Our team unites multidisciplinary staff in management, engineering, computer science, autism care, technology and design, business intelligence and information science to expand the frontiers of knowledge.

Meet our current members and learn more about our research, specialisations and projects.

Executive Director

Professor Rajiv Khosla

Rajiv KhoslaProfessor Rajiv Khosla is the Director of Research Centre for Computers, Communication and Social Innovation (RECCSI). He has a multidisciplinary 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 PhD 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 covers three main disciplines: information systems, computing, and engineering has been published and reported in many journals. These journals include: 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, commercialised 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.

Staff profile

Executive committee

Professsor Toyoaki Nishida

Toyoaki NishidaProfessor 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 centers on artificial intelligence and human computer interaction.

He was appointed an Associate Member of the Science Council of Japan, a vice-president of Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI) and a member of the board of directors of Information Processing Society (IPS) Japan. In 2001, he founded a series of international workshops on social intelligence design. He opened up a new field of research called conversational informatics in 2003. He currently leads several projects related to social intelligence design and 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.

Dr Keiji Yamada

Keiji Yamada

Dr Keiji Yamada is the Vice President at NEC Corporation, Japan.

He received his Bachelor of Engineering, Masters of Engineering,  and PhD in Engineering and Information Science from Kyoto University in 1982, 1984, and 1987.

He’s currently leading research in advanced identification, embedded systems, and system virtualization including software defined networks and virtual computation.

His research interests include knowledge processing and human communication based on pattern recognition, computer vision, artificial neural networks, machine learning, human interaction, and intelligent networks. He is a member of the IEEE, the IEICE Japan, and the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ).

Research team

Dr (Debbie) Mei-Tai Chu

Debbie ChuDr (Debbie) Mei-Tai Chu is currently the Research Manager at RECCSI, Program Director of La Trobe’s Master of Business Information Management and Systems, and Associate Professor at the La Trobe Business School .

She has a multidisciplinary background and has over 10 years’ industry experience globally. She’s been a visiting scholar at NEC Corporation, Japan and invited speaker at National University of Singapore.

Dr Chu has worked as a knowledge management consultant for several public and private sector organisations, including the International Technology Research Institute where she coached and coordinated 40 Communities of Practices. Her work has been published in journals such as IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, Expert Systems with Applications and Journal of International Manufacturing. She’s also authored conference papers in diverse areas such as knowledge management, communities of practice, multi-agent systems, computational Intelligence, expert systems, technology management and human resource management.

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Dr Khanh Nguyen

Khanh NguyenDr Khanh Nguyen gained his Bachelor's degree and Master's degree and PhD in Computer Science from La Trobe University in 2008 and 2012. His research interests include: designing, implementing and trialing social robot services for aged care and autism care,  big data analytics, and machine learning. He has worked at RECCSI as a researcher since 2013. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Information Science, the World Wide Web Journal and other high quality conference proceedings.

Ms Rena Oikawa

Rena Oikawa is currently a Master’s student at La Trobe University’s Business School. Before joining the RECCSI team, she worked as a Project Manager at a marketing, branding and advertising company in Sydney. She’s currently managing the RECCSI website and other marketing activities.

Mr Yu Ang Tan

Yu Ang earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics Engineering from University of New South Wales, Sydney. He has worked as a MATLAB Application Engineer and later as a trainer and a freelance engineer in the Southeast Asia region before joining RECCSI as a Research Assistant.

Dr Sadegh Khaksar

Dr Sadegh Khaksar is currently a Senior Researcher at RECCSI and a Lecturer in the Department of Management, Sport and Tourism at La Trobe Business School. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Administrative Management and his Master's degree in Information Technology Management at the University of Sistan & Baluchestan, Iran. He completed his PhD in Management at La Trobe University.

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 as an SME for several companies from 2007 to 2011. His research interests include: service innovation, new strategies in web-based services, business intelligence, knowledge management and entrepreneurial strategies.

As a RECSSI member, he's working on social robots and their capabilities to co-create and co-promote wellbeing services with users. His research has focussed on service innovations and uniting the literature on service innovation and social robots to build a new approach.

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Dr Cheryl Dissanayake

Cheryl DissanayakeAssociate Professor Cheryl Dissanayake is Founder and Director of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC), located in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. OTARC is Australia’s first research facility dedicated to research on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Professor Dissanayake is a Developmental Psychologist and has been an autism researcher since 1984. She 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.

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Professor Pranee Liamputtong

Pranee 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 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.

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Professor Xuefeng Liang

Xuefeng Liang is currently Associate Professor at the 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 PhD in Information Science (Computational Geometry) from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan.  He held a JST research fellowship at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and worked on a camera network surveillance study.  He’s also worked at both University College London and Queen Mary University of London on multidisciplinary research involving visual perception and computer vision.

His research interests include: high-resolution dynamic 3D construction, behaviour analysis, particularly in the imitation of dynamic 3D facial expression, encoding, decoding and analysis of the dynamic of facial behavior.

Dr Brigid Maher

2012-Brigit PhotoDr Brigid Maher is a Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at La Trobe University. She teaches Italian language, literature and translation and supervises doctoral students. She completed her PhD in Translation Studies, specialising in Italian at Monash University in 2008. 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 organisations 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.

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Dr Hideyuki Sawada

Hideyuki Sawada is a Professor in the Department of Intelligent Mechanical Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kagawa University. He received a Bachelor of Engineering., Master of Engineering and Doctorate of Engineering Degree in Applied Physics from Waseda University in 1990, 1992 and 1999.

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 research 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.

Mr Richard Stone

Richard 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.

Professional affiliates

Professor William I. Grosky

William I. Grosky is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UMD). 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 new media into information technologies.

Grosky received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from MIT in 1965, his Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 1968 and his PhD from Yale University in 1971. He has instructed many short courses in database management for local industries and lectured on multimedia information systems worldwide.

He has served on over 235 conference program committees and given over 70 invited talks/tutorials/panel presentations, including three keynote talks and three talks at NSF  sponsored workshops. He served on the editorial boards of 10 journals/magazines, including an editor-in-chief position for an IEEE magazine and co-editor of five journal special issues.

Professor Jiming Liu

Jiming Liu is Acting Dean of Science and Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science at Hong Kong Baptist University. His current research interests include: Autonomy-Oriented Computing (AOC), Web Intelligence (WI), and self-organising systems and complex networks.

Professor Liu has contributed to the scientific literature, including over 250 journal and conference papers, and five authored research monographs. These include: Autonomy Oriented Computing: From Problem Solving to Complex Systems Modeling (Kluwer Academic/Springer) and Spatial Reasoning and Planning: Geometry, Mechanism, and Motion (Springer).

Professor Liu serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Web Intelligence and Agent Systems and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Part B, and Computational Intelligence. He is a member of the editorial board of several other journals.

Professor Ishwar K. Sethi

Ishwar K. Sethi is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

From 1982 to 1999, he was affiliated with the Department of Computer Science at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. 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 is  interested in developing computer courses for general education requirements at four year colleges in the United States.