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Personal

Name
Dr Tony Sahama
Discipline *
Information Systems, Data Format, Other Information and Computing Sciences
Phone
+61 7 3138 1131
Fax
+61 7 3138 9390
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Victoria Uni of Tech), Master of Philosophy (University of Sri Lanka), Master of Education (Higher Education) (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Migration Law & Practices (Griffith University), B.Sc. (University of Sri Lanka)

Professional memberships
and associations

I hold professional memberships with

  1. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  2. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 
  3. Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  4. International Biometric Society (IBS)
  5. Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI)
  6. Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA)
  7. ORCID and Researcher-ID
Keywords

Medical and Health Informatics, Information Accountability and Usable Security, Clinical Data Warehousing (CDW), Biomedical Informatics, Health Analytics, Health Information Systems, Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS), eHealth, eHaaS, Ubiquitous Health, Computer Experiments [DACE], Industry Based Learning (STEM)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Born in Sri Lanka, Tony was educated at University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka.  At present, Tony is a senior lecturer in the Information Security Discipline, Science and Engineering  Faculty (SEF). Tony’s research interest is in Medical and Health Informatics in particular, Healthcare Information Technology (HIT), Information Accountability (IA)  and Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) design and development. Tony possesses PhD in Computer Science (Computer Simulation and Modelling, DACE), and has experience working with researchers in developing customised technology applications for Clinical Decision Support Systems, Data warehousing, Data Integration and IT applications for healthcare decision making processes. Tony’s recent work is in developing IT educational applications for consumers in the PACT arena (People Accepting Controversial Technologies). Currently, Tony is supervising six PhD level research projects in the Medical Informatics, Health Informatics, eHealth and Health Information Technology  research areas. Tony holds professional membership with ACM, IEEE, IBS, ACS, SSAI and HISA.

Career history

  • 2012 – present: Senior Lecturer – QUT, Science and Engineering Faculty (SEF)
  • 2006 – 2011:     Senior Lecturer – QUT, Faculty of Science and Technology
  • 2000 – 2006:     Lecturer – QUT, Faculty of Information Technology
  • 1999 – 2000:     Post Doctoral Fellow– Uni. of QLD (UQ), School of Land and Food Sciences
  • 1996 – 1999:     Lecturer (and PhD candidate), Victoria University, Melbourne
  • 1987 – 1996:     Lecturer (and Research Officer), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Interested Research Areas: I am interested in a broad range of real world needs for Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) in particular transdisciplinary research and pursue applications of its theoretical research and practical applications for the benefit of the community.

Current research topics are:

  • Healthcare Information Technology (Medical Informatics, Health Informatics, eHealth)
  • Accountability Protocols and Health Information Systems
  • Healthcare Analytics
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS)
  • Usable Security and Human Computer Interactions
  • Industry Based Learning (STEM, CPD, CPE)
This information has been contributed by Dr Tony Sahama.

Teaching

Teaching discipline:       Information Security

My philosophy of teaching is twofold: It is firstly innovative and guarantees that students learn through their own choices and/or resolutions (using technology where possible). Secondly, timely and practicable communications, consultations, negotiations and contributions should take place at any point of the learning journey. I believe this approach facilitates students by applying concepts in a new situation that makes them think about their true meaning, leading to a deeper sense of understanding. It is important to understand the diversity of an individual’s learning style in terms of their abilities, interests and ambitions. Consequently, it is impossible to find one way to effectively teach hundreds of different students therefore an improved and extended repertoire of teaching strategies are useful. The greater the variety of teaching styles used by educators, the greater the probability of reaching more students in the real world. At present, I teach, coordinate, manage and support;

  1. Databases
  2. Professional Practice in IT
  3. Industry Based Learning and related activities
  4. CEED projects for the Faculty
  5. COOP Education
  6. HDR (Higher Degree Research) candidates and candidatures

Thesis topics for potential postgraduate research students

  1. Clinical Data warehousing Models for evidence based medical decision making
  2. Design and Analysis of Health Analytics Models
  3. Computer Experiments for Biomedical Informatics and related applications
  4. Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) and applications development
  5. e-Health and Tele-health systems, processes and protocols
  6. Medical/Health Informatics and HCI (EHR, MHR and HR impact analysis)
This information has been contributed by Dr Tony Sahama.

