Dr. Minhua Ma is the Head of Academic Programmes at Digital Design Studio, The Glasgow School of Art. Before joining GSA, she was Reader in Visualisation & Virtual Reality and Programme Leader for MSc Computer Games Production at the School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Derby.
She completed her Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Ulster in 2005, MSc in Computing Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2001, and MA and BA in linguistics in 1998 and 1995 respectively.
Her research areas include Virtual Reality, 3D visualisation, serious games, and Natural Language Processing. Her principal lines of work have been published in over 40 peer-reviewed books, journals as well as conference proceedings. She has received grants from EU and East Midlands Development Agency for her work on computer games intervention with mucus clearing devices for cystic fibrosis; the Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke Association for her work on Virtual Reality in stroke rehabilitation, and a number of other grants for her research in visualisation and games.