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Biography

My professional career includes practical experience as a Systems Engineer in the Hardware Development Group at the BHP, Newcastle. I regard consultation as a mechanism that is closely tied with both my teaching and research, as my teaching area at the University has always required me to keep close contact with external organisations and with developments in my discipline. To this end, I have worked with organisations as a consulting engineer and in contract analysis-programming positions at various times. My recent consultations include the Hunter Area Pathology Service and the Catholic Schools Office.

I have extensive teaching experience in non-tertiary organisations such as TAFE. I am a qualified secondary teacher and I was a committee member responsible for setting the 1997 and 1998 Higher School Certificate examinations for the 2 Unit General, the 2/3 Unit Common and the 3 Unit Computing Studies subjects.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 06/03/2006
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, Newcastle College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Computer), University of Newcastle, 09/05/1981
  • Master of Computing, University of Newcastle, 03/05/1991

Research

Research keywords

  • Decision Support
  • Health Informatics
  • Information Systems

Research expertise

My research is in the areas of Information and Knowledge-Based Systems development for business, and Information Systems education. I am particularly interested in the application of Information, Knowledge-Based and Decision Support Systems in medicine and health.

I am currently researching in decision support in health, specifically in the elicitation of tacit knowledge and the interpretation of clincial guidelines. I recently conducted research in pain management to determine the interpreted knowledge content Patient Controlled Analgesia guidelines for the Hunter Integrated Pain Service and I am currently investigating pain assessment in elderly Alzheimer patients with research staff from the John Hunter Hospital.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
080600Information Systems70
080199Artificial Intelligence And Image Processing Not Elsewhere Classified20
080599Distributed Computing Not Elsewhere Classified10

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Active Member since 1990 - Australian Computer Society

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Conference Committee member and editor of conference proceedings - 8th Annual conference of the Health Informatics Association
  • Conference Committee Member - 5th International Simulation Conference (2007)

Appointments

Higher School Certificate examination committee (Computing Studies)
NSW Department of Education (Australia)
01/01/1998 - 01/01/2000

Invitations

CAPRE Primary Health Care Conference
CAPRE Primary Health Care Conference, Australia (Invitation for Research Presentation )
2007
Dr Carolyn McGregor
University of Western Sydney , Australia (Research Masters Examiner.)
2007
Dr Chris Hayes
The Hunter Area Pain Service, Australia (Invited Presentation to Professional Group)
2005

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I am currently the head of discipline for the IT group (9 full-time staff) within the School of Design, Communication and IT at the University of Newcastle.

I supervised casual programmers as principal researcher for a $50, 000 CUTSD grant in 1999-2000.

As a Systems Engineer at the BHP Newcastle (1981-1985) I supervised technicians, plant staff and contractors required for the installation and maintainence of computer systems.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Computer Programming
  • Database Design
  • Project management
  • Systems Analysis

Teaching expertise

I lecturer in Information Systems to students in the Bachelor of Information Tecnology (BIT) and the Master of Information Technology (MIT) programmes. I have supervised the final-year Project courses in both programmes. I teach in the areas of computer programming, database design, systems analysis and design. I have developed courses in all of these areas as well as in health informatics and decision support systems. I have taught on-campus and on-line courses.

I was a part-time teacher in TAFE in many areas. These included teaching within the TAFE system in Post Trade Electronics courses, Electronics Engineering Certificate courses, Mining Mathematics and Engineering Drawing courses for mining, Computer Literacy courses and Certificate Entrance courses, as well as numerous community courses in the computing literacy area.

