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Dr Claudia Szabo

Telephone +61 8 8313 6744
Position Associate Dean (Diversity & Inclusion)
Email claudia.szabo@adelaide.edu.au
Building Ingkarni Wardli
Floor/Room 4 17
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Computer Science

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Biography/ Background

Associate Dean (DI) Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide

Lecturer, School of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide

Awards & Achievements

2014 - The University of Adelaide Commendation for Excellence in Support of the Student Experience

2014 - Visiting Fellowship, School of Computer Science, National University of Singapore

2014 - CORE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching

2013 - ECMS Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

2013 - Visiting Fellowship, School of Computer Science, National University of Singapore

2012 - Visiting Fellowship, School of Computer Science, National University of Singapore

2012 - Learning & Teaching Award, Rising Star in 2011, School of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide

2011 - Visiting Fellowship, School of Computer Science, National University of Singapore

 

Teaching Interests

I strongly believe that as teachers we embark on a lifelong journey of learning and continuous improvement. My approach to teaching is to nurture student interest in the subjects we teach by showing them the immediate practical applications of various concepts, and encourage them to ask and answer “what if” questions in any situation. I feel that curiosity and problem solving are fundamental skills of any Computer Science graduate and I foster this through lectures, assignments and tutorials. Below is a list of most recent courses I have been involved in.

2014

Semester 2

  • Distributed Systems

Office hours: My office door is always open to current and past students, even if the door is physically closed, so do not hesitate to knock :)! 

Casual teaching coordinator: In my role as casual teaching coordinator, I am involved in the selection and training of casual staff for the School. My students built this fantastic website where you can express your interest for casual teaching: if you are interested in casual teaching, use the website and send me an email immediately after that with your CV and unofficial transcripts.

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in the area of computer systems, broadly defined. Specifically, I am interested in model driven engineering, distributed and cloud computing, verification and validation of distributed systems, component-based software engineering (reuse, discovery and semantic validation), and exploring issues in real, deployed, complex systems.

CURRENT STUDENTS

PhD

Masters by Reserach

  • Amir Kanan Kashefi

Honours

  • Michael Hemsley - Modeling human obesity using agent-based systems
  • Benjamin Carter - MapReduce versus Boston Marathon Bombing
  • Lachlan Birdsey - Visualizing Interactions in Complex Systems
  • Jinzhe Li - Studying the Adelaide Effect: Analyzing Big Data [Completed]
  • Le Dinh Quoc Vu – Visualising Execution Status of Parallel Applications on iPads [Completed]
  • Xi Cao – Scenario Generation in Global Conflict Blue [Completed]
  • Yijia Cai - Collecting Validation Data Using Games [Completed] 

 Masters by Coursework

Nouf AlRomaih - SSHARE: Secure Sharing in Social Networks [Completed]

Yihong Zhang – Scheduling Data-Intensive Scientific Workflow on Public Clouds [Completed]

Phuoc Nguyen – Collecting Validation Data Using Games on New Computing Platforms [Completed]

 

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

BEFORE you contact me, please read the following. Academic life involves a combination of thinking, designing, implementing, experimenting with the proposed solution, and writing. Your thinking, discussion, design, and experimental analysis skills will be honed during our weekly meetings, at which I expect you to come prepared and on time :) 

I do expect you to be a good coder and have decent algorithmic skills, but, most importantly, I expect you to be keen to learn and improve if you find that you are lacking in any areas related to your research. In terms of writing, I will read any draft that you submit to me and give you feedback as soon as possible, usually within 48 hours but sometimes within the week (academic life is busy at times).

Most important: If you as a student work hard, I will work just as hard, so please take that into consideration :) (the reverse also applies sadly).

And lastly (if you have read this far, good job!): If you are interested in pursuing a PhD, masters/honours under my supervision, contact me by email and include:

  • your CV (including the schools you attended, past jobs etc)
  • your transcripts (either a copy or a listing of your grades, not the official one)
  • a topic that you find of interest

 

Research Funding

Selected grants and research contracts.

