My name is Dr Darryl Charles and this is my portfolio website. I am based on the Coleraine campus of the Ulster University in Northern Ireland where I specialise in computer games in both entertainment and serious games contexts.
I’ve been a lecturer and researcher in higher education for over twenty years. My research has covered topics such as gamification, unsupervised neural networks, computational intelligence in games, cloud gaming, serious games, game-based learning, intelligent interactive digital storytelling, and player profiling and modelling. Recently my research has mainly focused on health contexts and creating VR and AR experiences and games with natural user interfaces to help motivate people to engage with learning, exercise and rehabilitation.
I was one of the first to teach game development at undergraduate level within an Irish university. My teaching has evolved as new technologies have emerged. I started with C++ and DirectX, later used XNA to help students focus more on design, and more recently switched to Unity3D and Unreal. My teaching courses often focus on areas that relate to my research, particularly game AI and serious games topics.