Doctor Anton Bogdanovych

Doctor Anton Bogdanovych

LECTURER - EC & AAI,
Computing & ICT

Biography

From 2011 Anton Bogdanovych is a full-time lecturer of Entertainment Computing and Applied Artificial Intelligence at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. At UWS he teaches "Video Game Development", "Human Computer Interaction" and "Advanced Topics in ICT".  He also works as a casual lecturer at UTS, where he teaches "Intelligent Agents" and "e-Market Trading Technology". 

Anton is involved in a number of research projects related to virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics and motion capture. He coordinates the Uruk research project, which is one of the key projects of the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. Uruk project aimes at recreating everyday life of ancient Sumerians in one of humanity’s first cities using virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Uruk project has won 3-rd place in the Artificial Intelligence  programming contest (FVWC 2011) organized by U.S. Army.  Another significant project Anton coordinates is Robot Tele-Operation for rescue missions, where researchers work on developing a real-time interface for controlling humanoid robots via full-body motion capture. 

From October 2007 to December 2010 Anton was employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Western Sydney, where he actively participated in the ARC Discovery grant `It’s all about me’ – Anthropomorphized Trading in Believable Electronic Markets, where the findings of his PhD work played the key role. 

Anton completed his PhD degree at the faculty of Information Technology, UTS in May 2008 with the thesis "Virtual Institutions". This thesis laid the foundations for research on normative regulation of virtual worlds and initiated collaborations with a number of research organizations across the globe. Before starting his PhD at UTS Anton Bogdanovych worked as a researcher and software developer in the Multiagent Systems department in the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). DFKI is one of the largest and most prestigious Artificial Intelligence research centers in the world. Anton was involved in European Union funded projects related to building an intelligent agent based recommender system for elderly digital TV users (SAID), as well as developed algorithms for path classification and persona categorization for mobile device users (SPECTER). 

Anton’s industry experience with Software MacKiev (the largest company that produces Macintosh versions of famous Windows titles) has helped him to get familiar with programming methodologies, tools and people management techniques employed for producing outstanding software titles. One of his products (WorldBook Encyclopedia) was preinstalled on every iMac computer sold in 2001. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Bogdanovych.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Technology, Sydney
  • BSc International Solomon University

Awards

  • 3rd Place in the Artificial Intelligence contest organised by US Army as part of FVWC 2011 2011-08-03
  • Winner of the best paper award (ACSC 2011 conference) 2011-11-01
  • Winner of the best paper award (ICEIS 2009 conference) 2009-09-07
  • ICT Higher Education Educator of the Year 2015 (Australian Computer Society) 2015-11-17

Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Humanities
  • Game Development
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Multiagent Systems
  • Robotics
  • Virtual Heritage

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Computing & ICT

Contact

Email: A.Bogdanovych@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9180
Mobile:
Location: ER.1.14
Parramatta
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300580 Programming Fundamentals, 2013
  • 300580 Programming Fundamentals, 2014
  • 300580 Programming Fundamentals, 2015
  • 300862 Video Games Development, 2013
  • 300862 Video Games Development, 2015
  • 84357 Human Computer Interaction, 2011
  • 84357 Human Computer Interaction, 2012

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Bogdanovych, A. and Simoff, S. (2011), 'Establishing social order in 3D virtual worlds with virtual institutions.', Security in Virtual Worlds, 3D Webs, and Immersive Environments: Models for Development, Interaction, and Management, IGI Global Publisher 9781615208920.
  • Bogdanovych, A. and Simoff, S. (2010), 'Establishing Social Order in 3D Virtual Worlds with Virtual Institutions', Security in Virtual Worlds, 3D Webs, and Immersive Environments: Models for Development, Interaction, and Management, IGI Global 9781615208913.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Simoff, S. and Esteva, M. (2008), 'Normative Environments Facilitating Imitation Learning in Virtual Agents', Intelligent Virtual Agents, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg 9783540854821.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Simoff, S., Esteva, M. and Debenham, J. (2008), 'Teaching Autonomous Agents to Move in a Believable Manner within Virtual Institutions', Proceedings of the Second IFIP International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Theory and Practice (IFIP AI 2008), Springer Boston 9780387096940.
  • Simoff, S., Bogdanovych, A., Esteva, M., Sierra, C. and Berger, H. (2008), 'A Methodology for Developing Multiagent Systems as 3D Electronic Institutions', Agent-Oriented Software Engineering VIII, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg 9783540794875.

