Professor Ruth Falconer

Head of Division

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Computing and Maths

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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.

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.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Hoolohan, C., Larkin, A., McLachlan, C., Falconer, R., Soutar, I., Suckling, J., … Yu, D. (2018). Engaging stakeholders in research to address water–energy–food (WEF) nexus challenges. Sustainability Science, 13(5), 1415–1426. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-018-0552-7
  2. 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. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 6, 73. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2018.00073
  3. Vessia, G., Falconer, R., Zimmermann, B., & Tarquis, A. M. (2018). Computational tools to support soil management decisions. Biosystems Engineering, 168, 1–3. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2018.03.012
  4. Parna, P., Meyer, K., & Falconer, R. (2018). GPU driven finite difference WENO scheme for real time solution of the shallow water equations. Computers & Fluids, 161, 107–120. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compfluid.2017.11.012
  5. Fazey, I., Moug, P., Allen, S., Beckmann, K., Blackwood, D., Bonaventura, M., … Wolstenholme, R. (2017). Transformation in a changing climate: a research agenda. Climate and Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2017.1301864
  6. Houston, A. N., Otten, W., Falconer, R., Monga, O., Baveye, P. C., & Hapca, S. M. (2017). Quantification of the pore size distribution of soils: Assessment of existing software using tomographic and synthetic 3D images. Geoderma, 299. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.03.025
  7. Stojanovic, V., Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J., Blackwood, D., Gilmour, D., Kiezebrink, D., & Wilson, J. (2017). Streaming and 3D mapping of AGRI-data on mobile devices. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2017.03.019
  8. Falconer, R. E., 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). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0123774
  9. Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D., Isaacs, J. P., & Blackwood, D. J. (2015). Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment. Emerging Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities in Urban E-Planning. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-8150-7.ch009
  10. Falconer, R. E., Otten, W., & White, N. A. (2015). Toward Modeling the Resistance and Resilience of “Below-ground” Fungal Communities: A Mechanistic and Trait-Based Approach. Advances in Applied Microbiology (Vol. 93). https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.aambs.2015.08.001
  11. Gilmour, D., Blackwood, D., Falconer, R., Isaacs, J., & Simpson, E. (2015). The role of sustainability assessment in sustainability management for urban redevelopment. In Proceedings of the 31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015.
  12. Simpson, E., Gilmour, D., Blackwood, D., Falconer, R., & Isaacs, J. (2015). Major project team learning: Examining building information modelling. In Proceedings of the 31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015.
  13. Vogel, L. E., Makowski, D., Garnier, P., Vieublé-Gonod, L., Coquet, Y., Raynaud, X., … Pot, V. (2015). Modeling the effect of soil meso- and macropores topology on the biodegradation of a soluble carbon substrate. Advances in Water Resources, 83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.05.020
  14. Falconer, R., & Houston, A. (2015). Visual Simulation of Soil-Microbial System Using GPGPU Technology. Computation, 3(1), 58–71. https://doi.org/10.3390/computation3010058
  15. 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). https://doi.org/10.1068/b39080
  16. Gilford, J., Falconer, R. E., Wade, R., & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2014). 3D visualisation and artistic imagery to enhance interest in ‘hidden environments’ - new approaches to soil science. European Journal of Engineering Education, 39(5). https://doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2013.811472
  17. Stojanovic, V., Falconer, R., Blackwood, D., Paterson, G., Fleming, M., & Bell, S. (2014). Interactive visualisation of heat loss and gain for early-stage energy appraisal of the built environment. In Proceedings 30th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2014.
