understanding multiple benefits from Scottish agricultural systems. Scottish Government and UAD funded (£74,000).

2012 - Present      Undergraduate Carnegie scholarship -  GPGPU implemenation of microbial dynamics model (£1000)

2012 - Present  Nuffield scholarship - Promoting 3D quantification of microbial biomass with respect to physical  architecture. (£1000)

2009 - Present       Co-Investigator, Multiscale Modelling and Emergent Properties of Microbial Degradation of Soil Organic Matter. ANR - France  (671,902 euro). 

2009 - Present      Principal Investigator on developing an Agent based Model for the effect of land management decisions on the sustainability of urban/rural interface. Scottish Alliance of Geoscience, Environment and Society: SAGES (£50,000).

2011 - Date          Simulation and Visualisation of  St Andrews Sand Dunes, for Fife Countryside Trust (£29,000)   .

2011 - Date          Sustainability Assessment and Visualisation of the Dunfermline Edge Development, for Fife Council. (£10,000).

2009 - Present      Co-investigator, Sustainability Enhancement and Visualisation of Dundee Waterfront, for Dundee City Council (£40,000). 

2008 - Present      Co-investigator, DC Noise – Demographic Change: New opportunities in shrinking Europe, EU Interreg project (UAD share £102,000). 

2008 - Present      Co-Investigator for developing an interactive simulation and visualisation tool for urban sustainability (UAD funded, £50,000) 

2008 - 2011          Co-Investigator, Phosphates Life Cycle Management, for UK Water Industry Research Limited.  Lead Researchers - Consultants Atkins Ltd. (UAD share, £15,000).  

2007 -  2011        Co-Investigator on the EPSRC project “Biological metaphors and crisis: building self healing, emergence and resilience into critical infrastructures” (EP/E062865: £366,002).  

2007 -  2008         Co-Investigator on investigation into fungal-inspired network protocols.           Norman Fraser Design Trust (£9,000).

         2004                       “Inside Nature using Xray micro Computed tomography”. BBSRC: £2000

2013 – Present   Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D.    Building Information Models (BIM) and Interactive Visualisation. SFC - (HEFC) £10,000

2013 – Present   Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D.   Investigating web based game technologies (webGL and openCL) for generating optimized fertilizer and lime maps. SAGES  £11,434

2013 - Present    Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D.     3D visualization for TAYplan strategic landuse planning. TayPlan £8,000

2013 – Present   Blackwood D, Gilmour D, Isaacs J & Falconer R.       Scottish Water Sector Overview Map for CREW (Center of Expertise for Water. CREW  (£60,000).

2013 – 2013       Falconer RE, Isaacs JP, Gilmour D & Blackwood D    Maximising passive solar gain: A physically based simulation and rendering approach. SFC - (HEFC) £10,000

2013 – Present  Co-Investigator on Development of a potato breeding interactive decision-making  tool: combining sensory and consumer science data (INTERFACE-AGRICO £60,000)

2012 - Present      Principal Investigator on developing and testing geovisualisation approaches for understanding multiple benefits from Scottish agricultural systems. Scottish Government and UAD funded (£74,000).

2012 - Present      Undergraduate Carnegie scholarship -  GPGPU implemenation of microbial dynamics model (£1000)

2012 - Present  Nuffield scholarship - Promoting 3D quantification of microbial biomass with respect to physical  architecture. (£1000)

2009 - Present       Co-Investigator, Multiscale Modelling and Emergent Properties of Microbial Degradation of Soil Organic Matter. ANR - France  (¿671,902). 

2009 - Present      Principal Investigator on developing an Agent based Model for the effect of land management decisions on the sustainability of urban/rural interface. Scottish Alliance of Geoscience, Environment and Society: SAGES (£50,000).

2011 - Date          Simulation and Visualisation of  St Andrews Sand Dunes, for Fife Countryside Trust (£29,000)   .

2011 - Date          Sustainability Assessment and Visualisation of the Dunfermline Edge Development, for Fife Council. (£10,000).

2009 - Present      Co-investigator, Sustainability Enhancement and Visualisation of Dundee Waterfront, for Dundee City Council (£40,000). 

2008 - Present      Co-investigator, DC Noise – Demographic Change: New opportunities in shrinking Europe, EU Interreg project (UAD share £102,000). 

2008 - Present      Co-Investigator for developing an interactive simulation and visualisation tool for urban sustainability (UAD funded, £50,000) 

2008 - 2011          Co-Investigator, Phosphates Life Cycle Management, for UK Water Industry Research Limited.  Lead Researchers - Consultants Atkins Ltd. (UAD share, £15,000).  

2007 -  2011        Co-Investigator on the EPSRC project “Biological metaphors and crisis: building self healing, emergence and resilience into critical infrastructures” (EP/E062865: £366,002).  

2007 -  2008         Co-Investigator on investigation into fungal-inspired network protocols.           Norman Fraser Design Trust (£9,000).

         2004                       “Inside Nature using Xray micro Computed tomography”. BBSRC: £2000

Outreach

Outreach

Public understanding of science has always played a central role within my activities. This is illustrated in my involvement in activities during the UK Science week (funded by BBSRC), open days, and presentations to local schools, and café science events. For the last 5 years I have supervised Nuffield students during the summer period providing them with research experience. I also supervise Baccalaureate students. In the past I have received funding for and organised a Science week event: where 5 local schools visited Abertay University to participate in an interactive workshop on XRay CT. I have also proactively sought funding from BBSRC (local school coordinator capacity) and the Royal Institution and organised the content and speakers for two separate series of math masterclasses for secondary and primary schools.

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