• Bond University 14 University Drive, ROBINA QLD 4226


  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


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Personal profile

Research interests

Multi-dimensional defines my twenty-year academic career as an Associate Professor of Information and Computing Sciences where I coordinate the Mixed Reality Research Lab (www.mixedrealityresearch.com). My research spans computer science and visual arts, with an emphasis on applied design and development of interactive mixed reality (virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), 3d printing, mobile) experiences and visualisations assisting communication, learning, skills acquisition and knowledge discovery. I have published in top quality journals/conferences and received multiple national and institutional grants. I also take an active role in supporting learners and peers through mentorship, presentations and expert judging.

Statement for HDR students

I am looking for like-minded students that have a passion for learning and technology. Someone that can challenge themselves, and me, in their pursuit for higher degree learning. If you have an interest in projects related to mixed reality (VR/AR), educational technology, interactive multimedia systems and visualisation please contact me and we can discuss potential project ideas.

Education/Academic qualification

Software Engineering, PhD

Jan 2004Oct 2006

Information Technology, Honours (1st class)

Feb 2002Dec 2002

Information Technology, Bachelors

Feb 1997Dec 1999

External positions

Lecturer, Central Queensland University

Feb 2004Dec 2009

Lecturer, Griffith University Queensland

Feb 2002Dec 2009

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Visualization Engineering & Materials Science
Students Engineering & Materials Science
Augmented reality Engineering & Materials Science
visualization Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
virtual reality Social Sciences
Teaching Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2004 2019

Is Technology Enabling or Disabling for Diverse Learners Studying Online

Kinash, S., Birt, J. R. & Judd, M-M., 2019, Handbook of distance education. Moore, M. & Diehl, W. (eds.). 4th ed. New York: Routledge, p. 295-310 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

education system

Analysing micro-location beacon gamification: Scenarios, types and characteristics

Vasilevski, N., Brand, J. E. & Birt, J. R., 4 Dec 2018, Proceedings of the 30th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2018). Morrison, A., Buchanan, G., Waycott, J., Billinghurst, M., Stevenson, D., Choi, JH-J., Billinghurst, M., Kelly, R., McKay, D. & Lugmayr, A. (eds.). New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 484-489 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

Human computer interaction
Global positioning system
1 Citation (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)

Assessing mobile mixed reality affordances as a comparative visualization pedagogy for design communication

Birt, J. R. & Cowling, M. A., 28 Nov 2018, In : Research in Learning Technology. 26, 25 p., 2128 .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
46 Downloads (Pure)

Framework to Enhance Teaching and Learning in System Analysis and Unified Modelling Language

Munoz, J. C., Cowling, M. A. & Birt, J. R., 4 Dec 2018, Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018. Lee, M. J. W., Nikolic, S., Wong, G. K. W., Shen, J., Ros, M., Lei, L. C. U. & Venkatarayalu, N. (eds.). IEEE Computer Society, p. 91-98 8 p. 8615284

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Unified Modeling Language
systems analysis
Systems analysis
computer science

Integrating Mixed Reality Spatial Learning Analytics into Secure Electronic Exams

Cowling, M. A., Hillier, M. & Birt, J. R., 28 Nov 2018, ASCILITE 2018 Conference Proceedings - Open Oceans: Learning without borders. Campbell, M., Willems, J., Adachi, C., Blake, D., Doherty, I., Krishnan, S., Macfarlane, S., Ngo, L., O’Donnell, M., Palmer, S., Riddell, L., Story, I., Suri, H. & Tai, J. (eds.). ASCILITE, p. 330-334 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Augmented reality
Virtual reality

Activities 1997 2019


James Birt (Mentor), Beata Webb (Mentee)
Jun 2019 → …

Activity: Professional Development, Mentorship, Supervision and Other ActivitiesMentorshipMentor


Beata Webb (Mentor), James Birt (Mentee)
Jun 2019 → …

Activity: Professional Development, Mentorship, Supervision and Other ActivitiesMentorshipMentee

PhD Thesis Review - University of Sydney (2019)

James Birt (Examiner)
26 Apr 2019

Activity: ExaminationThesis Examination

Press / Media

What will it take for PNG's gamers to reach the world stage?

James Birt


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Launch of Google Stadia - Game Streaming Platform

James Birt


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

eSports Diplomacy: From Threat To Opportunity

Stuart Murray & James Birt


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research


Michael A. Cowling & James Birt


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Student theses

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and its audience as a world-building benchmark for Indigenous virtual cultural heritage.

Author: Majewski, J., 16 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Brand, J. E. (Supervisor), Birt, J. (Supervisor), Webb, S. (Supervisor) & De Byl, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis