Our Core Team
Isabella Dobrescu, PhD
Chief Science / Head, Founder
Isabella is Associate Professor at the UNSW School of Business. She is an experienced researcher and has received many awards for teaching excellence. She is renowned for her ageing and maths research, which covers computational economics, statistical analysis, and experimental design. She has over 9 years of experience in gameplay and the use of gamification as a platform for teaching.
For more details, see Isabella’s website.
Alberto Motta, PhD
Chief Science / Creative Director, Founder
Alberto is Associate Professor at the UNSW School of Business. He has taught Micro 1 to 9,000+ students and won many awards, including UNSW’s highest teaching excellence award (Heinz Harant). He was also the 1st recipient of ASB students choice award, and went on winning it again in 2015. He is an expert in economic theory, experimental design, and programming. Playconomics is the result of 9+ years of research on using gamification to boost student engagement.
For more details, see Alberto’s website.
Timothy Johnson, PhD
Senior Software Developer
Timothy is a prodigious games developer who graduated from La Trobe University with his PhD in Computer Science in 2014. His thesis, titled “Agent Simulations on Graphics Hardware”, explores the possibility of using a GPU for large-scale agent-based simulations. He now applies his knowledge of agent systems, as well as his previous experience in creating educational games, to the development of Playconomics and all related projects.
For more details, see Timothy’s website.
Senior Software Developer
Aleksa graduated from University of Technology Sydney with a BSc in Games Development. He is a highly passionate programmer, expert at identify and fixing problems. As his Unity and C# XNA games show, he is someone always pushing for advanced technology and functionality even when required to go above and beyond to develop such features.
Senior (Back-End) Software Engineer
Richard is an enthusiastic software developer with a background in Computer Science and Finance and over 14 years experience across a range of technologies, platforms, roles and industries. He has a passion for finding elegant solutions to problems and loves learning new things and getting thrown in the deep end (which LionsHeart provides in spades).
For more details, see Richard’s website.
Ben is a keen mathematician, programmer and game designer. He loves solving hard problems and strives to make a satisfying product. The three best video game soundtracks belong to Katamari Damacy, Risk of Rain and Persona 3 and no one can convince him otherwise.
James is a Games Development graduate from the University of Technology Sydney. He has prior experience as both a game designer and programmer, having previously released several titles as part of a team. He now hopes to bring this experience to Lionsheart, and add his own personal touch to the projects he develops.
Rick is a passionate computer scientist and game developer that graduated from the University of Newcastle with Honours in Computer Science. With his knowledge and experience with serious games, he enjoys contributing to the full cycle of projects he is involved in, from design to development. He also loves rainy days in the comfort of his ‘cave’ while playing video games.
Software Developer, Quality Assurance Manager
Daniel is a Mobile Application Development graduate from the Academy of Information Technology. With his expertise at the intersection of emerging mobile and web technologies, he has taken a leadership role in building game UI and various websites. His focus on mobile technology will usher the next LionsHeart platform into the future of educational gaming.
Yeung is a Bachelor of Media Arts Honours graduate from UNSW Art & Design. She specialises in concept designs, 2D/ 3D animation, and contributes to all elements of visual design for LionsHeart projects. She has been known to transform projects into something special – unique with its own stories to tell.
Software Dev Intern
Jordan is an enthusiastic student at the University of New South Wales, currently studying a Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) as well as a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance. After developing an interest in game design, Jordan studied Micro- and Macro-economics actually using the Playconomics and PlayMacro games. Enjoying them so much, he applied for an internship at the company that created them 😉