John McGhee

Director of the 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab
Scientia Fellow (Level D)

 

Associate Professor John McGhee is the Director of the 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab. John’s academic research work explores arts-led and design-led modes of visualising complex scientific and biomedical data. His research investigates the application of creative practice, technical innovation and immersive platforms to new data visualisation challenges. Areas of research include virtual world design, scientific discovery, education and engagement, biomedical communication and clinical interaction. This has culminated in John being recognised as one of UNSW Australia’s 21 Rising Stars in research leadership.

Creative Works (non-textual)
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McGhee J; Lilja A; Strong C; Bailey B; Thordarson P, 2020, Soap Versus Covid-19, SiggraphAsia 2020 - Electonric Theatre, Computer Animation Festival (CAF), Online only 2020, 13 December 2020 - 13 December 2020, medium: 3D computer animated short film, at: https://sa2020.siggraph.org/en/attend/computer-animation-festival/sessions/22/4
2020
mcghee J; bailey B; faux S; Thompson-butel A; Bou-Haidar P; Shiner C, 2017, Stroke: Occlusion and Flow, Blood Attract or Repel, SCIENCE GALLERY MELBOURNE, The University of Melbourne, 02 August 2017 - 23 September 2017, medium: 3D Interactive Virtual Reality Experience - Oculus Rift Head Mounted Display, at: https://melbourne.sciencegallery.com/blood/melbourne/exhibition-overview/
2017
McGhee J; Bailey B, 2015, Topologies of Stroke, People Like Us, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Burnie Regional Gallery (TAS), Plimsoll Gallery (TAS), Geelong Art Gallery (VIC), Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery (VIC), Riddoch Art Gallery (SA) , Nautilus Arts Centre (SA), Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (WA), Geraldton Regional Art Gallery (WA), Araluen Arts Centre (NT), CDU (Charles Darwin University) Art Collection and Art Gallery (NT), Dogwood Crossing, Miles (QLD), Caboolture Regional Art Gallery (QLD), Moree Plains Gallery (NSW), Orange Regional Gallery (NSW)., 14 September 2015 - 14 September 2019, medium: VR Experience, at: http://mgnsw.org.au/articles/people-us/
2015
McGhee J; Bailey B; Faux S; Thompson Butel A; Bou-Haidar P, 2014, Immersion - VR Experience on Oculus Rift DK2 Artefact, Body Image, UNSW Galleries, 06 September 2014 - 08 November 2014, at: https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/unsw-galleries/body-image
2014
McGhee JB; Houston G, 2009, Animated 3-D digital screen-based sequence, The Art of Medicine’, British Institute of Radiology, London, UK, 16 March 2009 - 21 March 2009, at: http://www.bir.org.uk/the_art_of_medicine1.html
2009
McGhee J; Houston G, 2008, Integrity: structure and surface, New Esthetic Dimensions in Computer Visualization Technology, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 06 November 2008 - 18 January 2009, medium: Wall mounted prints, at: http://digitaleyes2008.org/
2008
McGhee J; Houston G, 2007, Integrity: structure and surface, Siggraph 2007 Art Gallery: Global Eyes, Siggraph 2007: Art Gallary, San Diego Convention Centre, 05 August 2007 - 09 August 2007, medium: Two wall mounted works, at: http://www.siggraph.org/s2007/attendees/art/
2007
McGhee J; Andrews P, 2006, Cancer Cell, Hyper Design, Hyper Design - Shanghai Biennale International Student Exhibition, 05 September 2006 - 05 November 2006, medium: Animated 3-D digital screen-based sequence - Video
2006
Conference Papers
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Patterson K; Lilja A; Arrebola M; McGhee J, 2019, 'Molecular Genomics Education Through Gamified Cell Exploration in Virtual Reality', in The 17th International Conference on Virtual-Reality Continuum and its Applications in Industry on - VRCAI '19, ACM Press, Brisbane, Australia, presented at The 17th International Conference on Virtual-Reality Continuum and its Applications in Industry, Brisbane, Australia, 14 November 2019 - 16 November 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3359997.3365724
2019
