Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Dr Luerssen's research forte is in the field of nature-inspired computing, specifically the application of biological principles to machine learning. His dissertation, which was nominated for the CORE Australasian Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation award, innovated the use of graph grammars in evolutionary design and optimisation. With a comprehensive background in computational intelligence, Dr Luerssen has served as a program committee member for several international conferences and has delivered talks on many diverse domains, including cognitive science, artificial life, and user interfaces. At present, he is a key participant of the Thinking Head project, an ARC/NH&MRC Special Research Initiative that targets the development of intelligent Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs). Dr Luerssen is responsible for the successful audiovisual embodiment and evolution of the agent, which encompasses the agent's adaptive capacity to comprehend its social context from audiovisual input and synthesise realistic speech and animation patterns in response.
: Genetic Programming + Visual Interest Point Detection
: Swarm Intelligence + Brain-Computer Interfaces
; Computational Basis of Visual Illusions