William Raffe's passion for interactive digital entertainment (games) and natural curiosity of advancements in digital technology made a Computer Science and IT degree his first choice of study.
PhD (Computer Science)
I began my studies at RMIT with the dream of having a job in the games industry. Since completing my postgraduate studies, new possibilities for a career in research and innovation have opened. I’m looking forward to whatever my career may bring.
Ever since my dad brought home a Commodore 64 in the early 1990’s, I have spent way too much time in front of a computer. My passion for interactive digital entertainment (games) and my natural curiosity of advancements in digital technology made a Computer Science and IT degree my first choice of study.
Throughout my PhD I have published numerous academic articles and attended a few international conferences. The highlights of my studies have been seeing my name as an author in these highly reputable publications as well as being able to travel around the world and meet other academics from my field.
My post-graduate studies have taught me a whole new set of skills that I did not expect. This includes how to conduct effective research, how to communicate my findings through both academic writing and presentations, and most importantly, how to work within a research team but also remain entirely self-motivated.
My advice to students considering postgraduate study would be to choose a thesis topic that you enjoy and believe in. One of the most challenging aspects of a PhD is remaining self-motivated and consistent in your work. If you are truly intrigued by your topic of study, it will be a lot easier to maintain focus through the many years of your candidature.
After I submit my thesis, I will commence a post-doctoral research position funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant. I’ll investigate merging the physical and virtual worlds to create new forms of entertainment. I’m also working on side programming projects in my spare time with five friends that I made during my undergraduate studies at RMIT. Our goal is to establish our own software company that will provide stable job opportunities for us all in the future.
I began my studies at RMIT with the dream of having a job in the games industry. However, my postgraduate studies have opened up all new possibilities for a career in research and innovation. I’m not sure which of these two paths (or any others that are available to me) I will ultimately take but I’m looking forward to whatever my career may bring.