Dr Marianne Patera

Lecturer in Future Media Technology and Production

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I joined the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford in September 2009 as a Lecturer in Future Media Production and Technology. Previously, I was at the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art where in 2003 I gained an MPhil in 2D/3D Animation and in 2009 I completed my PhD on the potential of 3D visualisation in Art and Design education. The areas I specialise include 3D animation, Virtual Reality applications, video production, colour grading and practice-based research.

I have been using 3D animation and post-production software packages since 2000. While at the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art, I had the opportunity to work on a number of exciting and challenging research and commercial projects. The majority of them required the creation of realistic 3D models and animation, while others were primarily research-based involving user-testing and evaluation of displays, interfaces and/or new software. Some of the clients included: James Fisher Defense & Singapore Marine Technologies, SUZUKI US/Eon Reality, NESTA, 3Motion, Glasgow City Council, West Dunbartonshire Council and Clydebank Library.


I deliver/co-deliver a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels:

3D Animation & Virtual Environments

Research Methods

Research in Emerging Technologies

Animated Graphics

Mastering (for video)

Video Systems

Social Technologies

I’m the Final Year Project Coordinator for BSc Professional Sound & Video Technology and BEng in Digital Broadcast Technology

I’m one of the four Technology Enhanced Learning for the School of Computing Science and Engineering.

In 2011, I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

My research interests include: Virtual Environments and Virtual Reality applications, educational technology, colour research and art and design education.
My practice and research are interdisciplinary as my interests usually combine art/design, education and computer science. I have collaborated with researchers, from a range of subject areas such as Computer Science, Psychology, Engineering, Education and Environment Sciences in a number of research and commercial projects.

I am a member of the Virtual Environments and Future Media Research Centre.

Since 2010, I have been collaborating with the Fashion department at the University of Salford. This collaboration has brought together students from art, design and technology backgrounds and in the last two year has produced two fashion iPhone apps

'27' https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/27/id441622309?mt=8 and '30' https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/30/id529885527?mt=8

We have also run two very exciting all-day collaborative projects with the fashion department of RMIT in Melbourne.

Qualifications and Memberships

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice & Research

University of Salford

PhD: “The potential of 3D visualisation technology in Art & Design education”

Glasgow School of Art/University of Glasgow, UK

MPhil: Advanced 2D/3D Motion Graphics

Glasgow School of Art/ University of Glasgow, UK

BA (Hons) Graphic Arts Technology

Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece


Shaw, D., Patera, M., Paparidou, E. & Wolff, R. (2012). Evaluation of the prototype mobile phone app Pugh: a 3D cartoon character designed to help deaf children to speech read. In P. Sharkey (ed.): Proc. 9th Intl Conf. Disability, Virtual Reality & Associated Technologies, 2012 ICDVRAT, 10-12 Sept, Laval, France, pp.159-166.

Mooney, J., Griffiths, L., Patera, M., Roby, J., Ogden, P. & Driscoll, P. (2012)  An Electronic Tabletop 'eTableTop' Exercise for UK Police Major Incident Education. In Proc. of 12th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), IEEEXplore, Rome, Italy, pp. 40-42.

Mooney, J., Driscoll, P., Patera, M. & Griffiths, L. (2011). Evolving emergency planning tabletop exercises. Poster exhibited at: Education in a Changing Environment (ECE) 6th International Conference, Creativity and Engagement in Higher Education, 6-8 July 2011, Greater Manchester, UK.

Matus, C., Patera, M. & Neaf, M. (2009). Designing Musicology in an Interactive Environment.Poster presented at the 6th International Conference for Research in Music Education (RIME). 14-18 April, School of Education, University of Exeter, UK.

Patera, M., Draper, S. & Naef, M. (2008). Exploring Magic Cottage: a Virtual Reality Environment for Stimulating Children's Imaginative Writing. Interactive Learning Environments, 16 (3), 245-263.

Patera, M. & Draper, S.W. (2007). Colour & Interior Design: Using Virtual Reality Technology to Study the Effects of Scale. In proceedings of Designs on e-learning, 2nd International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology in Art Design & Communication, 12-14 September, London, UK.

Patera, M. & Draper, S.W. (2007). Do Immersive Environments Improve Interior Design Students’ Apprehension of Space? In proceedings of Designs on e-learning, 2nd International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology in Art Design & Communication, 12-14 September, London, UK.

Charissis, V., Naef, M., Papanastasiou, S. & M. Patera (2007) Designing a Direct Manipulation HUD Interface for In-Vehicle Infotainment, Book title: Human-Computer Interaction. Interaction Platforms and Techniques, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 4551/2007, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, pp. 551-559

Charissis, V., Nomicos, S. & Patera, M. (2007) Prototype System for Virtual Reality Simulation and Training: Initial Implementation for Large Printing Units. 3rd International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication, ICTVC 07, From Verbal to Graphic, 20-23 June, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Charissis, V. & Patera, M. (2007) Symbolic vs Alphanumeric: Representations in Human Machine Interface Design. 9th World Congress of Semiotics, IASS-AIS 2007, Communication: Understanding/Misunderstanding, 11-17 June, Helsinki/Imatra, Finland.

Charissis. V., Arafat, S., Patera, M., Christomanos, C. & Chan, W. (2007) AI for Driving Simulator for Driving Vehicles and Accident Events. In proceedings of the International Conference in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, AIA’07, 13-15 February, Innsbruck, Austria.

Charissis, V., Naef, M. & Patera, M. (2007) Calibration requirements of an automotive HUD Interface using a Virtual Environment: Methodology and Implementation. In proceedings of the IASTED International Conference in Graphics and Visualisation in Engineering, GVE’07, 3-5 January, Clearwater, Florida, USA.

Charissis,V., Papanastasiou, S. & Patera, M. (2007) Human Machine Interface for Prototype Head Up Display: Comparative study between 2D and VR Simulation Results. In proceedings of Transport Science and Technology Congress, TRANSTEC ’07, Prague, Czech Republic.

Patera, M. & Draper, S.W. (2007) Immersive 3D visualisation and teaching colour use to interior designers. CAL 07, Development, Disruption & Debate. 26-28 March, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Patera, M., Naef, M. & Draper, S.W. (2006) The Magic Cottage: A Virtual Reality Environment for Stimulating Children’s Imaginative Writing. In proceedings of the 4th International Narrative and Interactive Learning Environments Conference, NILE 06, 8-11 August, Edinburgh, UK, pp. 67-75

Patera, M., Draper, S.W. & McWhirr, M. (2005) A Novel Approach to Colour Education and Comparative Testing of Physical and Digital Versions. In proceedings of Designs on e-learning, 1st International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology in Art Design and Communication, 14-16 September, London, UK.

Patera, M., Draper, S.W. & McWhirr, M. (2005) Using educational theory and advanced technology in colour education. In proceedings of the 10th Congress of the International Colour Association, AIC 05, 8-13 May, Granada, Spain, pp. 77-80