Bailey BJ; Lilja A; Strong C; Moline K; Kavallaris M; Hughes RT; McGhee J, 2019, 'Multi-user immersive virtual reality prototype for collaborative visualization of microscopy image data', in Proceedings - VRCAI 2019: 17th ACM SIGGRAPH International Conference on Virtual-Reality Continuum and its Applications in Industry, ACM Press, presented at The 17th International Conference on Virtual-Reality Continuum and its Applications in Industry, 14 November 2019 - 16 November 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3359997.3365730
2019
Lilja A; Strong C; Bailey B; Thurecht K; Houston Z; Fletcher N; McGhee J, 2018, 'Design-led 3D visualization of nanomedicines in virtual reality', in Spencer SN (ed.), Proceedings - VRST 2018: 24th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, Association for Computing Machinery, Tokyo, Japan, presented at 24th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (ACM VRST), Tokyo, Japan, 28 November 2018 - 01 December 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3281505.3281572
2018
McGhee J; Bailey B; Parton RG; Ariotti N; Johnston A, 2016, 'Journey to the Centre of the cell (JTCC): A 3D VR experience derived from migratory breast cancer cell image data', in SA 2016 - SIGGRAPH ASIA 2016 VR Showcase, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2996376.2996385
2016
Brown SA; Silvera Tawil D; Gemeinboeck P; McGhee J, 2016, 'The case for conversation: a design research framework for participatory feedback from autistic children', in Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, pp. 605 - 613, presented at OzCHI '16 The 28th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 29 November 2016 - 02 December 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3010915.3010934
2016
McGhee JB; Thompson-Butel AG; Faux S; Bou-Haidar P; Bailey J, 2015, 'The Fantastic Voyage: an arts-led approach to 3D virtual reality visualization of clinical stroke data', in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, Japan, pp. 69 - 74, presented at VINCI, Japan, 24 August 2015 - 26 August 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2801040.2801051
2015
Thomson F; McGhee JB, 2014, 'The Claude Glass: the role of the transparent body during the consultation.', in Crowder J; Wright T; Price D (eds.), The Claude Glass: the role of the transparent body during the consultation., Visual images and Medical Humanities conference, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Texas, presented at Visual images and Medical Humanities conference, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Texas, 08 May 2014 - 12 May 2014
2014
Shorter M; Rogers J; McGhee JB, 2014, 'Enhancing everyday paper interactions with paper circuits', in Wakkary R; Harrison S; Neustaedter C; Bardzell S; Paulos E (eds.), DIS '14 Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems, ACM New York, Vancouver, BC, Canada, pp. 39 - 42, presented at DIS 2014 - ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 21 June 2014 - 25 June 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2598510.2598584
2014
Hoskins G; Williams B; Murray J; Skar S; McGhee J; Gauld D; Brown G; Treweek S; Sniehotta F; Cameron L; Sheikh A; Hagen S, 2014, 'CAN A THEORY-INFORMED INTERACTIVE ANIMATION INCREASE INTENTIONS TO ENGAGE IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA?', in THORAX, BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, London, ENGLAND, pp. A125 - A125, presented at Meeting of the British-Thoracic-Society, London, ENGLAND, 03 December 2014 - 05 December 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2014-206260.250
2014
Murray J; Williams B; Hoskins G; McGhee J; Gauld D; Brown G, 2013, 'Developing a theory-informed interactive animation to increase physical activity among young people with asthma', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 60 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39420-1_7
2013
Murray J; Williams B; Hoskins G; McGhee JB; Gauld D; Brown G, 2013, 'Developing a Theory-Informed Interactive Animation to Increase Physical Activity among Young People with Asthma', in Find out how to access preview-only content Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality. Systems and Applications, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Las Vegas, NV, USA, pp. 60 - 65, presented at 5th International Conference, VAMR 2013, Held as Part of HCI International 2013, Las Vegas, NV, USA, 21 July 2013 - 26 July 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39420-1_7
