• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 311 Citations
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Personal profile


Paul Bourke is a technology consultant focusing on data visualisation, computational photography and immersive environments. His application of visualisation technologies includes such diverse fields as architecture, brain science, mathematics, astrophysics and more recently cultural heritage. He has consulted on and established a number of world class visualisation facilities many of which included immersive displays based upon cylinders, hemispherical domes and virtual reality headsets. A particular research interest has been the development and application of novel and emerging data or image capture and display technologies. This involves displays that leverage the capabilities of the human visual system and how these may be used to facilitate insight in scientific research and increase engagement for public outreach and education.


Community engagement


SongLines exhibition. Major contributor. National Museum, Canberra. Nov 2017-March 2018.

Contributions to Mandurah Performing Arts Centre dome exhibition. Mandurah. 12 Oct 2017.

Contributions to Batavia: Giving Voice to the Voiceless. Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia. 7 October - 9 December 2017.

Ngintaka exhibition, South Australia Museum, Adelaide. March 2014 - June 2014. Paul Bourke, Curtis Taylor.

P a n o r a m a. Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. The University of Western Australia. Curated by Ted Snell. 3 May - 12 July 2014.

Innovation showcase. 2013 WISH (World Innovation Summit for Health) forum. Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha. December 2013. Paul Bourke, Jeffrey Shaw.

Expanding Sphere of Innovation. City University of Hong Kong (CityU). May 2013. Paul Bourke, Jeffrey Shaw.

Dark. 20 minute fulldome production on supercomputer simulations of dark matter. Distributed internationally and translated into 7 languages. Released 2012. Paul Bourke, Peter Morse. Allan Duffy.

Pausiris Gallery. Installation at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart. 2011 - current. Paul Bourke, Peter Morse.

Wollongong Science Centre iDome Exhibit. Research and visualisation from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. October 2009 – 2014. Paul Bourke, Glen Moore.

Islands to Ice, the Great Southern Ocean & Antarctica. Stereoscopic installation for TMAG, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. March 2006 - current. Peter Morse, Paul Bourke.

EON - Eye of Nagaur. Hampi Visitors Centre. May 2009 - current. Paul Bourke, Sarah Kenderdine, Jeffrey Shaw.

Previous positions

2015 - 2016

Professor at the University of New South Wales and Facility Manager for EPICenter (Enhanced Perception and Interaction Centre).

2010 - 2015

Associate Professor at UWA (The University of Western Australia). Director of a University Centre iVEC@UWA. Team leader for iVEC (now the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre) visualisation program.

2006 - 2010

Research Associate Professor and team leader for visualisation at WASP (Western Australian Supercomputing Project), at The University of Western Australia.

1999 - 2006

Research Fellow and responsible for visualisation at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology.

1996 - 1999

Research Scientist at the Brain Dynamics Laboratory, Mental Health Research Institute. Melbourne University.

1992 - 1998

Co-director of an Auckland based Internet start-up company called the Binary Brothers.

1987 - 1996

Information Technology Manager at the School of Architecture, Property and Planning, Auckland University.

1986 - 1987

Biostatistician and programmer for the Community Health Department at the Auckland Medical School.


Program committee and/or reviewer (2018 onwards) for

- VINCI (International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction)

- Journal of Open Research Software

Virtual Reality

- OzViz

- GSTF Journal on Computing

Journal of Imaging

- Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision

- Symmetry

Recent Patents on Computer Science

The Computer Games Journal 

Journal of Electronic Imaging

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

- International Conference on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision

Applied Sciences

Journal of Sports Sciences

Journal of the International Measurement Confederation

ARC - ERA Peer Reviewers

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, MSc, The University of Auckland

Physics, BSc, The University of Auckland


  • High performance computing
  • Photogrammetry
  • Fractal geometry
  • Immersive systems
  • Virtual reality
  • Stereographics
  • Dome projection
  • Computational geometry
  • Image processing
  • Computational photography
  • 3D reconstruction

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Paul Bourke is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Display devices Engineering & Materials Science
Depth perception Engineering & Materials Science
Virtual reality Engineering & Materials Science
Fractals Engineering & Materials Science
visualization Social Sciences
Data acquisition Engineering & Materials Science
Synapses Medicine & Life Sciences
Postural Balance Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2005 2019

Beacon Virtua: A Virtual Reality Simulation Detailing the Recent and Shipwreck History of Beacon Island, Western Australia

Woods, A., Oliver, N., Bourke, P., Green, J. & Paterson, A., 2019, 3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology. McCarthy, J., Benjamin, J., Winton, T. & van Duivenvoorde, W. (eds.). Netherlands: Springer, Vol. 31. p. 197-210 13 p. (Coastal Research Library book series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Graphical Structure of Attraction Basins of Hidden Chaotic Attractors: The Rabinovich-Fabrikant System

Danca, M-F., Bourke, P. & Kuznetsov, N., Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos. 29, 1, 13 p., 1930001.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

How do cortical dynamics organize an anatomy of cognition?

Wright, J. J. & Bourke, P. D., 1 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Consciousness Studies. 25, 1-2, p. 89-120 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Look out! How do footballers' search for opponents during evasive tasks?

Tidman, S., Alderson, J., Bourke, P. & Lay, B., Aug 2018, In : Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. 40, p. S68-S68 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract/Meeting Abstract

Multiplatform VR case study - Beacon Virtua

Woods, A., Oliver, N. & Bourke, P., 1 Jun 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

fishing community
multiple use


Mosaics Gallery

Bourke, P. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 26 Feb 2013


Projects 2011 2016

SW1 Extension Pit (2014)

Bourke, P.

Rio Tinto Limited


Project: Research

Deposit E Laser Scanning and Mitigative Recording

McDonald, J., Bourke, P., Helmholz, P. & Belton, D.

Rio Tinto Limited


Project: Research

Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties: A Maritime Archaeological Reassessment of Some of Australia's Earliest Shipwrecks

Paterson, A., Franklin, D., Lumley, D., Shragge, J., Bourke, P., Van Duivenvoorde, W., Green, J., Smits, E., Woods, A., Manders, M., Nash, M., Punchard, E., De Groot, M., McKinnon, J. & Hill, J.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research