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Dr Theodor Wyeld Name: Dr Theodor Wyeld
Senior Lecturer (Information Technology)
+612 9465 9107
Organisational Area
Faculty of Law and Business
Peter Faber Business School (Sydney)
North Sydney
Building 532 - Tenison Woods House (8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney NSW 2060)-Level 6-Room 532.6.19
Biographical Information

Theodor Wyeld (PhD Cognitive Psychology) has been a researcher and Lecturer in the broad field of Information Visualisation for nearly two decades. He is on a number of review committees and has published widely. Attracting more than 2 million in grants and venture capital, he is the inventor of 'thereitis'. The patented 'thereitis' technology is the culmination of 10 years of research in usability studies on how to better support the aggregate sorting of large collections of images. Between 2004 and 2009 he was a research associate with the Australasian Cooperative Research Centre for Interaction Design. He has an extensive background in human-computer interaction, VFX, 3D and information visualisation production, cloud computing solutions, and is most recently implementing big data visualisation solutions using Deep Learning and Neural Networks.


Selected Publications



2018    Wyeld, T., Ursyn, A. and Majid al-Rifaie, M. (2018). The Art of Coding: The Language of Drawing, Graphics, and Animation. Florida, USA: Taylor & Francis (in-press)



2018    Wyeld, T. (2018). Communicating Spatial Relations Using Online Chat: A Comparative Study Using Physical, Virtual, and Graphical Building Blocks. In Anna Ursyn, ed. Visual Approaches to Cognitive Education With Technology Integration. USA: igi global, pp. 1-387. 


2016    Wyeld, T. (2016). Using Video Tutorials to Learn Maya 3D for Creative Outcomes: A Case Study in Increasing Student Satisfaction by Reducing Cognitive Load. In, Ursyn, A (ed) Knowledge Visualization and Visual Literacy in Science Education, Hershey, USA: IGI Global.


2015    Wyeld, T. (2015). Re-Visualising Giotto's 14th-Century Assisi Fresco &ldquoExorcism of the Demons at Arezzo&rdquo In Anna Ursyn, ed. Handbook of Research on Maximizing Cognitive Learning through Knowledge Visualization. USA, Hershey: IGI Global, pp. 358-380. [10.4018/978-1-4666-8142-2.ch012]


2013    Wyeld, T. (2013). The Implications of David Hockney Thesis for 3D Computer Graphics. In FT Marchese & E Banissi, ed. Knowledge Visualization Currents. London, UK: Springer, pp. 129-145. [10.1007/978-1-4471-4303-1_7]


2012    Wyeld, T. and Prasolova-Førland, E. (2012). Understanding Collaborative Digital Media Design in the 3DCVE: a Vygotskian approach. In Ning Gu, Xiangyu Wang, ed. Computational Design Methods and Technologies: Applications in CAD, CAM and CAE Education. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, pp. 163-184.


2009    Wyeld, T. and Prasolova-Førland, E. (2009). Using activity theory to assess the effectiveness of an online learning community : a case study in remote collaboration using a 3D virtual environment. In Demosthenes Akoumianakis, ed. Virtual community practices and social interactive media : technology lifecycle and workflow analysis. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, pp. 249-268. [10.4018/978-1-60566-340-1.ch013]



2019    Wyeld, T., The case for the 3D printer as a complete cycle pedagogy for teaching entrepreneurship, in International Journal of Innovation in Learning.


2015    Wyeld, T., Calder, P.R. and Shen, H. (eds) Computer-Human Interaction: Cognitive Effects of Spatial Interaction, Learning, and Ability. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 


2015    Wyeld, T. and Williams, B., A Non-domain Specific Spatial Ability Test for Gamers Using Drawing and a Mental Rotation Task. In Wyeld, Theodor Calder, Paul Shen, Haifeng, ed. Computer-Human Interaction. Cognitive Effects of Spatial Interaction, Learning, and Ability. LNCS8433 ed. Springer: Springer.pp. 114-132. [10.1007/978-3-319-16940-8]


2013    Wyeld, T. Using activity theory to study cooperative learning. International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 13(4), pp.430-450.


