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My name is Dr Darryl Charles and this is my portfolio website. I am a computer science lecturer at Ulster University, Northern Ireland, where I specialise in games and virtual/augmented/mixed reality research and development.

My research over the past 25 years 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. Investigating the design of 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 computational intelligence and serious games topics.