Neil Cooke qualified with a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1993.
He went on to work in a number of industrial roles in software development and communication network engineering in the UK and in Germany. In 2002 he obtained an MSc in Communications, Computers and Human-Centred Systems and followed this with a PhD where he developed concepts behind multimodal speech recognition systems which utilise information from eye gaze.
In 2005 was appointed as a Lecturer in applied computing at the University of Birmingham. In this appointment he has developed his research interests in multimodal interaction technologies and supervised PhD students in this area. Latterly, he has developed prototypes in Interactive 3D (i3D) serious games for defence.
His research activities have informed his teaching in Interactive 3D Design, Artificial Intelligence, Multimodal Interaction, Software Engineering and Project Management.