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Associate Professor Martin Masek

Associate Professor

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6410
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO18.317  

Martin is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • Programming and Software Engineering.


A.Prof. Martin Masek is a member of the Artificial Intelligence and Optimisation Research Group. He joined Edith Cowan University in 2005 after completing his PhD, focused on medical image processing in 2004. His research involves the application of artificial intelligence and image processing techniques to solve problems in a variety of domains such as health, education and defence. This has resulted in collaboration with partners such as Microsoft Research, The National Archives, The National Trust and The Defence Science Technology Group.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Computer vision and image processing
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Applications of games technology


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2004.
  • Bachelor Of Engineering with 2nd Class Honours in IT, The University of Western Australia, 1998.


Recent Research Grants

  • Methods for Identifying Anomalies in Real Time Maritime Traffic Data,  Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence,  Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $196,756.
  • Interactive Evolutionary Computation for the Discovery of Warfighting Strategies ,  Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation,  Defence Science Collaborative Research Grants,  2020 - 2021,  $149,880.
  • Developing a novel deep learning architecture for automatic cardiac arrhythmia detection and classification,  Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation,  WA Science Industry PhD Fellowship Program,  2019 - 2021,  $30,000.
  • Meningococcal Infection, Awareness Prevention and Protection (MIapp) – Improving and evaluating adolescent access to meningococcal education through the use of an app ,  Lotterywest,  Grant,  2019 - 2021,  $768,471.
  • Opportunities and Implications of using Artificial Intelligence in the Establishment of Secure Physical Environments,  ASIS International,  ASIS - Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $47,800.
  • Pathway to healthy food environments: a guide for local governments in Western Australia,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Grant,  2018 - 2021,  $710,084.
  • Evolutionary Algorithms for Real Time Strategy games,  Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence,  Grant,  2018 - 2019,  $53,373.
  • Evolutionary Algorithms for Complex Multi-Agent Simulation of Air Operations,  Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $97,846.
  • Transformational games: A way to engage adolescents in nutrition education? ,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Health Promotion Research - Exploratory Research Grants,  2016 - 2018,  $56,634.
  • Establishing a 3D sensing, visualisation and analytics lab,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science 2017 Strategic Initiative Fund,  2017,  $115,368.
  • Co-Evolutionary Algorithms for Multi-Agent Simulation of Air Operations,  Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $44,339.
  • Simulation game engines for Maritime Experimentation,  Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence,  Grant,  2016,  $22,043.
  • Game based learning and educational data mining,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1),  2014 - 2015,  $209,936.
  • Trailblazer: A Framework for Context Aware Multimodal Learning,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2013,  2013 - 2015,  $109,392.
  • NanoCity : Stage Two Nanotechnology Game Development,  The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education ,  DIISRTE - Grant,  2013,  $93,425.
  • Nanotechnology Online game,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2013,  $102,761.
  • Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring for Preeclampsia,  Nortel Networks,  Grant - Development,  2011 - 2012,  $46,405.
  • Promoting Youth Mental Health Using Gaming Technology: An RCT Pilot Study,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Research Starter Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $29,072.
  • AE2 Simulation National Archives of Australia,  National Archives of Australia,  Grant - Ian Maclean Award,  2009 - 2011,  $21,000.
  • Autonomous Mobile Robotic Mapping and Surveillance,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2009 - 2011,  $60,000.
  • Fetal Heart Rate and Activity Monitoring via Smart Phones,  Microsoft Research,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $108,063.
  • Development of an ad-hoc wireless network routing protocol optimised for multiplayer peer-to-peer computer games,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $14,939.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Fitzgibbons, Y., Masek, M., (2017), Bringing Texts to Life: An Augmented Reality Application for Supporting the Development of Information Literacy Skills. Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning, 223-236, Chicago, USA, Association of College and Research Libraries.