  18. Taguas, E. V., Falconer, R., & Tarquis, A. M. (2014). Introduction: Engineering education on geosciences in a changing world. European Journal of Engineering Education, 39(5). https://doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2014.934323
  19. Gilmour, D., Blackwood, D., Falconer, R., Isaacs, J., & Taylor, A. (2013). A knowledge map of sustainability for urban redevelopment projects. In Proceedings 29th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2013.
  20. Juarez, S., Nunan, N., Duday, A.-C., Pouteau, V., Schmidt, S., Hapca, S., … Chenu, C. (2013). Effects of different soil structures on the decomposition of native andadded organic carbon. European Journal of Soil Biology, 58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejsobi.2013.06.005
  21. Rangel, D. P., Superak, C., Bielschowsky, M., Farris, K., Falconer, R. E., & Baveye, P. C. (2013). Rapid prototyping and 3-D printing of experimental equipment in soil science research. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 77(1). https://doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2012.0196n
  22. Savage, A., Katz, E., Eberst, A., Falconer, R. E., Houston, A., Harrison, D. J., & Bown, J. (2013). Characterising the tumour morphological response to therapeutic intervention: An ex vivo model. DMM Disease Models and Mechanisms, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.1242/dmm.009886
  23. Stojanovic, V., Blackwood, D., Gilmour, D., 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 the International Conference on Information Visualisation. https://doi.org/10.1109/IV.2013.73
  24. Stojanovic, V., Falconer, R., Isaacs, J., Gilmour, D., & Blackwood, D. (2013). Interactive visualisation to support sustainability assessment in land use scenario planning. In Proceedings 29th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2013.
  25. Cazelles, K., Otten, W., Baveye, P. C., & Falconer, R. E. (2013). Soil fungal dynamics: Parameterisation and sensitivity analysis of modelled physiological processes, soil architecture and carbon distribution. Ecological Modelling, 248(null), 165–173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2012.08.008
  26. Isaacs, J.P., Blackwood, D., Gilmour, D. & Falconer, R. E. (2013). Real-time visual simulation of urban sustainability. International Journal of E-Planning Research, 2(1), 20–42.
  27. Blackwood, D., Isaacs, J., Gilmour, D., & Falconer, R. (2012). Integrating sustainability in water sensitive Urban design through dynamic visualisation & modelling. In WSUD 2012 - 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design: Building the Water Sensitive Community, Final Program and Abstract Book.
  28. 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. Soil Science, 177(2). https://doi.org/10.1097/SS.0b013e318241133a
  29. Falconer, R. E., Houston, A., Otten, W., & Baveye, P. C. (2012). Emergent Behavior of Soil Fungal Dynamics: Influence of Soi... Journal of Soil Science, 177(2), 111–119. Retrieved from http://journals.lww.com/soilsci/Abstract/2012/02000/Emergent_Behavior_of_Soil_Fungal_Dynamics__.5.aspx
  30. 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(null), 53–55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.04.008
  31. 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. Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 16.
  32. Kravchenko, A., Falconer, R. E., Grinev, D., & Otten, W. (2011). Fungal colonization in soils with different management histories: Modeling growth in three-dimensional pore volumes. Ecological Applications, 21(4). https://doi.org/10.1890/10-0525.1
  33. Falconer, R. E., Bown, J., White, N., & Crawford, J. (2011). Linking individual behaviour to community scale patterns in fungi. Fungal Ecology, 4(1), 76–82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.funeco.2010.08.002
  34. Falconer RE, Bown JL, McAdam E, Perez-Reche P, Sampson AT, van den Bulcke J and White NA. (2010). Modelling fungal colonies and communities: challenges and opportunities. IMA Fungus, 1(2), 155–159.
  35. Isaacs, J., Falconer, R., Gilmour, D., & Blackwood, D. (2010). Sustainable urban developments: stakeholder engagement through 3d visualisation. In Proceeding of the 11th IASTED International Conference Computer Graphics and Imaging (pp. 265–271). IASTED.
