Allan James is a software engineer within the IFE's Visualisation and eResearch (ViseR) team.
Expertise: Software engineering, interactive visualisation, virtual reality
Why is your work important?
I believe that virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies (XR) will bring about new and improved methods of working and collaboration, and enable more effective and engaging ways to teach, learn and explore information.
What excites or inspires you about your field?
I am inspired by the immense potential of immersive technologies to transform the way we ingest and share information, and to enable new ways to merge and interact with the digital and physical worlds.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working across a range of interesting projects within the ViseR team, including a new spatial data visualisation platform, an educational game on the human microbiome, and the setup of a virtual reality space in our lab. We are also investigating and developing solutions for applications of VR and MR, image and model tracking, and 3D laser scanning and photogrammetry. We help clients discover engaging and innovative solutions to problems through the combined use of large displays, touch screens and interaction devices, XR, spatial mapping and web applications, interactive content and data visualisation, and custom software and hardware.
What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to always learn and discover new knowledge and develop skills across my varied interests, including art and music, programming, 3D graphics, interaction devices, and virtual/augmented/mixed reality technologies.