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I am a lecturer for Computer Games Development courses at University of the West of Scotland. Technologies and developments in Computer Games have been my interest as well as my hobby. Starting off from my BSc Honors Project which I created an online game-based knowledge management system, I did my PhD project which was in adaptivity and personalisation in game-based learning.

From my working experience and academic studies, particularly my MSc study in which I developed an automatic multiple choice question generator by analysing physiological databases, I developed interests in adaptive system, data analysis / mining and visualisation. During my employment at the University of the West of Scotland, I have been involved in projects on Serious Games for professional trainings as well as projects on adaptive systems to improve operational process for SME clients.

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Serious Games to teach hard skills in various subject areas such as STEM, Software Engineering, Languages, Health and Nursing and also to soft skills such as motivations, leadership and teamwork / collaboration.
  • Adaptive System and Big Data which includes Data analysis and Visualisation

Current research activities

  • Clinical Decision Support and Predictive Analytics
  • Computer Games using Location-based system for educational and commercial purposes
  • The use of ‘real data’, such as from data.gov.uk, in enhancing Computer Games’ immersion and gameplay experience
  • The potential of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in further enhancing the learning effectiveness of Serious Games
  • Cross-comparison between adaptive system in Serious Games and other areas such as eLearning, eCommerce, Software Engineering, Logistics, etc
  • Investigate individual and collective learning style(s) in collaborative learning in Serious Games
  • Learning strategies for language learning through Serious Games
  • Big Data application in Oil and Gas and Geoscience

Desired research direction

Big Data, Adaptive System, Data Analysis and Visualisation

Target collaborative companies

SME particularly in Scotland and the UK

Target collaborative organisations

  • Governmental organisations / government-funded organisations such City Councils, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Development International, Digital Health Institute and National Health Service

  • Cultural Organisations such as museums, art galleries, garden and park commissions, visitScotland and Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Mobile and Web Development
  • Knowledge Management system
  • Location-based system
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
  • Learning Technologies
  • Virtual Learning Environment


  • QA76 Computer software
  • Serious Games
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Visualisation

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Research Output 2011 2017

SAFER Maternity: A Clinical Decision Support System with an Authoring Tool for Clinicians

Chaudy, Y., Connolly, T., Magowan, B. & Soflano, M., 3 Oct 2017. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Decision support systems
Decision trees
Risk assessment
Query languages
Adaptive systems

Learning style analysis in adaptive GBL application to teach SQL

Soflano, M., Connolly, T. M. & Hainey, T., Aug 2015, In : Computers & Education. 86, p. 105-119

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A preliminary evaluation of an immersive 3D simulated practice environment for social and health care training

Hainey, T., Connolly, T. M., Boyle, L., Chaudy, Y., Soflano, M., Farrier, S., Scott, F., Barbour, F., Roberts, N., Lawrie, J. & Wilson, N., 2014, p. 1-9. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

health care
mobile social services
computer game
social science

A Randomised Controlled Trial to Evaluate Learning Effectiveness Using an Adaptive Serious Game to Teach SQL at Higher Education Level

Hainey, T., Soflano, M. & Connolly, T. M., 2014, Psychology, Pedagogy, and Assessment in Serious Games. Connolly, T. M., Hainey, T., Boyle, E., Baxter, G. & Moreno-Ger, P. (eds.). Hershey, PA, USA: Idea Group Inc, p. 270-291 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

interactive media
computer game


Virtual reality
Sensory feedback