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Biography

Karen Blackmore received her BInfoTech(SpatialInfo) With Distinction in 2001 and her PhD in 2008 from Charles Sturt University, Australia. Her PhD research was cross-disciplinary in nature and focused on agent-based modelling of business strategies and their associated changing resource needs. Specifically, this work involved the use of data mining, clustering and visualisation to identify and explore patterns in a large longitudinal data set. Her postdoctoral research work was conducted at the University of Newcastle, in collaboration with Hunter Councils. This work focused on the use of self-organising maps and data analysis techniques to model the environmental impacts of climate change. This work was awarded LGSA’s Environment Award for Energy Saving and Climate Projection Winner C Division & Overall Category Winner 2009. She also has a research track record in the areas of business strategy modelling, data mining, information visualisation, pattern recognition, computer games and education.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Charles Sturt University, 07/05/2008
  • Bachelor of Information Technology, Charles Sturt University, 20/04/2001

Research

Research keywords

  • Complex systems
  • Conceptual modelling
  • Data mining

Research expertise

My major areas of research interest include:

  • Agent based models of complex adaptive systems
  • Application of data mining and pattern recognition techniques to understand patterns in global climate model data
  • Spatial and aspatial models of social and physical systems
  • Cross-disciplinary research issues

My early research focus centred on data mining and spatial data modelling. For example, I explored the use of rule based classifiers, neural networks, genetic algorithms and fuzzy logic to find patterns in “Missing Persons Data” (Blackmore, et al. 2005; Blackmore & Bossomaier 2003a, 2003b; Blackmore & Bossomaier 2002a, 2002b; Blackmore et al. 2002). Data mining, clustering and statistical modelling also featured significantly in my PhD and Postdoctoral research.

My PhD research involved modelling and analysing patterns associated with changing resource needs in organisations. A number of publications have arisen from this work (Blackmore et al. 2003; Blackmore & Nesbitt 2009; Blackmore & Nesbitt 2012). More recently, I have published results from my postdoctoral work that uses Self-Organising Maps (SOMS) and statistical downscaling to model regional climate variability (Goodwin, Freeman & Blackmore 2010; Goodwin & Blackmore forthcoming).

In addition to the above academic publications, during 2008 to 2010 I was principal or co-author on eleven (11) reports (six allocated ISBN numbers) associated with my industry based postdoctoral studies and my employment with the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS). The postdoctoral work was in collaboration with the Hunter Central Coast Regional Environment Strategy (HCCREMS). This work has been applied and used as the basis for the development of climate change adaptation strategies by local government authorities within the Hunter and Central Coast region. My work with CURS was conducted under an ARC Linkage grant and focussed on inter-agency data sharing and involved spatial data analysis of social vulnerability. The work was conducted in collaboration with the University of Western Sydney and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Lastly, I have a research record and interest in areas relating to teaching and learning. I have investigated the complex factors associated with plagiarism in courses offered through partner or offshore campuses (Moffatt & Blackmore 2005, 2006) and issues in cross-disciplinary research higher degree research (Blackmore & Nesbitt 2008). In my role with Planning, Quality and Reporting at the University of Newcastle, I authored numerous research reports on a range of topics related to improving the student experience and developing strategies to improve the University’s performance in global ranking schemes. One of these reports formed the basis of a current University project aimed at reducing student attrition. Additionally, my work titled “Fuzzy Data Mining Approaches to Predicting Student Success and Retention” was presented at Australasian Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum held in November, 2012.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
080109Pattern Recognition And Data Mining70
080603Conceptual Modelling15
090903Geospatial Information Systems15

Collaboration

Macquarie University - Continued research building on from postdoctoral work to derive regional climate change projections. Research involves the use of self organising maps (SOMs) to produce synoptic types, statistical analysis of weather station data, statistical downscaling and rule based classification. Ongoing work focuses on spatial modelling of shoreline changes and analysis of complex global climate data.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I have been an active member of school based marketing and research committees, as well as being a member of Faculty level Marketing committees. My involvement in the marketing committees stems from expertise in this area and also an interest in making courses more attractive to, and reaching, potential students.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Computer Game Production
  • Conceptual modelling
  • Database Management
  • Programming

Teaching expertise

I have teaching experience at a University level in a range of IT areas. This experience encompasses different modes of delivery (eg. Internal and Distance Education) and ranges in level from 1st year to Masters and Graduate Certificate programs.

I have delivered courses in the following areas:

• Computer Games Production

• Database Management Systems

• Database Systems

• Principles of Database Development

• ICT Fundamentals

• Managing Internet Marketing Information

• Market Research

• Geographic Information Systems

• Digital Image Analysis

• Strategic Information Management

• Commerce on the Information Superhighway

• Introduction to the Senses

• Relationship Marketing

• Introduction to Remote Sensing

I am committed to the delivery of high quality teaching and engage in continuing professional development activities (eg. Tertiary Teaching Colloquium and education research publications) to ensure my skills in this area are appropriate and relevant to the needs of students. The quality of my teaching has been evidenced through positive student and peer feedback, both in terms of the way I deal with students and the quality of the materials I develop to support my teaching.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Blackmore KL, Nesbitt KV, 'Defending against turbulent conditions: Results from an agent-based simulation', International Journal of Business Studies, 17 127-148 (2009) [C1]

