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Daniel Finnegan  BSc, EngD, FHEA

Dr Daniel Finnegan


Senior Lecturer

School of Computer Science and Informatics

+44 29208 76890
Abacws, Room 2.60, Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4AG
Available for postgraduate supervision


I'm a Senior Lecturer (~Assoc Professor) working with the Human Centred Computing group. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD or other postgraduate supervision with me, please read this information first. I work on several different projects: the best way to learn about what I do is to visit my personal page:














I work on many different projects, and I'm always happy to meet new people, and am open to collaboration opportunities on projects involving HCI, perception, cognition, virtual reality, machine learning, software engineering, game design & development, and more generally the cultural impact of games. For more information, please see my personal page:


I am a Fellow of AdvanceHE (FHEA). I teach the following modules:

  • CM1301: Principles, Tools, and Techniques for Secure Software Engineering (Module Leader)
  • CM2101: Human Computer Interaction
  • CMT206: Human Centric Computing

For more information, please see my personal page:


Please see my personal page:

Honours and awards

  • US National Academy of Medicine Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge, 2021
    Catalyst Award
    Competitive funding awarded from the UKRI’s Economics & Social Science Research Council (ESRC) to explore mixed reality in the context of community building interventions for tackling loneliness and reducing feelings of isolation
  • Cardiff University Innovation for All Fund, 2021
    Competitive funding awarded from the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to build ViewfindR prototype version 2.0, a virtual learning environment for teaching students in video journalism to develop their creative skills and plan for filming.
  • Cardiff University (HEFCW) Global Challenges Research Fund Facilitation Grant, 2021
    Competitive funding awarded to conduct a workshop with colleagues in IIT Ropar, India, around IoT and VR in healthcare.
  • Cardiff University Education Innovation Projects Scheme, 2020
    Competitive funding awarded to fund a bright undergraduate student to come work in my lab and develop software integrating virtual reality technology into an educational environment over the summer of 2020
  • Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, 2020
    Competitive funding awarded to fund a bright undergraduate student to come work in my lab over the summer of 2020
    Heritage Dot Bursary, 2019
    Awarded to present work on developing Serious Games for a Social Change at the Heritage Dot Conference at the University of Lincoln, June 2019
  • Researcher Development Fund, 2016
    Awarded by University of Bath RDF to host a 1-day workshop on Games Research Across Academia and Industry
  • Public Engagement Fund, 2016
    Awarded by University of Bath PEF to host Bath’s first ever Human Library Project

Academic positions

  • 2018 - Present: Co-director of Echo Games, a community interest company (CIC) developing serious games for a social change.
  • EngD 2012 - 2017, University of Bath: Worked on human perception in virtual reality. As part of my EngD, I worked in London at a small software media agency developing audio games.
  • BSc 2008 - 2012, University College Dublin: Final year project involved sensor technology and computer vision to detect moving objects in video.

Committees and reviewing

  • ACM CHI; Proceedings of the ACM on Computer Human Interaction
  • ACM IMWUT; Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable, and Ubiquitous Technologies
  • PLOS One; Public Library of Science Journal
  • ETRI Journal; Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
  • Electronic Journal of e-Learning


  • Computing and Cultural Heritage
  • Loneliness and Tech4Connectedness
  • Virtual and mixed reality
  • Applications of machine learning
  • Serious games

Current supervision

Maximilian Curtis-hedges

Maximilian Curtis-hedges

Research student

Research themes


  • Virtual and mixed reality
  • Software engineering
  • loneliness
  • Serious games