Adrian leads on the delivery of a new kind of world class R&D facility at North Lab – an integral part of what BBC R&D will be in the 21st century. This recently included managing the BBC Connected Studio programme, a £1Million fund supporting early stage concepts and public-facing pilots for online audience facing products.
Previously he was Head of Innovation Culture for BBC Research & Innovation – leading a small team focused on supporting open innovation programmes such as Backstage, BBC AHRC Knowledge Exchange, Innovation Labs and other strategic research collaborations.
His research focus is exploring the changing relationships between content, audience and technology in the emerging multi-genre & multi-platform environment.
Adrian’s recent research has been on areas related to new interfaces such as augmented reality, pervasive computing, the growth of participatory media and the potential value of play and application of game design to create new forms of education and entertainment.
Prior to joining the BBC, he co-led technical development on behalf of BT Research Labs with SMe companies; AvatarMe and Televirtual; on Avatars & Virtual Characters at TalkZone, Millennium Dome, London.
He has worked as an application specialist in motion capture for visual effects and games industries at Vicon and as a software developer in motion capture at Argonaut Technology, part of Argonaut Games.
Finally, Adrian holds a PhD in “Animatronics: The Development of an Automatic Facial Action Recognition System to Enhance Performance Control.” from Dept. of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne which was sponsored by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.