Journal Articles

  • Miller, M., Barwood, D., Furfaro, M., Boston, J., Smith, S., Masek, M., (2021), Identifying Differences in Nutrition-Related Learning Interests of Adolescent Students. Journal of School Health, xx(xx), xx, United States, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., DOI: 10.1111/josh.12997.
  • Barwood, D., Smith, S., Miller, M., Boston, J., Masek, M., Devine, A., (2020), Transformational game trial in nutrition education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(4), 18-29, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2020v45n4.2.
  • Pech, A., Lam, P., Masek, M., (2020), Quantifiable Isovist and Graph-Based Measures for Automatic Evaluation of Different Area Types in Virtual Terrain Generation. IEEE Access, 8(2020), Article number 9273008, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3041276.
  • Lam, P., Masek, M., Kelly, L., Papasimeon, M., Benke, L., (2019), A simheuristic approach for evolving agent behaviour in the exploration for novel combat tactics. Operations Research Perspectives, 6(2019), Article Number 100123, DOI:
  • Masek, M., Lam, P., Tranthim-Fryer, C., Jansen, B., Baptist, K., (2018), Sleep monitor: A tool for monitoring and categorical scoring of lying position using 3D camera data. SoftwareX, 7(January–June 2018), 341-346, DOI: 10.1016/j.softx.2018.10.001.
  • Masek, M., Boston, J., Lam, P., Corcoran, S., (2017), Improving mastery of fractions by blending video games into the Math classroom. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 33(5), 486-499, DOI: 10.1111/jcal.12194.
  • Pech, A., Masek, M., Lam, P., Hingston, P., (2016), Game level layout generation using evolved cellular automata. Connection Science, 28(1), 63-82, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09540091.2015.1130020.

Conference Publications

  • Mohsin, A., Janjua, N., Masek, M., Neto, VV., (2020), Model Synthesis and Stochastic Automated Verification of Systems-of-Systems Dynamic Architectures. Model Synthesis and Stochastic Automated Verification of Systems-of-Systems Dynamic Architectures, 285-293, IEEE, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/ICACSIS51025.2020.9263119.
  • Masek, M., Lam, P., Kelly, L., Wong, M., (2019), Evolving behaviour trees for automated discovery of novel combat strategy in real-time strategy wargames. MODSIM2019, 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 277-283, Online, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, DOI: 978-0-9758400-9-2.
  • Masek, M., Lam, P., Benke, L., Kelly, L., Papasimeon, M., (2018), Discovering Emergent Agent Behaviour with Evolutionary Finite State Machines. PRIMA 2018: Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, 11224(October 31-November 2, 2018), 19-34, Cham, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-03098-8_2.
  • Pazhoumanddar, H., Lam, P., Masek, M., (2017), An Automatic Approach for Generation of Fuzzy Membership Functions. Agents and Artificial Intelligence 8th International Conference, ICAART 2016, Revised Selected Papers, LNAI, volume 10162(24-26 February, 2016), 247-264, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-53354-4_14.
  • Pech, A., Lam, P., Hingston, P., Masek, M., (2016), Using isovists to evolve terrains with gameplay elements. Applications of Evolutionary Computation, 9597(30 Mar - 1 Apr 2016), 636-652, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-31204-0_41.
  • Pazhoumanddar, H., Lam, P., Masek, M., (2016), A Novel Fuzzy Based Home Occupant Monitoring System Using Kinect Cameras. 2015 IEEE 27th International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI), 1129-1136, Piscataway N.J., IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/ICTAI.2015.160.
  • Pazhoumanddar, H., Lam, P., Masek, M., (2016), Automatic Generation of Fuzzy Membership Functions using Adaptive Mean-shift and Robust Statistics. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, 2(24-26 Feb 2016), 160-171, Science and Technology Publications, DOI: 10.5220/0005751601600171.
  • Wheat, D., Masek, M., Lam, P., Hingston, P., (2016), Modeling perceived difficulty in game levels. Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, Article no. a74, Australian Computer Society Inc., DOI: 10.1145/2843043.2843478.
  • Pazhoumanddar, H., Masek, M., Lam, P., (2016), Unsupervised monitoring of electrical devices for detecting deviations in daily routines. 2015 10th International Conference on Information, Communications and Signal Processing (ICICS), 1-6, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/ICICS.2015.7459849.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Evolving gameplay elements into virtual terrains

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Information Technology,  Coevolutionary algorithms for the optimization of strategies for red teaming applications
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An investigation into trust and security in the mandatory and imposed use of financial icts upon older people
  • Doctor of Information Technology,  A feedback control system for exergames.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  On the recognition of emotion from physiological data
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