Dr Anton Bogdanovych

Computer Science (School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics)Anton Bogdanovych

Research Program: Human-Machine Interaction

Biography

From 2011 Anton Bogdanovych is a full-time lecturer of Entertainment Computing and Applied Artificial Intelligence at Western Sydney University, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. At the University 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 3rd 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 Western Sydney University, 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 centres 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 Encyclopaedia) was preinstalled on every iMac computer sold in 2001.

Research Interests

  • 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

Roles

  • Lecturer in Entertainment Computing and Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • Coordinator of the Human-Machine Interaction Research Program

Notable Achievements

  • 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. 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.

Publications

For a full listing of my publications please see my Western Sydney University profile page.(opens in a new window)

Contact Anton

Email a.bogdanovych@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone +61 2 9685 9180
Location  Western Sydney University Parramatta campus
Room ER.1.14