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CCS Founding Director [expand bio]
Ernest Edmonds is an international expert on human-computer interaction (HCI) and creativity as well as a pioneering digital artist. He won the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award for the practice of HCI. He is Founding Director of the multi-disciplinary practice-based art and technology research group, the Creativity and Cognition Studios. He has a PhD in Logic, has held University positions of Head of Department and Dean and chaired or sat on many funding and award committees. His key contributions in human-computer interaction include the introduction of the concepts of iterative development and user interface architectures. Ernest Edmonds works as an artist in the constructivist tradition and first used computers in his practice in 1968. He first showed an interactive work with Stroud Cornock in 1970. He first showed a time-based generative work at Exhibiting Space in London in 1985. He has exhibited throughout the world, from Moscow to LA. He has over 300 refereed publications in the fields of human-computer interaction, creativity and art. He is Chair of the Board of ISEA International and General Editor of the Springer book series Cultural Computing.
PhD (Logic)


Co-Director [expand bio]
Andrew is a researcher, interaction/software designer and musician living in Sydney. He has qualifications in music performance (B. Arts) and computing (Master of IT), and a PhD combining the two. As a musician he has performed professionally with several Australian symphony orchestras, musicals and a number of other ensembles. His research focuses on the design of systems that support experimental, exploratory approaches to live performance, and the experiences of the artists who use them. In his creative practice he explores interaction techniques which use simulated physical systems as mediators between gesture, acoustic sounds and computer generated sound and visuals. Andrew currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Software at the University of Technology, Sydney. He co-director of the Creativity and Cognition Studios.
B. Arts (music performance), Master of IT (computing), PhD (CCS)


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Co-Director [expand bio]
Dr Jon Drummond is a Sydney-based sound artist and composer whose work explores interactive electroacoustics, robotics, sonification of natural phenomena, acoustic ecology, and real-time interactive performance systems for acoustic instruments. His works have been presented at many festivals and conferences, including The Adelaide Festival, the International Computer Music ConferencesNew Interfaces for Musical Expression, and the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. Jon currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer, Media Arts & Production / Sound & Music Design Program in Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney and is co-director of the Creativity and Cognition Studios. His research interests include human-computer interaction design, new interfaces for musical expression, gesture analysis, improvisation, sound spatialisation and data sonification.
B.Mus, M.Sc.(Hons), Ph.D.


Linda Walsh is a PhD student working on the relationships between sound and image in multimedia composition and performance.



Alon Ilsar is an instrument designer, electronic producer, experimental percussionist and composer. He is currently doing a practice-based research PhD at UTS in designing a new interface for electronic percussionists. He completed his Bachelor of Arts with majoring in Music and Philosophy at Sydney University and continued on to complete his Honours in Music on creative online collaboration. He has also been heavily involved in theatre include performing in Company B's Keating! the Musical, performing as a drummer for Eddie Perfect, Meow Meow, Tim Minchin and Spontaneous Broadway, touring with Circus Monoxide as musical director, and composing and sound designing for Bondi Dreaming, In The Air, Closer, The Interview, SET and Emergence. Most recently Alon wrote, directed and performed in a choose-you-own adventure style musical game piece called The Colors Interactive Comeback Show. Other diverse projects he has been involved in include The Colors Tribute Band, Gauche, Trigger Happy, Foley, Darth Vegas, Gl;tch Jukebox, Aronas,The Renovators, The BZNZZ, KIllsong, Faulkland, The Rescue Ships, Magnetic Heads, Brian Campeau, Pugsley Buzzard and The Tango Saloon.



Alex Murray-Leslie is a multidisciplinary PhD student and artist, undertaking a practice based research titled INTER-VIEW Fashion, Text, ObjectInstruments, performativity and the Gesamtkunstwerk. She is co-founder of Chicks on Speed, an international collective of Culture Workers. Amongst other projects, Alex was Entertainment Manager at The 34th America's Cup World Series and co-director of Diane Perne´s A Shaded View on Fashion Film, Barcelona. Alex performs, lectures & exhibits internationally and has published numerous pop albums and 2 books with her group Chicks on Speed.


Phd Student [expand bio]
Andrew Bluff is an emerging interaction artist, PhD student and software designer. Blending software engineering, sound and visual design with interactive technology, Andrew is dedicated to exploring the new frontiers of technology based music and digital media. After completing a Bachelor of Computer Science, a Bachelor of Sound and Music Design and way too many years in the commercial software industry, Andrew is now undertaking doctorate studies to research interactive systems for the augmentation of live performance at the Creativity and Cognition Studios.