2014 Advanced Modelling of Communication Protocols - K. Falkner and C. Szabo, DSTO Research Contract ($130,000) 

2014 Google Computer Science for High Schools - C. Izu, C. Szabo, C. Pope.  Google ($10,000)

Allocation of Data-Intensive Scientific Workflows on Public Clouds - C. Szabo. Amazon Research Grant ($5,000)

Review of Model Driven Software Engineering Practice - K. Falkner, C. Szabo. DSTO Research Grant ($420,000)

2013 Google Computer Science for High Schools - C. Izu, B. Alexander, C. Szabo, C. Pope.  Google ($15,000)

Review of Model Driven Software Engineering Practice - K. Falkner, N. Falkner, C. Szabo. DSTO Research Grant ($490,000)

Understanding Multi-Modelling - C. Szabo DSTO Research Grant ($30,000)

Allocation of Data-Intensive Scientific Workflows on Public Clouds - C. Szabo,  T. Kroeger. Amazon Research Education Grant ($10,000)

2012 Google Computer Science for High Schools - C. Izu, B. Alexander, C. Szabo, C. Pope.  Google ($15,000)

2011 Google Computer Science for High Schools - C. Izu, B. Alexander, A. Ghandar, C. Szabo, C. Pope. Google ($15,000)

 

 

Publications

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • C. Szabo and Y.M. Teo, Semantic Validation of Component-based Models with Emergent Properties, Book Chapter in Ontology, Epistemology, and Teleology of Modeling and Simulation – Philosophical Foundations for Intelligent M&S Applications, edited by Andreas Tolk, Springer-Verlag, 2012.
  • C. Szabo and S. Diallo, Defining and Validating Semantic Machine to Machine Interoperability, Intelligent-based Systems Engineering, ISRL 10, 49-74, Springer-Verlag, 2010.

 

REFEREED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Q.Z. Sheng; X. Qiao; A.  V Vasilakos; C. Szabo; S. Bourne; X. Xu: Web Services Composition: A Decade's Overview, Information Sciences (accepted), 2014.
  • C. Szabo, Q.Z. Sheng, T. Kroeger, Y. Zhang, Science in the Cloud: Allocation and Execution of Data-Intensive Scientific Workflows, the Journal of Grid Computing, 2013.
  • Q. Z. Sheng; Zakaria Maamar; Lina Yao; Claudia Szabo; Scott Bourne: Behavior Modeling and Automated Verification of Web Services, Information Sciences, 2013.
  • C. Szabo and Y. M. Teo, An analysis of the cost of validating semantic composability, Journal of Simulation, 6, 152-163 (August 2012).

 

REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  • Y. Zhang, C. Szabo and Q. Z. Sheng, Cleaning Environmental Sensing Data Streams Based on Individual Sensor Reliability, WISE 2014 (accepted)

  • C. Szabo and Y. M. Teo, Understanding Complex Systems: Using Interaction as a Measure of Emergence, Winter Simulation Conference 2014

  • V. Chiprianov, K. Falkner, C. Szabo and G. Puddy, Architectural Support for Model-driven Performance Prediction of Distributed Real-time Embedded Systems of Systems, ECSA 2014

  • M. Rieckmann, D. Fraser, C. Chiprianov, C. Szabo and K. Falkner, Demonstration of Model-driven Performance Prediction of Distributed Real-time Embedded Systems of Systems, ECSA 2014

  • C. Szabo, Evaluating GameDevTycoon for Teaching Software Engineering. Accepted for the 45th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2014), March, 2014.
  • C. Szabo, Student Projects Are Not Throwaways: Teaching Practical Software Maintenance in a Software Engineering Course. Accepted for the 45th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2014), March, 2014. (Best paper award)
  • C. Szabo and K. Falkner, Neo-Piagetian Theory as a Guide to Curriculum Analysis. Accepted for the 45th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2014), March, 2014.
  • L. Birdsey, C. Szabo: An Architecture for Identifying Emergent Behavior in Multi-Agent Systems, AAMAS 2014 (accepted)(short paper) 

