Associate Professor Kim Vincs:
Kim Vincs is the Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab, which she established in 2006, and is a creative artist specializing in dance and interactive media.
Dr Vincs' research interests are in the areas of motion capture, dance and interactive technology. Along with Capturing Dance, Dr Vincs has also worked on:
- Aura: real-time motion capture and 3D stereoscopic dance
- The Silk Road Project: real-time pipeline for interactive dance using motion capture.
- Visualizing the 'syntax' of dance movement: building capacity and profile in motion capture research.
- Intention and Serendipity: Investigating Improvisation, Symbolism and Memory in Creating Australian Contemporary Dance.
- Coding Indigenous Dance
- Dancing between Diversity and Consistency: Improving Assessment in Post Graduate Degrees in Dance.
Dr Vincs' teaching focuses on developing innovative curricula in motion capture, contemporary dance, interactive digital technologies and cross-disciplinary arts-science collaboration. Her vision, which she has embedded in a range of units and courses within Dance and Collaborative Arts at Deakin, is to empower students to be bold and confident in using new technologies, to develop their unique creativity, and to have the courage and foresight to develop their own unique career aspirations and career paths. In 2006, she was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Australian University Teaching in the category Humanities and the Arts, a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and a Deakin Universtity Vice Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Dr. Vicky Mak
Dr Vicky Mak completed a PhD in 2002 at The University of Melbourne in the area of combinatorial optimisation. Following her PhD degree, she briefly worked at the Mathematical and Information Sciences Division, CSIRO, as a postdoctoral research fellow. She then joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne, as a postdoctoral research fellow for about 18 months. In January 2004, she joined Deakin University as a lecturer. Her research interests include integer programming, polyhedral combinatorics, decomposition algorithms, and heuristic approaches for combinatorial optimisation problems. Areas of application include: treatment planning in intensity-modulated radiotherapy, motion recognition, wireless sensor network design, and industrial routing and scheduling problems.
Dr Mak is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Information Technology.
Associate Professor Richard Smith:
Richard Smith has a deep interest in human physical performance whether it is the process of recovering from injury or illness, maximising sport performance or just optimising day to day function. To pursue these interests he has a PhD in biomechanics and manages a state of the art biomechanics laboratory and a team of biomechanists and research students. He has supervised 11 PhD, 11 Masters and 14 Honours students to completion. His main research interests are footwear and lower limb mechanics and rowing performance.
Associate Professor Smith works in the Discipline of Exercise and Sports Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Sydney.
Daniel studied traditional and 3D animation for four year, the last two of which being with Deakin University. During his last year of study, he held an internship and casual employment with the Motion.Lab and became more involved in the daily operation of the facilities.
In April 2008, a few weeks after he graduated with Distinction as a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University, he commenced his full-time and ongoing employment with the Motion.Lab as the Studio Coordinator.
Peter is a recent Deakin graduate, currently working for the Motion.Lab on several research projects, gaining experience in the many different fields within motion capture.
Although his passion is animation, something his formal education reflects, his responsibilites for this project deal mainly with real-time perfomance and the solving of complex skeleton data and visual representation.
Kim joins the team as a research and personal assistant, with research experience in arts marketing, the creative industries, and the creative process. She completed a MA from The University of Waikato in New Zealand, and her thesis Constructing Artistic Integrity has since been published. Kim is currently working as a casual academic at Deakin University.
Dr Wai Kuan Yip:
Working with the project team from 2009-2010, Yip Wai Kuan's research interest is in the areas of pattern recognition, signal processing, and information security. She completed her PhD in IT, specializing in key generation from dynamic hand signatures in Mar 2009. She received her MSc and BSc degrees in computer science from University Science of Malaysia in 2003 and 1999. Previously, she worked as an Analytic Solutions Development Engineer in Intel developing data mining solutions for manufacturing use, and as a Consulting Engineer in face recognition.
Tim Harbour was a dancer with The Australian Ballet for 13 years and retired in 2008 as a Senior Artist to concentrate on choreography.He made his choreographic debut in 2005 with 'Sunken Waltz' for The Australian Ballet which was nominated as Best New Work in Dance Australia's Critic's Choice Awards. He followed this with 'Eve' in 2006, 'Fielder' in 2007 and 'Wa' in 2008, all of which received wide critical acclaim. 'Wa' has since been nominated 3 times in Dance Australia's Critic's Choice Awards for Best New Work.
Mee Young Helena Yuk
Helena is the Artistic Director of Undercurrent Dance Company (UDC) and has been working as a professional dancer and choreographer for over 20 years. She has lectured, performed and choreographed in many countries, including Australia, Korea and the United States and in 2007 completed her PhD in Dance at Deakin University. She has been working with Motion.Lab on a project basis since 2007.
Phoebe Robinson graduated from the WA Academy of Performing Arts in 2000. She has since performed in Australia, New York, Berlin and Japan in works by Sandra Parker, Lucy Guerin, Neil Adams, Jude Walton, Kota Yamazaki, and in her own choreographic work. Her works include The Futurist, Emperor's New Guns; and, in collaboration with Julia Robinson, Quiet Listening Exercises and Half Finished World.
In 2008 Phoebe was the inaugural Housemate Resident at Dancehouse, a three-month artist in residence program designed to support the creation of new work in dance or physical theatre. During this residency she choreographed and performed Only Leone, which premiered in July 2008 at Dancehouse and was subsequently performed in the East Coast Exchange at Critical Path, Sydney. This work is due to tour in January 2010 to the Hong Kong City Festival for the 'Australia on Stage' program.