Peter I. Cowling

Professor of Computer Science
University of York, UK
Peter CowlingProfessor Peter Cowling is a member of the Department of Computer Science and the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (YCCSA) at the University of York. His research is focussed on models and algorithms for decision making in games and resource optimisation problems, and to this end he works with a wide range of industry partners in the games and IT industries.

He is the Director of 3 large projects in the area of digital games and media:

  • The Digital Creativity Hub (DC Hub was recently awarded £18 million in funding which will drive our ambition to become a world centre of research in digital games, interactive media and the space where they converge. It has over 80 partners from digital content industries.

  • The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI - has over £12 million in support to train 56+ PhD students working with the games industry over the next 7 years.

  • The New Economic Models and Opportunities for digital Games (NEMOG -, as well as the DC Hub and IGGI is actively investigating how digital games and interactive media can be repurposed to achieve economic, scientific, social and cultural impact - primarily through working with industry and public sector organisations.

He has also worked on a number of projects to develop IT decision support systems for road maintenance, personnel scheduling, logistics and manufacturing. 

He has published over 100 papers in leading scientific conferences and journals and gained over £35 million in research funding across 38 projects.