Position/s

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Biography

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.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Flinders University (2006)
  • B.Sc.(Hons) in Computer Science, Flinders University (2002)
  • B.Sc. in Cognitive Science, Flinders University (2001)

Topic Lecturer:

Research expertise

  • Artificial intelligence and image processing
  • Cognitive science
  • Computer software

Research interests

  • Evolutionary Algorithms, esp. Genetic Programming and Grammatical Evolution
  • Neural Networks and other connectionist models
  • Embodied Conversational Agents and other human-compatible user interfaces
  • Machine Vision, esp. Object and Feature Detection + Tracking

Supervisory interests

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Human Machine Interface and Human Factors
  • Machine learning
  • Neural networks
  • Parallel algorithms

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Genetic Programming + Visual Interest Point Detection (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Swarm Intelligence + Brain-Computer Interfaces (1) ; Computational Basis of Visual Illusions (1) ;

Publications

  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). The use of Evolutionary Algorithm-based methods in EEG based BCI systems. In G Fornarelli & L Mescia, ed. Swarm Intelligence for Electric and Electronic Engineering. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, pp. 326-344.
    [10.4018/978-1-4666-2666-9.ch016]
  • Anderson, T.A.F., Chen, Z., Wen, Y., Milne, M., Atyabi, A., Treharne, K., et al. (2012). Thinking Head MulSeMedia: A Storytelling Environment for Embodied Language Learning. In George Ghinea, Frederic Andres and Stephen Gulliver, ed. Multiple Sensorial Media Advances and Applications: New Developments in MulSeMedia. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global, pp. 182-203.
    [10.4018/978-1-60960-821-7.ch009]
  • Milne, M.K., Luerssen, M., Lewis, T., Leibbrandt, R. and Powers, D. (2011). Designing and Evaluating Interactive Agents as Social Skills Tutors for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In Diana Perez-Marin and Ismael Pascual-Nieto, ed. Conversational Agents and Natural Language Interaction: Techniques and Effective Practices. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, pp. 23-48.
    [10.4018/978-1-60960-617-6.ch002]
  • Milne, M.K., Luerssen, M., Leibbrandt, R., Lewis, T. and Powers, D. (2011). Embodied Conversational Agents for Education in Autism. In Mohammad-Reza Mohammadi, ed. A Comprehensive Book on Autism Spectrum Disorders. 1st ed. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech, pp. 387-412.
    [10.5772/18688]
  • Luerssen, M.H. and Powers, D.M. (2009). An empirical study of graph grammar evolution. In Wellington Pinheiro dos Santos, ed. Evolutionary Computation. Vukovar, Croatia: InTech, pp. 445-472.
    [Web Link]
  • Luerssen, M.H. (2005). Phenotype diversity objectives for graph grammar evolution. In Hussein A. Abbass, Terry Richard John Bossomaier, Janet Wiles, ed. Recent Advances in Artificial Life. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, pp. 159-170.
  • Luerssen, M.H. (2009). Experimental investigations into graph grammar evolution : a novel approach to evolutionary design. Saaarbruecken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
  • Luerssen, M.H., Lewis, T.W. and Powers, D.M. (2009). Working with the Prosthetic Head. In Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland. Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. QBI, Brisbane, Australia. Nov 2009, pp. 123-124.
  • Luerssen, M.H., Lewis, T.W. and Powers, D.M. (2009). Head X and the Thinking Media Framework. In Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland. Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. QBI, Brisbane, Australia. Nov 2009, pp. 122-122.
  • Luerssen, M.H., Lewis, T.W. and Powers, D.M. (2009). Enabling the Evolution of the Thinking Head. In Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland. Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. QBI, Brisbane, Australia. Nov 2009, pp. 126-126.
  • Luerssen, M.H., Leibbrandt, R.E., Lewis, T.W., Pashalis, J., Treharne, K., Pfitzner, D.M., et al. (2009). MANA - An Embodied Calendar for the Aged. In Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland. Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. QBI, Brisbane, Australia. Nov 2009, pp. 127-127.
