Dr Brett Wilkinson

Lecturer

College of Science and Engineering

Research expertise

Brett's research is focused on the field of Human Computer Interaction specifically looking at Virtual Environments including virtual reality, augmented reality, video games and serious games.

Research expertise

Brett's research is focused on the field of Human Computer Interaction specifically looking at Virtual Environments including virtual reality, augmented reality, video games and serious games.

place Tonsley (3.27)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Brett has had an interest in technology and gadgets for his entire life and has pursued that interest through his education, teaching and research. With an early desire to become a novelist when he commenced his university journey Brett transitioned into the field of information technology but maintained that creative drive through games and digital narratives. Having worked in industry for a time in general IT roles Brett returned to univerity to pursue a research career. In the early 2000s, he developed a web browser for the iPAQ PDA that tailored web content to the reduced screen real estate and functionality afforded by those mobile devices. He then continued his exploration of novel interaction domains by developing and evaluating the use of indirect interaction techniques within an optical see through augmented reality environment.

As an avid gamer he enjoys mixing his work and recreation time exploring the concepts associated with game design, digital narratives, player experience, novel gameplay activities, virtual cooperative gameplay, serious games and game evaluation frameworks. He has been involved in the development of a number of serious games in the domains of health and education.

Qualifications
Doctor of Philosophy
Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons)
Key responsibilities

Honours Coordinator for the College of Science and Engineering

Research expertise
Computer software
Digital health
Distributed computing
Information systems
Other information and computing sciences
Technology
Research interests

Brett's research interests are in the field of novel Human-Computer Interactions, specifically within virtual environments including serious games, video games, AR and VR. He completed his PhD looking at indirect interaction technologies within a head mounted AR system. Brett is engaged in a number of projects at the moment primarily focussing on the needs of novice developers for complex systems. He is working on tablet and head mounted authoring tools for AR/VR environments as well as looking at the use of custom games to assist young people diagnosed with anxiety, depression and other related mental health conditions. Brett sees the expansion of the interactive narrative provided through video game technologies as an important and inevitable reality for training, knowledge transfer, health and daily activities. He is part of the award winning team behind the OrbIT Accessible Game System developed for children with Cerebral Palsy.

Teaching interests

Brett has an interest in exploring how we as users egage with our computer systems, particularly in the areas of gameplay and creative experiences. His teaching has been tailored around the game development process engaging students in the design, development and evaluation of tabletop and digital games. By exploring the use of games for non-entertainment purposes he is providing students with fundamental software development skills as well as the ability to explore their creative side through the development of complex, engaging, interactive software systems.

Brett is also the Honours Coordinator for the College of Science and Engineering as well as the Coordinator for the Computing, IT and Design Honours. He looks to encourage students to pursue a career in research and guides students through the Honours year and on to doctoral research.

Topic coordinator
COMP3752 Computer Game Development
COMP9752 Computer Game Development GE
COMP1701 Simulation and Serious Games Design
COMP3802 Serious Games
COMP7730B Digital Media Honours Thesis
COMP7730C Digital Media Honours Thesis
COMP7730D Digital Media Honours Thesis
COMP3751 Interactive Computer Systems
COMP9751 Interactive Computer Systems GE
COMP7700A Honours Thesis
COMP7700B Honours Thesis
COMP7700C Honours Thesis
COMP7700D Honours Thesis
COMP7730A Digital Media Honours Thesis
Supervisory interests
Augmented reality
Computer games
Computer human interfaces
Computer simulations
Digital game design
Digital game history
Digital games
Education, games in
Game design 
Games in education
Information visualisation
Mobile technologies
Virtual reality
Virtual reality, navigation, learning in simulated space
eLearning
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: eLearning (1), Human Computer Interactions (2)
Associate supervisor: eLearning (1), eCommerce (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: eLearning (1), Human Computer Interactions (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Information technology
Technology
Augmented Reality
Computer Games
Serious Games
Virtual Reality
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Information technology
  • Technology
Interests
  • Augmented Reality
  • Computer Games
  • Serious Games
  • Virtual Reality

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