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Associate Professor Katrina Falkner

Telephone +61 8 8313 6178
Position Head of School
Email katrina.falkner@adelaide.edu.au
Fax +61 8 8313 4366
Building Ingkarni Wardli
Floor/Room 4 26
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Computer Science

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Biography/ Background

  • 2013- : Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide
  • 2009-2012: Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide
  • 2009-2011: Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), Faculty of ECMS
  • 2003-2008: Lecturer, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide
  • 2000-2003: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide

Awards & Achievements

  • 2015 Gold Award Winner for ACS ICT Higher Education Educator of the Year
  • 2015 EdTechSA Leader of the Year Award
  • 2015 EdtechSA/ISTE Making it Happen Award
  • 2012 Endeavour Executive Award
  • 2008 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation
  • 2008 Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2007 ECMS Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2007 Executive Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Interests

I have a strong interest in Computer Science Education Research, mainly in the areas of collaborative and active pedagogy, and the use of technology to support online learning, including MOOCs, online collaboration environments and technology-assisted education. You can read more about my work in this area at the Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER) site. 

CSER leads the development of the CSER Digital Technologies MOOCs, free online courses, designed to support Australian teachers with implementing the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. These courses are free and open to all Australian teachers, and will help connect you with a community of interested educators. 

You can read more about Learning and Teaching within the School of Computer Science on my wordpress blog: katrinafalkner.wordpress.com

Research Interests

Research Student Projects

I am always interested in working with new students - if you are interesting in a research project, either at the Honours/Masters coursework or PhD/Masters research level, please contact me to discuss further. Please include a draft research proposal and your academic transcripts in your email. If you are interested in Honours or Masters coursework projects then please see the list of available projects here for Honours and here for Masters.

If you are interested in studying a PhD or a Masters by research, then please see either the Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies (CDIT) Modelling and Analysis program or Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER) sites for relevant project ideas and areas.

 

Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies

My discipline research is in the areas of Software Architecture and Distributed Systems, leading the Modelling and Analysis program within CDIT. Specifically I am interested in software architectures and architectural approaches applied in the development of distributed systems, including functional and non-functional properties, such as system evolution, flexibility and scalability. My recent work involves the application of Model Driven Engineering techniques within Distributed Real-time Embedded Systems, and the use of MDE techniques within Defence areas.

Current Research Staff

  • Marianne Reickmann, Research Associate
  • Yuval Yarom, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dan Fraser, Research Associate
  • Cathlyn Aston, Software Developer
  • Jackson Michael, Software Developer
  • Mitchell Conrad, Software Developer

 Current Research Students

  • Javier Alvarez, Modelling within Cloud Environments (PhD)
  • Lachlan Birdsey, Complex Systems At-Scale (PhD)
  • Amir Kanan Kashefi, Software Architectures for Model Driven Engineering (MPhil)
  • Michelle McClintock, Security Enterprise Architecture (PhD)
  • Jungtaek Oh, Cryptographic Attacks on Modern CPUs (Masters of Computer Science)
  • Gavin Puddy, System Execution Modelling (PhD)

Past Research Students

  • Dr Yuval Yarom, Software-based Reference Protection for Component Isolation, PhD, January 2015. 
  • Dr Anton Uzunov, Engineering Security Methodologies for Distributed Systems, PhD, June 2014. Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.
  • Dr William Brodie-Tyrrell, Surf: An Abstract Model of Distributed Garbage Collection, PhD, University of Adelaide, May 2008.
  • Shannon Felhmann, Emperical Understanding of Agile Environments, Masters of Computer Science, 2014.
  • Chen-Yu Wen, Visualisation of Distributed Systems, Masters of Computer Science, 2012.
  • Huaizhou Sun, Design and Implementation of a Peer-to-Peer Object System. Masters of Computer Science, 2005.
  • Wenzhuo Wang, An Efficient Object Store to Support the WebStore Project, Masters of Computer Science, 2005. 
  • Stanislava Ovtcharova, A Reflective Approach to Dynamic Meta-Data Generation for the Semantic Web, Masters of Computer Science, 2004.
  • Debzani Deb, A Study of Consistency Protocols for Software-based Distributed Shared Memory Systems,  Masters of Computer Science, 2001.
  • Sam Jaeschke, Mitigation of the FLUSH+RELOAD Attack in the Linux Kernel, Honours (First Class), 2015.
  • Nicholas Pacholski, Smart Drone Development Systems, Honours (First Class), 2013.
  • Hazem Al-Ojeh, Distributed Termination Detection in Sensor Nets, Honours, 2008.
  • Ekim Kocadag, Flexible Application Support Services, Honours, 2006.
  • Amelia Jones, Implementing the Doomsday Distributed Termination Detection Protocol, Honours (First Class), 2006.
  • Peter Nguyen, Dynamic Software Evolution in the Jikes Research Virtual Machine, Honours,  2005.
  • Joshua Fox, Hyper-programming Web Application Development, Honours, 2004.
  • Adrian Gasparini, An Exploration of Algorithms use in Message Routing and Node Addressing in Peer-to-Peer Networks, Honours, 2004.
  • Alicia Zakarevicius, Compliant Resource Scheduling, Honours (First Class), 2004.
  • Maja Grubor, Serving the Web with Integrity, Honours, 2003.
  • Diana Howard, Distribution in a Compliant Language, Honours (First Class), 2003.
  • Alex Mason, Age-based Garbage Collection in ProcessBase, Honours, 2003.
  • David Piper, Using a software defined radio to intercept the control and video communication channels of a drone, 2014-2015 (Summer Research Scholarship Student)
  • Jack Gerrits, Cache Vulnerability in Google Chrome NaC1 Extensions, 2014-2015 (Summer Research Scholarship Student).
  • Sean Marciniak, USB Attack Vectors, 2014-2015 (Summer Research Scholarship Student).
  • Matthew Hart, Automated Control of Drones based on Visual Recognition, 2013-2014 (Summer Research Scholarship Student).
  • Cathlyn Aston, Automated Control of Drones based on Visual Recognition, 2013-2014 (Summer Research Scholarship Student).

