Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimization (CIAO)

School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences

Health informatics


Associate Prof Andrew Stranieri Andrew Stranieri
Dr Venki Balasubramanian Venki Balasubramanian
Dr Mehmood Chadhar Mehmood Chadhar
Mr Grant Meredith 
Ms Sally Firmin  

Honorary researchers

Prof John Yearwood Deakin University
Prof Frada Burstein Monash University
Dr Tony SahamaQueensland University of Technology
Dr Herbert Jelinek Charles Sturt University
Dr Long Jia Tianfu University, China
Dr Zhaohao Sun PNG University of Technology
Dr Sitalakshmi VenkatramanMelbourne Polytechnic

The Health Informatics Laboratory (HIL) aims to apply new information and communication technologies to enhance health and well-being. Research fields include complementary and alternative medicine informatics, support systems in health, data mining in health and wireless sensor networks for health.

Research directions include:


HIL can provide expertise in the areas of:

  • Complementary medicine
  • Electronic decision support systems and data mining in health
  • Health data and knowledge management
  • Health education
  • Interoperability of healthcare information systems


HIL seeks to form collaborative partnerships within industry, government bodies and other community organisations. Current relationships include:

  • Wimmera Health Care Group
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Victorian Department of Human Services
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne

Computational intelligence and decision support

  • Business process modelling in health
  • Decision support based needs assessment for cancer patients

Data mining and statistics

  • Data aggregation over a grid environment
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Mining for ECG defibrillation
  • Mining for pre-diabetes
  • Mining gene regulatory networks from microarray data
  • Stream mining patient monitoring data

Complementary medicine

  • Health informatics for an integration of complementary and Western medical systems
  • Mathematical model of TCM