Managing Director of CGA, Jon Wetherall, has extensive experience in industry and academia. At Sony, Jon worked on some of the first hardware accelerated 3D games. He is founder of CGA Studio Games, an indie game developer, specialising in Switch games and currently examining Web3 as a delivery platform. At Liverpool John Moore’s University, Jon established the first Digital Games Masters Programme in the UK.
CGA Studio Games’ sister company, CGA Simulation, combines gaming and emerging technology, allowing Jon to solve ‘real world’ problems, through R&D projects. Jon became a founder of Liverpool 5G, a multi-million pound government project, in 2018. Liverpool 5G built one of the largest private, public sector 5G networks in Europe, supporting free public sector technologies, in a digitally deprived community. CGA designed a 5G Planning Assistant tool for the project, to improve planning efficiency, whilst reducing the time it takes to design a heterogeneous 5G small cell network. The tools helps teams to plan interoperable networks, the LIverpool 5G network features 5G Small Cells, WiFi, LoRaWAN, Fibre and mmWave backhaul. Nodes are placed on lampposts, buildings and other infrastructure. The Planning Assistant won 5G Innovation of the Year at the DigiLeaders100 Awards.
Jon’s other major research projects include ALEAD, a simulation software that teaches autonomous vehicle technologies to drive and PRIA, which analyses the effects of stress on emergency planning.The Innovate UK funded BCI-Me project, uses brain computer Interfaces and bio-feedback in an anti-anxiety project. Emotion sensing and fitness indicators are tracked on wearables; anxiety reduction exercises that reduce anxiety, anger, low mood and self-harm are suggested to participants.