Dr Hurst is an Associate Professor in Data Science and eXtended Realities in the Information Technology Group. He has over 100 international publications in the areas of data science, creative technologies, critical infrastructures, simulation and 3D graphics.
He has held several grants as Principal/Co-Investigator; some of which include EPSRC-funded 'Data Analytics for Health-Care Profiling using Smart Meters' (EP/R020922/1) and InnovateUK-funded Productivity Accelerator (https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=971582).
Prior to working at WUR, he was an award-winning Reader (Associate Professor) in Creative Technologies in the Department of Computer Science at Liverpool John Moores University, where he worked for 6 years. During this time he taught a variety of subjects including Data Visualisation, Digital Games Content Production, Internet and Web Technologies, Research Skills, Interactive Multimedia Systems, Advanced Multimedia, Digital Storytelling and Interactive media and games development.
His education includes a PGCert (Distinction) in Higher Education, a PhD in Computer Science (scholarship - focusing on Critical Infrastructures), an MSc with Distinction in Web Computing and a BSc(Hons) in Product Design.