  • K. Falkner, V. Chiprianov, N. Falkner, C. Szabo, et al., Modeling scenarios for the performance prediction of distributed real-time embedded systems, Proceedings of the Military Communications and Information Systems Conference (IEEE Stream), (to appear) 2013. 
  • C. Szabo, Y.M. Teo Post-mortem Analysis of Emergent Behavior in Complex Simulation Models, Proceeding of the 27th ACM SIGSIM Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, 2013.
  • Y.M. Teo, L. Linh and C. Szabo, Formalization of Emergence in Multi-agent Systems, Proceeding of the 27th ACM SIGSIM Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, 2013.
  • C. Szabo and Y. Chen, A Model-driven Change Traceability Method in System modeling Execution, Proceedings of the 22nd Australasian Software Engineering Conference, 2013.
  • K. Falkner, V. Chiprianov, N. Falkner, C. Szabo, et al., Model-driven performance prediction of distributed real-time embedded defence systems (accepted) ICECCS, 2013.
  • S. Bourne, C. Szabo, Q.Z. Sheng, Verifying Transactional Requirements of Web Service Compositions using Temporal Logic Templates, In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Web Information System Engineering (WISE 2013), October 2013. 
  • A. Tolk, B. Heath, M Ihrig, J. Padilla, E Page, E Suarez, C. Szabo, P. Weirich, L. Yilmaz, Epistemology of Modeling and Simulation, Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, December, 2013.  (expert panel)
  • S. Bourne, C. Szabo, and Q. Z. Sheng: Ensuring Well-Formed Conversations Between Control and Operational Behaviors of Web Services, the 10th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2012). Shanghai, China, November 12-16, 2012.
  • C. Szabo and Y. M. Teo, An Integrated Approach for the Validation of Emergence in Component-based Simulation Models, Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, (to appear) 2012.
  • C. Szabo and Y. M. Teo, An Objective-based Approach for Semantic Validation of Emergence in Component-based Simulation Models, Proceedings of the 26th ACM/IEEE/SCS Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, (to appear) IEEE Computer Society Press,  2012.
  • C. Szabo and T. Kroeger, Evolving Multi-objective Strategies for Task Allocation of Scientific Workflows on Public Clouds, Proceedings of the 2012 Congress on Evolutionary Computation, (to appear), 2012.
  • C. Szabo and Y. M. Teo, An Approach to Semantic-based Model Discovery and Selection, Proceedings of the 2011 Winter Simulation Conference, Arizona, USA pp. 3054-3066, 2011.
  • C. Szabo and Y. M. Teo, Understanding the Cost of Semantic Composability Validation, 25th ACM/IEEE/SCS Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, pp. 62-69, IEEE Computer Society Press, Nice, France, June 14-17, 2011.
  • C. Szabo and Y. M. Teo, On Validation of Semantic Composability in Data- driven Simulation, Proceedings of the 24th ACM/IEEE/SCS Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, pp. 73-80, IEEE Computer Society Press, Atlanta, USA, May 19-21, 2010.
  • C. Szabo, Y.M. Teo and S. See, A Time-based Formalism for the Validation of Semantic Composability, Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, pp. 1411-1422, IEEE Computer Society Press, Austin, USA, December 12-16, 2009 (ACM SIGSIM Best PhD Student Paper Award).
  • C. Szabo and Y.M. Teo, An Approach for Validation of Semantic Composability in Simulation Models, Proceedings of the 23rd ACM/IEEE/SCS Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, pp. 3-10, IEEE Computer Society Press, New York, USA, June 22-25, 2009.
  • Y.M. Teo and C. Szabo, CODES: An Integrated Approach to Composable Modeling and Simulation, Proceedings of 41st Annual Simulation Symposium, pp. 103-110, IEEE Computer Society Press, Ottawa, Canada, Apr 13-16, 2008.
  • C. Szabo and Y.M. Teo, On Syntactic Composability and Model Reuse, Proceedings of the International Conference on Modeling and Simulation, pp. 230-236, IEEE Computer Society Press, Phuket, Thailand, March 2007.

Community Service

Associate Editor

  • ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation

Programme Chair

  • SIMUTools 2015

PC MEMBER

  • PADS 2014
  • WSC 2014
  • ASWEC 2014
  • CEC 2014
  • CEC 2013
  • AsiaSim 2013
  • WinterSim 2013
  • PADS 2013
  • APWeb 2013
  • TMS DEVS 2012
  • WinterSim 2012 - Chair of Poster Session, Methodology Track
  • APWeb 2012
  • SIMULTECH 2012
  • SIMULTECH 2011

External Reviewer

  • Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, TMS2012, e-Science 2011, PADS 2011, PADS 2010, RIVF 2010, Simulation 2010, CIT2010, PADS 2009, DSRT 2009, RIVF 2008, APSCC 2008,  ICA3PP 2007, APSCC 2006

Entry last updated: Sunday, 13 Jul 2014

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