Dr Stuart Cunningham, FBCS CITP, FHEA, MIET Senior Lecturer, Computing & Maths

Dr Stuart Cunningham, FBCS CITP, FHEA, MIET

I’m a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Mathematics and I teach on several SODA units as part of the Digital User Experience degree apprenticeship and BSc (Hons) Games Design courses. My teaching activities include leading on units such as: UX Origins and Applications; Creativity through Research; and Games, Players and Data.

My background is quite broad and encompasses a range of technical and creative areas and I’ve held roles in various academic, managerial and research positions in the university sector. However, my main interests are in the field of audio data compression; emotional and affective technologies; sonic interaction; and media technologies for health and wellbeing. My work is principally oriented around sound, visuals and the interaction of these media with a human audience. My recent research outputs can be found in the Journal of New Music Research, the International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, Dementia, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, and in the recent book Doing Research in Sound Design.

I have had a number of electroacoustic music pieces performed at festivals and concerns international, including the XXII Festival Internacional de Arte Sonoro y Música Electroacústica “Punto de Encuentro” in Spain (2015), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (2016), and the OUA Electroacoustic Music Festival, Japan (2017).

My artistic work has involved the installation of education nature soundscapes, using acoustic augmented reality at the Timber International Forest Festival in 2019 and 2021. My recent work on this front has sought to combine models of emotion, music and animal vocalisations and can be experienced via the Cat Music project.

Further information on my research activities can be found here.