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Biography

Shamus P. Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He completed his BSc, BSc Hons (1st class) and PhD (Intelligent Tutoring Systems) in Computer Science, at Massey University (New Zealand). From 1998-2004, he was a post-doctoral research associate at The University of York (UK) on virtual reality and safety-critical systems projects. Before joining UoN in 2013, he was a Lecturer in Computer Science at Durham University (UK). His current research interests include touch-based interaction, the reuse of gaming technology, eHealth and technology enhanced learning. He has published over 50 research articles. He is a member of the IEEE. He supervises PhD students and would be interested in taking on postgraduate students with research interests in virtual environments, haptic interaction, mobile technology and human-computer interaction.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Massey University - NZ, 14/05/1999
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching, University of Durham, 25/06/2008
  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) (Honours), Massey University - NZ, 05/05/1993
  • Bachelor of Science, Massey University - NZ, 05/06/1992

Research

Research keywords

  • Advanced Interfaces
  • Game Technology
  • Haptic Interaction
  • Haptics
  • Multi-touch Surfaces
  • Virtual Reality

Research expertise

Dr Smith has research interests are in the fields of virtual reality and human-computer interaction. He is specifically interested in advanced software interfaces and the interaction opportunities such systems enable. His recent research has explored technology enhanced learning (multi-touch surfaces), haptic interaction (perception thresholds) and the reuse of gaming technology (virtual environments). He is a software engineer and applies his research through interdisciplinary research collaborations.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
080602Computer-Human Interaction40
080111Virtual Reality And Related Simulation40
080309Software Engineering20

Awards

Recognition.

2011Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award
Durham University (United Kingdom)
Recognition of how I have supported research-led education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Collaboration

Durham University (UK)

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Before joining the University of Newcastle, Dr Smith held various administrative responsibilities including Director of Postgraduate Studies (Computer Science, Durham University) and member of the Senate Disciplinary Committee (Durham University), He is External Examiner for four UG Computer Science programmes at De Montford University (UK).

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Operating Systems
  • Risk Management
  • Software Dependability
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering

Teaching expertise

Dr Smith has teaching expertise in Advanced Software Engineering topics such as Human-Computer Interaction, Risk Analysis and Software Dependability. At UoN he has taught Operating Systems, Software Development and Software Project courses.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Smith S, Carter T, 'A virtual environment to test police and public awareness of anti-social behaviour indicators', International Journal of Police Science and Management, 12 548-566 (2010) [C1]
2012Sumerfield J, Smith S, 'Investigating graphical realism in a virtual environment for threat identification', 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (APCHI 2012), Proceedings, Matsue, Japan (2012) [E1]
2009Smith SP, Trenholme D, 'Rapid prototyping a virtual fire drill environment using computer game technology', FIRE SAFETY JOURNAL, 44 559-569 (2009) [C1]
2013Smith S, Stibric M, Smithson D, 'Exploring the effectiveness of commercial and custom-built games for cognitive training', Computers in Human Behavior, 29 2388-2393 (2013) [C1]

Publications

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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Smith S, Sujan M, Harrison MD, ''Chapter 14: Qualitative analysis of dependability argument structure', Structure for Dependability: Computer-Based Systems from an interdisciplinary perspective', Structure for Dependability: Computer-Based Systems from an interdisciplinary perspective, Springer, Newcastle, United Kingdom 269-290 (2006) [B1]

