Dr Martin Masek

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AE2 Commander splash screen

Ian Maclean Award 2009

Topic: AE2 Commander: Development of a 3-D serious computer game based on the World War I Australian submarine HMAS AE2 and its role in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign.

Biographical note

Dr Martin Masek is a senior lecturer and honours coordinator in the School of Computer and Security Science, Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He is secretary of the Western Australian chapter of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, and secretary of the Western Australian chapter of the International Game Developers Association.

In 2006, he won a Microsoft grant to develop a foetal heart monitor using mobile phone technology (in conjunction with Dr Alfred Tan).

His research interests include image processing and computer vision, remote home-based healthcare, using computer games as teaching tools, games programming, design and production.

Outcome

AE2 Commander uses digital copies of National Archives of Australia and Australian War Memorial archives and manuscripts to inform in-game player strategy and to explore the potential of serious games as a method for promoting engagement with important national collections. Dr Masek presented AE2 Commander at a public lecture at the National Archives in Canberra on 17 April 2011.

A review of the AE2 Commander project was published in the May 2011 edition of the journal of the Australian Society of Archivists (Brogan, M and Masek, M, 'AE2 Commander: simulation and serious games in the online cultural heritage space', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 39, no. 1, 2011, pp. 85–106).

An alpha release of AE2 Commander and a 2-D web site explaining the project, both hosted by Western Australia’s super computing hub iVec, are available for download below.

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AE2 Commander in-game screenshot
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