Dr Shamus Smith

Dr Shamus Smith

Senior Lecturer

School of Electrical Engineering and Computing (Computer Science and Software Engineering)

Career Summary

Biography

Shamus P. Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Computing 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 research interests include virtual reality, human-computer interaction and technology enhanced learning. He has published over 50 research articles. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and Associate of the Australian Computer Society. He supervises PhD students and would be interested in taking on postgraduate students with research interests in virtual environments, serious games and human-computer interaction.

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 current research interests include the evaluation of in-situ user experiences, the impact of virtual reality technology, simulation and serious games, and eHealth. He is a software engineer and applies his research through interdisciplinary and industry-based research collaborations.

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, User Interface Design, Human-Computer Interaction and Software Engineering Project courses.

Administrative Expertise
Dr Smith is the Program Convener for B.Medical Engineering(Honours), Assistant Dean Information Technology for the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment and a member of Academic Senate.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Massey University - NZ
  • Bachelor of Science, Massey University - NZ
  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) (Honours), Massey University - NZ
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching, University of Durham

Keywords

  • Advanced Interfaces
  • App development
  • Augmented Reality
  • Game Technology
  • Haptic Interaction
  • Haptics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Interaction
  • Mixed Reality
  • Multi-touch Surfaces
  • Serious Games
  • Software Dependability
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • User-centered design
  • Virtual Reality

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation 40
080309 Software Engineering 20
080602 Computer-Human Interaction 40

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/04/2013 -  Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Australia
1/08/2004 - 1/04/2013 Lecturer Durham University
School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
United Kingdom
1/01/1998 - 1/08/2004 Research Associate University of York
Department of Computer Science
United Kingdom

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2008 -  Membership Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
United States

Awards

Teaching Award

Year Award
2016 Team Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning [Highly Commended]
Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
2011 Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award
Durham University
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 25
Total funding $4,213,261

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Highlighted grants and funding

An Immersive Virtual Environment for Improving the Academic Literacy and Study Skills of Regional and Remote Low SES Students$198,799

Funding body: Department of Education and Training

Funding body Department of Education and Training
Project Team Doctor Shamus Smith, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta, Dr Helen Farley
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1601047
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20173 grants / $224,766

An Immersive Virtual Environment for Improving the Academic Literacy and Study Skills of Regional and Remote Low SES Students$198,799

Funding body: Department of Education and Training

Funding body Department of Education and Training
Project Team Doctor Shamus Smith, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta, Dr Helen Farley
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1601047
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Filling the Defence Virtual Simulation Skills Gap Through Industry and Higher Education Collaboration$15,967

Funding body: Faculty of Engineering and Buil Environment, UON

Funding body Faculty of Engineering and Buil Environment, UON
Project Team

Karen Blackmore, Shamus Smith and Keith Nesbitt

Scheme 2017 Faculty Strateguc pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

VR School$10,000

Funding body: Department of Education and Training

Funding body Department of Education and Training
Project Team Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Doctor Shamus Smith, Doctor Jill Scevak, Doctor Rachel Buchanan, Graham Eather
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701113
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20163 grants / $34,943

The DICE (Digital Identity, Curation and Education) Network $15,000

Funding body: UON

Funding body UON
Project Team

Dr Rachel Buchanan (UON), Dr Erica Southgate (UON), Dr Shamus Smith (UON) and Dr Andrew Gibbons (AUT)

Scheme FEDUA Strategic Networks and Pilot Project scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Disaster risk reduction in residential aged care facilities: Virtual disaster evacuation$14,542

Funding body: Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Funding body Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Project Team

Shamus Smith, Kim Maund, Trevor Hilaire, Sara Geale and Joy Lyneham

Scheme FEBE Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

2016 Faculty Equipment Grant$5,401

Funding body: Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, UON

Funding body Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, UON
Project Team

S. Smith, K. Maund, T. Hilaire, S. Geale and J. Lyneham

Scheme 2016 Faculty Equipment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20156 grants / $1,200,064

Flexible and habitual mechanisms of human navigation$881,838

Funding body: Economic & Social Research Council

Funding body Economic & Social Research Council
Project Team

A. McGregor, J. Connolly, S. Smith and D. Lew

Scheme Research Grants (Open Call)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

The Literacy App: An m-learning tool for low SES undergraduate students$131,249

Funding body: Department of Education

Funding body Department of Education
Project Team Doctor Shamus Smith, Associate Professor Erica Southgate
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501185
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Equity and Digital Footprint Project$107,287

Funding body: Department of Education

Funding body Department of Education
Project Team Doctor Rachel Buchanan, Doctor Jill Scevak, Doctor Shamus Smith, Associate Professor Erica Southgate
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501188
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Capability, Belonging and Equity in Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches$29,690

Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Funding body National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Project Team Professor Penny Jane Burke, Doctor Anna Bennett, Associate Professor Seamus Fagan, Mrs Cathy Burgess, Aprof JANE Maguire, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Doctor Shamus Smith
Scheme Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500360
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Best Footprint Forward$25,000

