Executive Director

Professor Rajiv Khosla

Rajiv KhoslaProfessor Rajiv Khosla is the Director of Research Centre for Computers, Communication and Social Innovation (RECCSI). Rajiv Khosla has a multi-disciplinary background in management, engineering and computer science. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master's degree in Management and Systems from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), and a Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from La Trobe. He has been a visiting research scientist and professor at NEC corporation Japan, Kyoto University, Japan, Wayne State University, Michigan, USA, Uppsala University, Sweden, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Rajiv's research in three disciplines, namely, Information Systems, Computing, and Engineering has been published and reported in journals like Pattern Recognition, Expert Systems with Applications, IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, IEEE Multimedia, Communications of the ACM, and IEEE Transactions in Power Systems. He has filed patents, commercialized his research, and is director and chief inventor of Human Mind Innovations Pty, Ltd. He has received several teaching excellence awards and has pioneered the industry-orientation and design of undergraduate and postgraduate programs at La Trobe University since 1994. He is also director of externally funded Business Systems and Knowledge Modelling research laboratory.

He has authored four research books in areas like Emotionally Intelligent Systems (to be published) , Human-Centred e-Business, Multimedia based Socio-technical Information systems, Engineering Intelligent Hybrid Multi-agent Systems. Additionally he has edited five books and published over 120 refereed journal and conference papers. His research has made significant impact nationally and internationally including interviews with ABC Radio, reports in major news papers in several countries, citations of research in several US patents and collaborations with reputed international research institutions. He has also successfully chaired large international conferences in intelligent information systems.

He has been the Associate editor of the International Journal of Pattern Recognition (2000-2007), Regional editor of Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing (Springer-verlag), and Action Editor of Journal of Cognitive Systems Research and Associate editor of IEEE Intelligent Informatics Bulletin.

Executive committee members

Prof Toyoaki Nishida

Toyoaki NishidaProf Toyoaki Nishida is a professor of Department of Intelligence Science and Technology, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. He received the Doctor of Engineering degree from Kyoto University in 1984. His research focuses on Social Intelligence Design and Conversational Informatics. His representative work is Nishida (ed.) Conversational Informatics -- An Engineering Approach, Wiley, 2007.

He was appointed an associate member of the Science Council of Japan, a vice-president of JSAI (Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence), and a member of the board of directors of IPS (Information Processing Society) of Japan, in 2008. In 2001, he founded a series of international workshops on social intelligence design. Later, he broadened the scope of research to include understanding and augmenting conversational communication, and opened up a new field of research called "Conversational Informatics".

He serves as an editorial board member of several academic journals, including Web Intelligence and Agent Systems, AI & Society, and is the editor-in-chief for Journal of JSAI. Visit Professor Nishida's homepage, or his laboratory website.

Dr Keiji Yamada

Keiji YamadaDr Keiji Yamada is the General Manger of C & C Innovation Research Laboratories at NEC Corporation, Japan. He received his B.E., M.E., and PhD in Engineering degrees in information science from Kyoto University in 1982, 1984, and 1987 respectively. In 1987, he joined the C&C information Technology research laboratories, NEC Corporation. From 1990 to 1991, he was a visiting scholar of Computer Science and Engineering Department, University of California at San Diego.

He is tackling with development of a new research management strategy to create society thirty years in the future. His research interest covers knowledge processing and human communication based on pattern recognition, computer vision, artificial neural network, machine learning, human interaction, and intelligent network. He is a member of the IEEE, the IEICE Japan, and the IPSJ.

Research team members

Dr Debbie Chu       

Debbie ChuDebbie Chu is currently a Lecturer in the La Trobe Business School at La Trobe University. She has done her Bachelors in Sociology (National Taipei University, Taiwan), Masters in Technology Management (National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan) and PhD (La Trobe University). She has been teaching several Information Systems subject at La Trobe and also has previous teaching experience in several universities such as Minghsin University of Science and Technology (Taiwan) and Hsuan Chuang University, Taiwan. She was a consultant and engagement manager at International Technology Research Institute for four years where she has coached and co-ordinated 40 Communities of Practices. She has also worked as a consultant for several other organizations from 2002 to 2004.  She has published several referred journals and conference papers in diverse areas such as knowledge management, multi-agent systems, Communities of Practice, computational intelligence, expert systems and engineering management.        

