Co-Director, Lecturer

Dr Jaime Garcia is a Lecturer in Games Development at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). 

His research interests lie in exploring the use of interactive video game technologies as a tool to improve physical and mental health of the elderly. 

Co-Director, Lecturer

Dr William L. Raffe is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Software, Co-Director of the Games Studio research lab, Program Coordinator of the BSc. in Games Development, and a member of the Faculty Board for the Faculty of Engineering and IT.

Associate Investigator

Cat Kutay is a Computing and Electrical Engineering and has been working in Sydney for over ten years developing software for teaching Aboriginal culture and languages and techniques for experiential learning of renewable engineering systems.


Luke Mathieson is a theoretical computer scientist and Scholarly Teaching Fellow at UTS. His research is centred on parameterised complexity and its applications, but extends to a variety of areas of complexity theory, algorithmics and mathematics.

Ph.D. Candidate

Songjia Shen is a PhD candidate in the School of Computer Science.

Ph.D. Candidate

Carlos is a PhD candidate and also a member of the Computational Intelligence and Brain-Computer Interfaces Lab. He works in the areas of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Ph.D. Candidate

Elena is an early-career researcher at PERSWADE Center of Faculty of IT and Engineering, UTS.

Among the topics of her research interest are gamification, interactive visualization, participatory modeling, stakeholder management and sustainability.

Ph.D. Candidate

Ezwan is a PhD candidate and also a member of UTS Games Studio. His research is focusing on Serious Games to Empower Emotional Change for Paediatric Cancer Patients.  

Ph.D. Candidate

Fiza Mughal is a Masters by Research student at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

She is focusing on using smart wearables and machine learning to detect depression in geriatric people to aid them in having a better quality of life while living alone.

Masters by Research

After completing his BSc in Games Development, Andrew is now undertaking a MSc (Res) in Computing Sciences with a focus on Artificial Intelligence.

Ph.D. Candidate

Fernanda Tavares received the B.S and M.S. degrees from the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pernambuco, Brazil, in 2013 and 2016, respectively. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree at the School of Electrical and Data Engineering, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Ph.D. Candidate

Andres Pinilla Palacios holds a M.Sc. Degree in Psychology from the National University of Colombia, where he conducted original research about emotional contagion. He has a background in Graphics Design and Front-End Development.


Yusuf Pisan is a Senior Lecturer in the (Computing & Software Systems Division]( at the University of Washington Bothell.

Former Co-Director

Part researcher, part educator, mostly tinkerer in eXtending Realities with Machine Learning and Gamification.