Benjamin Carey is a Sydney-based saxophonist, composer and technologist with interests in contemporary classical, interactive, improvised and electro-acoustic music. Ben’s recent research and practice incorporates equal parts performance, composition and the development of musical software systems. He completed a PhD at the University of Technology, Sydney (2016), and has lectured in music technology and contemporary music at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Ben’s research and creative work has been featured at the International Conference of Computational Creativity (2015), the Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (2012, 2014), the International Computer Music Conference (2013), the Sound and Music Computing Conference (2012), the dBâle festival of electronic music (2012), IRCAM Live @ La Gaité Lyrique (2012) and the Australasian Computer Music Conference (2011, 2012).

PhD (UTS), B.Mus (Hons) (USYD)


Researcher in Creativity Support Tools [expand bio]
MES (Software Engineering) (UTS) 2008, Grad.Dip. in Professional Computing (UWS)


PhD Student [expand bio]
Currently a PhD student at UTS' Creativity and Cognition Studios, Rodney is also a geek in residenceat Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart. His interest in artificial life, technology and biology, virtual reality and augmented reality,  places him with one foot in both the artistic community and the scientific community.

He was a research fellow at National University of Singapore in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Communication and New Media Programme. He was also a member of NUS’s Interactive Digital Media Institute both in the Mixed Reality and the Arts and Creativity Labs and, prior to that, a member of Nanyang Technological University’s Interaction and Entertainment Research Centre.  He spent six and a half years in Japan as a research scientist at ATR Media Information Science Laboratories, Kyoto. He was active for more than fourteen years as an artist and composer in Melbourne and in Sydney .

At University of Western Sydney, he taught experimental music composition for two years. He also taught computer-based sound design at KVB Business College in North Sydney.

His work ranges from sculptural musical instruments and sound installations to computer-based interactive artworks. His work has featured in such international events as the International Symposium on Electronic Art (in Sydney and Nagoya), SoundCulture (Tokyo, Sydney), Virtual Worlds (Paris), and several  times at SIGGRAPH (New Orleans, San Antonio, San Diego and Los Angeles). His group’s Music Table system was voted ‘Best Interactive’ at Interaction 2004 in Tokyo.

His recent research seeks to apply augmented reality to the composition and learning of music as well as the creation of interactive art works.  He is developing tools to enable non-programmers to author augmented reality in real-time without writing code. This will open up the field to artists and designers who are currently intimidated by the complexity of the authoring process.
Master of Fine Art (COFA, UNSW 1999)


Dr Roger Mills is an internationally recognised, media sound artist, educator and composer whose practice and research focuses on interaction in networked and digitally mediated environments, telematic music, multimodality and experimental radio. He has substantial experience of lecturing and coordinating undergraduate and post-graduate subjects in media arts, sound design, media and cultural theory and sonic art, underpinned by extensive industry practice as a professional composer. He lectures in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney and is a current Research Associate at Creativity and Cognition Studios. His recent research publications include A* journals, book chapters and conference papers examining interaction in networked music performance, and research methods for the analysis of multimodal texts (music, sound, video and reflective interviews) in online and telematic environments.


BA, MA(Electronic Arts); [expand bio]
Christian Haines is a composer, improviser and practitioner working with sound and technology. His work examines a range of areas including mobile sound and music, nodal technology, probability, chaos and procedural generation through custom software applications and processes. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney, lectures in electronic music, sound design and music technology at the University of Adelaide and co-directs the Elder Conservatorium's Electronic Music Unit. His work has been played and presented at national and international events including ElectroFringe, Adelaide International Festival of Arts, Festival of Australian Music and the Adelaide Fringe.


Scott Simon is a composer and artist who works with guitar and music technology. [expand bio]

Scott Simon is a composer working with guitar and electronic synthesis in relation to conceptual / philosophical narratives. His PhD topic at CCS is "Music and Philosophy as Gesture of Transformation". One of the elements of this research is collaborative compositional practice and improvisational practice. Philosophical text and discourse are understood to be elements in a process that is connected both to the progressive consciousness and to the reception and interaction of art with other people.

BA Hons ANU / MA EMU / Elder Conservatorium


University of Technology, Sydney PhD Student [expand bio]
Yi JI is a graphic designer and digital photographer. He currently is a PhD student at Creativity and Cognition Studios in UTS where he focuses on designing meaningful interaction for multiple users. Yi has worked as photographer in Shandong Publishing House for two years in China. Since he moved to Sydney, he has been working in digital media industry as graphic designer, image editor, photographer and project manager for many design and digital media companies. He completed his Bachelor of Visual Communication Design with First Class Honors in Shandong University of Design and Arts; Master of Interactive Multimedia Design in University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).


