Software Engineering

Software Engineering

The countless technological innovations that we rely on, for example in transport, telecommunications, finance and energy supply, are complex software-based systems. Software engineering plays a critical role in the development of these systems, but so do many other disciplines. Programmers, developers and software engineers cannot develop and operate these systems on their own.

We develop the theories and practices of a new kind of software engineering with systems and design thinking at its core. We work with other disciplines such as ecology, mental health, general administration and education, to explore the possibilities and mechanisms to conduct software engineering as a multidisciplinary activity. We are working with French and Australian researchers on ecological simulation platforms. We have shown that the models of practice in software engineering are similar to those in mental health—we hope to share experiences to improve practices in both disciplines. By generalising software engineering approaches normally associated with agile software development, we have improved general administrative processes. We are committed to the research-led education of professional software engineers. We work across disciplines to develop, implement and evaluate innovative educational design, which is most notably demonstrated by our TechLauncher initiative.

Explore our available student research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Academic staff


Dr Sergiy Bogomolov »

Honorary Lecturer

Assoc Professor Gerard Corrigan

Assoc Professor Gerry Corrigan »


Dr Shayne Flint »

Honorary Associate Professor

A/Prof John Hurst »

Casual Sessional Academic

Dr Lynette Johns-Boast »

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr Ekaterina Lebedeva »

University Lecturer

Sergio José Rodríguez Méndez

Dr. Sergio J. Rodríguez Méndez »

Research Fellow in Knowledge Graph Engineering

Dr Ramesh Sankaranarayana »

Senior Lecturer

Dr Zhenchang Xing »

Associate Professor


Richa Awasthy

Ms Richa Awasthy »

PhD Student

Zeheng Fang

Zeheng Fang »



Dr Clive Boughton »

Honorary Associate Professor

Dr Chris Johnson »

Honorary Associate Professor

Dr Tom Rowlands »

CSIRO researcher

Technical staff

Ms Jie Gao »

Teaching Computing Facility Support Officer


Dr. Nisansala Yatapanage »

Research Fellow



  1. Boughton, C., Boughton, C.V., (2010). Stakeholder and Risk Management with SoDIS. Softimp Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9807871-0-8.

Conference Papers 

  1. Hawking, D., Rowlands, T., Sankaranarayana, R.S., (2010). Individual Freedom and enlightened self-interest: prerequisites for knowledge worker productivity. In Online Information Conference 2010, pp. 91–96, London UK.
  2. Johns-Boast, L., (2010). Group Work and Individual Assessment. In Anne Gardner & Dr Lesley Jolly (eds.), Annual conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE 2010), pp. 46–51, Sydney Australia.
  3. Johns-Boast, L., Patch, G., (2010). A Win-Win Situation: Benefits of industry-based group projects. In Anne Gardner & Dr Lesley Jolly (eds.), Annual conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE 2010), pp. 355–360, Sydney Australia.
  4. Nguyen-Hoan, L., Flint, S., Sankaranarayana, R.S., (2010). A Survey of Scientific Software Development. In ACM-IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM 2010), pp. 107–116, Bolzano-Bozen Italy.
  5. Rowlands, T., Hawking, D., Sankaranarayana, R.S., (2010). New-Web Search with Microblog Annotations. In International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2010), pp. 1293–1296, Raleigh USA.
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