Mr Scott Crouch    

Scott PhotoScott Crouch is a current PhD student at RECCSI, whose PhD research is focused on the development and use of a network of emotionally intelligent communication robots to support the daily activities of elderly persons with mild dementia.  Scott holds bachelors degrees in computer science and cognitive science and has research interests in the development of systems to facilitate interaction between humans and computers.         

Dr Cheryl Dissanayake       

Cheryl DissanayakeAssoc. Prof Cheryl Dissanayake is Founder and Director of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University, which is the first research facility in Australia dedicated to Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is a developmental psychologist, and has been an autism researcher since 1984. Cheryl serves on the Professional Panel of Autism Victoria, and is co-founder and convenor of one of its reference groups, the Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Group.

Assoc Prof Jacinta Douglas       

Assoc Prof Jacinta DouglasAssoc Prof Jacinta Douglas from the School of Allied Health at La Trobe University is a speech pathologist and clinical neuropsychologist. She has extensive research and clinical experience in rehabilitation of adults with acquired brain injury. Jacinta's major research interests involve cognitive and communication disorders and their relationship to social participation after brain injury. Her recent work has focussed particularly on non-verbal processing (facial expression and intonation) and its role in social interaction. Jacinta is a Fellow of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and is founding co-editor of the journal Brain Impairment.

Prof Peter J. Dowling  

Peter-Dowling_ReccsiPeter J. Dowling (Ph.D, The Flinders University of South Australia) is Professor of Human Resource Management at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. His current research and teaching interests are concerned with International Human Resource Management, International Management and Strategic Management. Previous academic appointments include The University of Melbourne, Monash University, the University of Tasmania, University of Canberra and Victoria University of Wellington. He has also held visiting appointments in the United States at Cornell University and Michigan State University and in Germany at the University of Paderborn and the University of Bayreuth.

He has co-authored a number of books including International Human Resource Management: Managing People in a Multinational Context (5th Ed.), International Business (Asia-Pacific 1st Ed.) and Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalisation (Pacific Rim 3rd Ed.) and has written or co-authored over seventy journal articles and book chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of World Business, Management International Review, Journal of International Management, Thunderbird International Business Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Management & Organization and ZfP-German Journal of Human Resource Research.         

Peter is President of the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM), a Vice-President of the Australia & New Zealand International Business Academy, a Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management, a Life Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Senior Research Affiliate of the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies at Cornell University. Former roles include past National Vice-President of the Australian Human Resources Institute and Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources (1987-1996).  

Mr Sadegh Khaksar

Sadegh KhaksarSadegh Khaksar is currently a Ph.D. student in RECCSI at La Trobe University. He has completed his Bachelor's degree in Administrative Management and his Master's degree in Information Technology Management (University of Sistan & Baluchestan). Before joining the RECCSI team, Sadegh was a lecturer at Azad University and also managed a research team in Iran. He has also worked as a consultant in the SMEs area for several companies from 2007 to 2011. His research interests fall broadly under the headings of Service Innovation, new strategies in Web-based Services, Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management and Entrepreneurial Strategies. He has published several referred journal and conference papers in different areas such as knowledge management, e-Government Services, e-Customer Relationship Management, Strategic Thinking and Entrepreneurial Opportunities. He would also like to continue his studies in the Services Innovation and Human-Robot Interaction areas. 

Professor Pranee Liamputtong

Prof Pranee LiamputtongPranee is a medical anthropologist and has interests in the health of immigrants and refugees, women's health, mother's and children's health, the health of older persons, international health, reproductive and sexual health, and mental health.  She has carried out a number of research projects with immigrant women in Australia and women in Southeast Asia.  Previously, Pranee focused her research more on reproductive health and motherhood among immigrant women and women in SEA.  More recently, she has paid more attention to the sexual health issues of Asian women.  She is undertaking qualitative research with women living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand.  

