Biography

I am a physicist and engineer strongly committed to trans-disciplinary teaching and research. To date I have held academic positions in a number of countries including New Zealand, Sweden, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates. I have published teaching resources and research books with Springer-Verlag, John Wiley & Sons, Cengage and Macmillan.  I am an Accreditation Inspector for the British Computer Society (BCS), and for the British Accreditation Council (BAC).

Your Thoughts About Online Learning

Since 2000 I have been extensively involved with the fully online and blended learning scenarios. This work has involved me in the trialing of innovative delivery techniques, extensive online and blended learning teaching, the development of multimedia materials, and the adoption/evaluation of rigorous authentication processes. 

I'm strongly committed to all aspects of digitally enhanced learning - particularly in terms of the use of techniques that allow the warmth and richness of human communication to transcend the underlying technologies. 

Key aims are to enhance the scope and profundity of the student learning experience, to increase accessibility, to fully support the flexible learning modality, and to enhance the efficiency of the delivery process. Above all, a key aim is to develop flexible processes which enable every student to gain maximum potential from the educational experience, irrespective of geographical location.


Professional

Professional Memberships

Member, Institute of Physics (MInstP)

Qualifications

  • PhD (Physics), University of Manchester
  • BSc (Hons) (Physics), University of Manchester
  • Chartered IT Professional Fellow, British Computer Society (FBCS)
  • Chartered IT Professional (CITP), British Computer Society
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng), British Computer Society
  • Chartered Physicist (CPhys), Institute of Physics

Publications

BOOKS

  1. B.G. Blundell, Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing and Technology Centred Engineering: A Student’s Perspective (for publication 2017).
  2. B.G. Blundell, 3D Displays and Spatial Interaction: Exploring the Science, Art, Evolution, and Use of 3D Technologies, Volume II: From Autostereoscopic Systems to Haptic Interfaces. (This is the second volume of a three-volume work) (in progress).
  3. B.G. Blundell, About 3D Volumetric Displays, Walker & Wood Limited (150 pages), ISBN 978-0-473-19376-8 (2011).
  4. B.G. Blundell, 3D Displays and Spatial Interaction: Exploring the Science, Art, Evolution, and Use of 3D Technologies, Volume I: From Perception to Technology, Walker & Wood Limited (419 pages), ISBN 978-0-473-17700-3 (2011).
  5. B.G. Blundell, An Introduction to Computer Graphics and Creative 3D Environments, Springer-Verlag London, ISBN: 978-1-848-00041-4 (501 pages) (showcased at SIGGRAPH 2008) (2008).
  6. P. Duquenoy, S. Jones, and B.G. Blundell (ed. and co-author), Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Computing. Cengage Learning EMEA (FastTrack series), ISBN 978-184-480749-9 (2008).
  7. B.G. Blundell, Enhanced Visualization: Making Space for 3D Images. John Wiley NY (Interscience series) (432 pages) ISBN 0-471-78629-2 (2007).
  8. B.G. Blundell and A.J.Schwarz, Creative 3D Display and Interaction Interfaces: A Trans-Disciplinary Approach, (371 pages, main author), John Wiley NY (Interscience series), ISBN 0-471-48271-4 (2006).
  9. B.G. Blundell, Introduction to Computing Hardware, Middlesex University Press (220 pages), ISBN 1-904750-19-2 (2006). Subsequently published in revised form by Cengage Learning EMEA (FastTrack series) ISBN 978-1844807512 (2008).
  10. R.Belavkin, B.G. Blundell, P.Cairns, C.Huyck, I.Mitchell and T.Stockman, Management Support Systems, Middlesex University Press (327 pages, main author), ISBN 1-898-25368-4 (2005).
  11. B.G. Blundell and N. Khan, Computer Systems and Networks, Middlesex University Press (333 pages, main author), ISBN 1-904-75024-9 (2005). Subsequently published in revised form by Cengage Learning EMEA (FastTrack series) (300 pages, main author), ISBN 1-844-80639-1 (2007).
  12. B.G. Blundell and A. J. Schwarz, Volumetric Three-Dimensional Display Systems. Wiley-IEEE Press, (330 pages, main author), ISBN: 0-471-23928-3 (2000).
  13. B.G. Blundell and C. N. Daskalakis (eds), Using and Administering an Apollo Network, (main editor, 270 pages), Macmillan Education (Macmillan Computer Science Series), ISBN 0-333-468-04X (1988). 
  14. B.G. Blundell, C.N. Daskalakis, N.A.E. Heyes and T.P. Hopkins  (eds), An Introductory Guide to Silvar Lisco and Hilo Simulators, (main editor, 208 pages), Macmillan Education (Macmillan Computer Science Series), ISBN 0-333-448-480 (1987).

