During his career, Rudi has held several key national and international research leadership positions. His research teams focused on the development of innovative approaches and environments to support those involved in critical decision making and intense collaboration. Research was conducted in areas such as Human Systems Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Virtual Reality, Information Visualisation, Artificial Intelligence, and Modelling and Simulation. Throughout this time he maintained active engagement with academia as an Adjunct Professor where he helped establish new research directions, held the position of director of a research laboratory, chaired and participated in advisory boards, participated in student education by... Read more
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During his career, Rudi has held several key national and international research leadership positions. His research teams focused on the development of innovative approaches and environments to support those involved in critical decision making and intense collaboration. Research was conducted in areas such as Human Systems Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Virtual Reality, Information Visualisation, Artificial Intelligence, and Modelling and Simulation. Throughout this time he maintained active engagement with academia as an Adjunct Professor where he helped establish new research directions, held the position of director of a research laboratory, chaired and participated in advisory boards, participated in student education by providing post-graduate supervision and guest lectures, and established key linkages with other research organisations, industry and universities. Rudi continues to direct his attention and abilities towards research and education activities he passionate about and which have the potential for delivering impact. As an adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia, he is currently involved in supporting research activities in the area of interactive and virtual environments, participating in educational activities in the areas of design and research methods, and developing new approaches for mentoring of post graduate students and early career researchers.
Much of Rudi's research has been conducted in collaborative and industry contexts. As the Research Director of the HxI Initiative, he was responsible for developing and leading a national program of research in cognitive and social informatics to support National Security, Health, and e-Research. The research program was staffed with scientists from the CSIRO, NICTA, DSTO and supported by several of participating universities and research centres. During his years as a Research Leader at DSTO, he was responsible for leading major Science and Technology programs staffed with up to 79 computing scientists, psychologists, sociologists, mathematicians, and engineers with significant linkages to a range of national and international research organisations, universities, and industry. Research was undertaken in the areas of decision making, information exploitation, human computer interaction, virtual reality, speech processing, artificial intelligence, ubiquitous computing, information visualisation, information fusion, and modelling and simulation.
Rudi has played a major role in developing national and international collaborative research and education programs. He was involved in the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) program where he contributed to the successful establishment and research outputs of the Collaborative Research Centre for Enterprise Distributed Systems Technologies (DSTC). He was instrumental in the development of a South Australian node of the CRC at the University of South Australia where he was the the Director of e-World Lab. During his career, he has been responsible for establishing and leading international scientific programs as part of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) which involved scientists from the U.S.A., U.K., Canada and Australia. He has also been active in contributing to and supporting undergraduate and post-graduate education through his various supervisory and lecturing activities at the University of South Australia, Adelaide University, and Flinders University. During his career he has had collaborative research relationships with a range of other international and national universities including Stanford University, University of Queensland, University of Vienna, University of Sydney, University of NSW, and Macquarie University. His has made personal research contributions in a range of areas including Ubiquitous Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Visual Analytics, Information Visualisation, Software Architecture and Design, Software and Systems Visualisation, Expert Systems, and Software Measurement. He was directly responsible for conceiving and leading a number of national and international projects including Livespaces, InVision, Command TeamNets, Braccetto, Imago, IVES, and SARAH.
During the 1980's, Rudi was seconded to the U.S.A as part of a U.S./Australia exchange program. During this period, he was heavily involved in R&D associated with the U.S. Software Engineering Initiative and as part of a network-based messaging project (a precursor to today's email and internet technologies). On his return to Australia, he played a major role in the development of related research and educational initiatives in Australia. He was the ultimately appointed head of Software and Systems Engineering research at DSTO where he and his teams developed new approaches for designing, measuring and gaining visibility of large software systems and projects. During this period he also contributed to several large national and international projects including the Nulka Hovering Rocket Decoy, the Jindalee Over-the-Horizon Radar Network, and the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder. His early work was in the areas of flight simulation and aircraft avionics. Rudi has a PhD in the area of Software Engineering and has qualifications in Telecommunications Engineering and Electronics Engineering.
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Thomas, BH, Von Itzstein, GS, Vernik, R, Porter, S, Marner, MR, Smith, RT, Broecker, M, Close, B, Walker, S, Pickersgill, S, Kelly, S & Schumacher, P 2011, 'Spatial augmented reality support for design of complex physical environments', IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom), IEEE, pp. 588-593.
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|Thesis title||Student status|
|111021 - Improving wellbeing through intergenerational virtual travel and experiences||Current|
|Augmented Reality Teleconferencing||Current|
|Design for emotional wellbeing using virtual/mixed reality: Exploring the cross-cultural dynamics that affect the planning, aesthetics and final design layout of living spaces in the homes of multicultural Australians.||Current|
|Incorporating mixed reality techniques into aviation flight training||Current|