Journal article (18 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Burd EL, Smith SP, Reisman S, 'Exploring Business Models for MOOCs in Higher Education', Innovative Higher Education, (2014)
2013Richardson T, Burd L, Smith S, 'Guidelines for supporting real-time multi-touch applications', Software - Practice and Experience, (2013) [C1]
2013Lew AR, Usherwood B, Fragkioudaki F, Koukoumi V, Smith S, Austen J, McGregor A, 'Transfer of spatial search between environments in human adults and young children (Homo sapiens): Implications for representation of local geometry by spatial systems', Developmental Psychobiology, 54 (2013) [C1]
2013Smith S, Stibric M, Smithson D, 'Exploring the effectiveness of commercial and custom-built games for cognitive training', Computers in Human Behavior, 29 2388-2393 (2013) [C1]
2012Smith SP, Burd E, Rick J, 'Developing, evaluating and deploying multi-touch systems', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES, 70 653-656 (2012) [C1]
2012Rosenthal HES, Norman L, Smith SP, McGregor A, 'Gender-Based Navigation Stereotype Improves Men's Search for a Hidden Goal', SEX ROLES, 67 682-695 (2012) [C1]
2010Smith S, Carter T, 'A virtual environment to test police and public awareness of anti-social behaviour indicators', International Journal of Police Science and Management, 12 548-566 (2010) [C1]
2009Smith SP, Trenholme D, 'Rapid prototyping a virtual fire drill environment using computer game technology', FIRE SAFETY JOURNAL, 44 559-569 (2009) [C1]
2008Trenholme D, Smith SP, 'Computer game engines for developing first-person virtual environments', Virtual Reality, 12 181-187 (2008) [C1]
2006Smith SP, Hart J, 'Evaluating distributed cognitive resources for wayfinding in a desktop virtual environment', Proceedings - IEEE Virtual Reality, 2006 115-115 (2006)
2005Smith SP, Harrison MD, 'Measuring reuse in hazard analysis', Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 89 93-104 (2005) [C1]
2004Smith SP, Marsh T, 'Evaluating design guidelines for reducing user disorientation in a desktop virtual environment', Virtual Reality, 8 55-62 (2004) [C1]
2001Smith SP, Harrison MD, 'Editorial: User centered design and implementation of virtual environments', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES, 55 109-114 (2001) [C1]
2001Marsh T, Wright P, Smith S, 'Evaluation for the design of experience: Modelling breakdown of interaction and illusion', CyberPsychology Behavior and Social Networking, 4 225-238 (2001) [C1]
2001Marsh T, Wright P, Smith S, 'Evaluation for the design of experience in virtual environments: Modeling breakdown of interaction and illusion', CYBERPSYCHOLOGY & BEHAVIOR, 4 225-238 (2001)
2000Smith SP, Duke DJ, 'Binding virtual environments to toolkit capabilities', COMPUTER GRAPHICS FORUM, 19 C81-C89 (2000) [C1]
1999Smith S, Duke D, Massink M, 'The hybrid world of virtual environments', COMPUTER GRAPHICS FORUM, 18 C297-C307 (1999) [C1]
1994Kemp RH, Smith S, 'Domain and task representation for tutorial process models', International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 41 363-383 (1994) [C1]
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Conference (31 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Xi M, Smith S, 'Simulated cooperative fire evacuation training in a virtual environment using gaming technology', Virtual Reality 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (2014)
2012Sumerfield J, Smith S, 'Investigating graphical realism in a virtual environment for threat identification', 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (APCHI 2012), Proceedings, Matsue, Japan (2012) [E1]
2011Bamarouf YA, Smith SP, 'Exploring frictional surface properties for haptic-based online shopping', Joint Virtual Reality Conference of EGVE 2011 - The 17th Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments, EuroVR 2011 - The 8th EuroVR (INTUITION) Conference (2011) [E1]
2011Smith SP, Burd EL, Ma L, Alagha I, Hatch A, 'Relative and absolute mappings for rotating remote 3D objects on multi-touch tabletops', Proceedings of HCI 2011 - 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction (2011) [E1]
2010Don L, Smith SP, 'Applying bimanual interaction principles to text input on multi-touch surfaces and tabletops', ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2010 (2010) [E1]
2010Scopes P, Smith SP, 'Integrating haptic interaction into an existing virtual environment toolkit', Theory and Practice of Computer Graphics 2010, TPCG 2010 - Eurographics UK Chapter Proceedings (2010) [E1]
2010Bamarouf YA, Smith SP, 'Evaluating virtual weights for haptically enabled online shopping', Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST (2010) [E1]
2009Smith SR, Du'Mont S, 'Measuring the Effect of Gaming Experience on Virtual Environment Navigation Tasks', 3DUI : IEEE SYMPOSIUM ON 3D USER INTERFACES 2009, PROCEEDINGS, Lafayette, LA (2009) [E1]
2007Smith SP, 'Exploring the specification of haptic interaction', INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS: DESIGN, SPECIFICATION, AND VERIFICATION, Dublin, IRELAND (2007) [E1]