  • Luerssen, M.H. and Lewis, T.W. (2009). Head X: Tailorable Audiovisual Synthesis for ECAs. In Proc. HCSNet SummerFest 2009. Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales. HCSNet Workshop on Interacting with Intelligent Virtual Characters. UNSW, Sydney, Australia. Dec 2009.
    [Web Link]
  • Abrahamyan, A., Davis, C., Fordyce, A., Gibert, G., Howell, C., Kim, J., et al. (2009). Evaluation methods. In Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland. Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. QBI, Brisbane, Australia. Nov 2009, pp. 81-83.
  • Lewis, T.W., Luerssen, M.H. and Powers, D.M. (2009). Which one of you said that? In Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland. Thinking Systems Joint Symposium. QBI, Brisbane, Australia. Nov 2009, pp. 121-121.
  • Luerssen, M.H., Lewis, T.W., Leibbrandt, R.E. and Powers, D.M. (2008). Adaptive multimodal perception for a virtual museum guide. In 3rd Workshop on Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Ambient Intelligence. 3rd Workshop on Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Ambient Intelligence. Patras, Greece. Jul 2008.
    [Web Link]
  • Powers, D.M., Leibbrandt, R.E., Santi, M.L. and Luerssen, M.H. (2007). A multimodal environment for immersive language learning - space, time, viewpoint and physics. In Proceedings of Joint HCSNet/HxI Workshop on Human Issues in Interaction and Interactive Interfaces. Sydney, NSW: HCSNet. Joint HCSNet-HxI Workshop on Human Issues in Interaction and Interactive Interfaces. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2007.
    [Web Link]
  • Luerssen, M.H. and Powers, D.M. (2003). On the artificial evolution of neural graph grammars. In Slezak, P., ed. Proceedings of the joint international conference on cognitive science, ICCS. Sydney, NSW: University of New South Wales Press. Joint international conference on cognitive science, ICCS. Sydney, NSW. Jul 2003, pp. 369-374.
  • Milne, M., Leibbrandt, R., Raghavendra, P., Luerssen, M., Lewis, T. and Powers, D.M. (2013). Lesson Authoring System For Creating Interactive Activities Involving Virtual Humans: Thinking Head Whiteboard. In H Hagras & V Loia, ed. 2013 IEEE Symposium on Intelligent Agent (IA) Piscataway, USA: IEEE. IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence. Singapore. Apr 2013, pp. 13-20.
    [10.1109/IA.2013.6595184]
  • Lang, S.R., Luerssen, M.H. and Powers, D.M. (2013). Repeatability Measurements for 2D Interest Point Detectors on 3D Models. In Robert Burduk, Konrad Jackowski, Marek Kurzynski, Michal Wozniak and Andrzej Zolnierek, ed. Proceedings of CORES 2013. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. 8th International Conference on Computer Recognition Systems CORES 2013. Milkow, Poland. May 2013, pp. 361-370.
    [10.1007/978-3-319-00969-8_35]
  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). The Impact of PSO based Dimension Reduction on EEG classification. In FM Zanzotto, S Tsumoto, N Taatgen & Y Yao, ed. Brain Informatics International Conference Proceedings. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. Brain Informatics 2012. Macau, China. Dec 2012, pp. 220-231.
    [10.1007/978-3-642-35139-6_21]
  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). Evolutionary feature selection and electrode reduction for EEG classification. In A Abbass, D Essam & R Sarker, ed. Proceedings of the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. New York, USA: IEEE. IEEE CEC 2012. Brisbane, QLD. Jul 2012.
    [10.1109/CEC.2012.6256130]
  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). Dimension Reduction in EEG Data using Particle Swarm Optimization. In A Abbass, D Essam & R Sarker, ed. Proceedings of the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. New York, USA: IEEE. IEEE CEC 2012. Brisbane, QLD. Jul 2012.
    [10.1109/CEC.2012.6256487]
  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). Adapting Subject-Independent Task-Specific EEG Feature Masks using PSO. In A Abbass, D Essam & R Sarker, ed. Proceedings of the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. New York, USA: IEEE. IEEE CEC 2012. Brisbane, QLD. Jul 2012.
    [10.1109/CEC.2012.6256488]
  • Lang, S.R., Luerssen, M.H. and Powers, D.M. (2012). Evolutionary Feature Preselection for Viola-Jones Classifier Training. In Spring World Congress on Engineering and Technology: Proceedings. New York, USA: IEEE. SCET2012. Xi'an, China. May 2012.
