Our people

Our people

Current members

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Manolya Kavakli-Thorne

Associate Professor
Department of Computing

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Dr Len Hamey

Department of Computing

Phone: +61 2 9850 9527
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Dr Stephen Smith

Department of Computing

Information Systems, Green IS, IS Security, Emergency Management, eGovernment...View full profile in our Researcher's database

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Dr Rajan Shankaran

Department of Computing

Phone: +61 2 9850 9537

Rajan Shankaran is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director (PG studies) at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He received his MBA (MIS) degree in Information Systems Maastricht School of Management in 1994; and MSc (Honours) and PhD degrees in Network Communications and Security from the University of Western Sydney in 1999 and...View full profile in our Researcher's database

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Mark Wiggins

Centre for Elite Performance Expertise and Training (CEPET): Application University Research Centre, Department of Psychology

Phone: +61 2 9850 9705

Mark Wiggins is Professor of Organisational Psychology at Macquarie University. He gained is PhD in Psychology from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2001. Mark is currently the Deputy Director of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training at Macquarie University, and Director of the Macquarie University Integrated...View full profile in our Researcher's database

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Ken Cheng

Department of Biological Sciences

Phone: 610298508613

My research crosses mechanistic, functional and evolutionary questions in the study of animal behaviour. A central theme of my research concerns how animals process information. Dealing with information is crucial for many important behaviours in an animal's life, including choosing a mate, avoiding predators, and finding food. The range of...View full profile in our Researcher's database

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Kenneth Sheedy

Associate Professor
Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies (ACANS), Department of Ancient History

Phone: +61 2 9850 9265

Associate Professor Kenneth Sheedy was appointed the founding director of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies in 2000. He is also a member of the teaching staff of the Department of Ancient History and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre. He received his doctorate in Classical Archaeology from...View full profile in our Researcher's database

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Dr Malcolm Ryan

Department of Computing

Phone: +61 2 9850 9512
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James Hazelton

Associate Professor
Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Finance, Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, International Governance and Performance (IGAP) Research Centre

Phone: +61 2 9850 8486
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Dr Mauricio Marrone

Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance

Phone: +61 2 9850 1151

Award-winning Senior Lecturer of Business Information Systems at Macquarie University. My research interest is in the intersection of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and how through text mining (analysis of text) we can predict the rise and fall of an idea, product, or a technological innovation. My research is relevant to...View full profile in our Researcher's database

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Dr Cat Kutay


Cat Kutay graduated from UNSW in 2006 with a PhD in group based learning support using rule-based agents. She has been working in developing eLearning systems, including python web services, mobile apps with games and Unity games. She is working with the encultured agents system FAtiMA developed at GAIPS in Portugal to create agents suitable for enacting Aboriginal culture in games. The games are simulations with some interaction based on community stories and are designed for embedding Aboriginal content into the curriculum.

VR programmers

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Mr John Porte

Science IT

Teaching and Research technology support

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Ms Meredith Taylor

Meredith Taylor graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Computer Science in 2007 then completed Honours in 2008 with her thesis ‘Finding and validating experts’, which explored methods of creating and regulating an expert recommender system. She is currently working on a joint MQU and USyd ARC Discovery grant on the use of "Multi-User Virtual Environments for Science inquiry in Australian secondary high schools”.

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Mr Christopher Walker

Mr Christopher Walker has a BSc (Software Tech) Macquarie University and Diploma Computer Networking NSI TAFE 2009. He is a games and simulation programmer interested in customised control systems and Virtual Reality interfaces based on the Arduino hardware platform.

PhD candidates

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Mr David Walker


Cognitive Load in Strategic Decision Making

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Mr Hasan Alyamani


Hasan J. Alyamani is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computing and a member of VR lab, Macquarie University. Hasan recieved his Bsc (Computer Science) from Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia in 2006 and Ms (Computer Science) from The University of Waikato, New Zealand in 2012. His research interests lie in HCI, cognitive abilities and human behavior.

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Mr Hessam Jahani


Hessam Jahani Fariman is the PhD candidate and researcher in department of Computing and VR lab, Macquarie University. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran in 2011 and M.Sc. in Control and Automation Engineering from University of Putra Malaysia, Malaysia, in 2014. His areas of interest include Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation.