I was the principal investigator for 3 teaching grants. One was a 1998 CUTSD Grant for $50, 000. This was a national competitive teaching grant funded at the top level available under the scheme.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
1998Summons PF, Gibbon GG, Villanueva H, Falconer J, 'Causal reasoning in a medical knowledge based system', ECIS'98, Universite d'Aix-Marseille III, d'Aix-en-Provence, France (1998) [E1]

Co-authors: Greg Gibbon

2006Summons PF, Colloc J, 'Modelling Temporal Aspects of Clinical Objects', Proceedings of the 4th International Industrial Simulation Conference ISC'2006, Palermo, Italy (2006) [E1]
2006Colloc J, Summons PF, 'An Object Oriented Time Model of a Decision Support System for Intoxication Diagnoses', Proceedings of the 4th International Industrial Simulation Conference ISC'2006, Palermo, Italy (2006) [E1]
2002Summons PF, 'Assessment of Performance Quality: Metrics for Process rather than Result', Networking the Learner: Computers in Education, Copenhagen, Denmark (2002) [E1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Newby DA, Jin JS, Summons PF, Athauda RI, Park M, Schneider JJ, et al., Development of a computer-generated digital patient for teaching and assessment in pharmacy: Final Report, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Surry Hills, 75 (2011) [A2]

Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
1999Summons PF, 'The Future of Computer Science Education: A glimpse at the Next Step Ahead Through a Leap into the Past', Computer Science Education in the 21st Century, Springer-Verlag, New York 195-214 (1999) [B1]

Journal article (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Park M, Summons P, 'An efficient virtual patient image model: interview training in pharmacy', International Journal of Bio-Science and Bio-Technology, 5 137-146 (2013) [C1]
2012Harmon JR, Higgins IJ, Summons PF, Bellchambers HL, 'Efficacy of the use of evidence-based algorithmic guidelines in the acute care setting for pain assessment and management in older people: A critical review of the literature', International Journal of Older People Nursing, 7 127-140 (2012) [C1]
2010Al-Dala'In TA, Luo S, Summons PF, Colyvas KJ, 'Evaluating the utilisation of mobile devices in online payments from the consumer perspective', Journal of Convergence Information Technology, 5 7-16 (2010) [C1]
2010Phelan C, Higgins IJ, Summons PF, Douglas J, Dobson PM, Hodson F, 'An innovative approach to targeting pain in older people in the acute care setting', Contemporary Nurse, 35 221-233 (2010) [C1]
2009Al-Dala'In TA, Summons PF, Luo S, 'A prototype design for enhancing customer trust in online payments', Journal of Computer Sciences, 5 1034-1041 (2009) [C1]
2009Higgins IJ, Phelan CM, Summons PF, Hodson F, Douglas J, Ritchard L, et al., 'Targeting pain in older people: The challenges of doing clinical research', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 2 37-38 (2009) [C2]

Co-authors: Isabel Higgins

2009Dobson PM, Hodson F, Phelan C, Douglas J, Ritchard L, Bruce D, et al., 'The use of visual aids to enhance pain management in elderly patients in the acute care setting', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 2 39-40 (2009) [C3]

Co-authors: Isabel Higgins

1993Beresford-Smith B, Breckling J, Schroeder H, Summons P, 'Systolic Codebook Generation', IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SPEECH AND AUDIO PROCESSING, 1 144-149 (1993)
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Conference (39 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Park M, Summons PF, 'A Computer-generated Digital Patient for Oral Interview Training in Pharmacy', Advanced Science and Technology Letters, Nanjing, China (2013) [E1]
2011Summons PF, Newby DA, Athauda RI, Park M, 'Modelling a simulated pharmacy patient', 9th International Industrial Simulation Conference 2011: ISC'2011, Venice (2011) [E1]
2010Al-Dala'In TA, Luo S, Summons PF, 'Consumer acceptance of mobile payments: An empirical study', The International Conference on New Trends in Information Science and Service Science Proceeding, Gyeongju, Korea (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: Suhuai Luo

