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Professor Frada Burstein, ICT Educator of the Year 2013, graduated from the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics of Tbilisi State University, Georgia, USSR in 1978 and in 1981 completed her PhD at the Institute of Cybernetics, Georgian Academy of Science (the Branch of USSR Academy of Sciences). Frada's PhD thesis was titled "Research and Development of Man-Machine Procedures for Multicriteria Decision Making (using vector preference relations)". Her professional academic career spans almost twenty years and includes extensive research in the areas of decision theory and decision support systems. Frada has been working with the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University since 1992 and is currently a Director of Knowledge Management Research Program and a Laboratory at the Caulfield School of IT.

In June 2013 Professor Frada Burstein was named the ICT Educator of the Year for her work in information and communications technology (ICT) education. Professor Burstein, was nominated by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Research interests

Professor Frada Burstein's area of research focus is;

Providing decision support and improving user experience on a multitude of devices and developing systems for knowledge management and better human interaction

Prof. Burstein has a sound record of success in attracting competitive grants and awards in support of research (in excess of 1M in shared grants and awards since 1995). Prof. Burstein has a strong experience in the multi-disciplinary research in information management and systems. She is a co-investigator of ARC Linkage projects with the Bureau of Meteorology (over $200K for 3 years) and with Breast Cancer Support Group (over $100K for 2 years). She is currently a principal investigator for an ARC Discovery project on Smart Information Portal in healthcare ($180K over three years, started in 2006) and an ARC Linkage project with IBM ($150K for 3 years), which resulted in development of comprehensive and generalisable medical emergency for mass gatherings domain ontology.

In 2007 as part of the team she won funding for the BeyondBlue Victorian Centre of Excellence (bbVCoE) project in Depression and Related Disorders to evaluate the effectiveness of an internet-based intervention (Heart Health Online) (almost $150K for two years).

Supervision interests

Monash teaching commitment

Professor Frada Burstein has experience as the Chief Examiner for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT3099 Knowledge management
  • FIT5088 Information and knowledge management systems
  • FIT5102 IT strategy and governance
  • FIT6021 Advanced research methods
  • RAD5106 Medical imaging data management and health informatics

Frada has experience as the Lecturer for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT3099 Knowledge management
  • FIT4005 IT research methods
  • FIT5088 Information and knowledge management systems
  • FIT5125 IT research methods
  • FIT5143 IT research methods
  • FIT5185 Introduction to IT research methods


  • Decision Support
  • Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Context Awareness
  • Knowledge Management

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Projects 2000 2018

Enhancing and supporting deliberations within multidisciplinary decision teams

Burstein, F., Stranieri, A., Yearwood, J., Warren, J. & Wolff, A.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

Self-sustaining Regions Research and Innovation Initiative

Burstein, F., Baker, A., Beardall, J., Boretti, A., Charchar, F., Davis, J., Gao, D., Gell, P., Harrap, S., Hodgson, P., Karoly, D. J., Keenan, R., Kershaw, P., Kingsford, R., Myers, M., Reeves, A., Shaw, J., Smith-Miles, K., Smyth, J., Stagnitti, F., Stranieri, A., Turney, C., Weber, R., Wilby, R., Wyn, J., Yearwood, J., Nahavandi, S. & Sonenberg, L.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science


Project: Research

Research Output 1997 2018

A data quality framework, method and tools for managing data quality in a health care setting: an action case study

Bai, L., Meredith, R. & Burstein, F. 2018 Proceedings of the IFIP DSS 2018: 19th Open Conference of the IFIP WG 8.3 on Decision Support Systems. Bohanec, M., Žnidaršič, M., Boshkoska, B. M. & Adam, F. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Taylor & Francis, p. 144-154 11 p. (Journal of Decision Systems; vol. 27, no. S1)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper

Approaches for the visualization of health information

Sharma, V., Stranieri, A., Firmin, S., Mays, H. & Burstein, F. 29 Jan 2018 Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference 2018, Brisbane, Australia, ACSW 2018. Dinh, M. N. (ed.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 1-9 9 p. 3167958

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper

Context aware data synchronisation during emergencies

Hassani, A., Delir Haghighi, P., Burstein, F. & Davey, S. Jun 2017 Modeling and Using Context: 10th International and Interdisciplinary Conference, CONTEXT 2017, Paris, France, June 20–23, 2017, Proceedings. Brézillon, P., Penco, C. & Turner, R. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, p. 406-417 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; vol. 10257 )

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper

Empirical study of user experience on mobile data collection for chronic low back pain

Goh, T. Y., Burstein, F., Delir Haghighi, P., Cicuttini, F. & Urquhart, D. M. 4 Dec 2017 2017 Australasian Conference on Information Systems: ACIS 2017 Conference Proceedings, Hobart, Australia. Riemer , K., Indulska, M. & Tuunainen, V. K. (eds.). Hobart Tasmania: University of Tasmania, p. 1-11 11 p. 88

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper

Open Access

Exploration of healthcare information system users' lifeworld: an empirical study informed by Heidegger’s phenomenology

Zhang, Y., Gao, S. & Burstein, F. 5 Jun 2017 Proceedings of the 25th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS): Guimarães, Portugal, June 5-10, 2017. Pries-Heje, J., Carvalho, J. A. & Becker, J. (eds.). Atlanta GA USA: Association for Information Systems, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper

Open Access


iAward - ICT Victorian Educator of Year

Frada Burstein (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Monash Postgraduate Association Supervisor of the Year Award - Monash University

Frada Burstein (Recipient), 1 Jan 2003

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Vice-Chancellor's Award for excellence in Postgraduate Supervision - Monash University

Frada Burstein (Recipient), 30 Oct 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2001 2016

Vice President - Australian Council for Professors & Heads of Information Systems

Burstein, F. (Chair/ Co-Chair)
1 Jan 2016

Activity: Professional association or peak discipline body

Vice Chair - Working Group 8.3 (Decision Support Systems) - International Federation for Information Processing

Burstein, F. (Chair/ Co-Chair)
1 Jan 2016

Activity: Professional association or peak discipline body

Information Communication and Society (Journal)

Burstein, F. (Editorial board member)
1 Jan 2012

Activity: Editorial responsibility

VINE: the Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems (Journal)

Burstein, F. (Editor in chief)
1 Jan 20111 Jan 2016

Activity: Editorial responsibility