2011    Wyeld, T. Communicating across Cultures in the Classroom using an online 3D Virtual World. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6837 pp. 10-16. 


2008    Wyeld, T., Leavy, B., &ldquoReaching out to a Younger Generation, Using the Game Engine for Storytelling: Vincent Serico&rsquos Legacy,&rdquo in the Journal of Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2008/2, pp43-53.


2008    Wyeld, T., Kenderdine, S. and Docherty, M. (eds) Virtual Systems and Multimedia: 13th Int. Conference (VSMM 2007). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Virtual Systems and Multimedia. Lecture Notes in Computer Science,


Proceedings Editing

2007-19           Banissi, E., Burkhard, R. A., Grinstein, G., Cvek, U., Trutschl, M, Stuart, L., Wyeld, T. G., Andrienko, G., Dykes, J., Jern, M., Groth, D., and Ursyn, A.,  Information Visualisation,  proceedings of the International Information Visualisation Conference, IV. IEEE Comp Society.


2013                Shen, H., Smith, R., Paay, J., Calder P., & Wyeld, T., (eds.) OzCHI ཉ: Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration. New York, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference. Adelaide, SA. Nov 2013, pp. 221-224. [10.1145/2541016.2541052]


2007                Wyeld, T., Kenderdine, S., Docherty, M., (eds), proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia, Exchange and Experience in Space and Place, Brisbane, Australia, 23-26Sept.


Refereed Conference Papers

2018    Asiry, O., Shen, H., Balkhy, S. and Wyeld, T. (2018). Extending Attention Span for Children with ADHD using an Attentive Visual Interface. In Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Conference Information Visualisation. US: IEEE Computer Society. The 22nd IEEE International Conference Information Visualisation. 


2018    Teranishi, A., Nakayama, M., Wyeld, T. and Eid, M.A. (2018). Online team-based game development discussions patterns summarised using probabilistic models. In SAC ཎ Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing. France: ACM. The 33rd ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing. Pau, France &mdash April 09 - 13, 2018, pp. 234-239.


2018    Wyeld, T. and Nakayama, M. (2018). The K-12 Learn-to-Code Movement is Leaving Current Graduates Behind: Status and a Case Study. In International Conference on Technology in Education. Singapore: Springer. ICTE 2018: Technology in Education. Innovative Solutions and Practices, pp. 168-178.


2018    Wyeld, T. and Nakayama, M. (2018). Visualising the code-in-action helps students learn programming skills. In Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Conference Information Visualisation. USA: IEEE. The 22nd IEEE International Conference Information Visualisation. Salerno, Italy.


2016    Wyeld, T., & Hobbs, D., (2016), Visualising Human Motion: a First Principles Approach using Vicon data in Maya, In E Banissi, S Bertschi, C Forsell, J Johansson, S Kenderdine, FT Marchese, M Sarfraz, L Stuart, A Ursyn, TG Wyeld, H Azzag, M Lebba & G Venturini, ed. Information Visualization: Visualisation, BioMedical Visualization, Visualisation on Built and Rural Environments & Geometric Modelling and Imaging. Piscataway, USA: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 20th International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV) Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. Jul 2016 (in press).


2014    Wyeld, T. (2014). Visualising the Correlation Between Vasari's Accounts of Giotto's Travels and Contemporary Research to Better Understand their Reliability. In 2014 18th International Conference on Information Visualisation. IEEEXplore. 2014 18th International Conference on Information Visualisation. Paris. Jul 2014. [10.1109/IV.2014.55]


2014    Wyeld, T. and Barbuto, Z. (2014). Don't hide the code!: empowering novice and beginner programmers using a HTML game editor. In 2014 18th International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV) Paris, France: IEEEXplore. 18th International Conference on Information Visualisation. Paris, France. Jul 2014, pp. 125-131. [10.1109/IV.2014.56]


