Dr Anton Bogdanovych
Computer Science (School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics)
Research Program: Human-Machine Interaction
From 2011 Anton Bogdanovych is a full-time lecturer of Entertainment Computing and Applied Artificial Intelligence at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. At UWS he teaches “Video Game Development”, “Human Computer Interaction” and “Advanced Topics in ICT”. He also works as a casual lecturer at UTS, where he teaches “Intelligent Agents” and “e-Market Trading Technology”.
Anton is involved in a number of research projects related to virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics and motion capture. He coordinates the Uruk research project, which is one of the key projects of the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. Uruk project aimes at recreating everyday life of ancient Sumerians in one of humanity’s first cities using virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Uruk project has won 3-rd place in the Artificial Intelligence programming contest (FVWC 2011) organized by U.S. Army. Another significant project Anton coordinates is Robot Tele-Operation for rescue missions, where researchers work on developing a real-time interface for controlling humanoid robots via full-body motion capture.
From October 2007 to December 2010 Anton was employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Western Sydney, where he actively participated in the ARC Discovery grant `It’s all about me’ – Anthropomorphized Trading in Believable Electronic Markets, where the findings of his PhD work played the key role.
Anton completed his PhD degree at the faculty of Information Technology, UTS in May 2008 with the thesis “Virtual Institutions”. This thesis laid the foundations for research on normative regulation of virtual worlds and initiated collaborations with a number of research organizations across the globe. Before starting his PhD at UTS Anton Bogdanovych worked as a researcher and software developer in the Multiagent Systems department in the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). DFKI is one of the largest and most prestigious Artificial Intelligence research centers in the world. Anton was involved in European Union funded projects related to building an intelligent agent based recommender system for elderly digital TV users (SAID), as well as developed algorithms for path classification and persona categorization for mobile device users (SPECTER).
Anton’s industry experience with Software MacKiev (the largest company that produces Macintosh versions of famous Windows titles) has helped him to get familiar with programming methodologies, tools and people management techniques employed for producing outstanding software titles. One of his products (WorldBook Encyclopedia) was preinstalled on every iMac computer sold in 2001.
The City of Uruk: 3000 B.C.
Real-Time Robot Tele-operation for Rescue Missions
Qualifications and Honours
PhD in Computer Science from University of Technology Sydney, 2008
Masters in Computer Science, International Solomon University, 2000
Lecturer in Entertainment Computing and Applied Artificial Intelligence
Coordinator of the Human-Machine Interaction Research Program
The City of Uruk: Teaching ancient history in a virtual world, Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Intelligent Virtual Agents 28-35. doi:10.1007/978/-3-642-33197-8_3(2012).
Establishing social order in 3D virtual worlds with virtual institutions, Security in virtual worlds, 3D webs, and immersive environments: Models for development, interaction, and management 140–169. doi:10.4018/978-1-61520-891-3(2011).
Authentic interactive re-enactment of cultural heritage with 3D virtual worlds and artifical intelligence, International Journal of Applied Artificial Intelligence, Special Issue on Intelligent Virtual Agents, 24 (6), 617-647. doi:10.1080/08839514.2010.492172(2010).
For a full listing of my publications please see my personal publications page.
A. Bogdanovych, K. Ijaz: Simulating Daily Lives of Ancient Sumerians (Video Submission). Gala Festival Finalist for IVA 2011 Conference.
K. Ijaz, A. Bogdanovych: Environment- Self- and Interaction-Awareness of Embodied Conversational Agents (Video Submission). Gala Festival Finalist for IVA 2010 Conference.
A. Bogdanovych: The City of Uruk, 3000 B.C. Submission to Artificial Intelligence Contest (FVWC 2011) Organised by US. Army in Orlando, Fl, USA. http://www-staff.it.uts.edu.au/~anton/Research/Uruk_Project/. 3-rd Place winner in the “Patterns of Life” category.
A TV episode about my research was shown on TVS Australia in April 2011 as a part of the Science Spectrum Series.
A short article on the Uruk project was published in the major Sydney newspaper “The Sydney Morning Herald” on 23 August 2011.