 

PAPERS, CONFERENCES, ARTICLES

  1. B.G. Blundell, On the Uncertain Future of the Volumetric 3D Display Paradigm, 3DResearch, 8 (11) (Springer) (2017).
  2. B.G. Blundell, Trump Tactics, Letter in Physics World, 30 (3), p21 (2017).
  3. B.G. Blundell, Education: When Investment in Technology is not enough, ITNow (OUP), 58 (2), pp.42-43 (2016).
  4. B.G. Blundell, Volumetric 3D Displays, in ‘Handbook of Visual Display Technology’(2nd edn) (eds. J.Chen, W. Cranton, M. Fihn), Springer International Publishing, in association with Canopus Publishing (invited). ISBN 978-3-319-14347-7 (September 2016).
  5. B.G. Blundell and M. Fihn, Introduction to 3D Displays, in ‘Handbook of Visual Display Technology’ (2nd edn) (eds. J.Chen, W. Cranton, M. Fihn), Springer International Publishing, in association with Canopus Publishing (invited). ISBN 978-3-319-14347-7 (September 2016).
  6. B.G. Blundell, Digitally Enhanced Learning: Facing up to the Camera, ITNow (OUP), 57 (2), pp.40-41. DOI 10.1093/itnow/bwv046 (2015).
  7. B.G. Blundell, On Alternative Approaches to 3D Image Perception: Monoscopic 3D Techniques, 3D Research (Springer-Verlag), 6 (2). DOI 10.1007/s13319-015-0047-6 (2015).
  8. B.G. Blundell and L W Lu, Ethical and Professional Issues: Reflections on Course Evolution, Innovation and Student Engagement, Proc. BCS INSPIRE (International Conference for Process Improvement, Research and Education), Loughborough University, 31st March 2015 (UK), “Outlook on Computing Education”, eds. M King, R Lock, R Dawson, M Ross, G Staples, J Uhomoibhi , ISBN 978-0-9926958-7-3 (2015).
  9. B.G. Blundell, Curious 3D Perception Phenomena: Stereopsis – by Default, Discussion Paper (April 2015).
  10. B.G. Blundell and L W Lu, Ethical and Professional Issues: Transcending the Obstacles to Student Engagement, Proc. BCS INSPIRE (International Conference for Process Improvement, Research and Education) 2013 “Education Inspires”, eds. J Uhomoibhi, S Barikzai, M Ross and G Staples, ISBN 978-0-9563140-9-3 (2013).
  11. B.G. Blundell, Engaging the Student Voice in Learning and Teaching, AUT Learning and Teaching Forum, 19th Sept 2013, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand (2013).
  12. B.G. Blundell, On Aspects of Glasses-Free 3D Cinema 70 Years Ago, 3rd Dimension, Veritas et Visus (published in four parts); Sep 2013, 8 (4), pp. 52-71, Nov 2013, 8 (5), pp. 58-66, Dec 2013, 8 (6), pp. 60-67, Feb 2014, 8 (7), pp. 61-70 (invited). Originally a White Paper, subsequently invited for publication in 3rd Dimension.
  13. B.G. Blundell, 3D Technology, ITNow (OUP), 55(3), pp42-43 (2013).
  14. B.G. Blundell, On Exemplar 3D Display Techniques: Summary Discussion, 3rd Dimension, Veritas et Visus, (published in three parts, April (7 (5), pp.65-66), July (7 (6), pp.56-71), and August (7 (7), pp.59-67) (2012) (invited). Originally a White Paper, subsequently invited for publication in 3rd Dimension.
  15. B.G. Blundell, A Hundred Years of Volumetric Research – Where to Now?, 3rd Dimension, Veritas et Visus, 7 (4), pp. 70-73 (February 2012) (invited).
  16. B.G. Blundell, 3D Graphic Displays, in ‘McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2012’, McGraw-Hill Companies (2011) (invited).