Pranee's research interests also include online research and she has carried out research in the area of online dating and its implications for sexual health.  Her recent research also involves the use of technology in health research and this includes the use of mobile phones and wii games with refugees and older persons in Melbourne.  Pranee has also supervised a number of students, both local and international, who have interests in gender, reproductive and sexual health and cross-cultural research.

Pranee is a qualitative researcher and has written several texts on this approach. Her Qualitative Research Methods book has been adopted widely both in Australia and internationally.  The book has also been translated into Japanese, Chinese and Malay.  Her publications thus far include 34 books, 96 book chapters and 99 refereed journal articles.  Pranee co-ordinates several research method subjects in the honours and postgraduate programs, and the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Methodology course.  Pranee also teaches gender and health and community groups and public health at the School of Public Health.

Prof Xuefeng Liang      

Reccsi_LiangXuefeng Liang is currently associate professor of Department of Intelligence Science and Technology, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan. He has extensive research and experience in deterministic and heuristic algorithms and their applications on computer vision and pattern recognition problems. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science (intelligent algorithm design) from Xidian University, China, and Ph.D. in Information Science (Computational Geometry) from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan.  He then held JST research fellowship at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and worked on large camera network surveillance study.  Afterward, he worked at both University College London and Queen Mary University of London on the multidiscipline research which involved visual perception and computer vision. 

His current research interests are in the high resolution dynamic 3D construction, behavior analysis, particularly in the imitation of dynamic 3D facial expression, encoding, decoding and analysis of the dynamic facial behavior.      

Dr Brigid Maher            

2012-Brigit PhotoDr Brigid Maher is Lecturer in Italian at La Trobe University, where she teaches Italian language, literature and translation and supervises a number of doctoral students. She completed her PhD in Translation Studies, specializing in Italian, at Monash University in 2008 and before coming to La Trobe she taught Italian and Translation Studies at Monash University and Italian and Linguistics and the Australian National University. Brigid has strong links with the Italian community and cultural organizations in Melbourne, having participated in events at the Dante Alighieri Society, the Italian Institute of Culture, and Co.As.It. She has also been involved in projects designed to support Melbourne's Italian-Australian elderly population. In 2007-2008, she participated in the research and preparation of reports into the provision of interpreting services to migrant communities in Victoria. Brigid's other research interests relate to the translation of literature and of film dialogue, as well as contemporary Italian literature and society, transnational and migrant literature, and the role of translation and interpreting in multicultural Australia. She is also a published literary translator, having translated into English three novels by the acclaimed Italian novelist Milena Agus. She has published a number of academic articles and a monograph on translation theory and practice.

Mr Khanh Nguyen 

KhanhKhanh Nguyen is currently a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, La Trobe University. He obtained his Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Computer Science from Can-Tho University (2004) and La Trobe University (2008), respectively. He is interested in several research areas, such as Web Services, Ontology Reasoning, XML Querying, Data Mining, Keyword-based Searches and Machine Learning. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Information Science, the World Wide Web Journal and other proceedings. Now, he joins RECCSI because he would like to apply his previous research into research projects, such as Human-Robot Interaction, Knowledge Learning and Sharing.  

Dr Outi Niininen    

Reccsi_ONiininenDr Outi Niininen is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing in the La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University. Outi's research interests fall broadly under the headings of consumer psychology, the role of vacations in our overall well being, human-computer interaction, the psychology of consumer loyalty towards destinations and short break holidays as a travel product. Since 2005, Outi has contributed to several specialist research projects valued at approximately AU$200,000, our latest report on Short-break holidays: a competitive destination strategy; CRC for Sustainable Tourism Pty Ltd, is also available as a free download from the STCRC website. Outi's current research projects centre on the impact Short Break Holidays can have on overall well being, the activities tourists engage in during their short break holidays and the Australian 'No Leave-No Life' campaign aiming to get Australians to spend accrued annual leave entitlement.