2013    Wyeld, T., Williams, B. and Barbuto, Z. (2013). How are Gamers better at Drawing Teapots than non-Gamers? In H Shen, R Smith, J Paay, P Calder & T Wyeld, ed. OzCHI ཉ: Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration. New York, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference. Adelaide, SA. Nov 2013, pp. 221-224. [10.1145/2541016.2541052]


2012    Wyeld, T., &ldquoFrom the arcane to the lucid: a case study of improvements to a library database using visual cues&rdquo, in Information Visualisation Applications symposium, Information Visualisation, Montpellier, July 10-13 (in press).


2009    Wyeld, T., &ldquoThe Correlation between the ability to Read and Manually Reproduce a 3D Image: some implications for 3D information visualisation&rdquo, in proc. of the 13th International Conference, Information Visualisation, IV09, Barcelona, Spain, July 14-17.


2008    Wyeld, T. G., Zankl, A., &ldquo3D Visualisation of the Radiological Features of Type II Collagenopathies associated with Skeletal Dysplasias&rdquo, in procs. of 5th International Conference BioMedical Visualization, MediViz08, London, UK, July 06-08.


2007    Puade, A., and Wyeld, T. G., &ldquoVisualising Collaboration: Qualitative Analysis of an Email Visualisation Case Study&rdquo, in proc. of the 11th International Information Visualisation, IV07, Zurich, Switzerland, July 03 -07.


2007    Wyeld, T. G., &ldquoA Non-Expert Organised Visual Database: a Case Study in Using the Amazon Metric to Search Images&rdquo, in proc. of the 11th International Information Visualisation, IV07, Zurich, Switzerland, July 03-07.


2007    Jakobsen, I. B., Wyeld, T. G., Hansen, D. B., Zankl, A., &ldquoVisualising A Skeletal Dysplasia Knowledgebase&rdquo, in procs. of 4th International Conference BioMedical Visualization, MediViz07, Zurich, Switzerland, July 04-06.


2006    Puade, A., and Wyeld, T. G., &ldquoQualitative Assessment of Communicating Spatial Concepts in Virtual and Physical Environments via a Text-Based Medium&rdquo, in proc. of  International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT2006, Kerkrade, Netherlands, July 05-07.


2006    Wyeld, T. G., and Colomb, R, &ldquoUsing the Amazon Metric to Construct an Image Database based on what people do, not what they say&rdquo, in proc. of  Information Visualisation, IV06, London, England July 05 -07.


2006    Pumpa, M, and Wyeld, T. G., &ldquoDatabase and Narratological Representation of Australian Aboriginal Knowledge as Information Visualisation using a Game Engine&rdquo, in proc. of  Information Visualisation, IV06, London, England July 05 -07.


2006    Wyeld, T. G., &ldquoThe Three-Dimensionalisation of Giotto&rsquos 13th-Century Assisi Fresco: Exorcism of the Demons at Arezzo,&rdquo in proc. of, Digital Humanities&rsquo06, July 04-09, Paris, Sorbonne.


2005    Wyeld, T. G., &ldquo3D Information Visualisation: an Historical Perspective&rdquo, in proceedings of Information Visualisation &rsquo05, London, 6-8 July, 2005.


2005    Wyeld, T. G., &ldquoA Contested Role for Perspective in Three-Dimensional Information Visualisation&rdquo, in proceedings of the 4th Asia Pacific international Symposium on Information Technology APIS 2005, Gold Coast, Aust, 26-27 Jan, 2005.


2004    Wyeld, T., "The Role of Perspective in Multi-Dimensional Information

Visualisation&rdquo in proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia, Ogaki, Japan.


2003    Wyeld, T., "An Object Server System For 3-D Digital Design Collaboration", in proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures conference, October, 2003, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.