Computer Science Education Research Group

My education research interests include increasing student engagement, designing introductory programming courses, communication skills development and the use of collaborative learning strategies. I am interested in exploring new ways of improving student engagement and motivation, and apply these ideas within my courses. 

I am the leader of the Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER) based in the School of Computer Science. The CSER group aims to promote research and scholarship both within the field of Computer Science Education and more broadly in the Higher Education sector. The goal of CSER is to understand how we can improve the teaching and learning of computing, and how contemporary issues in higher education, such as the use of new technologies can impact upon the teaching and learning environment.

I am a founding member of the Higher Education Research Group of Adelaide (HERGA), which provides opportunities for collaboration and dissemination of education research across South Australia. HERGA runs an annual education research conference, which provides academics with a venue to discuss new and innovative education strategies and new problems needing solutions. 

Current Research Staff 

  • Dr Thushari Atapattu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Hamid Tarmazdi, Research Assistant
  • Dr Rebecca Vivian, Research Fellow

Current Research Students

  • Ayman Albassam, Educational Learning Analytics (PhD)
  • Shifa Haidry, Self-Regulated Learning Development within Software Engineering (PhD)
  • Hamid Tarmazdi, Learning Analytics (PhD)

Past Research Students

  • Dr Thushari Atapattu, A Computational Model for Task-adapted Knowledge Organisation: Improving Learning through Concept Maps Extracted from Lecture Slides, PhD, May 2015. Dean's Commendation for Thesis Excellence.
  • Samantha Peachey, Automatic Group Formation: Data Analysis to Guide the Creation of Successful Student Groups, Honours, 2015.
  • Wenhui Zhang, Software Visualisation for Learning, Masters of Computer Science, 2013.
  • Thomas Haig, Social Network Analysis of Online Learning Systems, Honours (First Class), 2011.
  • Hamid Tarmazdi, Learning Analytics Moodle plugins for exploring Concepts Maps and Concept Co-occurance, 2013-2014 (Summer Research Scholarship Student)
  • David Piper, Exploring student attrition and retention through visualisation, 2012-2013. (Summer Research Scholarship Student)
  • Anh Nguyen, Using Student Preferences and Performance to Automatically Generate Learning Programs, 2010-2011. (Summer Research Scholarship Student).

Research Funding

Selected recent Grants and Research Contracts:

Pathways to Computer Science: Enabling Equity and Diversity. K. Falkner, C. Szabo, A.Szorenyi and D. Michell, Google Research Contract ($55,000) (2015-2016)

Assessment and OS-Level Mitigation of Timing Channels. Y.Yarom and K. Falkner, NICTA CRP Research Agreement ($132,378) (2015-2016)

Computing Infrastructure Performance and Interoperability Research – Integration. K. Falkner and C. Szabo, DSTO Research Contract ($465,000) (2015-2016)

Computing Infrastructure Performance and Interoperability Research – Security. K. Falkner and Y. Yarom, DSTO Research Contract ($170,000) (2015-2016)

Automated Analysis of MOOC Discussion Content to Support Personalised Learning, K. Falkner, Google MOOC Focused Research Awards. ($50,000 US) (2015-2016)

Coding Across the Curriculum – Curriculum Mapping and Analysis. K. Falkner and R. Vivian. ($77,889) (2015)

Assessment and OS-Level Mitigation of Timing Channels. K. Falkner and Y. Yarom, NICTA CRP ($232,167) (2014-2015)

Building Digital Technologies Capacity. K. Falkner and R. Vivian, Google Research Contract ($48,312) (2014-2015)

Addressing the Challenge of the Digital Technologies Curriculum (Years 7&8). K. Falkner, R. Vivian, N. Falkner and C. Szabo, Digital Careers Sponsorship Agreement ($119,588) (2014-2015).

