Deborah Richards is a Professor in the Computing Department at Macquarie University. She has been interested in expertise and knowledge management from a theoretical and practical point of view since the early 80s. This was initially inspired by her work in industry with experts from various commercial and retail domains and explored further in her Masters and PhD theses, following completion of a Bachelor of Business.
While much of Deborah’s research is currently focused on agent-based systems within the field of artificial intelligence she is keen to develop systems that people are able to use and which make a difference to practice in industry. She has disseminated her research via 220 publications and obtained 1.5M in grant funding. She is a dedicated teacher and was awarded in 2003 a Macquarie University Outstanding Teacher Award. She is also committed to community outreach and from 2004-2008 was the Computing Department’s Industry and External Relations Director. In 2008, Deborah received a Macquarie University Certificate of Appreciation “For exceptional dedication to the work of the University in engaging with the community at large and promoting access to high quality scholarship and services”.
Tamara Ginige is a lecturer in Information Systems at Australian Catholic University, North Sydney. She graduated with B.Sc. in Telecommunications Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and completed her M.Sc. at University of Technology in Sydney. She is a dedicated teacher and has over 20 years of teaching experience at tertiary institutions.
She is interested in learner centred education systems and e-learning. Her research interests are in web development and applications, e-Business and mobile communications. Currently she is a part-time PhD student at Macquarie University.