Alasdair works at Victoria University (Melbourne Australia), where he currently teaches mathematics and leads the mathematics teaching team. He has taught digital image processing and cryptography, and is particularly interested in the interface between mathematics and computing. He is passionate about the appropriate use of technology for education, and is a contributor to a number of open-source projects. His current interest is in mathematics education, and his greatest delight is when a student gets an “aha!” moment in his class. He has published in the fields of mathematics education, image processing, computing education, and computational geometry, and has recently completed his third book.

He has been awarded a national citation “for outstanding contribution to student learning,” and is also a long-standing mentor of other teachers, many of whom have also won national awards under his mentorship. He also works for the Australian government body that oversees quality in tertiary education, and reviews courses and teaching throughout the country. He also assesses applications for national awards and grants.

He has given seminars on mathematics and technology across Australia, as well as in America and Southeast Asia.

He is an active reviewer for journals and conferences, and is on the editorial board of Research Journal of Mathematics & Technology and its associated online journal and conference, and an editor of Journal of Applied Research and Technology (Elsevier).

As well as his academic degrees, he has a Certificate II in bicycle maintenance. He has published a little poetry, and has made several media appearances. He is married with five children, one dog and two cats, and not nearly enough time.

Making noise: using sound-art to explore technological fluency Brunvand E., McCurdy N. ACM Inroads 8(2): 60-65, 2017. Type: Article A computing course for non-majors, where the students explored sound art--art for which sound is the principle medium--is described in this article. Note that sound art is distinct from music (although there may be some overlap), a disti...

Sep 25 2017

Revolutionizing education with digital ink: the impact of pen and touch technology on education Hammond T., Valentine S., Adler A., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2016. 385 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319311-91-3) This volume of conference proceedings from the 2015 Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education (WIPTTE) consists of papers by some of the leading educators in the field. I am fascinated by educational technology and its promis...

Oct 12 2016

Introduction to modern cryptography (2nd ed.) Katz J., Lindell Y., Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2014. 603 pp. Type: Book (978-1-466570-26-9), Reviews: (1 of 3) In contrast to many introductory cryptography texts, this one concentrates on the theory of cryptography: what is in fact meant by security? How can security be measured? What are the conditions under which a cryptosystem (or hash function, or any...

May 5 2015

Automated simplification of large symbolic expressions Bailey D., Borwein J., Kaiser A. Journal of Symbolic Computation 60120-136, 2014. Type: Article The simplification of algebraic expressions is one of the major uses of any computer algebra system, and yet there is a paucity of material on the fundamental algorithms that underlie simplification. Such papers that exist tend to be quite old (te...

Nov 19 2014

Topology of digital images: visual pattern discovery in proximity spaces Peters J., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2014. 420 pp. Type: Book (978-3-642538-44-5) There are different approaches to digital topology. One, developed by Rosenfeld and his followers in the late 1960s and 1970s, is concerned with the adjacency of pixels, or the conditions under which one pixel could be said to be “next to...

Jun 23 2014

Digital geometry in image processing Mukhopadhyay J., Das P., Chattopadhyay S., Bhowmick P., Chatterji B., Taylor & Francis, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 2013. 318 pp. Type: Book (978-1-466505-67-4) I wanted to like this book very much: the topic is fascinating, and deserves all the exposure it can get. The “gold standard” is the splendid tome by Klette and Rosenfeld [1], but the field could do with another text to provide a diffe...

Dec 13 2013

Principles of digital image processing: advanced methods Burger W., Burge M., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, London, UK, 2013. 383 pp. Type: Book (978-1-848829-18-3) The first two texts in this series [1,2] were designed to give a reasonably complete introduction to the theory and practice of digital image processing. The authors made the good decision to produce three books of manageable size instead of one m...

Nov 15 2013

Teaching mathematics online: emergent technologies and methodologies Juan A., Huertas M., Trenholm S., Steegmann C., Information Science Reference - Imprint of: IGI Publishing, Hershey, PA, 2011. 398 pp. Type: Book (978-1-609608-75-0) The main problems with this book are its subtitle and the fact that the book is marketed as a “premier reference source.” Both of these phrases are misleading. The book consists of a series of papers one might find at a regional confer...

Feb 6 2013

Discrete mathematics Chakraborty S., Sarkar B., Oxford University Press, Inc., New York, NY, 2011. 552 pp. Type: Book (978-0-198065-43-2) The authors have given themselves a difficult task: write a new discrete mathematics textbook, including such topics as abstract algebra and linear algebra. This could be a welcome addition to the current crop of texts. Unfortunately, the book con...

May 2 2012

Implicit curves and surfaces: mathematics, data structures and algorithms Gomes A., Voiculescu I., Jorge J., Wyvill B., Galbraith C., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2009. 352 pp. Type: Book (9781848824058) The main problem with this text is that there’s simply too much in it. The authors attempt to include everything that possibly relates to the mathematics and graphics of implicit curves and surfaces; hence, the book suffers from overly super...