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Doctor John Isaacs

Post Nominals BSc, PgChet, PhD, FHEA, MBCS
Biography Dr Isaacs is Head of School of the School of Computing at RGU and as such is responsible for the strategic planning and future direction of the schools’ teaching and research.

Before this Dr Isaacs chaired the School’s teaching committee for course development and sits on several University committees and course review panels for other schools within RGU.

Dr Isaacs was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing teaching Computer Science, BSc (Hons) and Computing Application Software Development since 2015 and the new MSci (Integrated Masters) Computing Science from 2019. These courses amounted to around two-thirds of the school's, undergraduate students.

Previous Academic Posts:
2017-2020 Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in BSc Computer Science and Computing (Application Software Development), RGU
2015-2017 Lecturer and Course Leader in BSc Computer Science and Computing (Application Software Development), RGU
2012-2015 Lecturer and Course Leader BSc Computing, University of Abertay Dundee
2008-2012 Research Assistant, University of Abertay Dundee

External Examinerships
2020-date External examiner Computing courses, Teeside University
2018 -date External examiner Computing courses, York St John’s University
2019 External examiner PhD Abertay
2017 External examiner PhD Coventry
2012-2014 Sicsa Early Career Panel member Reviewer
Research Interests Dr Isaacs principal research interest lies in the use of visualisation, modelling and real-time simulation in aiding the comprehension of complex information. He has developed interactive visualisation platforms which allow user interaction and real-time decision impact assessment. These platforms have been applied to several fields, including urban regeneration, demographic change, land use management and pollution control, these projects are investigating how visualisation can be used to allow better engagement and understanding in any decision making process through more effective use of both existing and novel hardware and software.

He is also interested in developing and evaluating novel applications for mobile platforms, including smartphone and tablet systems and developing applications which allow wider use and adoption of these technologies especially among older or disabled users.

His most recent work has involved leading the virtual environment creation aspects of a number of projects looking at simulating evacuation and egress from historic buildings. He also has a keen interest in political and social media analysis and has developed real-time visualisation platforms to analyse these data.

Specialties: Software design and development. Custom 3D engine/framework development. Visualisation of complex data. Computational modelling. Web Development. Mobile Development.
Teaching and Learning Schools Honours Project coordinator and module coordinator for Web-Development. He has also taught on several core programming modules across all university levels.

Over the last 6 years, he has received a number of awards for teaching excellence.

Continued Excellence Award (2020), Extracurricular Award (2019), Personal Tutor of the Year (2018), Continued Excellence (2017), Lecturer of the Year (2016) and Lecturer of the Year (2015 Abertay).
Scopus Author ID 36170623600
Je-S ID 546078