Richard Southern

Dr Richard Southern

  • Head Of Computer Animation Department
  • Weymouth House W243, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Richard is Head of Department at the National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University, the leading school for education and research in Computer Animation and Visual Effects in the UK and one of the top 5 worldwide. He has undertaken research in many areas of Computer Graphics, including dynamical modelling, fluid simulation, geometry processing, virtual reality and real-time rendering. In collaboration with partners in the Visual Effects industry he continues to develop high performance and practical solutions to many problems related to film production.

Journal Articles


  • Southern, R., Marais, P. and Blake, E., 2001. Generic Memoryless Polygonal Simplification. Computer graphics, virtual reality and visualisation in Africa: Proceedings of the 1st international Conference:AFRIGRAPH 2001, Camps Bay, Cape Town South Africa, November 5-7, 2001. New York: ACM, 7-15.
  • Southern, R., Perkins, S., Steyn, B., Muller, A., Marais, P. and Blake, E., 2001. A Stateless Client for Progressive View-Dependent Transmission. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on 3D Web Technology. New York: ACM, 43-50.



PhD Students

  • Min Jiang. Simulation of Dynamic Foam
  • Paras Salunkhe. Passive Dynamics for Computer Animation
  • Richard Jones, 2017. Controllable Fluid
  • Declan Russell, 2019. Sampling methods in Rendering

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Principles of Rendering
  • Final Major Project and Dissertation
  • Advanced Graphics Software Development Techniques

Invited Lectures

  • SPH Sampling and its Applications, Manchester University, 12 Apr 2018 more


  • Robot Controllers for Character Animation (CDE / BU, 01 Jan 2015). Awarded
  • How Do We Move? Building a mathematical model for motion adaptation from biological principles (Center for Digital Entertainment, 01 Feb 2013). Awarded

Consultancy Activities

  • Double Negative C++ short course, A series of lectures delivered at Double Negative on programming.. Double Negative studios, London, Jon Macey, 01 Nov 2014


  • PGCE in Education Practice (HEFCE, 2013)
  • PhD in Computer Science (Cambridge University, 2007)
  • MSc in Computer Science (University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2003)
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2001)


  • Special Interest Group in Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, Member (2017-),
  • Bournemouth University Senate, Member (2015-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow (2012-),
  • Faculty Research Degrees Committee, Member (2011-),
  • ACM Siggraph, Member (2009-),
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