Mr Takafumi Ohara   

Ohara-ReccsiTakafumi Ohara completed his bachelor degree from the department of Intelligent Mechanical Systems of Engineering in Kagawa University, Japan in 2010.His main research area is Emotion Recognition.  



Dr Hideyuki Sawada   

Sawada-5Hideyuki Sawada is an Associate Professor in Faculty of Engineering, Kagawa University. He received the B.E., M.E. and Dr. Eng. degrees in Applied Physics from Waseda University in 1990, 1992 and 1999, respectively. From 1992 to 1995, he engaged in the development of optical sensors for measuring the sweetness and color of fruits at Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd. He was a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science from 1995 to 1998, and conducted a research on the music information processing and neural networks. In 1999, he engaged in researches on gesture recognition and speech signal processing as a Research Associate of Waseda University. His current research interests include sound and image processing, neural networks, robotics, human interfaces and assistive technologies. He is a member of IEEE, IPSJ, IEICE, RSJ, SICE and JSME.        

Mr Richard Stone

Richard StoneRichard Stone has over ten years' experience in web development, project management, information technology, management and aged care research.  His interest in voice controlled computer systems, information systems, project management and voice, emotion and action integration in robotics led to his involvement as a research assistant at RECCSI, in a project management capacity.

Ms Claudia A. Suhardjono

Claudia SuhardjonoClaudia A. Suhardjono received a  B.A.Sc degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technology University, Singapore, in 2001. She has 9 years experiences as a Quality Engineer in the Smart card industry and in the RFID Industry.  Her experience over the last 3 years has been with Savi Technology Asia in Singapore, which operated under U.S. Lockheed Martin and is involved in RFID Asset/Consignment tracking for logistics companies and military consignments.  She has strong interest in RFID technology, which motivated her involvement as a research assistant in the RECCSI team, in order to participate with the sensor technology that will be integrated with the robot system, which can help to monitor the health and safety of senior citizens, such as integrating the personnel tracker with the robot system to protect the safety of senior citizens, especially those that suffer from Dementia. 

Mr Hirofumi Takase

Takase-ReccsiHirofumi Takase completed his bachelor degree from the department of Intelligent Mechanical Systems of Engineering in Kagawa University, Japan in 2009. His main research topic is Gestural Interface and Tactile Feedback for Virtual Reality. In October 2009, he was awarded the Excellent Student Branch Award in the IEEE Student Branch Leadership Training Workshop at Tokyo City University.

Prof Richard Tay

Richard_ReccsiProfessor Richard Tay, PEng. CPEng, is currently the Chair in Road Safety and Associate Dean (Research) in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce at La Trobe University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Transportation Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering and an Adjunct Professor in Injury Prevention in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary in Canada. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University, M.Sc. in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University and Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University.

He has extensive international experience in transport economics and policy and has taught in Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. He was also a visiting scholar at MIT. He has completed many consultancy projects for multinational corporations and government agencies around the world. He has also been invited to many government panels, committees & task forces on transportation policy and road safety in Australia and around the world. He served on the editorial board of several scientific journals and has been invited to speak at and has chaired technical sessions at many road safety conferences around the world. He has published over 200 scientific peer reviewed articles in addition to numerous reports and book chapters.

Mr Yong Xu

Xu YongYong Xu graduated in Computer Software and Applications from Suzhou Vocational University in 1993, and received his Master's in Circuits and Systems from the Department of Electronic Science and Technology at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2001. He is a PhD student at the Department of Intelligence Science and Technology of Kyoto University in Japan.
Currently he works as a Honorary Visiting Research Assistant at the Research Centre for Computers, Communication and Social Innovation, at La Trobe University in Australia. His research centers on human-robot interaction, especially on a mutually adaptive human-robot interface. His current research focuses on modeling and design of real-time emotionally intelligent health care robots. Visit Mr Yong's homepage.

Professional affiliates

Prof William I. Grosky

William GroskyWilliam I. Grosky is currently professor and chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Before joining UMD in 2001, he was professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Wayne State University, as well as an assistant professor of Information and Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. His current research interests are in multimedia information systems, databases, and the semantic web. He is a founding member of Intelligent Media LLC, a Michigan-based company whose interests are in integrating the new media into information technologies.

