Helen's research is in the field of computer graphics, virtual environments, visual perception and data visualisation. She has a BSc (2010) and PhD (2014) in Computer Science from Bangor University. She moved to Aberystwyth in 2014 to work as PDRA on the HeritageTogether project, collecting 3D digital recordings of neolithic archeology sites in Wales. In 2015 she became a lecturer for the department. Since 2016, Helen has been working as part of Aberystwyth University’s ExoMars team, simulating images from the perspective of the PanCam instrument led by UCL/MSSL and developing processes to work with the images taken by PanCam.
She is currently leading the £2.4m ESF Advanced Media Production project to develop a postgraduate-level training programme, supporting Wales’ creative industries sector by training professionals and graduates to exploit new technologies in media production. The project was shortlisted for the 2021 Times Higher Education Awards 'Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year'.
Helen is very interested in engaging with the public and communicating science, helping to plan and run outreach activities that aim to spark an interest in science and computer science. She helps run the Aberystwyth Robotics Club, and co-leads development of Barnes the full-scale model of the ExoMars rover.
Helen is a member of the BCS, and is on the committees for BCSWomen and BCS Mid Wales. From 2017-2020, Helen was chair of the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, an annual conference for undergraduate women in computing.
- Computer graphics
- Virtual environments and virtual reality
- Visual perception
- Data visualisation
- Virtual reconstruction
- Computer Science Employability Coordinator (2016-18)
- Computer Science Head of Admissions, Marketing and Recruitment (2017+)