Professor Paul Anderson BA(Hons) MDes(RCA) FRSA FRGS
Professor Paul Anderson is the Dean of the School of Design at the Royal College of Art, London. He was previously the Director of the Digital Design Studio (DDS) at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) until July 2016.
Anderson’s, strategic vision was responsible for the creation of the DDS which launched in 1997 at GSA. This vision developed a multi-disciplinary, unified approach to postgraduate academic teaching, research and commercial activity. The DDS based within the Digital Media Hub at Pacific Quay, Glasgow includes LAB1 (one of the largest virtual reality labs in the world) that combines real-time visualisation, motion tracking, haptics, gestured based interaction and sound. Today DDS has now developed into the School for Simulation and Visualisation.
As a senior academic research leader, with strong industrial experience in high-end technical product design, he has an international profile in leading edge research into fundamental human computer interface issues associated with 3D interfaces, haptics, 3D sound and gesture based interaction supporting real-time 3D visualisation.
The significance of this research has been recognised by a number of world-class research organisations including The Ford Motor Company and The British Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) and the MOD. As a Principal Investigator (PI) he has won major research funding within the EU and UK, including EPSRC, NESTA, AHRC, SFC, RCPSG, NHS Education, Scottish Enterprise and the MOD. Anderson’s passion for research coupled to strong negotiating and business skills has secured major research contracts whilst personally generating research income of £8.5 million as a PI.
Publishing internationally on user centred 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies Anderson believes strongly in a multidisciplinary approach to education explicitly linked to research whilst being externally referenced and engaged with industry and other agencies.