2007Graham TCN, Curzon P, Doherty G, Palanque P, Potter R, Roast C, Smith SP, 'Usability and computer games: Working group report', Interactive Systems: Design, Specification, and Verification, Dublin, IRELAND (2007) [E1]
2007Smith S, Todd S, 'Collaborative evaluation of a haptic-based medical virtual environment', INTUITION International Conference on Virtual Reality and Virtual Environments Proceedings, Athens (2007) [E1]
2007Smith SP, Todd S, 'Evaluating a Haptic-based Virtual Environment for Venepuncture Training', VRST 2007: ACM SYMPOSIUM ON VIRTUAL REALITY SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY, PROCEEDINGS, Newport Beach, CA (2007) [E1]
2006Smith SP, Willans JS, 'Virtual object specification for usable virtual environments', ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (2006) [E1]
2006Marsh T, Smith S, Yang K, Shahabi C, 'Continuous and unobtrusive capture of user-player behaviour and experience to assess and inform game design and development', 1st World Conference on Fun 'N Games 2006, Preston, England (2006) [E1]
2006Smith SP, Hart J, 'Evaluating distributed cognitive resources for wayfinding in a desktop virtual environment', IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces 2006, Proceedings, Alexandria, VA (2006) [E1]
2005Baxter G, Arief B, Smith S, Monk A, 'Supporting dependable on-line services: A case study using internet grocery shopping', Fifth Annual DIRC Research Conference, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND (2005) [E1]
2005Sujan M, Smith S, Harrison M, 'Structuring defences in dependability arguments', Fifth Annual DIRC Research Conference, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND (2005) [E1]
2004Smith S, Schupp B, Wright P, Goossens L, 'Integrating human factors in the design of safety critical systems: A barrier based approach', Human Error, Safety and Systems Development (HESSD 2004), Toulouse, France (2004) [E1]
2004Smith SP, Harrison MD, Schupp BA, 'How explicit are the barriers to failure in safety arguments?', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (2004) [E1]
2003Smith SP, Harrison MD, 'Reuse in hazard analysis: Identification and support', COMPUTER SAFETY, RELIABILITY, AND SECURITY, PROCEEDINGS, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND (2003) [E1]
2002Smith SP, Harrison MD, 'Blending descriptive and numeric analysis in human reliability design', INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS: DESIGN, SPECIFICATION AND VERIFICATION, ROSTOCK, GERMANY (2002) [E1]
2002Smith SP, Harrison MD, 'Improving hazard classification through the reuse of descriptive arguments', SOFTWARE REUSE: METHODS, TECHNIQUES, AND TOOLS, PROCEEDINGS, AUSTIN, TEXAS (2002) [E1]
2002Smith S, Harrison M, 'Augmenting descriptive scenario analysis for improvements in human reliability design', 2002 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (Applied Computing 2002), Madrid, Spain (2002) [E1]
2001Smith S, Marsh T, 'Guiding user navigation in virtual environments using awareness of virtual off-screen space', User Guidance in Virtual Environments: Workshop on Guiding Users through Interactive Experiences - Usability Centred Design and Evaluation of Virtual 3D Environments, Paderborn, Germany (2001) [E1]
2001Willans JS, Harrison MD, Smith S, 'Implementing virtual environment object behaviour from a specification', User Guidance in Virtual Environments: Workshop on Guiding Users through Interactive Experiences - Usability Centred Design and Evaluation of Virtual 3D Environments, Paderborn, Germany (2001) [E1]
2000Smith S, Duke DJ, 'Building usable objects for virtual environments', SIGGRAPH 2000: Conference Abstracts and Applications, . (2000) [E1]
2000Smith S, Duke DJ, Willans JS, 'Designing world objects for usable virtual environments', Design, Specification and Verification of Interactive Systems (DSV-IS 2000), Limerick, Ireland (2000) [E1]
1999Massink M, Duke D, Smith S, 'Towards hybrid interface specification for virtual environments', DESIGN, SPECIFICATION AND VERIFICATION OF INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS'99, UNIV MINHO, BRAGA, PORTUGAL (1999)
1999Smith SP, 'Working group 1 report', DESIGN, SPECIFICATION AND VERIFICATION OF INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS'99, UNIV MINHO, BRAGA, PORTUGAL (1999)
1998Kemp RH, Smith SP, 'Tandem: a tool for facilitating the development of intelligent learning environments', PROGRESS IN CONNECTIONIST-BASED INFORMATION SYSTEMS, VOLS 1 AND 2, DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND (1998)
1994KEMP RH, SMITH SP, 'USING PLANNING TECHNIQUES TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK IN INTERACTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS', SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TOOLS WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, PROCEEDINGS, NEW ORLEANS, LA (1994)
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Report (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Bille R, Smith S, Maund K, Brewer G, 'Exploring building information modelling (BIM) to game engine conversion', UoN, 27 (2014)