    [10.1109/SCET.2012.6342142]
  • Lewis, T.W., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). Audio Visual Speaker Association for Embodied Conversational Agents. In F Cox, K Demuth, S Lin, K Miles, S Palethrope, J Shaw & I Yuen, ed. Proceedings of the 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Canberra, ACT: ASSTA. 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Sydney, NSW. Dec 2012, pp. 121-124.
    [Web Link]
  • Yazdani, N., Khazab, F., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Luerssen, M.H., Powers, D.M. and Clark, C.R. (2010). Towards a Brain-Controlled Wheelchair Prototype. In Proceedings of the 24th BCS International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. New York, USA: ACM Press. HCI 2010: British Computer Society Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Dundee, Scotland, UK. Sep 2010.
  • Powers, D.M., Luerssen, M.H., Lewis, T.W., Leibbrandt, R.E., Milne, M.K., Pashalis, J., et al. (2010). MANA for the Ageing. In Proceedings of the 2010 Workshop on Companionable Dialogue Systems, ACL 2010. USA: Association for Computational Linguistics. Workshop on Companionable Dialogue Systems. Uppsala, Sweden. Jul 2010, pp. 7-12.
    [Web Link]
  • Newman, W., Franzel, D., Matsumoto, T., Leibbrandt, R.E., Lewis, T.W., Luerssen, M.H., et al. (2010). Hybrid World Object Tracking For A Virtual Teaching Agent. In Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2010. USA: IEEE. WCCI 2010 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence. Barcelona, Spain. Jul 2010, pp. 2244-2252.
  • Milne, M.K., Luerssen, M.H., Lewis, T.W., Leibbrandt, R.E. and Powers, D.M. (2010). Development of a Virtual Agent Based Social Tutor for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2010. USA: IEEE. WCCI 2010 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence. Barcelona, Spain. Jul 2010, pp. 1555-1563.
    [10.1109/IJCNN.2010.5596584]
  • Luerssen, M.H., Lewis, T.W. and Powers, D.M. (2010). Head X: Customizable Audiovisual Synthesis for a Multi-purpose Virtual Head. In R. Goebel, J. Siekmann, W. Wahlstar, ed. AI 2010: Advances in Artificial Intelligence. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag. 23rd Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Adelaide, Australia. Dec 2010, pp. 486-495.
  • Luerssen, M.H. and Powers, D.M. (2010). Fast Grammar-Based Evolution Using Memoization. In R. Schaefer et al., ed. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Heidelberg: Springer. 11th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving From Nature. Kraków, Poland. Sep 2010, pp. 502-511.
  • Powers, D.M., Leibbrandt, R.E., Pfitzner, D.M., Luerssen, M.H., Lewis, T.W., Stevens, K., et al. (2008). Language Teaching in a Mixed Reality Games Environment. In Fillia Makedon, Lynne Baillie, Grammati Pantziou, Ilias Maglogiannis, ed. 1st International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2008. New York, USA: ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). 1st International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2008. Athens, Greece. Jul 2008.
    [10.1145/1389586.1389668] [10.1145/1389586.1389668] [Scopus]
  • Powers, D.M., Leibbrandt, R.E., Luerssen, M.H., Lewis, T.W. and Lawson, M.J. (2008). PETA: a pedagogical embodied teaching agent. In Fillia Makedon, Lynne Baillie, Ilias Maglogiannis, Grammati Pantziou, Vangelis Karkaletsis, Richard Billo, ed. 1st International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2008. New York, USA: ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). 1st International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2008. Athens, Greece. Jul 2008.
    [10.1145/1389586.1389658] [10.1145/1389586.1389658] [Scopus]
  • Leibbrandt, R.E., Luerssen, M.H., Matsumoto, T., Treharne, K., Lewis, T.W., Santi, M.L., et al. (2008). An immersive game-like teaching environment with simulated teacher and hybrid world. In Edmond Prakash, ed. Animation, multimedia, IPTV and edutainment: proceedings of CGAT '08. Singapore: KWAP and the Manchester Metropolitan University. Animation, multimedia, IPTV and edutainment: Computer Games and Allied Technology (CGAT) Conference. Singapore. Apr 2008, pp. 215-222.