  17. B.G. Blundell, Are We Getting 3D right?, ITNow (OUP), 53 (3), pp30-31 (2011).
  18. B.G. Blundell, Volumetric 3D Display Devices, in ‘Handbook of Visual Display Technology’ (1st edn) (eds. W. Cranton, M. Fihn and J. Chen), Canopus Academic Publishing and Springer Verlag GmbH (invited) (2011).
  19. B.G. Blundell, On Volume Based 3D Display Techniques, Information Resources Management Journal, 24 (4), pp.50-60 (2011). This article now also appears in “Management Information Resources and Technology: Emerging Application and Theories (Premier Reference Source)”, ed. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, published by Information Science Reference, pp.257-267 (2012).
  20. B.G. Blundell, Volumetric Displays, in McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2009, McGraw-Hill Companies, ISBN 9-78007-1605625 (invited) (2008).
  21. B.G. Blundell, Images in Space: Emerging 3D Technologies, ITNow (OUP), 50 (6), pp8-11, (2008) (invited).
  22. B.G. Blundell, An Uncertain Voyage, ITNow (OUP), 49 (3), pp.32-33 (2007).
  23. B.G. Blundell, Images in Space: From Baird to the Internet, Electronics World, 112, pp.26-29 (2007).
  24. B.G. Blundell, 3D Display Systems: Myth and Reality, ITNow (OUP), 48 (1), pp.32-33 (2006).
  25. B.G. Blundell, Baird and the Volumetric Display, Engineering and Technology (IET), 1 (5), pp.36-40 (2006).
  26. B.G. Blundell and A.J. Schwarz, The Classification of Volumetric Display Systems: Characteristics and Predictability of the Image Space, IEEE Trans.Visualization and Computer Graphics, 8, pp. 66-75 (2002).
  27. B.G. Blundell and A.J. Schwarz, An Alternative Approach to Human-Computer Interaction, Interfaces, No. 41, pp. 12-15 (1999).
  28. L. Pazdernik and B.G. Blundell, Teaching Chemistry and Physics at AUS, 44th ICASS, Ontario, Canada, 13-17 August (1998).
  29. B.G. Blundell, On the Development of Higher Performance Volumetric Display Systems, Invited Paper, Spring Conference on Computer Graphics and its Applications, April 23-25, Budmerice, Slovakia (1998).
  30. A.J. Schwarz and B.G. Blundell, Optimizing Dot-Graphics for Volumetric Displays, IEEE Trans. on Computer Graphics and Applications, 17, pp. 72-78 (Feature article) (1997).
  31. B.G. Blundell and A. J. Schwarz, Volumetric Three-Dimensional Displays, Especially Those Based on Gaseous Media or Crystals, in McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 1996, McGraw-Hill Companies (invited) (1995).
  32. B.G. Blundell and A. J. Schwarz, Visualization of Complex System Dynamics on a Volumetric 3D Display Device, Proceedings “Visualisierung – Dynamik und Komplexitaet”, Bremen, Germany, 24-26 September (1995).
  33. B.G. Blundell and A.J. Schwarz, A Graphics Hierarchy for the Visualization of 3D Images by Means of a Volumetric Display System, Proceedings IEEE Tencon, Singapore ’94, pp.1-5 (1994).
  34. A.J. Schwarz and B.G. Blundell, Regions of Extreme Image Distortion in Rotating-Screen Volumetric Display Systems, Computers and Graphics, 18 (5) pp. 643-652 (1994).
  35. A.J. Schwarz and B.G. Blundell, Considerations for Accurate Voxel Positioning on a Rotating-Screen Volumetric Display System, IEE Proceedings J.Optoelectronics, 141 (5) pp.336-344 (1994).
  36. B.G. Blundell, A. J. Schwarz and D. K. Horrell, The Cathode Ray Sphere: A Prototype System to Display Volumetric Three-Dimensional Images, Optical Engineering, 33 (1) pp. 180-186 (1994).
  37. B.G. Blundell, A.J. Schwarz and D.K. Horrell, The Cathode Ray Sphere: A Prototype Volumetric Display System, Proceedings Eurodisplay ‘93, Strasbourg, France (Late News papers) pp.593-6 (1993).
  38. B.G. Blundell, A.J. Schwarz and D.K. Horrell, Visualization of and Interaction with Spatial Information by Means of a Volumetric Three-Dimensional Graphics Peripheral, Proceedings SPIE 1993, Budapest, Hungary, pp.207-8 (1993).
  39. A.J. Schwarz and B.G. Blundell, Considerations Regarding Voxel Brightness in Volumetric Displays Utilizing Two-Step Excitation Processes, Optical Engineering, 32 (11) pp. 2818-2823 (1993).
  40. B.G. Blundell, A. J. Schwarz and D. K. Horrell, Volumetric Three-Dimensional Display Systems - their Past, Present and Future, IEE Science and Engineering Education Journal, 2 (5) pp. 196-200 (1993).
  41. P.J. Bones and B.G. Blundell, Software Engineering for Electrical Engineers, Int.J.Elect.Eng. Educ., 29 (2), April, pp. 183-185 (1992).
  42. A.J. Schwarz and B.G. Blundell, Volumetric Image Presentation on the Cathode Ray Sphere, Proceedings 7th New Zealand Image Processing workshop, pp.95-100 (1992). Nominated best paper.
  43. B.G. Blundell and A.J. Schwarz, The Cathode Ray Sphere: A Volumetric Three-Dimensional Display System, Proceedings Applied Optics and Optoelectronics ‘92 (Institute of Physics, Leeds, UK) , pp.252-4 (1992).
  44. B.G. Blundell and W. King, Outline of a Low-Cost Prototype System to Display Three-Dimensional Images, IEEE Trans.on Instr.and Measurement, 40 (4), pp. 792-793 (1991).
  45. P.J. Bones and B.G. Blundell, Introduction of a Software Engineering Course for Electrical Engineering Undergraduates, Proceedings 3rd Triennial Conf. AEESEAP, Christchurch, New Zealand, pp.281-5 (1991).
  46. B.G. Blundell, G.J. Crombie and A.J. Schwarz, The Development of a Three-Dimensional Display System: The Cathode Ray Sphere, NELCON Proceedings, New Zealand 28 pp.7-12 (awarded Best Conference Paper) (1991).
  47. J. Meaburn, B.G. Blundell and D. Gregory, An Echelle Spectrograph for use at the Anglo-Australian Telescope, Mon. Notes Roy. Astro. Soc. (1983).
  48. D.A. Andrews, J. G. Baker, B.G. Blundell and G. C. Petty, Spectroscopic Application of Three Level Microwave Double Resonance, J. Mol. Struct. 97, pp. 271-283 (1983).

 

PATENTS GRANTED

  1. B.G. Blundell, US6054817, granted 25 April 2000.
  2. B.G. Blundell, US5703606, granted 30 December 1997.
  3. B.G. Blundell, EP659323B1, 14 July 1999, DE69325659T2, 16 March 2000, CN1059512B, 13 December 2000.

Interests

Research Interests

My main area of research concerns the theory, modelling, implementation and evaluation of innovative autostereoscopic display technologies. Other areas of research include the human visual system, haptic interaction and innovative interaction interfaces, blended learning, and the history of maths and of technology. All of these areas have a strong transdisciplinary flavour.