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Tom Chandler is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of IT and coordinates the faculty's Interactive Media Major. Tom's research has focused upon the design and development of immersive simulations of the past, particularly the medieval Cambodian capital of Angkor. In the past three years, Tom has coordinated a small team of researchers at sensiLab to trial the evidence-based virtual reconstruction of the 12th century temple of Angkor Wat that simulates thousands of animated agents moving to, from and around the complex. The techniques and procedures involved in developing digital visions of the past have been similarly applied to collaborative research in other domains, such as the simulation of train passenger crowding, quantifying ecological constraints on vision-based behaviour, and the visualisation of indigenous narratives in the Monash Country Lines Archive.

Research interests

3D Modelling and Simulation, Virtual Heritage, Digital Humanities, Virtual Reality, Archaeological and Historical Visualisation, 3D Animation

Supervision interests

3D Modelling and Simulation, Virtual Heritage, Digital Humanities, Virtual Reality, Archaeological and Historical Visualisation, 3D Animation

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Tom Chandler has experience as the Chief Examiner for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT1033 Foundations of 3D
  • FIT1046 Interactive Media Foundations
  • FIT3169: Immersive environments 
  • FIT5204: Heritage informatics (Prato)

Tom coordinates the following units in the Faculty of IT's Interactive Media Major:

  • FIT3001: Advanced 3D
  • FIT3157: Advanced web design

Education/Academic qualification

Urban & Environmental Management, Graduate Certificate in International Urban & Environmental Management, RMIT University

Award Date: 13 Aug 2013

Information Technology, Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University

Award Date: 9 Jun 2011

Fine Arts & Archaeology, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne

Award Date: 31 Mar 1995

Research area keywords

  • 3D Animation
  • 3D Modelling
  • Angkor
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Landscape Simulation
  • Virtual Heritage
  • Virtual Reality
  • Visualisation

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Angkor IMAX Film project

Chandler, T.


Project: Research

MCLA animations: Teaching and Learning Website

Russell, L., Bradley, J., Faulkhead, S., Chandler, T. & McKee, B.


Project: Research

Collaborative Embodied Movement Design Network

Vincs, K., Nahavandi, S., Vetere, F., Thomas, B. H., Biggs, S., Creighton, D., de Lahunta, S., Armstrong, K., Nash, A., Gemeinbock, P., Chandler, T., Innocent, T., McCormick, J., Vincent, J. & Vincs, R.


Project: Other

Quantifying environmental constraints on animal behaviour

Peters, R. & Chandler, T.


Project: Research

Research Output

Modeling Virtual Angkor: an evolutionary approach to a single urban space

Chandler, T. & Clulow, A., May 2020, In : IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. 40, 3, p. 9-16 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A psychophysiological and behavioural study of slot machine near-misses using immersive virtual reality

Detez, L., Greenwood, L. M., Segrave, R., Wilson, E., Chandler, T., Ries, T., Stevenson, M., Lee, R. S. C. & Yücel, M., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Gambling Studies. 35, 3, p. 929-944 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Imagine: a living archive of people and place “somewhere beyond custody”

McKemmish, S., Chandler, T. & Faulkhead, S., 17 Aug 2019, In : Archival Science. 19, 3, p. 281-301 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Now you see me, now you don't: environmental conditions, signaler behavior, and receiver response thresholds interact to determine the efficacy of a movement-based animal signal

Bian, X., Chandler, T., Pinilla, A. & Peters, R. A., 18 Apr 2019, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 7, 16 p., 130.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Exploring immersive analytics for built environments

Chandler, T., Morgan, T. & Kuhlen, T. W., 2018, Immersive Analytics. Marriott, K., Schreiber, F., Dwyer, T., Klein, K., Henry Riche, N., Itoh, T., Stuerzlinger, W. & Thomas, B. H. (eds.). 1sr ed. Cham Switzerland : Springer, p. 331-357 27 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; vol. 11190 ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


American Historical Association's 2018 Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History,

Chandler, Thomas (Recipient) & Adam John Clulow (Recipient), 23 Sep 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)



  • 1 Committees and working groups

Major Lead (Interactive Media)

Thomas Chandler (Chair/ Co-Chair)

1 Jan 2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Press / Media

The unexpected history of a radical technology

Thomas Chandler


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature