Vikram is an experienced game developer with a strong background in games programming, people-management, and education.
He possesses a passion for deep understanding and continuous improvement of both teams and systems. When added to his attention to detail, these characteristics combine to facilitate rapid delivery of high standard code.
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- Game Engines: Unreal (6 years), Unity (4 years)
- Workflows: Agile (4 years), Test-Driven Development (2 years)
- Tools: git (5 years), Perforce (1 year)
- Specialities: Physics Engines (3 years), Artificial Intelligence (3 years), Digital Realities (4 years), Optimisation (4 years)
- Tools: Jira (1 year), Microsoft TFS (3 years), Trello (4 years)
- Workflows: SCRUM (3 years), Kanban (4 years)
- Topics: Computer science, game programming (gameplay, physics, AI), game design
- Abilities: Curriculum design, blended learning, portfolio-based assessment, traditional delivery
- Areas: Gendered Locomotion Animation in Games, Computer Science Education
- Qualifications: Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) (98, GPA 4.0)
Program Coordinator - University of the Sunshine Coast
Feb 2016 - Present
- Redesigned the Bachelor of Serious Games to match modern industry standards. This included:
- Working with industry partners to identify pain-points in graduate hires
- Ensuring accreditation standards are maintained across the degree
- Managing student transitions across a wide variety of changes within course offerings
- Worked on heavily linking external industry partners into the degree as clients for student projects and internships.
- Coordinated a marketing campaign to identify and reach untapped markets.
- Coordinated all subjects in the Games Programming Minor available at USC, including:
- Creative Problem Solving with Python
- Introduction to Games Scripting (Unreal Engine blueprints)
- Professional Games Programming (Unity C#)
- Advanced Games Programming (Unreal Engine C++)
- Developer for the Engage Research Cluster, specialising in Augmented and Mixed Reality technologies and mobile game development.
- Technical Producer of the ‘TMR AR’ application for Queensland's Department of Traffic and Main Roads.
- Organiser of the bi-annual Sunshine Game Jam, bringing industry professionals and students together to create games.
Game Developer - Opaque Multimedia
June 2013 - Jan 2016
Involvement in a wide variety of projects across a spectrum of technologies and disciplines. Notable contributions include:
- Developed contributions to the Universe Engine, an in-house HTML 5/node.js game engine, including the network stack.
- Implemented several applications for clients within the Universe Engine, such as a real-time data tracking app for NASA’s International Space Station.
- Led R&D of the Howitzer.ts physics engine as both a standalone tool, and integrated with the Universe Engine.
- Developed low-level physics-based animation technologies as an extension for the Unreal Engine 4 using techniques such as Inverse Kinematics (IK) and Kalman Filtering.
- Integrated novel technologies with Unreal Engine 4, such as the Kinect for Windows, Faceware Motion Capture, and several unannounced projects with major clients.
- Worked on projects partnered with Alzheimer’s Australia to develop training tools for staff, as well as applications designed for patients to promote positive brain function.
- Led delivery of a third-party Unreal Engine project as an in-house contractor for a large corporate client, including negotiation, development, and daily client liaison with various stakeholders.
Sessional Course Coordinator - Swinburne University of Technology
Jan 2015 – June 2015
Having worked on Howitzer.ts for Opaque Multimedia, Vikram was invited to re-develop and run the Physics of Games subject for Swinburne University.
- Developed a new course structure to aid in a more modern style of teaching cutting edge concepts.
- Guided technical students through the development their own light-weight physics engines, while design students were developing game pitches incorporating advanced physics concepts.
- Student feedback for the new course was the highest since the subject’s inception across all categories, including Communication of Concepts, Responding to Questions/Concerns and Teaching that Motivates and Inspires.
Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)
Swinburne University of Technology
- Researched into Gendered Animation in Games - specifically looking at improving Tooling to create more realistic animations using a method that is suitable for modern Animation workflows.
Bachelor of Science (CSSE) / Bachelor of Multimedia (G&I)
Swinburne University of Technology
- Awarded Dux in Artificial Intelligence for Games, Games Programming, and Research Methods.
- Developed a strategic AI bot based on Sun Tzu’s Art of War and demonstrated that two millennia old principles of warfare can apply to modern gaming.
- Lead Producer on an Alternate Reality Game, which was designed, developed and run by a 20-person team across a 12-week period.
- Producer and Developer on a 6-person team for our Final Year Project, a collaborative team-building game for an educational program, for a client who then hired me (Opaque Multimedia).