Steven Cook

Mr Steven Cook

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Steven Cook, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Realities Extended business unit ( ), specialises in immersive technology (VR (Virtual Reality), MR (Mixed Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality)), and mobile/ubiquitous technology research and development.

With both academic and industry experience spanning countries such as Japan, Taiwan and Australia, Steven has led numerous immersive and mobile/ubiquitous technology projects for both internal academic stakeholders and large scale governmental/industry stakeholders.

Steven has been an invited speaker on the topic of VR/SVEs for the Australian Government, and the International Workshop on the Educational Applications of 3D Multi-User Interactive Environments held in Taiwan, and an invited Program Committee Member for conferences held through Australasia.

Steven's current research interests are surrounding the use of biometrics and analytics within VR (Virtual Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality) simulations to add quantitative analysis mechanisms.

Please see 'Grants and Funding' section.

2021 - NHMRC (Pending) - "Predicting risk of Parkinson’s Disease through multivariate integration of non-motor domains (PD-MIND)"

2020 - NALHN Innovation Program - "Use of a virtual reality music and movement tool to improve pain and rehabilitation outcomes in a population with currently poor outcomes."

2020 - DST (Defence Innovation Partnerships) - "how use of information systems impacts interaction with the environment."

2019 - Australian Government - "Biometrics and VR for Situation Awareness".

2018 - AES - "VR Surgery simulation project"

2013 - Kagaku Kenkyu grant - “Educational Program for International Communication”.  This project used online software to facilitate a metacognitive approach to inter-cultural communication.

2007 - Nakayama Foundation - “New Voices for the Digitally Deaf: Vocoder Technology to Create Articulate Speech for Objects”.  This project used sound design techniques to increase the engagement of learners within SVEs.

Steven is:

  • Program Coordinator for the Master of Immersive Media Technologies
  • Course Coordinator for the Department of Media

Steven specialises in and teaches:

  • Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Realities - including 3D modelling, texture painting, design, programming, sound engineering, design and platform targeting
  • Movement based analytics within immersive technology platforms
  • Simulation based HCI (Human Computer Interaction), including physiological response characteristics
  • Immersive technology business frameworks
  • Interdisciplinary research with interactive digital systems and art 

Recent awards and results:

  • Winner the 'Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Teaching in Response to Covid-19'
  • Student feedback (SELTs) among the highest in the university
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83131441
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 3
  • Org Unit: School of Humanities

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