Viveka Weiley is an interaction designer with a background in virtual environments. He joined CCS in September 2006 to begin research into tools for geographically distributed collaborative creativity in mixed real/virtual place. Viveka sports a Bachelor of Design from UNSW CoFA, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology with First Class Honours and the University Medal from UTS. Viveka has been in professional design practice for fifteen years, working primarily in telepresence and online communities. In 2002 he co-founded Ping, a geospatial virtual reality startup company, which went on to win various awards and government and industry contracts. He is past chair of Sydney ACM SIGGRAPH and ANZGRAPH, and was a member of the formation comittee for the SIGGRAPH in ASIA conference series.


Jen Seevinck is an electronic artist and interaction researcher. Her work investigates Emergence in Interactive Art and, in particular, new and surprising interaction behaviours that occur during people's interaction with systems. Areas of immediate research interest are interactive art, interaction design, emergence, perception and the Gestalt, tangible computing, augmented and virtual reality, interaction styles, and interactive training applications for health. She has developed many interactive training applications, mostly using state-of-the-art interaction technologies and applied to medicine, space, data visualisation etc. Jen has  worked in education at QUT, Deakin University and the Australian National University and as a freelance designer on interactive museum exhibits, web, architecture, theatre and film since 1993. She has 2 patents for interactive training applications and publications in the interactive arts and interaction design field. She has also exhibited her art at conferences and contemporary art galleries in Beijing, Tokyo, Australia and the U.S.A. Most recently she received an Arts Queensland grant for an artist residency to create tangible, interactive artworks with the local community (2011).
PhD Computing Sciences, MPhil Electronic Arts (Computer Animation), BDesign Studies (Architecture)


Mike Leggett has been working across the institutions of art, education, cinema and television with media since the early-70s. He has film and video work in archives and collections in Europe, Australia, North and South America and has practiced professionally as an artist, curator, writer, director, producer, editor, photographer, teacher, manager, administrator and computer consultant. He has curated exhibitions of interactive multimedia for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (Burning the Interface also seen during 1996 in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne); the Brisbane International Film Festival; the 5th International Documentary Conference, Brisbane; and Videotage Festival of Video Art, Hong Kong. He completed in 2000 an interactive multimedia prototype, (PathScape), on landscape and identity for the Australian Film Commission. He has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales and a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney. Mike Leggett writes and lectures about media art, contributing to journals (Leonardo; Continuum) , magazines (World Art), online ‘zines (FineArt Forum), and is a regular correspondent for the Australian contemporary arts newspaper RealTime. He makes, writes and speaks primarily about productions and exhibitions that extend the potential of the newer media technologies. His research focusses on interactive participation with the projected moving image.


Prof. Kirsty Beilharz
University of Technology Sydney
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Dr. Zafer Bilda
University of Technology Sydney
Research Associate
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Chris Bowman
University of Technology, Sydney
Lecturer, Visual Communication
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Jane Brennan
University of Technology, Sydney
Lecturer/Researcher
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julia Julia Burns
UTS
Masters student
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Dr. Dave Burraston
University of Technology, Sydney
PhD (CCS 2007)
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Prof. Linda Candy
University of Technology, Sydney
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Dr. Brigid Costello
University of Technology, Sydney
PhD (CCS 2010)
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Dr. Roman Danylak
University of Technology, Sydney
PhD (CCS 2008)
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Prof. John S Gero
Krasnow Institute
Adjunct Professor
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Tina Gonsalves
UTS
PhD Student/Artist
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Sarah Moss
University of Technology, Sydney
PhD (CCS 2011)
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Dr. Lizzie Muller
University of Technology, Sydney
PhD (CCS 2010)
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Dr. Yukari Nagai
Japan Advanced Institute of Science
PhD (CCS 2010)
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Dr. Julien Phalip
University of Technology, Sydney
PhD (CCS 2010)
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Dr. Yusuf Pisan
University of Technology, Sydney
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Dr. Greg Turner
University of Technology, Sydney
PhD (CCS 2006)
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Dr. Jerry Watkins
University of Technology, Sydney
PhD Student
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Dr. Alastair Weakley
University of Technology, Sydney
PhD (CCS 2007)
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Dr. Yun Zhang
University of Technology, Sydney
PhD (CCS 2008)
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