Dr. Lynne Hall is a Reader in the Dept. of Computing, Engineering and Technology (dCET) and is Project Manager for the Knowledge Transfer, Innovation and Enterprise strands of the UoS Software City project focusing at engaging SMEs in software innovation and sustainability. Her main research interests are innovative evaluation approaches, synthetic characters, virtual learning environments and user engagement. She has wide ranging experience of participatory design approaches to gain user perspective and expectation, with a focus on user inclusive design and evaluation of innovative learning technology, with over 50 papers in peer reviewed computing journals and conferences.

Professor Bridget Cooper is Professor of Education at the University of Sunderland, formerly at Leeds Metropolitan University, University of Leeds and the Open University. She has a wide range of research interests in education but especially affective and moral issues, ICT and artificial intelligence. She has been involved with and authored a number of projects for example NIMIS,  ICT and the Whole Child, The Ripple Project, Primary VLE,  and authored many journal, conference papers and book chapters. 

Dr. Susan Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the dCET at the University of Sunderland. She gained her doctoral degree in 2002 on the use of multimedia for organisational learning. Her current research is focused on the application of techniques from media to understand and incorporate user and stakeholder views and perspectives in the creation of innovative technology for learning, with over 15 publications in this area.

Dr Sarah Woods is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Sunderland, working as a Psychologist on eCUTE.  Previous to this, she was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, teaching Social and Applied Psychology.  Her research expertise lies in bullying, aggression, and friendship behaviour.  She is also interested in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and how technology can be used in educational settings, especially for Personal and Social Education. She has previously coordinated projects that involved designing interactive dramas within a virtual environment focusing upon bullying and social education for primary school children. Prior to this, she worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, London (2000-2002) on an evaluation study involving psychiatric inpatient units, and at the University of Hertfordshire (1998-2000) on a large scale study concerning bullying behaviour. She has many peer reviewed publications related to these subjects.

Colette Hume is an RA in the Department of Computing, Engineering and Technology at the University of Sunderland.  Colette’s background is in the design and development of interactive applications with a strong focus on visual appeal. Colette has a BSc in Multimedia Computing and a MSc in Software Enterprise.  Colette  is also  currently a PhD student at Sunderland researching the Gamification of Evaluation.

John Hodgson is an RA in the Department of Computing, Engineering and Technology at the University of Sunderland.  John’s background is in education, completing his teaching degree in 2002. John also has an MSc. in Multimedia Systems, in which his thesis focused on participatory design in the classroom.