Co-authors: Graham Brewer

2013Rigby J, Smith S, 'Augmented Reality challenges for cultural heritage', Applied Informatics Research Group (UoN), 25 (2013) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants12
Total funding$2,753,138

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2014 (3 grants)

The M-learning Literacy App$28,971
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher EducationChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$28,97120142014
GNo:185826036

Install a Haptic Interaction Laboratory (Callaghan campus) Part 2$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
New Staff Grant (Faculty)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020142015
GNo:185826044

Install a Haptic Interaction Laboratory (Callaghan campus)$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Shamus Smith
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020142014
GNo:G1400511

2013 (1 grants)

Algorithms for Stereoscopic Camera Control: Evaluating impact$39,331
Funding Body: Durham University

SchemeRole
Seedcorn GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$39,33120132013
GNo:183545410

2011 (1 grants)

Development of a human anxiety test based on virtual environments$29,365
Funding Body: Durham University

SchemeRole
Seedcorn GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$29,36520112011
GNo:183545469

2010 (1 grants)

Tackling age-related decline in perception of emotion cues$16,859
Funding Body: Durham University

SchemeRole
Seedcorn GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$16,85920102010
GNo:183545418

2009 (1 grants)

COTS vs. DIY: Game technology approaches for improving fluid intelligence$8,265
Funding Body: Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

SchemeRole
Collaborative Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,26520092010
GNo:183545426

2008 (2 grants)

SynergyNet: Supporting collaborative learning in an immersive environment$2,480,574
Funding Body: TLRP, EPSRC and ERSC

SchemeRole
TLRP TELInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,480,57420082012
GNo:183544435

Integrating haptic interaction into 3D virtual environments$2,315
Funding Body: Nuffield Foundation

SchemeRole
Nuffield Science BursariesChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,31520082008
GNo:183545434

2007 (1 grants)

Rapid prototyping of virtual environments using game technology$1,968
Funding Body: Nuffield Foundation

SchemeRole
Nuffield Science BursariesChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,96820072007
GNo:183545442

2006 (2 grants)

Evaluation of Haptic-based Medical Interfaces$134,128
Funding Body: EPSRC

SchemeRole
EPSRC CASE for New AcademicsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$134,12820062009
GNo:183545458

Virtual Veins evaluation study$1,362
Funding Body: Durham University

SchemeRole
Initiating Business Collaboration Grant Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,36220062006
GNo:183545450
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL1

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142016M Philosophy (Software Eng)Co-SupervisorSoftware Engineering in Smart Systems
20132017M Philosophy(Computer Science)Principal SupervisorCooperative Training in a Virtual Environment Using Gaming Technology
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Dr Shamus Smith

Work Phone (02) 4921 6175
Fax(02) 4921 6929
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaComputer Science and Software Engineering
Office
ES248,
Engineering Science - D.W. George,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/shamus-smith