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Curriculum Vitae

Phillipa Avery



Employment History:

Independent Consultant, July 2010 – Current

  • Independent research on Tower Defence games, publication of two papers and reviewing of current research for games conferences.

  • Designing and creating game competitions for Tower Defence and Divide the Dollar games.


PostDoctoral Researcher, University of Nevada, Reno January 2009 – June 2010

Summary: Research methods for strategic deployment in an RTS game for a Naval Research Grant

  • Created a simple RTS capture the flag game using a Python front end and a C++ application server.

  • Research methods for a team of units (boats) to coordinate attack strategies with path creation, using coevolution to create movement along an A* path.


PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide March 2005 – September 2008

Summary: Research and development of a coevolutionary computational system.

  • Developed a coevolutionary system to evolve a fuzzy logic rule based computer player for the game of Tempo (using C++).

  • Researched the area involved, and performed scientific experiments to further learning.

  • Wrote and presented papers for international conferences and journals.


Tutor/Teacher’s Assistant, University of Adelaide   June 2005 – December 2008

Summary: Course development, Public speaking, Training skills, Program debugging, Java programming

  • Provided teacher’s assistant responsibilities for the Evolutionary Computation and Adaptive Business Intelligence courses.

  • Created and conducted lectures, assignment specifications and assessment design, and student consulting and running of workshops.

  • Tutored small classes of students for first year undergraduate computer science courses.

  • Marked assignment and exam papers.

  • Assisted in training of new university tutors.


Tutor/Course Manager, University of South Australia March 2002 – June 2005

Summary: Coursework organization, Public speaking, Training skills, Program debugging, Java programming, Java Beans, SQL on Oracle

  • Co-ordinated the 2005 Software Engineering Projects Programme for honours and non-honours projects.

  • Designed and implemented assignments for the Information System Maintenance and Reengineering (ISMR) programme.

  • Tutored both large and small classes of students for the subjects: User Interfaces (2002-2003), Programming in Java (2002, 2004), Database Technology (2003-2004) and Component Engineering (2004 – 2005).

  • Performed individual tutoring for Indigenous students in an IT bridging course.


Summer Internships

CSIRO, University of SA December 2004 – March 2004

  • Jboss Server, J2EE, JSP/Servlets, HTML, PreGap, Filemaker Pro 7

  • Created a data model and database with a web based interface using a Jboss/J2EE Web Server application, to provide batch processing of information and database functionality online.

Women’s and Children’s Hospital, University of SA December 2003 – March 2004

  • Bioinformatics, Requirements engineering, PHP, Apache web server, HTML, MySQL

  • Created the prototype for a web-based user interface with a MySQL database backend system used to record variations in the BRCA1-2 genes.


Help desk operator / Software tester

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care May 2000 – February 2001

Summary: System life cycle documentation, Software testing, Problem solving, Government work

policies/procedures, Customer service

  • Wrote test cases and business specifications for Aged Care software systems.

  • Created and maintained task and system documentation.

  • Solved help desk inquiries by determining if and where a problem may lie with the software and creating a change request if a problem exists.



University of Adelaide, PhD March 2005 – September 2008

University of South Australia, Comp Sci Degree February 2001 – November 2004

GPA: 6.2 (out of 7)


Awards/Honours Achieved:

  • Best student paper for IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (2008)

  • Student representative for the Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee (2006-2007)

  • Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Divisional Scholarship for PhD Studies

  • DSTC 2005 Annual Student Award for the best University of South Australia DSTC-relevant honours/masters thesis

  • Dean’s Merit List 2001 – 2004

  • Chancellor’s Letters of Commendation 2001, 2003-2004