Model Driven Systems Engineering: Advanced Modelling of Communication Protocols. K. Falkner and Y. Yarom, DSTO Research Contract ($110,000) (2014)

Model Driven Systems Engineering: Advanced Modelling of Communication Protocols. K. Falkner and C. Szabo, DSTO Research Contract ($130,000) (2014)

Improving Gender Equity in Computer Science and ICT, Dr A. Szorenyi and A/Prof K. Falkner, HUMSS Faculty Research Centre Competitive Funding Scheme ($4,985) (2014)

Experiences of first year students in ICT courses: best practices in teaching introductory programming in ICT courses, A/Prof J. Sheard, Dr M. Morgan, Dr M. Butler, A/Prof K. Falkner, Dr A. Weerasinghe, Simon, ACDICT ALTA Commissioned Good Practice Report ($14,937) (2014)

Addressing the Challenges of the Digital Technologies Curriculum: MOOCs for Teacher Development, K. Falkner, N. Falkner and R. Vivian, Google Research Contract ($65,000 + in-kind) (2013-2014)

Model Driven Systems Engineering. K. Falkner and C. Szabo, DSTO Research Contract ($420,000) (2013-2015)

Full list of Grant Funded Projects

Publications

Selected recent publications:

K. Falkner, C. Szabo, V. Chiprianov, G. Puddy, M. Rieckmann, D. Fraser & C. Aston. "Model-driven Performance Prediction of Systems of Systems". Accepted for the Journal of Software & Systems Modeling.

K. Falkner and R. Vivian. "A Review of Computer Science resources for learning and teaching with K-12 computing curricula: An Australian case study". Accepted for Computer Science Education.

R. Vivian, K. Falkner, N. Falkner and H. Tarmazdi. “A method to analyse computer science students’ teamwork in online collaborative learning environments”. Accepted for ACM Transactions in Computing Education.

Javier Álvarez Cid-Fuentes, Claudia Szabo and Katrina Falkner, Online Behavior Identification in Distributed Systems. In Proceedings of the 34th Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS 2015).

H. Tarmazdi, R. Vivian, C. Szabo, K. Falkner and N. Falkner. Using Learning Analytics to Visualise Computer Science Teamwork. 20th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2015). 

T. Atapattu, K. Falkner and N. Falkner, Task-Adapted Concept Map Scaffolding to Support Quizzes in an Online Environment. 20th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2015). 

J. Sheard, M. Morgan, M. Butler, K. Falkner, Simon, A. Weerasinghe. Initiatives to Increase Student Engagementin First Year ICT. 20th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2015).

K. Falkner, C. Szabo, D. Michell, A. Szorenyi and S. Thyer. Gender Gap in Academia: Perceptions of Female Computer Science Academics. 20th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2015).

T. Atapattu, K. Falkner and N. Falkner, Educational Question Answering motivated by Question-Specific Concept Maps. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2015.

A. Uzunov, E. Fernandez and K. Falkner. ASE: A Comprehensive Pattern-Driven Security Methodology for Distributed Systems. Computer Standards & Interfaces, Volume 41, September 2015, pages 112-137.

K. Falkner, C. Szabo, R. Vivian and N. Falkner, Evolution of Software Development Strategies, 37th International Conference on Software Engineering, Education Track, May 2015.

R. Vivian, H. Tarmazdi, K. Falkner, N. Falkner & C. Szabo, The Development of A Dashboard Tool for Visualising Online Teamwork Discussions, 37th International Conference on Software Engineering, Education Track, May 2015.

K. Falkner, R. Vivian, & N. Falkner, Teaching Computational Thinking in K-6: The CSER Digital Technologies MOOC, Seventeenth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Sydney, Australia, 27th-30th January, 2015.

J. Sheard, M. Morgan, M. Butler, K. Falkner, A. Weerasinghe and Simon, Assessment in First Year ICT Education in Australia: Research and Practice, Seventeenth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Sydney, Australia, 27th-30th January, 2015.

M. Morgan, J. Sheard, M. Butler, K. Falkner, A. Weerasinghe and Simon, Teaching in First Year ICT Education in Australia: Research and Practice, Seventeenth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Sydney, Australia, 27th-30th January, 2015.

M. Morgan, M. Butler, J. Sheard, K. Falkner, A. Weerasinghe and Simon, Understanding the Teaching Context of First year ICT Education in Australia, Seventeenth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Sydney, Australia, 27th-30th January, 2015.

M. Bower and K. Falkner, Computational Thinking, the Notional Machine, and research opportunities, Seventeenth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Sydney, Australia, 27th-30th January, 2015.

A. Uzunov, K. Falkner and E. B. Fernandez, A comprehensive pattern-oriented approach to engineering security methodologies. In Information and Software Technology, Volume 57, January 2015, pages 217-247. 

Full List of Publications

Entry last updated: Friday, 15 Jan 2016

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