Personal details

Dr Laurianne Sitbon
Senior Lecturer
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Computer Science
Discipline *
Other Information and Computing Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, Library and Information Studies
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Professional memberships
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Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval (SIGIR)


Applied Cognition, Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, Semantic Spaces, Text Analytics, Computer Human Interactions, Accessible Computing

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


Dr Laurianne Sitbon is a new generation early career academic who is initiating QUT’s undergraduate and postgraduate students to the joys of search engine technologies, including data mining and natural language processing. Her research investigates how to design better interactions models of information access supported by natural language processing technologies. She is convinced that there is enormous value for improvements in search engines from a better understanding of the human mind (how we create meaning out of words, how we make decisions) and people’s diverse abilities. She obtained her Masters of Science and Engineering from the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard in France and he PhD in Computer Science from the University of Avignon in France.

This information has been contributed by Dr Laurianne Sitbon.


Unit Design and re-design

  • 2015 S1 – Data Manipulation IFN509, transition unit (new unit for the new IN20 Master of IT curriculum, 40 students), QUT
  • 2014 S2 – Databases IAB130 (new unit for the new IN01 BIT curriculum,  325 students), QUT
  • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 – Search Engine Technology INB/INN344 (new unit, 10-45 students), QUT
  • 2013-2014 – Data Warehousing and Mining INB/INN343 (redesigned for collaborative learning spaces in 2014, 50-60 students), QUT
  • 2007 – Computational linguistics (new unit for the Master of IT, 30 students), University of Avignon

Project supervision  CELL Projects (interdisciplinary groups)  The Community Engaged Learning Lab has been established by LTU in 2012 as a framework to allow students from all faculties to engage in interdisciplinary projects that can benefit communitypartners, and thus operate in a service learning fashion.

  • S2 2014: My Budget Buddy, Designing and prototyping a website to support people with intellectual disability when allocating their NDIS budget to support services.
  • S1 2014: Designing tools to make legal information accessible to young offenders, iYouth justice project, consortium of community partners.
  • S1 2014: Evaluating and improving a Virtual Learning Environment to facilitate remote lifestyle education for users with intellectual disabilities, with the Endeavour Foundation
  • S2 2013: A website for setting goals and visualize progress towards them for users with intellectual disabilities, with the Endeavour Foundation.
  • S2 2013: Information through technology for prisoners, with Queensland Corrective Services
  • S1 2013: A personal goal management portal for users with intellectual disabilities, with the Endeavour Foundation.

Capstone projects (groups, bachelor of IT)

  • S2 2014: Mobile game to support young offenders. In partnership with iYouth Justice consortium. S2 2013: Information through technology for prisoners (see CELL projects). In partnership with Queensland Corrective Services.
  • S2 2013: Web based document management system to manage disabled service users at Endeavour Foundation. In partnership with the Endeavour Foundation.
  • S2 2013: Put yourself in the picture: a mobile application to help users with intellectual disabilities express what they want to achieve. In partnership with the Endeavour Foundation.
  • S2 2013: A virtual learning environment for users with intellectual disabilities: a virtual world where people with intellectual disabilities can train their social skills, and can practice sequencing every day life tasks. In partnership with the Endeavour Foundation.
  • S2 2012: The informed parent: a search engine that uses topic clustering and authority indicator to present a fair and unbiased view of the various opinions.
  • S2 2011: A real estate mashup: helping users finding rental housing according to quality of life.

Masters by coursework projects (individual, master of IT)

  • S1 2015 – Computing similarity between words from different disciplines
  • S1 2014 – Designing an interactive digital mindmap for large interactive screens
  • S1 2013 – Requirements for an information system centered around users with intellectual disabilities. In partnership with the Endeavour Foundation
This information has been contributed by Dr Laurianne Sitbon.


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

Research projects

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

New Information Access Technologies for People with Intellectual Disability
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Framing authentic assessment of service learning within an information technology curriculum
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Assessment And Feedback Practices; Information Technology; Personal Development; Service Learning