Co-authors: KEITH NESBITT

2013Goodwin ID, Freeman R, Blackmore K, 'An insight into headland sand bypassing and wave climate variability from shoreface bathymetric change at Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia', Marine Geology, 341 29-45 (2013) [C1]
2011Jelinek H, Cornforth D, Blackmore KL, 'Visualisation in Biomedicine as a Means of Data Evaluation', Journal of Visualization, 14 353-359 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: DAVID CORNFORTH

2003Blackmore KL, Bossomaier TRJ, 'Soft computing methodologies for mining mission person data', International Journal of Knowledge Based and Intelligent Engineering Systems, 7 132-138 (2003) [C1]

Publications

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Chapter (2 outputs)

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2006Moffatt S, Blackmore KL, 'National anti plagiarism strategies: A shared responsibility in transnational university partnerships?', Breaking down boundaries: International experience in open, distance and flexible learning, Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Adelaide, Australia 1-12 (2006) [B1]
2005Blackmore K, Bossomaier T, Foy S, Thomson D, 'Data mining of missing persons data', , SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN 305-314 (2005) [B1]

Journal article (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Ng P, Nesbitt K, Blackmore K, 'Informative Sound and Performance in a Team Based Computer Game', Entertainment Computing¿ICEC 2014, 241-241 (2014)
2013King RAR, Blackmore KL, 'Physical and political boundaries as barriers to the continuity of social vulnerability', Applied Geography, 44 79-87 (2013) [C1]
2013Blackmore K, Nesbitt K, 'Verifying the Miles and Snow strategy types in Australian small- and medium-size enterprises', Australian Journal of Management, 38 171-190 (2013) [C1]
2013Goodwin ID, Freeman R, Blackmore K, 'An insight into headland sand bypassing and wave climate variability from shoreface bathymetric change at Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia', Marine Geology, 341 29-45 (2013) [C1]
2011Jelinek H, Cornforth D, Blackmore KL, 'Visualisation in Biomedicine as a Means of Data Evaluation', Journal of Visualization, 14 353-359 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: DAVID CORNFORTH

2009Blackmore KL, Nesbitt KV, 'Defending against turbulent conditions: Results from an agent-based simulation', International Journal of Business Studies, 17 127-148 (2009) [C1]

Co-authors: KEITH NESBITT

2003Blackmore KL, Bossomaier TRJ, 'Soft computing methodologies for mining mission person data', International Journal of Knowledge Based and Intelligent Engineering Systems, 7 132-138 (2003) [C1]
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Conference (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Gu X, Blackmore K, 'The Publishing Game: An Analysis of "Game" Related Academic Publishing Patterns', Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interactive Entertainment (2014)
2013Blackmore K, Nesbitt K, Cornforth D, 'Simulating stable, trending and turbulent operating environments', Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE 8th Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, ICIEA 2013, School of Design, Communication and IT, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia (2013) [E1]
2012Blackmore KL, Nesbitt KV, 'Simulating the performance of small-medium enterprises in different market conditions', 2012 International Conference on Applied and Theoretical Information Systems Research Proceedings, Taipei (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: KEITH NESBITT

2010Goodwin ID, Freeman R, Blackmore KL, 'Decadal Wave Climate Variability and Implications for Interpreting New South Wales Coastal Behaviour', Proceedings of the Australian Wind Waves Research Symposium, Gold Coast, Australia (2010) [E1]
2008Blackmore KL, Nesbitt KV, 'Identifying risks for cross-disciplinary higher degree research students', Computing Education 2008: Proceedings of the Tenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2008), Wollongong, NSW (2008) [E1]

Co-authors: KEITH NESBITT

2005Moffatt S, Blackmore KL, 'National anit plagiarism strategies: A shared responsibility in transnational university partnerships?', Biennial Conference of the Open Distance Learning Association of Australia (17th : 2005) (9 - 11 November 2005 : Adelaide), Adelaide, South Australia (2005) [E1]
2002Blackmore K, Bossomaier TRJ, 'Comparison of See5 and J48.PART Algorithms for Missing Persons Profiling', Proceedings of the First International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2002) (2002)
2002Blackmore K, Bossomaier T, Foy S, Thomson D, 'Data Mining of Missing Persons Data.', FSKD (2002)
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Report (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Blackmore KL, Goodwin ID, Wilson S, 'CASE STUDY 3: Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Bushfire Risk in the Hunter, Lower North Coast and Central Coast Region', HCCREMS (Hunter Councils Inc. as legal agent), 70 (2010) [R1]
2010Blackmore KL, Goodwin ID, Wilson S, 'CASE STUDY 2: Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Extreme Heat Events Affecting Public Health in the Hunter, Lower North Coast and Central Coast Region', HCCREMS (Hunter Councils Inc. as legal agent), 40 (2010) [R1]
2009Blackmore KL, Goodwin ID, Wilson S, 'CASE STUDY 1: Analysis of Past Trends and Future Projections of Climate Change and their Impacts on the Hunter Valley Wine Industry', HCCREMS (Hunter Councils Inc. as legal agent), 48 (2009) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants1
Total funding$4,085

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2013 (1 grants)

Spatial Data Analytics: Addressing critical application problems concerning the environment and human society, and the interactions between them, using spatial data analytic approaches$4,085
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Karen Blackmore
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,08520132013
GNo:G1300663
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.8

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (Information Technology)Principal SupervisorAnalysis of Influential Factors in Academic Publication System using Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation
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Dr Karen Blackmore

Work Phone+61 2 492 15206
Fax+61 2 492 15896
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Design, Communication and IT (DCIT)
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaInformation Technology
Office
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McMullin Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/karen-blackmore