  36. Bown, J., Fee, K., Sampson, A., Shovman, M., Falconer, R., Goltsov, A., … Szymkowiak, A. (2010). Information visualization and the arts-science-social science interface. In ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. https://doi.org/10.1145/1963564.1963566
  37. Gilmour, D., Blackwood, D., Falconer, R., & Isaacs, J. (2010). Understanding decisions for sustainable development. In Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2010 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference.
  38. Isaacs, J., Falconer, R., Gilmour, D., & Blackwood, D. (2010). Modelling and visualizing sustainability assessment in urbanenvironments. In Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2010 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference.
  39. Pajor, R., Falconer, R., Hapca, S., & Otten, W. (2010). Modelling and quantifying the effect of heterogeneity in soil physical conditions on fungal growth. Biogeosciences, 7(11). https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-7-3731-2010
  40. Rasheed, T., Hart, E., Bown, J., & Falconer, R. (2010). Symbiotic cognitive networks: A proposal. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 6209 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14547-6_32
  41. Isaacs, J., Falconer, R., Gilmour, D., & Blackwood, D. (2010). Enhancing urban sustainability using 3D visualisation. Proceedings Of The Institution Of Civil Engineers, IN PRESS.
  42. Gilmour, D., Falconer, R., Blackwood, D., & Isaacs, J. (2009). Enhancing urban sustainability through novel visualisation. In Second International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment. Loughborough University. Retrieved from http://www.sue-mot.org/conference/downloads/
  43. Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Blackwood, D. J., & Gilmour, D. J. (2009). Visualisation for sustainable decision making. In Eurovis. University of Abertay Dundee. Retrieved from http://repository.abertay.ac.uk:8080/jspui/handle/10373/389
  44. Hao, X., Falconer, R., Bradley, D., & Crawford, J. (2009). FUNNet - A Novel Biologically-Inspired Routing Algorithm Based on Fungi. 2009 Second International Conference on Communication Theory, Reliability, and Quality of Service, 97–102. https://doi.org/10.1109/CTRQ.2009.23
  45. Isaacs, J., Falconer, R., & Blackwood, D. (2008). A unique approach to visualising sustainability in the built environment. In Proceedings - International Conference Visualisation, VIS 2008, Visualisation in Built and Rural Environments. https://doi.org/10.1109/VIS.2008.17
  46. Falconer, R., Bown, J., Hart, E., & Timmis, J. (2008). A New Paradigm for SpeckNets: Inspiration from Fungal Colonies. 2008 Second IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Workshops, 90–95. https://doi.org/10.1109/SASOW.2008.55
  47. Falconer, R. E., Bown, J. L., White, N. A., & Crawford, J. W. (2008). Modelling interactions in fungi. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society, 5(23), 603–615. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2007.1210
  48. Water, U., Centre, T., & Street, B. (2007). Increasing Discrimination in Multi-criteria Analysis. Water Technology.
  49. Blair, J. M., Falconer, R. E., Milne, A. C., Young, I. M., & Crawford, J. W. (2007). ModelingThree-Dimensional Microstructure in Heterogeneous Media. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 71(6), 1807–1812. https://doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2006.0113
  50. Isaacs, J., Blackwood, D., Falconer, R., & Gilmour, D. (2007). The Role of Visualisation in Effective Sustainability Assessment. International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and Its Assessment. Glasgow Caledonian university. Retrieved from http://download.sue-mot.org/Conference-2007/Papers/Isaacs.pdf
  51. Falconer, R. E., Bown, J. L., White, N. A., & Crawford, J. W. (2007). Biomass recycling: a key to efficient foraging by fungal colonies. Oikos, 116(9), 1558–1568. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0030-1299.2007.15885.x
  52. Falconer, R. E., Bown, J. L., White, N. A., & Crawford, J. W. (2005). Biomass recycling and the origin of phenotype in fungal mycelia. Proceedings. Biological Sciences / The Royal Society, 272(1573), 1727–1734. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2005.3150
  53. Rufino, H., Wardell, J. L., Low, J. N., Falconer, R., & Ferguson, G. (1998). 5-Deoxy-1,2-O-isopropylidene-5-C-triphenylstannyl-α-L-xylofuranose. Acta Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications, 54(12).

