Dr David Paul

Senior Lecturer in Computational Science - School of Science and Technology

David Paul

Phone: +61 2 6773 2447

Email: dpaul4@une.edu.au


I am a computer scientist interested in: service-oriented computing; the Internet and distributed systems; security and privacy; and teaching and education. I have experience with nation-wide research projects such as the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank, the QuON Web survey system, and the ASKBILL prediction system.

I completed my PhD at the University on Newcastle, Australia, working on a service-oriented computing project that concentrated on improving cooperation between multiple different parties even when they are unaware they are working together. This resulted in a new model that allows both service providers and consumers to better determine the level of service they should offer or accept.

From 2005 to 2015 I was also working as a member of the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank. In this role, I designed, developed, and maintained a large nation-wide database and Web application linking clinical, neurological, and genetic information of both people with schizophrenia and linked controls, and providing mediated access to researchers.

In 2012, at the completion of my PhD, I continued working with the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank and also joined the University of Newcastle’s Health Behaviour Research Group. A lot of the research performed by this group requires the use of surveys and other online interventions, but existing survey systems did not meet all of their needs. Along with other research, I was part of a team that designed and built the QuON online survey system, which is now used in multiple institutions around Australia.

In 2015, I joined the University of New England as part of the new interdisciplinary computational science team. Since starting at the University of New England, my research interests have broadened into areas such as agriculture and sports science. For example, my work has involved helping the SheepCRC create the ASKBILL system, which notifies farmers of unusual risks to their sheep. This system combines livestock and pasture information with historic and forecast weather conditions to predict when sheep are at risk from heat or chill events, flystrike, or worm burden. This allows a farmer to more efficiently manage their farm, while also improving the welfare of the animals. Another system, RamSelect allows farmers to improve the genetic profile of their flock by entering desired criteria (e.g. a wool farmer might be interested in finer thread diameter, while a meat farmer would be more interested in animals' growth rates) and ranking rams currently for sale that would best meet the farmer's requirements, without needing to understand the complexities of the genetics involved.


BMATH (UoN), BCompSc (Hons) (UoN), PhD (Computer Science) (UoN)


Teaching Areas

Computer Science, Software Engineering, Operating Systems, Networks and Distributed Computing

Primary Research Area/s

Networks and distributed systems

Research Interests

Networks and distributed systems (including Internet and Cloud computing), Security and Privacy, Computer science education

Research Supervision Experience


Selected publications include:

Abed-alguni, B., Paul, D. "Hybridizing The Cuckoo Search Algorithm with Different Mutation operators for Numerical Optimization Problems", Journal of Intelligent Systems, November 2018.

Ud Din, F., Henskens, F., Paul, D., Wallis, M. "Agent-Oriented Smart Factory (AOSF): An MAS Based Framework for SMEs Under Industry 4.0", In Agents and Multi-Agent Systems: Technologies and Applications 2018 Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Agents and Multi-Agent Systems: Technologies and Applications (KES-AMSTA-18). 44-54. Springer, May 2018 (Awarded Best Paper at conference).

Agarwal, N., Kwan, P., and Paul, D. "Merger and Acquisition Pricing using Agent Based Modelling", Economics, Management, and Financial Markets, 13(1), pp. 84-99, January 2018.

Shaw, A., Paul, D., Billingsley, W., Kwan, P., and Wilson, R. "Gamification in e-Mental Health: Development of a Digital Intervention addressing Severe Mental Illness and Metabolic Syndrome", IADIS International Conference on Internet Technologies & Society (ITS 2017), Sydney, Australia, IADIS, pp. 83-90, December 2017.

Wallis, M., Henskens, F. A., Hannaford, M. and Paul, D. J. "Implementation and Evaluation of a Component-Based framework for Internet Applications", Information Technology in Industry, 5(1), pp. 16-23, March 2017.

Wallis, M., Henskens, F. A., Paul, D., and Hannaford, M. "Implementation and Evaluation of a Component-Based framework for Internet Applications", 11th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA2016), July 2016.

Abed-Alguni, B. H., Chalup, S. K., Henskens, F. A., and Paul, D. "A Multi-Agent Cooperative Reinforcement Learning Model Using a Hierarchy of Consultants, Tutors and Workers", Vietnam Journal of Computer Science, 2:4, pp 213-226, November 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s40595-015-0045-x.

Fradgley, E. A., Paul, C. L., Bryany, J., Roos, I. A. G., Henskens, F. A., and Paul, D. "Consumer Participation in Quality Improvements for Chronic Disease Care: Development and Evaluation of an Interactive Patient-centered Survey to Identify Preferred Service Initiatives", Journal of Medical Internet Research, December 2014.

Paul, D. and Henskens, F. A. "Engineering Flexible Service-Oriented Transactions", Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP), Volume 189, Springer-Verlag, pp 37-52, July 2014.

Paul, D., Henskens, F. A. and Bridge, J. "Improving the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank", eResearch Australasia (eRes2013), Brisbane, Australia, 2013.

Paul, D., Wallis, M., Henskens, F. A. and Nolan, K. "QuON - A Generic Platform for the Collation and Sharing of Web Survey Data", The 9th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST2013), Aachen, Germany, INSTICC, pp. 111-116, May 2013.

Alharbi, A., Paul, D., Henskens, F. A. and Hannaford, M. R. "An Investigation into the Learning Styles and Self-Regulated Learning Strategies for Computer Science Students", Changing Demands, Changing Directions. ascilite, pp. 36-46, December 2011.

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Community and Advocacy Organisation Collaborations

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