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Professor Rae Earnshaw, PhD FBCS FInstP FRSA CEng CPhys CITP

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Career Summary
  •  Honorary Visiting Professor of Creative Industries and Interactive Technologies (p/t), Wrexham Glyndwr University, 2015 –
  •  Professor of Creative Industries and Interactive Technologies (p/t), Glyndwr University, 2012-2015
  •  Honorary Visiting Professor of Creative Industries and Interactive Technologies, Glyndwr University,  Wales, 2011-2012

  • Pro Vice- Chancellor (Strategic Systems Development), University of Bradford, 2004-2009.
  • Leader, Digital Imaging and Visualization Research Group, Informatics Research Institute, 2009 – 2011
  • Leadership Foundation Top Management Course, TMP8, 2005, TMP Fellow 2005 – present.
  • QAA Institutional Auditor, 2002 – present
  • QAA Foundation Degree Reviewer, 2003 – present
  • QAA Subject Reviewer, Computer Science, 2001 – present
  • Member of the United Nations Project Team for the Enhancement of Quality Assurance and Institutional Planning at Arab Universities in Egypt and United Arab Emirates, 15 August 2002 to 31 January 2003.
  • Member of the QAA Delegation to Audit University Computer Science Departments in Jordan for the Hussein Fund for Excellence, May 2001 and January 2003.
  • Non-Executive Director, Advance Visual Communications plc, 1998 – 2002, and also Chair of the Remuneration Committee of the company.
  • Dean of School of Informatics, University of Bradford, 1999 – 2007.
  • Visitor, University of Sydney, Australia, Aug 2000.
  • Visitor, University of Auckland, New Zealand, Aug 2000.
  • Member, European Union/National Science Foundation Joint Research Strategy Group, 1999 – present.
  • Head of School of Electronics and Digital Media, University of Bradford, 1997-99.
  • Head of Dept of Electronic Imaging and Media Communications, University of Bradford, 1995-99.
  • Full Professor of Electronic Imaging and Media Communications, University of Bradford, 1995 – present.
  • Co-founded Virtual Reality Journal, 1995 – subsequently sold to Springer.
  • Chair, Scientific Visualization Group, University of Leeds, England, 1986 – 95
  • Leader – Music/Computer Science interdisciplinary programme with Alexander Goehr, composer.
  • Advisor to European Commission, Brussels, ESPRIT, May 1993, February/March 1995, 1996/97/98/99/00
  • Expert, European Commission, January-March 1995, EU Multimedia Pilot
  • Goodwill Envoy, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, October 1991
  • Visiting Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland, March 1991
  • Visitor, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, April 1986
  • Visiting Associate Professor, George Washington University, USA, Jan – May 1985

  •  Visiting Full Professor, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xian, China, Oct 1984
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, Jun-Jul 1979, 1981
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, Jun-Jul 1976, Jan-May 1978

Summary of Publications

Prof. Earnshaw has authored and edited 40 books on computer graphics, visualization, multimedia, design, and virtual reality, and published over 200 papers in these areas. He is a member of the Advisory Council of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, and a past member of the Editorial Boards of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, The Visual Computer, the Journal of Visualization and Computer Animation and founding Co-Editor of Virtual Reality: Research, Development and Applications.  He is Vice-President of the Computer Graphics Society.  He was also a Director of Advance Visual Communications Plc, 1998-2002 and Chair of its Remuneration Committee.

A selection of Professor Earnshaw’s published books is available via Books (menu to the left)
A selection of Professor Earnshaw’s recent publications is available via Journals and Conferences (menu to the left)

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Professor Earnshaw was Dean of the School of Informatics for 8 years. He was Pro Vice-Chancellor for 5 years. In the former role he was responsible for the management and development of the academic business of the School in the areas of teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and widening access. The School is interdisciplinary and brings together a number of areas including computing, IT, web, imaging, video, graphics, digital media, broadcasting, network-based media, computer animation, virtual reality, art, and design. He increased the number of students (undergraduate and post-graduate), the academic and support staffing levels of the School, the number of courses, the number of research grants, the knowledge transfer activities (the latter via an Informatics Innovation Unit ), and the number of internal and external collaborations.

In his role as Pro Vice-Chancellor, he championed a broad range of linked projects which, in the first instance, will further develop the University’s electronic information and communications capability. Success in this field is critical to delivery of the aims of the university’s Corporate Strategic Plan, and ensure an enhanced student experience through the introduction of more flexible learning opportunities, better communications and more electronic service delivery, particularly for students and staff. There are three principal components to the University’s E-strategy –

  • A wireless and web-enabled campus
  • Smart administration for flexible learners
  • Infrastructure to develop key skills and communication in the information age

See article on “Harnessing the Digital Age” by Professor Earnshaw on pp 10-11 of News and Views, January 2008.  If the address of the newsletter article has been moved by the University from when it was initially here (giving Error 404) then

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Background of Professor Earnshaw

Professor Earnshaw has a background in computer science, computer graphics, visualization, multimedia, and digital media. He obtained his PhD at the University of Leeds in 1975 in computer graphics – the first thesis in this area in the University! At the University of Leeds he set up the Visualization Group in 1990, an inter-disciplinary activity involving about 100 faculty members and researchers. The objective was to develop state of the art visualization facilities for teaching and research based upon high powered workstations and supercomputers.

From 1992 he was a founder member of the Multimedia Group at the University of Leeds that reported directly to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and which was responsible for University-wide developments and initiatives in the area of multimedia. A grant of £456K was obtained in 1992 for a 3-year development programme to support teaching and learning through technology.

He was involved with a number of major European Commission projects including VISINET ($2 Million funding) which investigated the use of 3D visualization across European ATM networks. This enabled groups of designers in different European countries to interact and share the same design data. This enabled collaborative work to take place over the network and avoids the need to travel – a time consuming and expensive process, particularly at European airline tariffs! A further project, MAID ($4.8 million), investigated the use of multimedia information to support the design process over the network. VISTA – Virtual Interactive Studio Television Applications using Networked Graphical Supercomputers ($3.6 million) – produced a generic and extensible telematics platform that supported the execution of scenarios in the domain of real-time interactive television, which can be regarded as the realisation of a Virtual Interactive Studio (VIS). A VIS offers the capabilities of mixing real and synthetic objects and characters in any combination – depending on the circumstances – controlled remotely by TV viewers. VPARK ($1 million) created a Virtual Amusement Park as an integration of several applications based on Distributed Virtual Environments.

Advertisement for Full Professor in Electronic Imaging, University of Bradford, UK – 1995

•Established chair in electronic imaging
•Objective is multidisciplinary education in electronic imaging technology and its creative uses, and provide a focus for research in these areas.  The prime objective of the chairholder is to develop research and other postgraduate activities of the Dept and to take overall responsibility for the Dept and the undergraduate programmes
•The candidate will be expected to have expertise in electronic imaging and telecommunications and an interest in media production, particularly video, animation and multimedia.  In addition, a candidates must have qualifications and experience in electrical engineering, computer science, or other relevant discipline, and proven managerial and personal qualities required to lead and develop a multi-disciplinary research and teaching unit.  A successful record of obtaining research funding and in publication would be strong supportive evidence of these skills.  International standing in electronic media technology would also be an additional recommendation.
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