2013
McGhee JB; Thomson F, 2013, 'Seeing Me? Returning the Poetics of the Body to the Medical Consultation', in Wallace J; Yee J; Durrant A (eds.), Praxis & Poetics - Research Through Design. 2013 Conference Proceedings, Praxis + Poetics - 2013 Research Through Design Conference, Gateshead, UK, pp. 29 - 29, presented at Praxis + Poetics - 2013 Research Through Design Conference, Gateshead, UK, 03 September 2013 - 05 September 2013, http://www.praxisandpoetics.org/researchthroughdesign/programme/
2013
McGhee JB, 2011, 'Body and Mind: 3D CGI artist’s Approach to MRI visualization.', in Body and Mind: 3D CGI artist’s Approach to MRI visualization., ISEA 2011 - The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, presented at ISEA 2011 - The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, 14 September 2011 - 21 September 2011
2011
Mcghee JB, 2007, 'SIGGRAPH '07 ACM SIGGRAPH ACM SIGGRAPH 2007 educators program Article No. 1', in ACM SIGGRAPH 2007: Educators Program, ACM New York, NY, USA ©2007, San Diego, CA, USA, presented at SIGGRAPH 2007 ACM SIGGRAPH 2007 educators program, San Diego, CA, USA, 05 September 2007 - 09 September 2007, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1282040.1282042
2007
Journal articles
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Kadir SR; Insall RH; Moffatt G; McGhee J; Livingstone D, 2019, 'Analogies in 3D molecular visualisations: development of a cell biology animation 'How cells move - a new interpretation of old data'', JOURNAL OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION IN MEDICINE, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17453054.2019.1671814
2019
Thompson-Butel AG; Shiner CT; McGhee J; Bailey BJ; Bou-Haidar P; McCorriston M; Faux SG, 2019, 'The Role of Personalized Virtual Reality in Education for Patients Post Stroke—A Qualitative Case Series', Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, vol. 28, pp. 450 - 457, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2018.10.018
2019
Johnston APR; Rae J; Ariotti N; Bailey B; Lilja A; Webb R; Ferguson C; Maher S; Davis TP; Webb RI; McGhee J; Parton RG, 2018, 'Journey to the centre of the cell: Virtual reality immersion into scientific data', Traffic, vol. 19, pp. 105 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tra.12538
2018
Murray J; Williams B; Hoskins G; Skar S; McGhee J; Treweek S; Sniehotta FF; Sheikh A; Brown G; Hagen S; Cameron L; Jones C; Gauld D, 2016, 'A theory-informed approach to developing visually mediated interventions to change behaviour using an asthma and physical activity intervention exemplar', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40814-016-0091-x
2016
Butel AG; Faux SG; Bou-Haidar P; Bailey JB, 2015, 'Oral Presentations in Order of Conference Program. The role of personalised virtual reality in education for patients post stroke: A case series.', International Journal of Stroke, vol. 10, pp. 40 - 51, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijs.12584
2015
Thomson F; McGhee JB, 2015, 'Seeing me: the role of transparent bodies in the medical consultation', STUDIES IN MATERIAL THINKING, vol. 13, pp. 1 - 14, https://www.materialthinking.org/volumes/volume-13-0
2015
McGhee J; Johnson N, 2014, 'Alternative ways of seeing the inner body: An arts-led approach to visualising mri scan data', Leonardo, vol. 47, pp. 90 - 91, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/LEON_a_00716
2014
Shorter M; Rogers J; McGhee J, 2014, 'Practical notes on paper circuits', Proceedings of the Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, and Techniques, DIS, pp. 483 - 492, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2598510.2602965
2014
Murray J; Williams B; Hoskins G; Skar S; McGhee J; Gauld D; Brown G; Treweek S; Sniehotta F; Cameron L; Sheikh A; Hagen S, 2014, 'Can a theory-informed interactive animation increase intentions to engage in physical activity in young people with asthma?', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 8512 LNCS, pp. 289 - 300, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07227-2_28
