Renusha Athugala

School: School of Communication & Design
Department: Games Design
Position: Acting Program Manager
Location: RMIT Saigon South
ORCID: 0000-0002-9641-1140

Renusha is a lecturer, researcher, and an interactive media designer specializing in game design and interactive media. He completed his PhD in 2021, integrating computer-based interactivity and the arts, based on a cultural aspect from Buddhism and Sri Lanka. He is also interested in the integration of science and arts as a mode of modern problem solving.

  • Ph.D. Interactive media - Digital and electronic media art, The University of Melbourne
  • MSc Advanced Multimedia Design and 3D Technologies, Brunel University – London
  • Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Design), Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak

Games Design & Interactive Media

  • Interactive art
  • Interactive media
  • Game Design – serious games, entertainment, problem solving
  • Integration of Science and Arts

  • Athugala, R. and Alsop, R., 2022. The Development of the Sati Interactive System: A Computer-Based Interactive System that Creates a Sense of Deep Engagement in the User. In International Summit Smart City 360° (pp. 353-365). Springer, Cham. 
  • Athugala, R.M.V., 2020. Developing a computer-based interactive system that creates a sense of deep engagement (Doctoral dissertation, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne).

  • Melbourne Research Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2017
  • Dr Marios Hadjinicolaou Memorial Prize - Best Overall Achievement in Electronic & Computer Engineering, Brunel University, 2014
  • Brunel International Students Scholarship Award, 2014
  • Academic Excellence Award – Swinburne University of Technology, 2012
  • Golden Key Honour Society Lifetime Member – Swinburne University of Technology, 2012

  • Game Design Project - Brain, Mind, and Markets Lab – University of Melbourne, 2017 - 2019
  • Game Design Project – Nokia (Malaysia), 2013
  • Digital Designer – Freelance Contract

  • 2022 – 2022, Lecturer, ANC Education Sri Lanka
  • 2017 – 2019, Game Designer, University of Melbourne
  • 2016 – 2017, Lecturer, EDULINK International Campus Sri Lanka
  • 2013 – 2016, Digital Designer, Freelance Contract