David Wortley is the recently appointed Director of the Serious Games Institute (SGI) at Coventry University, a regional and national hub for e-games technologies applied to non-leisure/entertainment applications such as e-learning, simulation and marketing. David's career has largely been in the commercial sector with British Telecom, IBM and his own strategic technology consultancy.
Before accepting the post at Coventry, David spent a year at De Montfort University developing the New Technology Initiative Creative Industries Centre for Knowledge Exchange. David has spoken at many International Conferences and is on the organising committee for Digital Earth in San Francisco in June 2007.
Steve Abrahart is the Senior Lecturer in Animation Design at De Montfort University (DMU); he teaches animation and software skills in various packages including Autodesk Maya, 3D studio Max, Combustion, and Adobe Premiere. His multi-disciplined professional career spans art, design, programming, games art and animation, in 2004 he joined De Montfort University to help build and run the 3D animation design course and in 2005 he began the visual effects module for the course. His specialist subject area is modelling and animation and his commercial interests involve building aircraft for flight simulators.
Chris Hinton is Subject Leader for Multimedia Design and Course Leader for Interactive Design BA (Hons) in the Faculty of Art and Design at De Montfort University. His background is graphic design and he has worked for national and international design leaders in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands. After a post graduate degree in Multimedia Design in 1997, he joined North Oxfordshire College as Course Leader for Graphic Design and Illustration with special responsibility for developing interactive media as part of the higher education curriculum and in 2000 he joined the multimedia design academic team at DMU. He is the university’s country specialist for China and Hong Kong where he is visiting lecturer at Southern Yangtze University and the Union University of Beijing. His specialist subject area is interactive graphics and interface design for broadcasting.
Michael Powell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Imaging and Communication Design at De Montfort University. Michael holds a BA in Photography from Trent Polytechnic and an MA in Multimedia Design from De Montfort. Michael has published widely on gaming and animation.