Ian Parberry is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and Director of the Laboratory for Recreational Computing at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, USA.

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Dr. Parberry received his PhD in 1984 from the University of Warwick in England. Twenty of his more than thirty years experience in academia are at the rank of Full Professor. He is author or coauthor of over 100 academic publications that include six books and over 75 articles (23 as sole author) in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops. These cover a wide range of computing topics that include analog computing, artificial intelligence, artificial neural networks, audio computing, circuit complexity, combinatorial search, computational complexity theory, computational economics, computational geography, computational learning theory, computational meteorology, computational number theory, computer graphics, computer science education, data structures, design and analysis of algorithms, entertainment computing, fault-tolerant computing, game programming, game programming education, interconnection networks, load sharing, mathematical puzzles, mechatronics, packet routing, parallel computing, path planning, procedural content generation, philosophy of computing, randomized algorithms, real-time algorithms, robotics, software agents, sorting networks, video game cognitive assessment, and visualization of algorithms. At the time of writing, Ian Parberry's publications have been cited over 1900 times, his h-index is 22, his i10-index is 49, and his Erdös number is 3.

Ian Parberry is a pioneer of academic game development education and research who began teaching game programming to undergraduates at UNT in 1993. The most famous alumnus of those classes is Jason West, co-founder of the Call of Duty franchise. Dr. Parberry's current research interests are clustered around game development, ranging from the procedural generation of game content to cognitive assessment of video gameplay using research methods from neuropsychology. He is assisted in these endeavours by an able team of PhD students whose 8 successful graduates include Dr. Zoran Obradovic (1991, now the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Data Analytics and Full Professor in the Department of Computer & Information sciences at Temple University), Dr. Timothy Roden (2005, now an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Lamar University), and Dr. Jonathan Doran (2014, now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science at Bradley University). His research is enriched by past and present interdisciplinary collaborations that include Dr. Ki Yin Chang (Professor in the Department of Merchant Marine at the National Taiwan Ocean University), Max B. Kazemzadeh (Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Communication & Theater and Director of the Art & Media Design Program at Gallaudet University) and Dr. Thomas D. Parsons (Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology; Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Neuropsychology and Simulation Laboratory at UNT).

In addition to his academic credentials, Dr. Parberry has commercial programming experience consulting, contracting, and subcontracting for 9 companies including 4 game developers (1 shareware and 2 startup), the US Navy, and Southern California Offshore Range. He is an active C++ programmer who regularly publishes open source software for Windows and Unix on GitHub.

Half a dozen or so Turing Award winners will probably recognize his face in a crowd and some may actually remember his name.

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