School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences

Dr Selena (Sally) Firmin - Research

Current research projects

Current research projects can be seen at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sally_Firmin

Current research students

Program of study: PhD

  • Thesis Title: The Visual Representation of a Patient’s Pathway for Multi-Disciplinary Meetings
  • Supervisors: A/Prof Andrew Stranieri (Co), Prof Frada Burstein (Co), and Sally Firmin (Associate)

Program of study: PhD

  • Thesis Title: Improving threat intelligence and guidance for communication of cybersecurity incidents and risks
  • Supervisors: Prof Iqbal Gondal (Principal), Dr Taiwo Oseni (Associate), Dr Selena (Sally) Firmin (Associate)

Program of study: PhD

  • Thesis Title: Blockchain adoption from the perspective of information transparency and technology appropriateness
  • Supervisors: Dr Mehmood Chadhar (Co), Dr Savanid Vatanasakdakul (Co External), A/Prof Madhu Chetty (Associate), Dr Selena (Sally) Firmin (Associate),

Program of study: Master of Technology (Research)

  • Thesis Title: Improving the use of IoT devices and sensors in the clinical management of diabetic patients
  • Supervisors: Dr Selena (Sally) Firmin (Principal), Dr Gour Karmakar (Associate), Dr Venki Balasubramanian (Associate)

Program of study: Master of Computing (by Research)

  • Thesis Title: Sustainable supply chain network design based on blockchain and industry 4.0: A case study of healthcare industry in Australia
  • Supervisors: Dr Mehmood Chadhar (Principal), Dr Selena (Sally) Firmin (Associate)

Program of study: Master of Computing (by Research)

  • Thesis Title: Blockchain based supply chain management adoption framework supported by empirical research
  • Supervisors: Dr Selena (Sally) Firmin (Principal), Dr Mehmood Chadhar (Associate)

Program of study: Bachelor of Science (Honours)

  • Thesis Title: An investigation of female student's participation and engagement in Technology studies in regional Victoria
  • Supervisors: Dr Selena (Sally) Firmin (Principal), Dr Taiwo Oseni (Associate)

Completed research students

Dr Suleiman Alnaimi

  • Program of study: PhD
  • Thesis Title: Decision making process with educated intercultural marriages in Australia
  • Supervisors: A/Prof Andrew Stranieri (Main), Prof John McDonald (Associate) and Sally Firmin (Associate)

Student: Stephanie Sharp

  • Program of study: Honours
  • Thesis Title: An investigation into how mobile technology can engage young museum visitors
  • Supervisors: Dr Charlynn Miller (Main), Sally Firmin (Associate)

Student: Linh Ngyuen

  • Program of study: Honours
  • Thesis Title: Case based web system for diabetes management using traditional Chinese medicine
  • Supervisors: Dr Zhaohao Sun, A/Prof Andrew Stranieri (Associate), Sally Firmin (Associate)

Consulting and Other Activities

Journal reviewer

Research groups

Publications/conferences

Journals

  1. Goriss-Hunter, A., Echter, A., Oseni, T., & Firmin, S. (2018). ‘Undoing’ Gender: how the School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) Women’s Group works across university and community lines to promote inclusive STEMM. Andragoška spoznanja, 24(3), 57-72.
  2. Vamplew, P., Dazeley, R., Foale, C., Firmin, S., & Mummery, J. (2017). Human-aligned artificial intelligence is a multiobjective problem. Ethics and Information Technology. 1-14.
  3. Sun, Z., Stang, K., & Firmin, S . (2016). Business analytics-based enterprise information systems. Journal of Computer Information Systems, 2-17.
  4. Meredith, G., Firmin, S ., & McAllister, L. (2013). Digital possibilities and ethical considerations: Speech-language pathologists and the web. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 15(1), 43-46.
  5. Sun, Z., & Firmin, S . (2012). A strategic perspective on management intelligent systems. Management Intelligent Systems, 171, 3-14.

Peer reviewed conferences

  1. Ivkovic, S., Chadhar, M. A., Oseni, T., & Firmin, S. (2020). Discovery of Small Group Interactions and Performance from Project Emails. Proceedings of the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (p. 51). PACIS.
  2. Ivkovic, S., Firmin, S., Oseni, T., & Chadhar, M. (2018). Communication metrics extracted from project managers' email in-box" (2018). In Proceedings of the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. (PACIS).
  3. Oseni, T., Chadhar, M., Ivkovic, S., & Firmin, S. (2018). Organisational Learning with SaaS CRM–A case study of Higher Education. In Proceedings of the Australasian Conference of Information Systems (pp. 1-11). ACIS.
  4. Sharma, V., Stranieri, A., Firmin, S., Mays, H., & Burstein, F. (2018, January). Approaches for the visualization of health information. In Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference (p. 23). ACM.
  5. Sun, Z., Yearwood, J., & Firmin, S ., (2013). A technique for ranking friendship closeness in social networking services. In J. Lamp (Ed.). Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) (pp. 1-11).Melbourne: RMIT University.
  6. Nguyen, L., Sun, Z., Stranieri, A., & Firmin, S . (2013). CWDM: A case-based diabetes management web system. In H.Deng & C. Standing (Ed.). Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) (pp. 1-11).Melbourne: RMIT University.
  7. Sun, Z., Firmin, S ., & Yearwood, J. (2012). Integrating online social networks with e-commerce: a CBR approach. In J. Lamp (Ed.). Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems, (pp 1-11). Geelong, Vic.: Deakin.
  8. Firmin, S ., Sheard, J., Carbone, A., & Hurst, J. (2012). An exploration of factors influencing tertiary IT educators' pedagogies. In M. de Raadt & A. Carbone (Ed.). Fourteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference, (pp.157-166). Melbourne, Vic.: ACS.
  9. Turville, K., Firmin, S ., Yearwood, J., & Miller, C. (2010). Understanding Victims of Identity Theft: A Grounded Theory Approach. In 5th Conference on Qualitative Research in IT. Brisbane, QLD.
  10. Firmin, S ., Sheard, J., Carbone, A., & Hurst, J. (2010). An approach to unravelling techno-pedagogy. Paper presented at Addressing Research Challenges, Emerging Research Conference. Caulfield, Vic: Monash University.
  11. Firmin, S ., & Miller, C. (2005). Facilitating the development of lifelong learners through e-communication tools. In H. Gross (Ed.). Proceedings of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference: Balance, Fidelity, Mobility: Maintaining the Momentum, (pp 215-219). Brisbane, QLD.

Book chapters

  1. Rogers, L., Miller, M., & Firmin, S . (2011). Evaluating the impact of a virtual emergency room simulation for learning. In D. Holt, S. Segrave, & J. Cybulski (Eds.). Professional Education Using E-Simulations: Benefits of Blended Learning Design. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Theses

  1. Firmin, S. (2020). Unravelling pedagogy: The role of technology in shaping IT academics’ perceptions and application of teaching philosophy [Doctoral dissertation, Monash University].
  2. Firmin, S. (2005). The learning value of e-communication tools - A student perspective [Unpublished honours thesis]. University of Ballarat.

Professional memberships and associations

Internal/external web links

Research Interests

My main research interest is in the area of computing education. I specialise in qualitative research, in particular grounded theory.

Other areas include: educational technology, digital pedagogy, web services, social networks, and health informatics.