Dr David White

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

After leaving University, David worked in the games industry, notably working on the now cult XBOX / PC title Call of Cthulhu, Dark Corners of the Earth. In 2009 David completed a PhD in Artificial Life and Simulation at the University of Birmingham. During his PhD David also undertook a contract to develop marine biology simulations for the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

In 2009 he was employed as Team Lead for 3D Technologies at Astraware - a mobile games company.

In 2012, David founded a company, Secret Attic Software, specialising in developing apps on iOS and Android. Over the five years Secret Attic Software bid for and won several contracts with several large organisations including the NHS, the Ministry of Defence, Keele University and Coventry University.

David joined Staffordshire University in late 2017, is the Research Lead and Course Leader for PhDs in the department of Games and Visual Effects.

Professional memberships and activities

Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy)

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Artificial Life and Simulation, 2009. University of Birmingham.
  • BSc (hons), 1st Class, Computer Science. Staffordshire University.


C++, 3D Graphics Programming, Artificial Life, Agent Based Modelling

Research interests

C++, 3D Graphics Programming, Artificial Life, Agent Based Modelling


Further Games and Graphics Concepts, Artificial Intelligence (Levels 5 & 6), Low Level Games Programming, Advanced Graphics and Real Time Rendering.


Bedson J., Cooke K., White D., Wathall S., Dent S., Chen Y., van der Windt D. Validity, acceptability, and clinical usefulness of a smartphone tablet application for monitoring pain in patients with musculoskeletal conditions. (2018)
Stone, R., White, D., Guest, R. et al. The Virtual Scylla: an exploration of “serious games”, artificial life and simulation complexity. In: Virtual Reality (2009)
White D. (2008) Developing Artificial Life Simulations of Marine Biology and Exploring Measures of Complexity. In: Computer Modeling and Simulation, 2008. EMS 2008

White D. (2007) Variance in Water Temperature as a Factor in the Modelling of Starfish and Mussel Population Density and Diversity. In: Advances in Artificial Life. ECAL 2007

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020