As the Coordinator of Immersive Media (AR/VR) at The University of Melbourne, Ben assists with the integration of immersive technology throughout teaching and research. He looks after the Learning Environments Immersive Media Lab, helps solve problems for staff and students, and provides assistance with digitally mediated technologies across audio, video, 3D, VR, AR, and virtual production. He is currently a PhD student at The University of Melbourne in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music exploring immersive virtual reality music experiences. His masters thesis, completed in 2023, investigated the topic “Duo Singing in Virtual Reality and Video Conferencing”.
Current research work includes as an inter-disciplinary team member investigating the Ethics of Biometric Capture in Music Performance through the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Ethics (CAIDE), as well as music performance training in virtual reality. Other work has investigated the use of virtual reality in music therapy settings. Prior to his involvement in immersive technology he has worked as an assistant film and television editor, musician, photographer and audio engineer.
Here is a video from the 2020 NowNet Arts Conference – Using virtual reality to assist online singing teaching
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Education and courses
2023 – 2029 – Doctor of Philosophy – Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne
2018 – 2023 – Master of Music Psychology and Performance Science – Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne
2021 – Jacktrip Virtual Studio Certification – NowNet Arts
2011 – 2012 – Graduate Certificate in University Management – The University of Melbourne
1996 – 1999 – Bachelor of Music – The University of Melbourne