Alistair Burleigh


Alistair Burleigh is a Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is a multi-skilled artist, designer, researcher, technologist and entrepreneur with high level commercial experience in the digital media and audio-visual industries. He has a keen interest in digital art and a passion for creative thinking, technical innovation, problem solving… and rock climbing.

As an entrepreneur Alistair has co-founded and grown two successful technology companies to date, both of which pushed boundaries at the edge of innovation in visual technologies.

His first venture Wrap3 was a highly successful projection mapping company and delivered creative digital projects for a wide range of functions and prestige clients on a global basis, including the film James Bond Quantum of Solace, Chanel Perfumes and Beauty, Arcadia Group, The United Arab Emirates Pavilion Expo 2010, PICO worldwide, ON:OFF London Fashion week, a top secret project on one of the world’s largest mega yacht’s, luxurious private clients, and more.

Alistair’s second venture developed from research he completed within the Fovolab research group at Cardiff Metropolitan, work that spawned a world leading computer graphics rendering technology now called FovoRender, and led the University to form it’s first spin out company Fovotec to commercialise the research. Fovotec is now partnered with one of the world’s largest real-time computer graphics companies Unity3D.

As a researcher Alistair’s interests include exploring the fusion between physical and digital space, the nature of visual perception, and investigating how best to replicate the true experience of being human with virtual digital technologies. He has co-authored multiple papers collaboratively in these fields and holds several granted patents.

As a creatively minded technologist and entrepreneur Alistair brings a vast multi-disciplinary skillset to Cardiff Metropolitan University - from personal practical workshop skills through digital prototyping and 3D design to computer graphics programming, to bigger picture management and business development skills. He is the technical architect behind Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Perceptual Experience Laboratory and since 2018 he has been seconded to Fovotec as Co-Founder and Technical Director.


• Ruta, N., Ganczarek, J., Pietras, K., Burleigh, A., & Pepperell, R. (2023). Non-metric distance judgements are influenced by image projection geometry and field of view. Quarterly journal of experimental psychology, 17470218231164351. Advance online publication.

• Pepperell, R., Burleigh, A. & Ruta, N. (2022). Space and Scale in Medieval Painting Reflects Imagination and Perception. Gestalt Theory 44 (1-2):61-78.

• Pepperell, R. & Burleigh, A. (2022) "The Art and Science of Displaying Visual Space" in London Imaging Meeting, 2022, pp 31 - 35,​

• Burleigh, A. & Ruta, N. Pepperell, R.,(2021). Art and the Geometry of Visual Space, in Space-time Geometries in the Brain and Movement in the Arts, in the series "Lecture Notes in Morphogenesis" eds. T. Flash, A. Berthoz & A. Sarti, Berlin: Springer.​

• Burleigh, A. & Ruta, N. Pepperell, R., (2019). Egocentric vision in a 3D game using linear perspective and natural rendering. Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference

• Burleigh, A. & Pepperell, R. (2019). A Method for Generating and Modifying Images of a 3D Scene. International Application Under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, WP2019/048825.

• Burleigh, A. & Pepperell, R. (2019). A Method of Modifying an Image on a Computational Device. International Application Under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, WP2019/048820.

• Burleigh, A. & Pepperell, R. (2019). Preserving Object Size and Shape. International Application Under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, WO2019/048831.

• Burleigh, A. & Pepperell, R. (2019). A Method for Modifying Camera Images. International Application Under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, WO2019/048819.

• Burleigh, A. Ruta, N.,  & Pepperell, R. (2019). People are Better at Estimating Distances in Natural Perspective than Linear Perspective. Visual Science of Art Conference, Art & Perception, Vol. 7(4). 

• Burleigh, A. Ruta, N., & Pepperell, R. (2019). Does Visual Space Correspond to Imagined Space? European Conference on Visual Perception, Perception, Vol. 48(2S) 1–236.

• Burleigh, A., Pepperell, R. and Ruta, N. (2018). Natural Perspective: Mapping visual space through art and science. Vision2(2), 21

• Burleigh, A., Pepperell, R. and Ruta, N. (2018) 'Fovography: A naturalistic imaging media', In 3D Immersion (IC3D), 2017 International Conference on 3D Immersion (IC3D). Brussels, 11-12 December IEEE 

• Smith, C., Burleigh, A., Lambert, N., Pepperell, R., Langford, T. and Veltman, K. (2017). Natural Media Workshop, Electronic Visualisation and the

•Ruta, N., Burleigh, A., Vigars, R., Barratt, E. & Pepperell, R. (2016). Evaluating an artistic method for depicting human visual space, Applied Vision Association meeting, London, 19th December 2016.

• Burleigh, A. Ruta, N., & Pepperell, R. (2016). Smaller hands, bigger head: a perceptual trend in artistic portraits, Experimental Psychology Society meeting, London, 4th - 6th January 2017.

• Baldwin, J., Burleigh, A., Pepperell, R. & Ruta, N. (2016). The Perceived Size and Shape of Objects in Peripheral Vision, i-Perception, July-August 2016 vol. 7 no. 4, DOI: 10.1177/2041669516661900. 

• Zhu, Z., Martin, R. R., Pepperell, R. & Burleigh, A. (2016). 3D Modeling and Motion Parallax for Improved Videoconferencing. Computational Visual Media, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 131-142. DOI: 10.1007/s41095-016-0038-4.