Co-director, Games Studio, Human Centred Design Technology, University of Technology Sydney

Chek Tien Tan is currently a co-director of the Games Studio at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is also a Senior Lecturer with the School of Software in the Faculty of Engineering & IT. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Chek is particularly interested in applied research and teaching domains especially in games and interactive media technologies.

In research, Chek has published widely across disciplines but has a key focus on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computer Graphics. He has held various key appointments at leading academic conferences, including SIGGRAPH Asia and the Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment. He currently also sits on the academic advisory board for the annual Sydney International Animation Festival.

With the industry, Chek has worked alongside Ubisoft to develop employee training programs whilst he was an Assistant Professor at the DigiPen Institute of Technology. He also runs the Kinect Labs with Microsoft Australia.

In the media, Chek has appeared as guest experts on the Good Game television show on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Enquiring Minds on Television Sydney (TVS). He has also had exclusive interviews in articles on the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) and wrote invited articles on The Conversation.


  • –present
    Co-director, Games Studio, Human Centred Design Technology, University of Technology, Sydney


  • 2010 
    National University of Singapore, Ph.D.