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

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • In November 2015 I was personally contacted by Sean Kirkagaard, a commissioning editor for CNN International, to arrange a group of current or past students to work on a short (45s) animation to accompany an interview as part of their "Visionaries 2020" special feature. The concept was to pair visionary researchers with visionary animators to create visually engaging ways to convey complex concepts to the general public. I recruited a team students to undertake this project, alongside their other coursework, to create an animation to accompany an interview with Professor Julia Greer at CalTech. Along with Peter Truckell I acted as producer and liaison between the team and the researchers at CalTech, allowing us to come up with creative ways to convey those ideas and they developed an original and innovative colour palette and recognisable style to communicate the concepts. The students were paid a small commissioning fee of £150 per student, but being broadcast is its own reward. If the final animation was not up to a satisfactory standard then it would not have been broadcast, but the commissioning editor said: "Richard I'm so impressed with this! Fantastic effort and bravo you and your team!" What our clip and others here: The impact on the students experience is incalculable. Experience in working on a live brief in a team with a real client during only their second year of study is of exceptional value, but having their excellent work reach a global audience via recurring broadcast on CNNi and the continual availability on the CNN site has meant that both our students and the NCCA have enjoyed worldwide recognition for our work, and reinforced our international status for excellence.
  • Festival of Learning talk, 2014

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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