James Birt

Dr, Associate Professor

  • Bond University, Faculty of Society & Design

    4229 Gold Coast


  • Bond University
    14 University Drive,
    ROBINA QLD 4226


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James is Associate Dean External Engagement and Associate Professor of Creative Media in the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University, Australia, where he runs the Mixed Reality Research Lab (www.mixedrealityresearch.com). His research spans computer science and visual arts, with an emphasis on applied design and development of extended reality (XR) and games-based experiences for assisting learning and knowledge discovery. The distinctive contribution James brings to academia is evidenced in over 100 publications and multiple national media engagements including The Conversation, ABC News and The Project. James is recognised as an international leader in educational technology, XR and games with an editorial role with Springer Educational Technology Research and Development (ETR&D), a position on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) working group for AR/VR, an assessor’s role for the International Serious Games Showcase and Challenge (SGSC) and an expert role on the 2022 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report. In 2020, James received a Universities Australia 2019 citation for sustained leadership in the scholarship of mobile mixed reality innovations to enhance authentic experiential teaching and learning. This followed his citation in 2014 for improving student learning and engagement through practical juxtaposition of art and science in multi-media education. His service to higher education and the community has formed around his 20 year experience and leadership in interdisciplinary teaching, mentorship, presentations, and research led approaches to the enhancement of XR and games education.

Statement for HDR students

I am looking for higher degree research (HDR) students that have a passion for XR technology and computer games including: virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), 3d printing, serious computer games, esports and bring your own (BYOD) mobile smartphone devices. I am looking for HDR students that can challenge themselves, and me, in their pursuit for higher degree learning. If you have an interest in projects related to games, XR or XR education please contact me and we can discuss potential project ideas.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Software Engineering, PhD, Software Reliability Enhancement through Error Prone Path Identification Using Genetic Algorithms

Jan 2004Oct 2006

Award Date: 30 Oct 2006

Information Technology, Honours (1st class), Error-Prone Path Identification with Genetic Algorithms

Feb 2002Dec 2002

Award Date: 11 Apr 2003

Information Technology, Bachelors

Feb 1997Dec 1999

Award Date: 14 Apr 2000

External positions

Lecturer, Central Queensland University

Feb 2004Dec 2009

Lecturer, Griffith University

Feb 2002Dec 2009


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