Computer Animation & Visual Effects

Jian Jun Zhang

Professor Jian Jun Zhang

Professor of Computer Graphics

Areas of expertise

Jian is one of the founders of the Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE), a multimillion pound organisation with the goal of producing the next generation of technical leaders in the area of computer animation, computer games and digital effects. He has a particular interest in using computer animation in anatomical medicine to improve surgical procedures and medical training…. Read more »

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Associate Dean and Head of the NCCA

Areas of expertise

Chris’ research interests lie in the relationship between education and industry. Currently he is undertaking a PhD which seeks to examine the specific relationships and connections between HE and employers in the animation, computer games and visual effects industries. His expertise is in computer animation and computer games education, having worked in HE for 20 years leading academic departments… Read more »

Adam Twycross

Adam Twycross

Associate Lecturer in Computer Animation

Areas of expertise

Adam runs the National Centre for Computer Animation’s (NCCA) MA programme in 3D computer animation where he teaches fundamentals of design, modelling techniques for production, human anatomy, Maya and ZBrush. Specialising as a 3D modeller, Adam’s production credits include the Xbox 360 game Disneyland Adventures and the Games Workshop graphic novel Macragge’s Honour. He is part of the… Read more »

Phil Spicer

Philip Spicer

Programme Leader for MA Digital Effects, NCCA

Areas of expertise

Philip is a Senior Lecturer in Animation specialising in digital effects for cinema. His primary area of expertise is Houdini, a 3D animation and effects software programme which he has been teaching for over 10 years. As a result, Bournemouth University is now formally recognised by Side Effects Software as a Houdini-Certified School. As part of his personal… Read more »

Richard Southern

Dr Richard Southern

Senior Lecturer in Computer Animation

Areas of expertise

Richard’s research applies principles from mathematics, biology and dynamics to character animation; uncovering new techniques to analyse and synthesise the motion of virtual characters. Currently his main interest is in studying the dynamics of energy-efficient human locomotion to derive new controllers for robots and virtual characters. Richard has made a number of broadcast appearances including Reuters and… Read more »

Sofronis Efstathiou

Sofronis Efstathiou

Principal lecturer in National Centre for Computer Animation and BFX Festival Director

Areas of expertise

Before teaching animation and visual effects at BU, Sofronis enjoyed great success in the film and game industries. He trained effects artists in Australia and the UK on projects such as 300, Happy Feet, WTC, CNET and Fable 2. Sofronis is also BFX Festival Director, working with studios and partners across the world to host a major visual… Read more »

Dr Christos Gatzidis

Senior Lecturer in Creative Technology

Areas of expertise

Christos specialises in computer games technology and development, and how games can be used in learning. As a result he has twice received European Commission funding for collaborative projects under the Lifelong Learning Programme. He has written on games development, particularly iOS game development for beginners in Epic Games’ Unreal Development Kit – an introduction… Read more »