Xavier Ho


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PhD projects

- Queer Games Visualisation: inking the LGBTQIA+ representation in games


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Personal profile


Xavier Ho is the creator of Roguelike Universe, Smoke and Fire, and other interactive data visualisations. He is a hybrid design and software practitioner-researcher appointed at Monash Art, Design and Architecture.

Prior to joining the Monash family, Xavier led the Graph Visualisation Engineering team at CSIRO designing visualisations for machine learning on networked data. He also served as an individual contributor for UX design and scientific visualisation. His most notable contribution was for trailblazing the web version of Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT), which was then recommended by the Office of Northern Australia, and won the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. (The team would go on to win a CSIRO Medal for Sir Ian McLennan Impact from Science and Engineering.)

Xavier has over seven years of industry experience in co-designing interactive data visualisation tools for research, government, businesses, and the everyday citizen. He was the lead front-end engineer on CSIRO’s early algal bloom detection tool, and CSIRO Data61’s Graincast, a grains yield forecasting platform. He is a frequent conference contributor, and he also contributes to various open source software projects.

Jump to Glide is his videography studio and consultancy, backed by his vocational cinematography education at Vancouver Film School, where he specialised in 3D visual effects. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering at Griffith University with first-class honours. While working as an engineer, he obtained his PhD in design at Design Lab, The University of Sydney through conceptualising and visualising idea networks. He possesses a multidisciplinary mindset in both practice and academic inquiry. His research interests include data visualisation, design research, game studies, and interactive computer graphics.

Xavier served as a major working committee member of Pride@CSIRO, whose work was recognised by the inaugural CSIRO Diversity and Inclusion Medal by raising awareness and making institutional changes for LGBT+ equality at CSIRO. In his personal time, he practices barebow recurve archery with his partner.

Education/Academic qualification

Design, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

18 Feb 201314 May 2019

Award Date: 14 May 2019

Software Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours), Griffith University

17 Feb 200924 Jul 2012

Award Date: 24 Jul 2012

3D Animation and Visual Effects, Diploma, Vancouver Film School

24 Jul 200722 Aug 2008

Award Date: 22 Aug 2008

External positions

Videographer and Director, Jump to Glide

19 Sep 2013 → …

Research area keywords

  • Interactive Media
  • Data Visualisation
  • Hackathons
  • Video games
  • History of Ideas
  • Web technologies
  • Computer Graphics
  • Sustainablility
  • Interaction Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human-Centred Design
  • Queer theory
  • Queer studies
  • LGBTQIA+ Wellbeing


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