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    University of Lincoln
    Brayford Pool
    LN6 7TS
    United Kingdom

    Dr John Shearer

    Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

    School of Computer Science
    College of Science

    About John Shearer

    John Shearer is Senior Lecturer in Games Computing, in the Lincoln Social Computing Research Centre at the University of Lincoln, UK. With interests around “creative play in public spaces” his research walks between Computer Science and the Arts. His works has resulted in both academic papers and a large number of public performances and installations, both in the UK and internationally - works include:
    - humanaquarium
    - nightingallery
    - myGreatNorthRun
    - eyeResonator / mindCupola

    Shearer’s PhD on persuasive, interactive non-verbal behaviour in virtual characters was driven by a strong interest in developing more engaging, persuasive, and fun interfaces. He holds a BEng (Hons) in Computer Science from York University, UK.

    Prior to the recent move to Lincoln, Shearer was a long-time member of the Digital Interaction Group ( based in Culture Lab ( at Newcastle University, UK. He presently teaches 3D Computer Graphics and Games Programming on the University of Lincoln’s Games Computing programme balancing his ‘softer’ arts and HCI outputs with hardcore technical capabilities. He would say he can’t help but get down and get his hands dirty building in the real world - from art installations and physical computer devices to custom leather work and just about anything that he can get away with.

    Department Responsibilities

    Games Computing Programme Leader
    Module Leader for:
      - Graphics
      - Games Programming
    Athena Swan Committee

    Subject Specialism

    Creative Play in Public Spaces. Inter/trans/anti-discipline interests


    • PhD Computing Science — Newcastle University, 2008
    • BEng Computer Science — University of York, 2002

    External Activities and Consultancy

    External Examining (PhDs)
    Company Director of ExhibitForge Ltd.

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

    • Zics, Brigitta and Shearer, John and Miklós, Peternák (2015) Eye resonator at the power plant. At: Eye Resonator At The Power Plant, 30th April - 3rd May 2015, Kelenföld Power Plant Station, Budapest.
    • Zics, Brigitta and Shearer, John and Wood, Gavin and Parkinson, Adam (2014) Eye resonator. At: Kinetica Art Fair, 16th – 19th October 2014, Old Truman Brewery.
    • Zics, Brigitta and Shearer, John and Wood, Gavin and Parkinson, Adam (2014) Eye resonator. At: Fictional interludes I, 3 - 5 June 2014, Culture Lab, Newcastle University.
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