Experience

Research Experiences
  • Twenty years research experiences (in particular Applied Research area)
  • Experienced Higher Degree Research (HDR) Supervisor and Mentor
Teaching Experiences
  • Twenty five years of teaching experiences in several Universities (Locally and Overseas)
  • More than 10 years of Learning and Teaching research experiences
Professional Experiences (e.g., Reviewer and Expert Opinion provider)
  • Providing expert advice on Computer Code Analysis (Deterministic Computer Experiments)
  • Providing expert advice on DACE (Design and Analysis of Computer Experiments)
This information has been contributed by Dr Tony Sahama.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
BEST PAPER AWARD: "STEM Education for Sustainable Development: A Sociotechnical Analysis" STEM Education and Our Planet: Making Connections Across Contexts July 12-15, 2014 | UBC Vancouver, Canada http://stem2014.ubc.ca/presentations/stem-2014-awards/ http://conferences.educ.ubc.ca/index.php/stem/stem2014/paper/view/81
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2013
Details
2013 Endeavour Executive Award (outgoing award to Japan: professional development)
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2016
Details
1. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) 2. Journal of Biomedical Informatics (JBI) 3. IEEE (ICC, GlobeCom & HealthCom) 4. EFMI (European Federation of Medical Informatics: MIE) 5. IMIA (International Medical Informatics Association: MedInfor) 6. Association of Computer Machinery (ACM Computing Reviews: www.reviews.com/reviewer) 7. Associate Editor of the BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making Journal (http://bmcmedinformdecismak.biomedcentral.com/about/editorial-board)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
BEST PAPER AWARD: 2012 Peter L Reichertz Award by European Federation For Medical Informatics (EFMI) Sahama, Tony R. & Liang, Jian (2012) Impact of the social networking applications for health information management for patients and physicians. In Mantas, John, Andersen, Stig Kjaer, Mazzoleni, Maria Christina, Blobel, Bernd, Quaglini, Silvana, & Moens, Anneliese (Eds.) Quality of Life through Quality of Information - Proceedings of MIE2012, IOS Press BV, Pisa Palazzo dei Congressi, Pisa, pp. 803-807 {http://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Sahama,_Tony.html}
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
In recognition of the Supervision of Isaac O. Afara's PhD Thesis: Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award in 2012 for the thesis titled "Near Infrared Spectroscopy for Non-destructive Evaluation of Articular Cartilage" {http://eprints.qut.edu.au/53217/}
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
BEST PAPER AWARD: 2012 secau Security Congress Gajanayake, Randike, Lane, William B., Iannella, Renato, & Sahama, Tony R. (2012) Legal issues related to Accountable-eHealth systems in Australia. In Williams, Trish & Valli, Craig (Eds.) Proceedings of the 1st Australian eHealth informatics and security conference, SRI, Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, Perth, Australia, pp. 16-21 {http://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Sahama,_Tony.html}
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2012
Details
QLD Smart States International Fellowship. The study is about "Understanding Practical Issues in the Clinical Simulations when Integrating Professionals and Public in the Healthcare Decision Making Processes"
Type
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
2011
Details
Member of QUT's College of Mentoring Higher Degree Research (HDR) Supervisors
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2010
Details
The SCEPTrE Fellowship (2009- 2010): To reward and promote excellence, advance understanding and improve student experiences of professional training and learning through enquiry in disciplinary study and through work.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2006
Details
Faculty of Information Technology, Teaching Equity Award (2006): Benefits and challenges through evaluation of cross-cultural awareness in a cooperative learning environment

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Growing Sustainable Regions: Developing a Rural Statistical Sustainability Framework
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0776795
Start year
2008
Keywords
Sustainable Regions; Rural Sustainability; Regional Growth; Spatial Decision Support Systems; Economic Development; Decision Making

Supervision