Dr David White

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I graduated from Staffordshire University in 2000 with a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. After leaving University, I worked in the games industry, notably working on the now cult XBOX / PC title Call of Cthulhu, Dark Corners of the Earth. In 2009 I completed a PhD in Artificial Life and Simulation at the University of Birmingham. During my PhD I also undertook a contract to develop marine biology simulations for the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. In 2009 I was employed as Team Lead for 3D Technologies at Astraware, and following that, in 2012, I founded Secret Attic Software specialising in developing apps on iOS and Android. Over five years Secret Attic Software won several contracts with organisations such as the NHS, the Ministry of Defence, Keele University and Coventry University. I joined Staffordshire University in late 2017. I’m currently the Course Leader for PhDs and Research Lead in the department of Games and Visual Effects. Research interests are in Artificial Life, Artificial Intelligence, VR, and AR.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy)
  • External Examiner for Keele University


Academic qualifications

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


  • Post-graduate research supervision
  • Project Management
  • Research and development in academia and industry
  • C++
  • 3D Graphics Programming
  • Artificial Life
  • Agent Based Modelling

Research interests

  • Artificial Life
  • Agent Based Modelling
  • Simulation
  • Serious Games

Enterprise and commercial interests

I am actively working with the Staffordshire University SDIP programme to generate income and help local businesses to develop mobile game-based projects.

I have worked on several projects in industry and academia, developing applications for the health, education, and serious games for training. This has involved organisations such as the NHS, the British Army, Royal Navy, Keele University and Coventry University.



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


  • PhD Supervisor

Postgraduate supervision

  • PhD research in Serious Games and Artificial Intelligence
  • MSc research in quantum computing


  • White D. Adaptive functions in an agent-based model of an economic system (Review Pending - 2021)
  • 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. Developing Artificial Life Simulations of Marine Biology and Exploring Measures of Complexity. In: Computer Modeling and Simulation, 2008. EMS 2008 (2008)
  • White D. 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 (2007)
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