Funding body: auDA Foundation

Funding body auDA Foundation
Project Team Doctor Rachel Buchanan, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Doctor Shamus Smith
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401151
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

The HEY MAN pilot study: using eHeatlh to enhance your mental health, physical activity and nutrition in young men$25,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Clare Collins, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Doctor Melinda Hutchesson, Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Megan Rollo, Professor Robin Callister, Doctor Geoffrey Skinner, Doctor Shamus Smith, Mr Lee Ashton
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401510
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20144 grants / $39,321

The M-learning Literacy App$28,971

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team

E. Southgate, S. Smith and E. Burd

Scheme The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Install a Haptic Interaction Laboratory (Callaghan campus)$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Shamus Smith
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400511
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Install a Haptic Interaction Laboratory (Callaghan campus) Part 2$5,000

Haptic interaction, and the ability to feel virtual object properties, has the power to enhance the user experience of simulation, virtual reality, tele-presence and many forms of skills training. Research has tentatively examined abstract environments’ haptic realism (e.g. environments with no real world equivalents such as data representation). However, questions remain regarding how one should define, map and support human perception thresholds. Without conducting this next step, the validity of user experience is in question. This proposal will create a haptic interaction laboratory in the UoN to conduct perception experiments for abstract data representations.

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team

Shamus Smith

Scheme New Staff Grant (Faculty)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Interactive Entertainment 2014, Callaghan Campus, University of Newcastle, 2 - 3 December 2014$350

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Shamus Smith
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401292
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $39,331

Algorithms for Stereoscopic Camera Control: Evaluating impact$39,331

Funding body: Durham University

Funding body Durham University
Project Team

Nick Holiman, Shamus Smith, et al.

Scheme Seedcorn Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20111 grants / $29,365

Development of a human anxiety test based on virtual environments$29,365

Funding body: Durham University

Funding body Durham University
Project Team

Paul Chazot, Shamus Smith et al.

Scheme Seedcorn Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20101 grants / $16,859

Tackling age-related decline in perception of emotion cues$16,859

Funding body: Durham University

Funding body Durham University
Project Team

Rachel Mitchell, Shamus Smith et al.

Scheme Seedcorn Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20091 grants / $8,265

COTS vs. DIY: Game technology approaches for improving fluid intelligence$8,265

Funding body: Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Funding body Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing
Project Team

Shamus Smith et al.

Scheme Collaborative Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20082 grants / $2,482,889

SynergyNet: Supporting collaborative learning in an immersive environment$2,480,574

Funding body: TLRP, EPSRC and ERSC

Funding body TLRP, EPSRC and ERSC
Project Team

Elizabeth Burd, Shamus Smith et al.

Scheme TLRP TEL
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Integrating haptic interaction into 3D virtual environments$2,315

Funding body: Nuffield Foundation

Funding body Nuffield Foundation
Project Team

Shamus Smith

Scheme Nuffield Science Bursaries
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20071 grants / $1,968

Rapid prototyping of virtual environments using game technology$1,968

Funding body: Nuffield Foundation

Funding body Nuffield Foundation
Project Team

Shamus Smith

Scheme Nuffield Science Bursaries
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20062 grants / $135,490

Evaluation of Haptic-based Medical Interfaces$134,128

Funding body: EPSRC

Funding body EPSRC
Project Team

Shamus Smith

Scheme EPSRC CASE for New Academics
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Virtual Veins evaluation study$1,362

Funding body: Durham University

Funding body Durham University
Project Team

Shamus Smith

Scheme Initiating Business Collaboration Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current4

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD2.05

Highlighted Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Sensor Fusion and Software Middleware for Virtual Reality Technology PhD (Computer Science), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD PREVENT - A Pipeline Approach to Prototype Realistic Virtual Environments via the Reuse of Expert Domain Knowledge PhD (Computer Science), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD A Framework for Component Based Generative Programming PhD (Software Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Providing an efficient model that allows devices in the IoT to communicate with and control one another PhD (Software Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 Honours Structural Modeling From 3D Point Clouds Computer Graphics, UON Sole Supervisor
2015 Honours Exploring the use of a virtual extrinsic reward system for exercise motivation in a mobile app Computer Science, UON Sole Supervisor
2012 PhD Enhancing the e-commerce experience through haptic feedback interaction Computer Science, Durham University Principal Supervisor
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News

Literacy Apps Earn Nomination for Top Award

June 24, 2016

The collaborative efforts of 2016 Equity Fellow, Dr Erica Southgate of the School of Education and Dr Shamus Smith of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have put them in the running to take out this year's Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs).

UON research to enhance the safe a effective use of the internet for future generations

Best footprint forward

January 22, 2015

University of Newcastle (UON) researcher awarded grant to enhance the safe and effective use of the internet for the next generation.

Dr Shamus Smith

Position

Senior Lecturer
i3 Lab
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Computer Science and Software Engineering

Contact Details

Email shamus.smith@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6175
Fax (02) 4921 6929
Links Research Networks
Research Networks

Office

Room ICT 3.14
Building Information and Communication Technology (ICT) building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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