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Gary McDarby
Principal Research Scientist
MindGames group

Gary McDarby graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1988 with a 1st class honours degree in electronic engineering. He worked as a research and development engineer in the areas of digital audio and video and also spent some years as an avionics engineer with TEAM Aer Lingus. In 1995 he returned to UCD for a Masters degree in signal processing and mobile communications and then worked as an ASIC design engineer with Massana - a hardware development company. Gary completed his PhD Bio-medical signal processing in 2000 at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

The MindGames group works on a concept which has been termed 'Affective Feedback' which asks the question:...'is it possible to constructively affect the state of the human mind through a combination of sensory immersion, intelligent bio-feedback and multi-modal interface technologies?'

Gary McDarby has assembled a truly multi-disciplinary team to tackle this research question. The MindGames group, which he leads, has expertise in cognitive science, psychology, music composition, graphics, hardware design, games programming, games engine programming, artificial intelligence, mechanical engineering, robotics, biomedical signal processing and design. He believes in a design and research for all philosophy - by researching and developing technologies for extreme cases (his twist on extreme interfaces) in the human condition, a broader understanding of how technology (as a tool) can influence humanity positively is achieved.