About Me


I have been teaching computer science and game development in the Dublin Institute of Technology for 15 years. I am AI developer for DEEP, a meditative virtual reality experience designed to relieve anxiety. My courses are based around learning, discovery and self expression through creative coding. I have won several awards including a national teaching hero award (2014), the best presentation at the International Computer Music Conference (2009) and in 2010 I won the best overall invention in DIT for developing Tunepal, a query-by-playing search engine for traditional melodies that is used by over 30,000 traditional musicians around the world. In my spare time, I enjoys yoga, running, clubbing and playing traditional Irish music on the wooden flute. I am an accomplished traditional flute player and have given flute workshops in both Ireland and France (E.g. Rencontre Musicale Irlandaise, Tocane 2012 and the Association Irlandaise de Paris 2013).


  • DIT Teaching Hero 2014, awarded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
  • Highly commended paper in proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS’14). ACM, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • AI developer for DEEP, a meditative and psychoactive virtual reality experience designed to relieve anxiety through deep yoga breathing.
  • Award for excellence in academic publishing, in the Digital Libraries Perspectives Journal 2012
  • Winner Best Overall Invention in DIT in 2010 sponsored by Hannah Moore Curley Solicitors
  • Awarded the best presentation prize at the International Computer Music Conference 2009
  • Author of Tunepal – the world’s leading search engine app on Android and IOS for traditional Irish music. Tunepal is a query-by-playing search engine that indexes over 23,000 music scores. It has > 20K users in 40 countries and handles around 1,000 music searches per day.
  • Board member of the International GameCraft Foundation (Organiser of games jams)
  • Editorial board of the International Journal of Game Based Learning
  • Co-organizer of the annual DIT/Ernest Adams games design workshops for second level students (2006-2013). Over 3000 students have participated.
  • Co-organizer of State of Play (2011-2017) The Irish independent games festival
  • Judge at the worldwide finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in New York in 2011
  • Judge at the Appys 2012-2015 (the awards for the Irish app development sector)
  • Judge at the Samsung Digital Media Awards (2011-2017)
  • Competition captain of the games competition of the Irish Imagine Cup finals (2012 and 2013)
  • Mentor of teams on two occasions at the worldwide finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition (Seoul in 2007 and Poland in 2010)
  • Mentor and organiser of DIT teams at Games Fleadh (2005-2017)
  • Invited guest lecturer at the Harbin Institute of Technology, China on 9 occasions (2006-2011)
  • Invited guest lecturer at the Tanzanian Institute of Finance on 3 occasions.
  • Co-Organiser First Tanzanian ICT Summit (2013) organized by DIT and the Irish Embassy to Tanzania, where I presented a one day Android programming workshop
  • Co-organiser International Conference on Computer Games, Animation, AI, Mobile and Serious Games 2006
  • Author of BGE – open source C++ game engine for teaching, supporting Kinect and the Oculus Rift virtual reality head mounted display (http://github.com/skooter500/BGE)

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4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Franco Pompele - Italy

    Dear Mr. Duggan
    I’am a Tunepal user. I use the app on a Tablet with Android OS.
    In my exeperience this app is very useful. I have a question about the tunes stored in Tunepal MyTunes.
    Are this tunes stored on the Tablet and in what format? Sometimes I need to modify the abc of the tunes (i.e to add chords) and this is difficult on tablet. If possible I prefer to download files on a PC, modify the abc on the PC and then upload the file on Tablet and use it with Tunepal.
    Do you think that this is possible?
    Best regards, Franco Pompele

    1. skooter500 Post author


      From the My Tunes tab, choose the Email All menu option and choose Google Drive as the option. Your My Tunes will be saved as an ABC file on your Google drive



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