  • Luerssen, M.H. and Powers, D.M. (2007). Evolvability and redundancy in shared grammar evolution. In Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.; IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, ed. 2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2007. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Press. 2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2007. Singapore. Aug 2007, pp. 370-377.
    [10.1109/CEC.2007.4424495]
  • Luerssen, M.H. and Powers, D.M. (2007). Graph design by graph grammar evolution. In IEEE Standards Staff, ed. 2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. Singapore: IEEE Press. 2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. Singapore. Aug 2007, pp. 386-393.
    [Web Link]
  • Luerssen, M.H. (2005). Graph grammar encoding and evolution of automata networks. In Vladimir Estivill-Castro, ed. Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Australasian Computer Science Conference: Computer Science. Sydney, NSW: Australian Computer Society. 28th Australasian Computer Science Conference. Newcastle, NSW. Jan 2005, pp. 229-238.
  • Luerssen, M.H. and Powers, D.M. (2005). Graph composition in a graph grammar-based method for automata network evolution. In David Corne, ed. Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE. 2005 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. Edinburgh, Scotland. Sep 2005, pp. 1653-1660.
    [Scopus]
  • Milne, M., Leibbrandt, R., Raghavendra, P., Luerssen, M., Lewis, T. and Powers, D.M. (2013). Lesson Authoring System For Creating Interactive Activities Involving Virtual Humans: Thinking Head Whiteboard. In H Hagras & V Loia, ed. 2013 IEEE Symposium on Intelligent Agent (IA) Piscataway, USA: IEEE. IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence. Singapore. Apr 2013, pp. 13-20.
    [10.1109/IA.2013.6595184]
  • Luerssen, M.H. (2009). Experimental investigations into graph grammar evolution : a novel approach to evolutionary design. Saaarbruecken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
  • Anderson, T.A.F., Chen, Z., Wen, Y., Milne, M., Atyabi, A., Treharne, K., et al. (2012). Thinking Head MulSeMedia: A Storytelling Environment for Embodied Language Learning. In George Ghinea, Frederic Andres and Stephen Gulliver, ed. Multiple Sensorial Media Advances and Applications: New Developments in MulSeMedia. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global, pp. 182-203.
    [10.4018/978-1-60960-821-7.ch009]
  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). The use of Evolutionary Algorithm-based methods in EEG based BCI systems. In G Fornarelli & L Mescia, ed. Swarm Intelligence for Electric and Electronic Engineering. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, pp. 326-344.
    [10.4018/978-1-4666-2666-9.ch016]
  • Milne, M.K., Luerssen, M., Leibbrandt, R., Lewis, T. and Powers, D. (2011). Embodied Conversational Agents for Education in Autism. In Mohammad-Reza Mohammadi, ed. A Comprehensive Book on Autism Spectrum Disorders. 1st ed. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech, pp. 387-412.
    [10.5772/18688]
  • Milne, M.K., Luerssen, M., Lewis, T., Leibbrandt, R. and Powers, D. (2011). Designing and Evaluating Interactive Agents as Social Skills Tutors for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In Diana Perez-Marin and Ismael Pascual-Nieto, ed. Conversational Agents and Natural Language Interaction: Techniques and Effective Practices. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, pp. 23-48.
    [10.4018/978-1-60960-617-6.ch002]
  • Luerssen, M.H. and Powers, D.M. (2009). An empirical study of graph grammar evolution. In Wellington Pinheiro dos Santos, ed. Evolutionary Computation. Vukovar, Croatia: InTech, pp. 445-472.
    [Web Link]
  • Luerssen, M.H. (2005). Phenotype diversity objectives for graph grammar evolution. In Hussein A. Abbass, Terry Richard John Bossomaier, Janet Wiles, ed. Recent Advances in Artificial Life. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, pp. 159-170.
  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M. and Powers, D. (2013). PSO-based dimension reduction of EEG recordings: Implications for subject transfer in BCI. Neurocomputing, 119 pp. 319-331.
    [10.1016/j.neucom.2013.03.027]
  • Luerssen, M.H. and Powers, D.M. (2008). Evolving encapsulated programs as shared grammars. Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, 9(3) pp. 203-228.
    [10.1007/s10710-008-9061-2] [10.1007/s10710-008-9061-2] [Scopus]

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