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BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA,RPQ


Nathan is an experienced and highly qualified academic and joined the Computing department in 2004. Nathan is course leader and tutor for the BSc Hons/MComp Information Communication Technology (ICT) course within the Informatics division. Nathan teaches several modules focusing around Web Development, Computer Graphics, Internet of Things (IoT) and supervises student projects at final year degree and at Masters level. Nathan is also an enthusiastic drone flyer and is a qualified CAA commercial drone pilot where he specialises in research focusing on GIS for Drone surveying, photography and mapping. Nathan has also been involved with various consultancy projects and external research over the years working with various small to large organisations such as Network Rail, Ordnance Survey, and the Welsh Government.


Winner of the 2013 Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Award (Faculty) for Excellence in Research-Informed Learning and Teaching


- Course Leader and Course Tutor for Information Communication Technology (Informatics)
- CAA PFCO (no.5454) commercial drone pilot for Informatics – School of Computing (FCES). UAV’s up to 20KG and Night Operations)
- Personal Academic Coach


Summary (not all listed).

Carroll, F., Entwistle, A., Ware, M., Burrows, I., Thomas, N.& Loudon, G. (Under Review). Smart CITY Patterns: Creating environmental stylesheets to template ‘inclusivity’ on Cardiff Bay Barrage. In IEEE conference 2017 International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 2017).

Carroll, F., Kop, R., Thomas. N. (2015). From books to ebooks: A new chapter for learning. In Open Education Europe, eLearning Papers, Occasional Paper 15th April 2015, Retrieved from

Carroll, F., Thomas, N. & Ware, M. (2013). The Development An Interactive Ibook Application To Harness The Next Generation Of ‘Computer Architecture’ Educational Experiences. In Proceedings: WORLDCOMP’13- The 9th International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering, July 22-25, 2013, USA.

Thomas, N., Carroll, F., Kop, R. & Stocking, S. (2012). iBook learning experience: the challenge of teaching computer architecture to first year university students. In Proceedings: WORLDCOMP’12- The 2012 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing, July 16-19, 2012, USA.

Richards, N., Ware, J.M., Thomas, N. and Ware, J.A., 2010, “Application of Simulated Annealing to River Symbolization”, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Las Vegas, USA, pages 141-145.

Lohfink, A., Carnduff, T., Thomas, N. and Ware, J.M., 2007, “An Object-Oriented Approach to the Representation of Spatiotemporal Geographic Features”, 15th ACM International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM GIS 2007).

Lohfink, A., Carnduff, T., Thomas, N. and Ware, J.M., 2007, “Representation and Management of Evolving Features in OS MasterMap ITN Data”, Proceedings of 24th British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD 24), Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4587 (Springer), pages 160-163.

Thomas. N, Olden. A, Taylor. G, and Ware. J.M. (2006) Improving the Safety and Efficiency for Rail Track Working Using Intelligent Location Based Systems, In Proceedings of ICWN 2006 Conference, Las Vegas.

McPhee D, Thomas N (2006) Evaluating the effectiveness of m-Learning in the teaching of multi-media to first year university students, International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning [in press]

McPhee D, Thomas N (2006) An Investigation into the effectiveness of m-learning for teaching of multi-media to first year university students, accepted for IMCL 2006 Conference, Jordan.

Ware.J.M, Anand.S, Taylor.G.E, Thomas.N., “Automatic Generation of Schematic Maps for Mobile GIS Applications”, Special issue on location based services and MobileGIS, Transactions in GIS, Blackwell Publishing, Vol 10, Issue 1, 2006

Thomas, N. (2004) “Resolving Graphic Conflict In Scale Reduced Maps: A Simulated Annealing Approach”, PhD Thesis, available from the British Library.

Ware, J.M., Jones, C.B. and Thomas, N. (2003) “Automated cartographic map generalisation with multiple operators: a simulated annealing approach”, The International Journal of Geographical Information Science (Taylor and Francis), 17(8), 743-769

Thomas, N., Ware, J.M. and Jones, C.B. (2003) “Resolving conflict in scale reduced maps: refining the simulated annealing technique”, in Proceedings of GIS Research UK 2003 Conference, City University, 244-248

Ware, J.M., Thomas, N. and Jones, C.B. (2002) “Map generalisation using simulated annealing: maintaining feature alignment”, in Proceedings of GIScience 2002, Boulder, 201- 203

Ware, J.M. and Thomas, N., 2002, “Resolving graphical conflict by iterative improvement”, presented at Ordnance Survey Generalisation Workshop, Southampton.

Ware, J.M., Jones, C.B. and Thomas, N. (2001) “Map generalisation, object displacement and simulated annealing: two techniques for execution time improvement”, in Proceedings of GIS Research UK 2001 Conference, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, 36-38

Ware, J.M., Jones, C.B. and Thomas, N., 2001, “A simulated annealing algorithm for cartographic map generalisation”, 4th ICA Workshop on Progress in Automated Map Generalisation, Beijing, (available on line at


FHEA – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Previous consultancy work has involved projects focusing around e-learning, GIS and web development working with various external companies and the Welsh Government.


Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Drone Mapping, Inspection, Photography and Surveying
3D Visualisation and processing
Automated Map Generalisation

Areas of Expertise

Computer Graphics and 3D modelling, Virtual Reality and 3D Visualisation
Web Application Development, Scripting and CMS Technologies
Digital Media
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) – UAV’s for Mapping and Surveying.
Internet of Things (IoT)

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