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Academic staff profiles

Charles Walker

Associate Professor Charles Walker
Co-Director: Colab and Head of School: Creative Technologies 

Associate Professor Charles Walker is one of the Co-Directors of Colab.

He joined AUT in 2007 to develop new approaches to trans-disciplinary education. Colab’s Bachelor of Creative Technologies and Master of Creative Technologies programmes reflect this cross-faculty perspective.

Charles trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art. He has practiced and taught architecture in the UK, Middle East and New Zealand. He has designed buildings, curated and exhibited in major public exhibitions, and published in academic and professional journals.

Current Teaching Areas

Creative Technologies
Interdisciplinary design studio
Philosophy of Technology

Current Research Interests

Creative, interactive and collaborative educational environments
Post-digital ecologies

Frances JosephDr Frances Joseph

Dr. Frances Joseph is Co-Director of Colab, Co-Director of the Textile and Design Laboratory (TDL), and an associate researcher at the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI).

In 2006 Frances co-authored and led the successful GIPI grant application to establish the TDL and has directed its strategic and research development over the past six years. In 2008 she was the lead author of the successful ESI grant to establish Colab. Through these two entities she has helped build new areas of research within the University, mentoring  staff in becoming active researchers, initiating and gaining funding for a number of collaborative project teams, supervising postgraduate students  and developing industry partnerships.

Research Interests

Aesthetics of interactivity
E-textiles, making
Research methodology, transdiciplinarity
Innovation through design and new technologies, creative entreprenership

Current teaching areas

Postgraduate supervision
Research Methodology
Creative Entrepreneurship

Andy ConnorAndy Connor
Senior Lecturer

Andy is a Senior Lecturer in Colab and has previously worked in the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences at AUT.

Prior to this he worked as a Senior Consultant for the INBIS Group on a wide range of systems engineering projects. He has also worked as a software development engineer and held postdoctoral research positions at Engineering Design Centres at the University of Cambridge and the University of Bath.

Research Interests

Metaheuristic Search Algorithms
Search Based Software Engineering
Generative Design
Artificial Intelligence
Data Mining

Current teaching areas

Creative Technologies Studio
Smart Systems

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Clinton WatkinsClinton Watkins

Dr Clinton Watkins is an artist and lecturer at Colab working in areas of experimental time-based media and installation.

He holds a masters degree and a doctorate of Fine Arts  from the University of Auckland and a Diploma in Audio Engineering from the  School of Audio Engineering  in  Auckland.

Clinton’s work investigates affect through the construction of  immersive experiences using sound, colour and scale, by focussing on the characteristics, structures, phenomena, and processing of sonic and visual material. His installations incorporate found and custom-made audio and video hardware to create repetition, distortion, duration and form, distilled via a minimalist sensibility. He has exhibited in solo and curated group exhibitions throughout New Zealand, Australia and Europe, and is represented by Starkwhite Gallery, Auckland.

Research Interests

Video and Sound Installation Art
Experimental Electronic Video/Sound Production/Performance
Electronic Video/Sound Hardware & Software

Current teaching areas

Experimental time-based media / Installation

Gerbrand van MelleGerbrand van Melle

Gerbrand van Melle is a designer, researcher and lecturer at Colab.

He started his design career in the early nineties. With friends from design school he started a cooperative group of creative talents called AAP – ‘Monkey’ in Dutch. Besides applied work, time was always found for non-commercial projects, like experimental movies and games. Major clients included SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Utrecht University, National Museum from Musical Clock to Street Organ and music venue Tivoli.

Since 1996 he was involved as a senior lecturer in Typography and Motion Graphics at Utrecht School of the Arts, and from 2008-2010 in Typography at Massey University. In 2013 he joined the team at Colab.

Research Interests

Transmedia Narratives
Transmodular design
Current teaching areas

Transmedia Narratives
Creative workflows
Information Design & Navigational Systems

James Charlton
James Senior Lecturer

James Charlton is an artist and a  Senior Lecturer at Colab. He engages a range of physical, digital and performative approaches to explore the nature of the artefact and the assumptions of the audience.

Current research into interactive digital object technologies centres around the integration of digital and physical content to question the definitions and nature of time-based media.

James gained his BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1982. As a Fulbright recipient he completed his MFA at the State University of New York in 1986, and exhibited extensively throughout the United States. James lectured in Sculpture at the University of New Hampshire, Monserrat College of Art and the State University of New York at Albany.

He was a founding member of the Auckland Society of Arts  School of Art Visual Arts Degree, and was subsequently appointed Curriculum Leader of Sculpture in the Visual Art Programme at AUT. In 2008 he left the Department of VIsual Arts to take up the position of Programme Leader for the newly established  Bachelor of Creative Technologies at AUT.

Research interests

Digital object technologies
Time based media
Teaching areas

Interactive Media
Postgraduate supervision

Stefan MarksStefan Marks

Dr Stefan Marks is a  researcher and lecturer at Colab. He teaches in game programming, simulated and virtual environments.

Stefan has eight years industry experience as a hardware and software developer, a Diploma of Microinformatics, a Master’s Degree in Human-Computer Interaction, and a PhD from The University of Auckland for a project combining Virtual Environments, Serious Games and Image Processing into a medical teamwork simulation.

Research Interests

Virtual and augmented reality
Serious games
Computer graphics and visualisation
HCI (e.g.,
Physical simulation
Artificial intelligence, Robotics
Mobile and embedded systems
Current teaching areas

Game Programming
Computer Graphics
Simulated and Virtual Environments
Programming, Physical Computing

Last updated: 17 Apr 2014 8:45am

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