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Launched in 1997, the DDS has been engaged with research from inception and has attracted major research funding from EPSRC, NESTA, AHRC, Scottish Enterprise, EU FP6&7, RCUK Academic Fellowship, and Historic Scotland, and industrial partners such as Ford Motor Company USA, QinetiQ, the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), BAE Systems, Thales, Fisher Defence, and BBC Scotland.  

The DDS has a large portfolio of projects centred on expertise in real-time 3D visualization, 3D sound, modelling and animation. It includes work for Glasgow City Council (Glasgow Urban Model), Clydebank Rebuilt (Titan crane), QinetiQ (visualising innovative ship design), Thales (Future Infantry Soldier programme), James Fisher Defence (Submarine Rescue Service), and the BBC (real-time virtual model for BBC Scotland's new headquarters). It has also been successful in growing its CPD activities providing specially tailored courses to industry, academic and local government. 

Notable firsts include a SFC Strategic Research Development Grant leading to the establishment of the Virtual Design Institute, a large scale EPSRC award (1.1 million), for a three year research project called Sci-Fi (the first to be awarded to an Art School within the UK) and Glasgow School of Art’s first Proof of Concept award for the development of 3Motion, a gesture-based interaction tool pre-dating the Nintendo Wii. 

A five year RCUK Academic Fellowship was awarded to the DDS, as part of the department's Web directed research theme within its 3D visualization activities, to explore the use of games and animation techniques for movement, sound and interaction to embody semantic structures. 

A selection of our completed research projects is shown in the menu to the left.