2014
Macduff C; Wood FK; Hackett C; McGhee J; Loudon D; Macdonald A; Dancer S; Karcher AM, 2014, 'Visualizing the invisible: Applying an arts-based methodology to explore how healthcare workers and patient representatives envisage pathogens in the context of healthcare associated infections', Arts and Health, vol. 6, pp. 117 - 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2013.808255
2014
Williams B; Anderson AS; Barton K; McGhee J, 2012, 'Can theory be embedded in visual interventions to promote self-management? A proposed model and worked example', International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol. 49, pp. 1598 - 1609, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2012.07.005
2012
McGhee J, 2010, '3-D visualization and animation technologies in anatomical imaging', Journal of Anatomy, vol. 216, pp. 264 - 270, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7580.2009.01165.x
2010
Kadir SR; Lilja A; Gunn N; Strong C; Hughes RT; Bailey BJ; Rae J; Parton RG; McGhee J, 'Nanoscape, a data-driven 3D real-time interactive virtual cell environment', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.10.15.340778
Theses / Dissertations
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Brown SA, 2019, Design for Togetherness: Neurodiverse conversation in interactive praxis, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/67159
2019
McGhee JB, 2009, Visualise: an exploration of an artist's approach to 3-D computer visualisation in clinical radiology, DJCAD, University of Dundee, DJCAD, University of Dundee, http://discovery.dundee.ac.uk/portal/en/theses/visualise-an-exploration-of-an-artists-approach-to-3d-computer-visualisation-in-clinical-radiology%28fee334ad-c12e-4abf-ae7d-0e29c1209717%29.html
2009
Conference Posters
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Lilja AR; Kadir SR; Hughes RT; Gunn NJ; Strong CW; Bailey BJ; Parton RG; McGhee JB, 2019, 'Nanoscapes: Authentic scales and densities in real-time 3D cinematic visualizations of cellular landscapes', presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 Posters, 17 November 2019 - 20 November 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3355056.3364567
2019
Hughes RT; Strong C; McGhee J, 2019, 'Vox-Cells: Voxel-based visualization of volume data for enhanced understanding and exploration in Virtual Reality (VR)', http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3306214.3338551
2019
McGhee JB; Andrews PD, 2005, '3-D cancer cell visualization for patients and scientists', pp. 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1186954.1187103
2005
Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
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McGhee JB; Bailey B, 2015, Topologies of Stroke, People Like Us, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Burnie Regional Gallery (TAS), Plimsoll Gallery (TAS), Geelong Art Gallery (, Editor(s): Fenner F, 3D Virtual Reality - Oculus Rift, Published: 2015, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, http://netsaustralia.org.au/whats-on/people-us/
2015
McGhee J; Normoyle K; Faux S; Bou-Haidar P; Houston G, 2014, Brain Flow, Body Image, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Editor(s): Fenner F; McGhee J, HD 1080 Video, Published: 06 September 2014, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/unsw-galleries/body-image
2014
McGhee J; Bailey B; Faux S; Bou-Haidar P; Thompson Butel A, 2014, Immersion, Body Image, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Editor(s): Fenner F; McGhee J, Computer based 3D Head Mounted Virtual Reality, Published: 06 September 2014, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/unsw-galleries/body-image
2014
Curatorial Outputs
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Fenner F; McGhee JB, 2014, Body Image, exhibited at: UNSW Gallaries, Sydney, 01 September 2014 - 01 November 2014, Body Image, https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/unsw-galleries/body-image
2014

Virtual Reality, VR, 3D computer animation, 3D computer visualisation, Medical Visualisation