Research Associations and Collaborations

2015-18           Prof. Minoru Nakayama, TokyoTech, learning to code project, cross-cultural online team-based educational exercises


2015-18           David Hobbs, Vicon Human Motion Lab, Tonsley: Vicon to Maya Motion Capture project.


2008-12           Yunggorendi, DECs, Reconciliation Australia (SA Chapter), Blackwood HS, Dr Bindi MacGill and Faye Blanch: Developing a Reconciliation Pedagogy Game for the National Curriculum, Indigenous Studies.


2011                Dr Dymphna Lonergan (HoD English): development of a database and associated Google map application for mapping Irish placenames in Australia.


2009-11           Sydac game engine industry solutions and SA Dept. Environment and Heritage, project: Escape from Old Adelaide Gaol (ongoing).


2004-11           Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway), Teng-Wen Chang (National Yunlin University Science and Technology, Douliou, Taiwan), 3D Collaborative Virtual Environments.


2006-07           Andreas Zankl (RBCH, UQ), Ingrid Jakobsen and David Hansen (Bioinformatics, QFAB), 3D organisation and visualisation of dysplasia patient X-rays for improved clinical diagnostic practices.


2005-07           Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID), Digital Songlines.



Dr Theodor Wyeld&rsquos skills include coding with python, java, nodejs, JavaScript and PHP for interactive web-based visualisation implementations using various graphing libraries (D3, Chart, React). He has extensive experience with cleaning, analysing and processing large complex datasets (medical, industrial, psychological) using SPSS/AMOS, SAS, R (with some Tableu) to generate regression, CFA, SEM and Markov models. His data mining includes leveraging GPU parallel processing where needed, using Docker containers to run multiple instances for ML, both on a small cluster he built for simulating cloud processing as well as via an AWS account.


His goal is to build an interactive data query engine that can take multiple data sources with at least one shared common factor, construct a query chain which can be re-visualised with the most appropriate graphing interface, with results showing statistical significance.


With his combined skills in data analytics, cognitive psychology (HCI), and visualisation technologies more generally, he brings impact and broad understanding of problem-solving in the data visualisation domain. This has been demonstrated in his approach to the many diverse projects he has engaged in, from computer-human interaction to medical and industrial information/data visualisation application building.


Professional Memberships

Review Committees

2013                OzChi: Australasian Computer-Human interaction

2006-19           Conference: International Information Visualisation, IEEE Computer Society.

2007                Conference: Virtual Systems and Multimedia, IEEE Computer Society.

2006                Journal: Computer Graphics & Applications, IEEE Computer Society.

2005-06           Conference: Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia.

2005-06           Conference: Web-Based Education, IASTED.

2005-06           Journal: The Visual Computer, Springer.

2005-06           Journal: Advanced Technology for Learning, ACTA press.


Professional Affiliations


2019                General Chair Int. Conf. Information Visualisation, Adelaide, SA, 2019


2011-19           Chair of Human-Computer Interaction, Int. Conf. Information Visualisation.


2012-19           Chair of the steering committee, Int. Conf. Information Visualisation.


2013-20           Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), Australia Chapter.


2013                Publications Committee OzCHI, 2013, Flinders University, Australia


2010-12           Director on board for thereitis inc. start up company, duties: provide direction for company, oversee contractual obligations and ACCC requirements, assist in the hiring of suitable employees and CEO.


2008-12           Director on the board of the SA Media resource Centre (MRC) - FilmSA, duties: co-administer annual million-dollar budgets, seek federal and state funding for various community projects, provide support at public events, conduct and supervise visiting artist public workshops.


2008-09           FUSA representative on State Gov. Premier&rsquos Cabinet Committee: Simulation SA


2005-10           Member of the Int. Conf. Information Visualisation committee


2005-07           Director on the board of the Queensland Institute of Modern Art (IMA), duties: co-administer annual million-dollar budgets, seek federal and state funding for various community projects, provide support at public events, conduct and supervise visiting artist public workshops.


2000-06           Developments in web-based 3D delivery and programming



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