Conference Papers

Falconer, RE 2018, 'Playable simulations: use of game technology to support environmental planning' 9th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Fort Collins, United States, 24/06/18 - 28/06/18, .

Falconer, RE 2018, 'Supporting exploratory decision making of water, energy, and food nexus innovations under deep uncertainty' 9th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Fort Collins, United States, 24/06/18 - 28/06/18, .

Portell, X,; Otten, W; Falconer, R, Pot, V. Water and air distribution in 3D computed tomography images to use in silico studies of soil fungal resilience and biodiversity. 20th EGU General Assembly, EGU2018, Proceedings from the conference held 4-13 April, 2018 in Vienna, Austria, p.9228

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 http://www.tayplan-sdpa.gov.uk/publications

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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Funding

Research and Consultancy Awards

2018 - 2023 Co-Investigator on InGame: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise (AHRC).  AH/S002871/1

2019 - 2022 Co-Invetsigator on FUSED: (NERC). £365K; Abertay share £65K. NE/S004920/1

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 Executive Board membership  (May 2018 - Present)

• Nvidia Deep Learning Institute (DLI) Certified Instructor and Nvidia DLI University Ambassador (March 2019 - 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 2018)

• 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 (2019) Games Technology & Applied Games. University Women of Europe Meet and Greet 2019 My Story - My identity. Hosted by the Department of Equality and Diversity at the University of Dundee.18/5/2019.
  2. 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.
  3. RE Falconer (2018) Education Panel with ReFIG. European Women in Games Conference. London City University. 12/9/2018.
  4. RE Falconer & V Stojanovic. (2015) Computational Modelling and Visualisation of Environmental Systems. 5/10/2015. CEH Edinburgh.
  5. RE Falconer. (2015) SAVE: Data, Information and Viz Tools. ESCOM Conference 7-8th May 2015. University of Edinburgh.
  6. RE Falconer. (2014) A Modelling and visualization framework for understanding ‘below-ground ‘fungal  ecology. FIRA Institute Henan China.
  7. RE Falconer (2014) Modelling and visualization framework for understanding ‘below-ground ‘fungal        ecology. SGM Annual Meeting. Loughborough.
  8. Falconer, RE. Pore scale modelling of microbial degradation. Workshop in 3D Imaging and Applications in Geosciences, University of Abertay Dundee  8/10/2013.
  9. Blackwood, D & Falconer. RE - A monitoring framework for sustainable development. Improvement Services Scottish Government.  18/1/2013
  10. Blackwood D & Falconer RE. Stakeholder Engagement via Immersive Visualisation. Exeter University, 10th Jan 2012
  11. 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.
  12. Ruth Falconer. "3D Visualisation – Promoting The Development” House Building In Fife: “Building Relationships" Fife Council, Kirkcaldy, 28/11/2012.
  13. Blackwood, D, Isaacs, J., & Falconer RE. Stakeholder Engagement via Immersive Visualisation – Scottish Government, 24th November 2011.
  14. Falconer R. E. Interactive Visualisation for Sustainability @ Revealing Research in partnership with RCUK Digital Economy Programme, Pecha-Kucha. Dundee Science Centre, 9th November 2011.
  15. Blackwood D & Falconer RE. Stakeholder engagement through immersive visualisation technologies James Hutton Institute, 20th September 2011
  16. Falconer, RE and Otten, W (2010). From soils to.... University of Abertay Research Conference. 'The fundamental interconnectedness of all things'. Dundee, 15/9/2010.
  17. Ruth E Falconer and Wilfred Otten (2010). From soils to.... University of Abertay Research Conference. 'The fundamental interconnectedness of all things'.
  18. 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.
  19. Ruth Falconer and Jim Bown (2009). Fungi for pervasive adaptive systems. Centre for Emergent Computing. Edinburgh Napier University. 11th Feb 2009.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Sessions organised (involved organising speakers)
  23. Ruth Falconer and Nia White (2010) Modelling Fungal Colonies and Communities. International Mycological Congress 9 The Biology of Fungi Edinburgh, UK. 1-6 August.
  24. 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 and Consultancy Awards

2018 - 2023 Co-Investigator on InGame: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise (AHRC).  AH/S002871/1

2019 - 2022 Co-Invetsigator on FUSED: (NERC). £365K; Abertay share £65K. NE/S004920/1

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

 

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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