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Recent Work

REALM
Virtual Reality - Research

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Weather App
Virtual Reality

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Urban Lab
UI UX Design

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Olympics
Data Visualization

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DRONE City
Graphics + Interaction Design

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UNO
Interaction Design + Robotics

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Rohann Dorabjee

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

  • As an interaction designer and researcher, I have always shared my passion for innovative thinking and creating positive, engaging experiences through my work. With the recent advancements in the digital age, I primarily focused on user experience in immersive 3D experiences with virtual, augmented and mixed realities.

  • Part of being involved both in the industry and academics, I have had the opportunity to work alongside with other academics and having the opportunity to teach some of the most impressive students out there! The essential skills that I have developed during my degree at the Design lab at University of Sydney, was being able to think and apply new strategies to further push existing prototypes.

  • I enjoy playing games and designing new experiences for digital content such as virtual worlds. I have been an active UGC developer, providing textures and models on IMVU Inc. since 2010.

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Softwares - Skills
Experience
  • Sessional lecturer
    Design Lab - University of Sydney
    2 years - On going

    Courses: Principles of Animation (DECO1017), Animation and Motion Design (DECO3006)
    Teaching students the fundamental principles of animation and motion design, to develop an understanding of the process involved in developing character, text and motion graphics based animation.


  • Lead UI UX Designer
    Urban Housing Lab - University of Sydney
    2 years - On going

    Designing and developing an online platform for researchers and scholars to publish their publications, news feed and personal profiles. View Page


  • 3D User Experience Designer
    Van Den Berg Design Team
    6 months

    Recent involvements included Augmented reality experiences on mobile devices for clients.
    - Low topology modelling for AR experience
    - Animation for user experience


  • UGC Developer (Freelancer)
    IMVU, Inc
    6 years

    As a Content Creator of virtual products for IMVU’s catalog, my responsibility is to create an engaging user experience for IMVU members all over the world. Providing services such as add on items, virtual environments and bundled characters.


  • Tutor and Demonstrator
    University of Sydney
    2 years 7 months

    Sessional Lecturer and tutor for Principles of Animation (DECO1017), Animation and Motion Design (DECO3006) at the University of Sydney.
    Main focus was to introduce the fundamental principles of the animation process, to develop an understanding of the process involved in developing character, text and motion graphics based animation, and to develop an understanding of the integration between 2D artwork and 3D composition.

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Services
Mixed Realities Workshop - Co-Facilitator
Sydney Design Festival 2016
2 session workshop

Workshop participants will learn about current trends, interaction design challenges of VR apps, create Google VR Cardboards and use them to experience VR environments using 360 cameras.


Virtual and Augmented Reality Workshop - Facilitator
Life @ Sydney - Design Lab
2 day workshops - 2015 - 2016

This session involves a number of hands-on activities, in which participants were be able to design digital products, also presenting them with new tech, such as the Oculus Rift VR headset.

Education
Bachelor of Design Computing (Honours) First Class
University of Sydney
2012 - 2016

Workshop participants will learn about current trends, interaction design challenges of VR apps, create Google VR Cardboards and use them to experience VR environments using 360 cameras.


NZQA Achievement with Merit
Pakuranga College
2006 - 2010

This session involves a number of hands-on activities, in which participants were be able to design digital products, also presenting them with new tech, such as the Oculus Rift VR headset.

Recommendations

Hanley Wang

"Rohann has a very strong design process which is evident in his final products. Combined with his consistent progress checks and consideration of clients, and target audience - he produces highly polished works."

Technologist at Google Creative Lab

Martin Tomitsch

"I have known Rohann Dorabjee in my capacity as Lecturer and Program Director for the Bachelor of Design Computing since 2013. Rohann undertook the Interaction Design Studio which I taught in 2013. He immediately stood out from the rest of the class for his eagerness to learn, his willingness to help others, and his polite and welcoming character. His academic achievements were equally outstanding. His marks in the two final studios in his 3rd year were 93/100 in Semester 1 (Information Visualisation Studio) and 95/100 in Semester 2 (Human-­Experience Studio), placing him within the top 5% of students in his year.

While still being a student in his 3rd year, Rohann was offered a teaching role in our 3D Modelling unit, which is testament to his level of knowledge as well as his ability to convey this knowledge to others. He continues to teach for us until today, taking on a lead role in our Animation and Motion Design unit. Students praise him as being one of the best and most engaging lecturers in our program. Listening to Rohann delivering a lecture feels a bit like sitting in a movie at the cinema.

Equally he is greatly respected by his peers and greatly appreciated by all my colleagues. No matter who you talk to, everyone gives glowing reports about his performance and character."

Head of Design & Chair of the Design Lab

Nikash Singh

"To no one’s surprise the year after, Rohann was invited to complete an Honours year to distinguish his exceptional achievement with a research project of his own invention. It cannot be said with enough emphasis that Rohann single-handedly established a new culture in enigmatic and eminent presentation at the Design Lab by exceeding expectations in delivering his probation presentation. To this day it is considered the gold standard of quality in presentation and is regularly cited as the measure of unparalleled effort demonstrated by any student to exhibit their work engagingly. Anecdotally, many students and Lecturers alike since have referred to it as “Rohann’s TED talk”. He garnished his noteworthy undergraduate accomplishments by achieving Honours: First class.

More recently I have come to consider Rohann a capable peer and colleague rather than a former student. He has consolidated his scholastic achievements by publishing in reputable peer-reviewed academic conferences in the HCI community. He has developed a prototype that utilises the best in emerging technologies and tantalises us with the future of Human machine interaction, in a self-taught and independent manner that - it must be said - demonstrates his ability to learn rapidly and span the creative-technical divide with ease. And as a final flourish, I hear on a regular basis that my enthusiasm in teaching has been met and even surpassed by Rohann’s infectious love of what he does.

Senior UX Consultant at Commonwealth Bank
Research Papers
Conference Publications

As technology is progressing, there is an increasing need to study current trends in user and developer communities, and to contextualise them within the ongoing evolution of human-computer interfaces.

In this paper, we specifically focus on mixed reality (MR) within immersed simulations enabled through combining VR headsets with vision sensors.


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Honours Thesis


A large body of research from the last three decades has laid the foundation for the concepts now emerging in the market. There has been little focus on the analysis of consumer user interfaces being produced for these new platforms. As technology is progressing, there is an increasing need to study current trends in user and developer communities, and to contextualise them within the ongoing evolution of human-computer interfaces.

Publications & Exibitions
Presentations
Design@Dusk (2016)

Design @ Dusk, a new talk series on design and design research brought to you by the Design Lab and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. As the sun goes down, join us for three fast-paced talks exploring design at dusk, acompanied by drinks and nibbles.Design @ Dusk #1 will feature talks by Design Lab’s own Rohann Dorabjee and Claudia Nunez-Pacheco, along with visiting speaker Tom Bieling from the Berlin University of the Arts.

Ozchi conference - Being Human (2015)

OzCHI is the annual non-profit conference for the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) and Australia's leading forum for the latest in HCI research and practice. OzCHI attracts a broad international community of researchers, industry practitioners, academics and students.

Anthelion (2015)

Anthelion is the culmination of work from the Bachelor of Design Computing at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney.The exhibition showcased a unique convergence of design and technology across an array of digital and physical works. The primary attraction of our opening night will be the robotic bar. Students demonstrated their interactive prototypes that allow visitors to order their drinks through games, facial recognition and much more. More info

Visually Defiant (2014)

The University of Sydney 2014 Design Lab graduate exhibition was conceptualised, designed and produced by a group of students from the graduating class of Bachelor of Design Computing. More info