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Matt Smith is a computing academic from Dublin, Ireland. In 1983 Matt started computer programming (on a ZX80) and for his 'O-level' computing certificate (aged 16) he submitted 2 games for his programming project work. In 1985 Matt wrote the lyrics, and was a member of the band that played (and sang, sorry about that by the way) the music on the B-side of the audio cassette carrying the computer game Confuzion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confuzion).
On a succession of scholarships he managed to spend almost 10 years as a full time student, gaining BA (Hons), then MSc then PhD degrees in computing and artificial intelligence. He then became a full-time lecturer. Having previously lectured full-time at Winchester University and London's Middlesex University, since 2002 he has been at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown in Dublin (http://www.itb.ie/) where he is he is now senior lecturer in computing.
Some of his previous Irish–French student team games can be found and played at http://www.saintgermes.com (thanks for continuing to host these Guillem!). Matt was
one of the two technical experts for a recent multimedia European project for language and cultural student work mobility (http://www.vocalproject.eu).
He studies and teaches Taekwon-Do with his two children, having been awarded his first degree black belt in 2015 (he also runs his club's website at http://www.maynoothtkd.com/). He is trying to learn Irish, so he will understand the report cards from his children's Irish-speaking school. In occasional moments of free time he also tries to get better at playing the piano and classical guitar.
Matt is a documentation author for the Fungus open source interactive storytelling plugin for Unity (http://www.fungusgames.com). Matt also maintains a step-by-step open source introduction to Unity 2D and 3D game programming on his public Github pages (see https://www.github.com/dr-matt-smith/gravity-guy2D).
Matt's previous publications include a chapter in Serious Games and Edutainment Applications (Springer 2011, ISBN: 1447121600), and contributions and editing of
several music education and artificial intelligence books.