Grosky received his B.S. in mathematics from MIT in 1965, his M.S. in applied mathematics from Brown University in 1968, and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1971. He has given many short courses in the area of database management for local industries and has been invited to lecture on multimedia information systems world-wide. Over the years, he has been invited to give over 70 invited talks/tutorials/panel presentations, including three keynote talks and three talks at NSF sponsored workshops, has been on the editorial boards of 10 journals/magazines, including an editor-in-chief position for an IEEE magazine, has been co-editor of five journal special issues, and has served on over 235 conference program committees. Visit Professor Grosky's homepage

Prof Jiming Liu

Jiming LiuJiming Liu is a Professor and the Head of Computer Science Department at Hong Kong Baptist University. His current research interests include: Autonomy-Oriented Computing (AOC), Web Intelligence (WI), and self-organizing systems and complex networks, with applications to: (i) characterizing working mechanisms that lead to emergent behavior in natural and artificial complex systems (e.g., phenomena in Web Science, and the dynamics of social networks and neural systems), and (ii) developing solutions to large-scale, distributed computational problems (e.g., distributed scalable scientific or social computing, and collective intelligence). Prof. Liu has contributed to the scientific literature in those areas, including over 250 journal and conference papers, and 5 authored research monographs, e.g., Autonomy Oriented Computing: From Problem Solving to Complex Systems Modeling (Kluwer Academic/Springer) and Spatial Reasoning and Planning: Geometry, Mechanism, and Motion (Springer). Prof. Liu serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Web Intelligence and Agent Systems, an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Part B, and Computational Intelligence, and a member of the Editorial Board of several other journals. Visit Professor Liu's homepage.

Dr Ravi Seethamraju

Ravi SeethamrajuCurrently working in the University of Sydney, Business School, Ravi teaches and researches in enterprise systems, business process management and business/IS education. He is currently working on the influence of enterprise systems and enterprise services on business agility and performance and process-centric service oriented enterprises.

Earlier, he worked in University of Western Sydney, Queensland University of Technology, Macquarie Graduate School of Management (as an adjunct) in Australia and taught subjects such as business process management, enterprise systems, service management, supply chain & operations management. In 12 years of his academic career, he has so far published more than 80 refereed articles and conference papers on enterprise systems, supply chain management, business/IS education and process management. He was awarded School of Business teaching excellence award at the University of Sydney, ACPHIS Kit Dampney Prize by the Australasian Council of Professors and Heads of Information Systems discipline and two best research paper awards. He is currently serving several boards i) ANZ Board of the Supply Chain Council, an industry body as its Strategic alliances chair, ii) Vice President, International Consortium for Electronic Business and iii) Vice President, Association of Information Systems: Special Interest Group on Education (AIS SIG ED: IAIM).

Before his move into academe, he had 12 years of corporate management, training and consulting experience in business information systems and operations/supply chain management and trained hundreds of managers. He has a Ph.D. in management, a post graduate diploma in adult education with distinction, a Masters in industrial engineering and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical engineering.

Prof Ishwar K. Sethi

Ishwar K. SethiIshwar K. Sethi is currently professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, a position he has held since 1999. From 1982 to 1999, he was affiliated with the Department of Computer Science at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in various ranks. Before joining Wayne State University, he was a faculty member in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. His current research interests are in bioinformatics, data mining, pattern classification, and multimedia information indexing and retrieval. He has authored or coauthored over 150 journal and conference articles. He has served on the editorial boards of several prominent journals in his field of research including IEEE Trans. Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, and IEEE Multimedia. He was elected IEEE Fellow in 2001 for his contributions in artificial neural networks and statistical pattern recognition. Recently, he has been also interested in developing computer courses for general education requirements at four year colleges in the United States, and has written a textbook, Computing with Excel and VBA: A Problem Solving Approach, published by Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Visit Professor Sethi's homepage.