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Professor Frada Burstein, graduated from the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics of Tbilisi State University, Georgia, USSR and 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

Education/Academic qualification

Decision Support Systems, Doctor of Philosophy (Doctor of Technical Cybernetics and Information Theory), Russian Academy of Sciences

Award Date: 18 Jul 1984

Graphic Arts, Graduate Diploma, Tbilisi State University

Award Date: 30 Dec 1978

Applied Mathematics, Masters of Science (Honors), Tbilisi State University

Award Date: 30 Dec 1978

Research area keywords

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


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