Journal Articles

  • Bogdanovych, A., Trescak, T. and Simoff, S. (2016), 'What makes virtual agents believable?', Connection Science, vol 28, no 1 , pp 83 - 108.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Stanton, C., Wang, X. and Williams, M. (2012), 'Real-time human-robot interactive coaching system with full-body control interface', Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7416 , pp 562 - 573.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Ijaz, K. and Simoff, S. (2012), 'The city of Uruk : teaching ancient history in a virtual world', Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7502 , pp 28 - 35.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Rodriguez-Aguilar, J., Simoff, S. and Cohen, A. (2010), 'Authentic Interactive Reenactment of Cultural Heritage with 3D Virtual Worlds and Artificial Intelligence', International Journal of Applied Artificial Intelligence, Special Issue on Intelligent Virtual Agents, vol 24, no 6 , pp 617 - 647.
  • Berger, H., Dittenbach, M., Merkl, D., Bogdanovych, A., Simoff, S. and Sierra, C. (2007), 'Opening new dimensions for e-Tourism', Virtual Reality - Virtual Reality in the e-Society, vol 11, no 40604 , pp 75 - 87.

Conference Papers

  • Bogdanovych, A., Trescak, T. and Simoff, S. (2015), 'Formalising believability and building believable virtual agents', ACALCI (Conference), Newcastle, N.S.W..
  • Bogdanovych, A. and Stanton, C. (2015), 'A novel approach to sports oriented video games with real-time motion streaming', Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, Duisburg, Germany.
  • Trescak, T., Bogdanovych, A. and Simoff, S. (2015), 'Populating virtual cities with diverse physiology driven crowds of intelligent agents ', Social Simulation Conference, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Trescak, T., Bogdanovych, A. and Simoff, S. (2014), 'City of Uruk 3000 B.C. : using genetic algorithms, dynamic planning and crowd simulation to re-enact everyday life of ancient Sumerians', Social Simulation Conference, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Gregory, S., Gregory, B., Reiners, T., Fardinpour, A., Hillier, M., Lee, M., Jacka, L., Butle, D., Holloway, D., Grant, S., Hearns, M., Flintoff, K., Jegathesan, J., Elis, D., McDonald, M., Stokes-Thompson, F., Gaukrodger, B., Bogdanovych, A., Trescak, T. and Simoff, S. (2013), 'Virtual worlds in Australian and New Zealand higher education : remembering the past, understanding the present and imagining the future', ascilite Conference, Macquarie University.
  • D'Arcy, T., Stanton, C. and Bogdanovych, A. (2013), 'Teaching a robot to hear : a real-time on-board sound classification system for a humanoid robot ', Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, University of New South Wales.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Stanton, C., Wang, X. and Williams, M. (2012), 'Real-Time Human-Robot Interactive Coaching System with Full-Body Control Interface', RoboCup Symposium 2011, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Trescak, T., Bogdanovych, A., Simoff, S. and Rodriguez, I. (2012), 'Generating diverse ethnic groups with genetic algorithms', ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, Toronto, Canada.
  • Stanton, C., Bogdanovych, A. and Ratanasena, E. (2012), 'Teleoperation of a humanoid robot using full-body motion capture, example movements, and machine learning', Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Ijaz, K., Bogdanovych, A. and Simoff, S. (2011), 'Enhancing the Believability of Embodied Conversational Agents through Environment-, Self- and Interaction-Awareness', Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC 2011), Perth, Australia.
  • Ancona, M., Mascardi, V., Quercini, G., Bogdanovych, A., Delumley, H., Papaleo, L., Simoff, S. and Traverso, A. (2010), 'Virtual Institutions for Preserving and Simulating the Culture of Mount Bego's Ancient People', 11th VAST International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Paris, France,.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Rodriguez, J., Simoff, S. and Cohen, A. (2009), 'Virtual agents and 3D virtual worlds for preserving and simulating cultures', Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2009), Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Rodriguez, J., Simoff, S., Cohen, A. and Sierra, C. (2009), 'Developing Virtual Heritage Applications as Normative Multiagent Systems', Tenth International Workshop on Agent Oriented Software Engineering at the Eighth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2009), Budapest, Hungary.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Simoff, S. and Esteva, M. (2009), 'Virtual institutions prototype', Tenth International Workshop on Aget Oriented Software Engineering at the Eighth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2009), Budapest, Hungary.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Bauer, M. and Simoff, S. (2009), 'Recognizing Customers' Mood in 3D Shopping Malls Based on the Trajectories of Their Avatars', 11th International Conference, ICEIS 2009, Milan, Italy.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Papaleo, L., Ancona, M., Mascardi, V., Quercini, G., Simoff, S., Cohen, A. and Traverso, A. (2009), 'Integrating Agents and Virtual Institutions for Sharing Cultural Heritage on the Web', 2009 Workshop on Intelligent Cultural Heritage, Reggio Emilia, Italy.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Simoff, S. and Esteva, M. (2008), 'Virtual Institutions: Normative Environments Facilitating Imitation Learning in Virtual Agents', 8-th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2008), Tokyo, Japan.