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Mr Zhenzhong Liu


Motor Cognition and Agents using Cognitive Robotics in User Navigation

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Mr Majed Alrowaily


Majed Abdullah Alrowaily is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computing and a member of VR lab, Macquarie University. Majed received his bachelor degree in Education,Major Computer from Aljouf University, Saudi Arabia in 2006 and MSc (Computer Science) from The University of Waikato, New Zealand in 2012. His research interests lie in HCI, smart meters, social networks and energy behaviour.

Past members (once upon a time in VISOR)

Previous VISOR research group members
Past memberArea(S)Department
Darren Burke Psychology, Human Vision and perception, Cognitive Modeling Department of Psychology
Julian Lesley Statistics, Forensic Sciences Department of Statistics
Scott McCallum Computer Graphics, Maths Department of Computing
Debbie Richards Knowledge based systems, cognitive modeling, machine learning/data mining, Human Computer Interaction Department of Computing
Michael Hitchens Networks and Security, Computer Role Playing Games Department of Computing
Chris Anderson Forensic Sciences Department of Statistics
Kathryn Millard Story Telling Department of Media
Lee Flax Cognitive Modelling, Information Systems  
Mark Dras Language Technology Department of Computing
Postdoctoral Fellows
Past memberArea(s)Duration
Dr Iwan Kelaiah Gesture Recognition January 2012-2013
Dr Ali Boyali Motion Tracking May-2010-July-2012
Dr Tauseef Gulrez Computer Assisted Robotics


April 2008-2009

Dr Nicolas Szilas Interactive Drama, Computer Games

Feb 2005-Feb 2006

July-August 2004

Miriam Lloyd Tele-presence, Projection Cubes, Caves July –October 2005
Completed PhD
Past memberArea(s)Duration
Jing Liu

Analysis of Gender Differences in Speech and Hand Gesture Coordination for the design of Multimodal Interface Systems

E-IPRS (Endeavor-IPRS) Scholar, Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Schola

Maximillian Wittmann Understanding Computer Graphics Student Problem Solving through Source-Code Analysis 2008-2013
Yi Fan Gao Facial Expression Classification Using Optical Tracking, Wavelet Filters and Subspace Learning Method 21.2.2005-4.6.2013
Eric Malbos Psychological Rehabilitation using VR


Department of Psychology

Susan Bruck Simulator Sickness 2006-2012
Eric Fassbender Collaborative Learning Environments


Department of Computing

Anders Tychsen

Play Story, Communication, Character, and Cross-platform Gaming Experiences in Multi Player Role Playing Games



Department of Computing

Rudra Tarashankar

Emotion classification and Analysis in the Design and Implementation of a Game Pidgin Language

APAI - ARC Scholar


Department of Computing

Tauseef Gulrez

Body Machine Interface – Remapping Residual Mobility of Spinal Cord Injured patients to Control Assistive Robotic Devices

RAACE Scholar


Department of Computing

Iwan Kelaiah (Kartiko)

The Visual Complexity of Instructional Animations in Training Simulations to Promote Learning: Guidelines for Virtual Reality Designers

ARC Scholar


Department of Computing

Zheng Zhou Biometric facial recognition


Department of Computing

Antonio Lafusa The Emergent Behaviour of Self Replicating Machines


Department of Computing

Research Fellows
Past memberArea(s)Department
Dilshan Jayarathna Virtual Reality, Hand Gesture Recognition Department of Computing
Mine Cicek Gesture Recognition Department of Computing
Nolwenn Bigoin Virtual Reality, Motion Sickness, 3D Modeling Universite De La Mediterranee
Honours and ITEC students
Past memberArea(s)Department
Dilmi Pallayuruge Motion Capture Department of Computing
Andrew Hills Virtual Reality, Biometrics, Emotion Recognition Department of Computing
Research Programmers
Past memberArea(s)
Jason Barles Training simulations, UnrealEngine Mods, Programming, CAVE building
Tom Fellman Virtual Reality Engine, programming, CAVE building
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