Birgit Brecknell (née Planitz) completed her Master of Creative Industries in Screenwriting at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2008. The outcome of her degree was the book Frank and Stein: From Research Scientist to Creative Writer. This was followed by her first novel Arjuna's Daughter. Birgit is currently writing her second novel Coal Black Eyes, Raven Hair.
Birgit also has a PhD in Engineering (Computer Vision, QUT, 2004) and has worked on a wide variety of research projects. After completing her PhD, she was project leader on a medical image watermarking project at the CSIRO e-Health Research Centre (2005-2007). Then she was involved in various image and signal processing projects at QUT and the University of Western Sydney (2008-2011). Birgit has been a researcher and engineer at The University of Queensland's Cognitive Engineering Research Group (CERG) since 2012, working on human factors projects. She is an author on more than 30 journal and conference papers in human-computer interaction, healthcare, bioacoustics, medical imaging and 3D image matching.
Birgit continues to work in research while writing both fiction and non-fiction. She lives in Sydney with her husband, Matthew Brecknell.