Stephen Barrass is an Associate Professor in Digital Design and Media Arts at the University of Canberra.
He holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from the Australian National University 1997, a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of NSW in 1986, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Canberra in 2010.
He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Fraunhoffer Institute of Media Communication in Bonn from 1998-1999 where he worked in an immersive Virtual Environment called the CyberStage and developed sonifications of air-flow for automobile design applications, a virtual Geiger-counter for geological exploration, and an interactive visualization of the Pastoral Symphony for the Beethoven House Museum.
Upon return to Australia in 2000, he was the Creative Director for the Interactive Welcome Space which was one of five major media works commissioned for the opening of the National Museum of Australia. From 2002 he was a senior researcher in the Immersive Media and Visualisation Systems group at the CSIRO ICT Centre in Canberra where he worked on haptic-audio feedback into a haptic touch feedback workbench. Other projects included Augmented Reality storytelling for Museum Exhibits, a 3D interface for designing spatial sound scenes, and realtime data sonifications for physiological feedback in sporting applications.
In 2004 he was the Creative Director for the Listening to the Mind Listening concert of brain sonifications at the Sydney Opera House Studio. Stephen joined the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra in 2005, where he teaches and researches sound design, sonification, visualisation, networked media, cross-media production, augmented reality and physical and tangible computing.
He recently spent 6 months as a guest researcher at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 2009. Stephen has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in Journals and conference proceedings including MIT Leonardo, Organised Sound, Springer Journal of Virtual Reality, Visual Communication, ACM Multimedia Tools and Applications, ACM Multimedia Systems, Computers and Graphics, Computer Graphics and Applications, Transactions on Applied Perception, IEEE Computers in Entertainment, and Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy.
His creative practice has been curated for national and international exhibitions including Experimenta Prototype in Melbourne 2003, Experimenta House of Tomorrow in Melbroune 2004, Experimenta Vanishing Point in Melbourne 2005, Media City Seoul 2006, Siggraph in Boston 2007, Experimenta Under the Radar in London 2007, ISEA in Singapore 2008, International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression in Sydney 2010, and Sound and Music Computing in Barcelona 2010. The Cocktail Party Effect received an Honourable mention in the SensAble haptic Challenge at Sigraph 2006. ZiZi the Affectionate Couch is now in the collection of the Museum of Old and New Art which opened in Tasmania in 2011.