  • Rodriguez, I., Puig, A., Esteva, M., Sierra, C., Bogdanovych, A. and Simoff, S. (2008), 'Intelligent objects to facilitate human participation in virtual institutions', International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT 2008), Sydney, Australia.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Simoff, S. and Esteva, M. (2008), 'Training Believable Agents in 3D Electronic Business Environments Using Recursive-Arc Graphs', 3rd International Conference on Software and Data Technologies (ICSOFT 2008), Porto, Portugal.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Simoff, S. and Esteva, M. (2008), 'Normative Virtual Environments: Integrating Physical and Virtual under the One Umbrella', 3rd International Conference on Software and Data Technologies (ICSOFT 2008), Porto, Portugal.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Simoff, S., Esteva, M. and Sierra, C. (2007), 'Teaching Human-like Movements to Autonomous Agents via Implicit Training', Intelligent Virtual Agents, Paris, France.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Esteva, M., Simoff, S., Sierra, C. and Berger, H. (2007), 'A Methodology for 3D Electronic Institutions', Automonous Agents and Multi-Agent systems, Honolulu, Hawai'i.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Esteva, M., Simoff, S., Maher, M. and Smith, G. (2007), 'The role of online travel agents in the experience economy', Information Technology in Tourism, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Drago, S., Bogdanovych, A., Ancona, M., Simoff, S., Berger, H. and Sierra, C. (2007), 'From graphs to euclidean virtual worlds: Visualization of 3D Electronic Institutions', Computer Science Conference, Ballarat, Vistoria, Australia.
  • Ancona, M., Drago, S., Quercini, G. and Bogdanovych, A. (2007), 'Rectangular Dualization of Biconnected Planar Graphs in Linear Time and Related Applications', Proceedings of the 7th Conference of Applied and Industrial Mathematics in Italy, .
  • Bogdanovych, A. and Drago, S. (2006), 'Euclidean Representation of 3D Electronic Institutions: Automatic Generation', Proceedings of the 8th International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI 2006), Venice, Italy.
  • Simoff, S., Bogdanovych, A., Berger, H. and Sierra, C. (2006), 'Travel agents vs. online booking: Tackling the shortcomings of nowadays online tourism portals', 13th International Conference on Information Technologies in Tourism (ENTER'06), Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Simoff, S., Berger, H., Dittenbach, M., Merkl, D., Bogdanovych, A. and Sierra, C. (2006), 'Playing the e-Business game in 3D virtual worlds', Annual Conference of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (OZCHI 2006), USA.
  • Bogdanovych, A., Berger, H., Sierra, C. and Simoff, S. (2005), 'Humans and Agents in 3D Electronic Institutions', Humans and Agents in 3D Electronic Institutions.Proceedings of the Fourth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi Agent Systems (AAMAS '05), Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Simoff, S., Bogdanovych, A., Berger, H. and Sierra, C. (2005), 'Narrowing the gap between humans and agents in e-Commerce: 3D electronic institutions', E-Commerce and Web Technologies, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference, EC-Web 2005, Germany.
  • Simoff, S., Bogdanovych, A., Sierra, C. and Berger, H. (2005), 'Implicit training of virtual shopping assistants in 3D Electronic Institutions', IADIS International Conference e-Commerce 2005 (EC2005), Portugal.
  • Simoff, S., Bogdanovych, A., Berger, H. and Sierra, C. (2004), 'E-Commerce environments as 3D electronic institutions', IADIS e-Commerce 2004, Portugal.
  • Simoff, S., Bogdanovych, A., Berger, H. and Sierra, C. (2004), '3D Electronic Institutions: Social interfaces for e-Commerce', 2nd European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems, Spain.
  • Zinnikus, I., Bogdanovych, A. and Schaefer, R. (2002), 'An Ontology Based Recommendation System for Elderly and Disabled Persons', Proceedings of the Workshop on Adaptivity and User Modeling in Interactive Systems (ABIS 2002)., Hannover, Germany.

Research

The key areas of my research are Artificial Intelligence, Normative Multiagent Systems, Virtual Worlds, Motion Capture, Virtual Heritage, Human Computer Interaction, Electronic Commerce and Robotics.

I have developed the concept of Virtual Institutions, including respective formal representations, supporting algorithms and technological solutions in my PhD thesis "Virtual Institutions" in 2007. 

This is a fundamental technology that is being used in many research projects I’m involved with in Australia and oversees.

See more on my research page:

http://staff.scm.uws.edu.au/~anton/Research

This information has been contributed by Doctor Bogdanovych.

Supervision

Doctor Bogdanovych is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Intelligent Virtual Agents for Social Simulations
Field of Research:

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