2010Park M, Jin JS, Summons P, Luo S, Hofstetter R, 'False positive reduction in colonic polyp detection using glocal information', Proceedings - 2010 Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications, DICTA 2010 (2010) [E1]
2010Summons PF, Higgins IJ, Phelan C, Hodson F, Douglas J, Ritchards L, et al., 'Targeting older patient's pain within the acute care setting: Development and organisational aspects of health innovations', ACIS 2010 Proceedings, Brisbane, Australia (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: Isabel Higgins

2010Park M, Jin JS, Peng Y, Summons PF, Yu D, Cui Y, et al., 'Automatic cell segmentation in microscopic color images using ellipse fitting and watershed', Proceedings - 2010 IEEE/ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, CME2010, Gold Coast, QLD (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: Mira Park, Suhuai Luo

2009Summons PF, Newby DA, Athauda RI, Park M, Shaw PE, Pranata I, et al., 'Design strategy for a scalable virtual pharmacy patient', ACIS 2009: Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E1]
2009Fairall RG, Herbert RD, Summons PF, 'Towards the simulation of three dimensional image forms using a graphical genetic algorithm', 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Proceedings, Cairns, QLD (2009) [E1]
2009Summons PF, Athauda R, Park M, Shaw P, Pranata I, Jin JS, et al., 'Design strategy for a scalable virtual pharmacy patient', ACIS 2009 Proceedings - 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (2009) [E1]
2009Al-Dala'In TA, Summons PF, Luo S, 'The relationship between a mobile device and a shopper's trust for E-payment systems', ICISE: The 1st International Conference on Information Science and Engineering, Nanjing, China (2009) [E1]
2009Higgins IJ, Phelan CM, Hodson F, Summons PF, Douglas J, Ritchard L, et al., 'Targeting pain in older people in the acute setting', The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, Paris, France (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: Isabel Higgins

2009Phelan CM, Higgins IJ, Summons PF, Bellchambers HL, 'What is good pain management for the older person in the acute setting?', The Australian Pain Society 29th Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
2008Al-Dala'In TA, Luo S, Summons PF, 'A review of current online payment systems related to security and trust solutions', Proceedings of e-COMMERCE 2008, Amsterdam (2008) [E1]

Co-authors: Suhuai Luo

2008Park M, Jin JS, Hofstetter R, Luo S, Summons PF, 'Classification of colonic polyps using hidden Markov models', 2008 23rd International Conference Image and Vision Computing New Zealand, Christchurch, NZ (2008) [E1]
2008Summons PF, 'Modelling causality in medical scenarios', 6th International Industrial Simulation Conference 2008 ISC'2008, Lyon, France (2008) [E1]
2008Summons PF, 'Clinical guideline audit and knowledge elicitation using the MDS tool and techniques', ACIS 2008: Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Christchurch, NZ (2008) [E1]
2008Al-Dala'In TA, Luo S, Summons PF, 'Using a mobile device to enhance customer trust in the security of remote transactions', Proceedings of 2008 IEEE 8th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (CIT 2008), Sydney (2008) [E1]
2008Higgins IJ, Hodson F, Phelan C, Douglas J, Ritchard L, Summons PF, et al., 'Early detection and management of pain in older people in the acute care setting: An innovative approach to practice change', Australasian Journal of Ageing, Fremantle, WA (2008) [E3]

Co-authors: Isabel Higgins

2007Summons PF, Colloc J, 'Experimental study with metrics indicating the interpretation of clinical guidelines', ISC'2007: 5th International Industrial Simulation Conference, Delft, The Netherlands (2007) [E1]
2007Colloc J, Cuvelier M-H, Summons PF, 'A clinical decision metaknowledge model', ISC'2007: 5th International Industrial Simulation Conference, Delft, The Netherlands (2007) [E1]
2007Lewis BG, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, Summons PF, 'Agent-based simulation of a multi-queue emergency services call centre to evaluate resource allocation', MODSIM 2007 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Proceedings, Christchurch, New Zealand (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: William Chivers

2006Summons PF, Colloc J, 'Modelling Temporal Aspects of Clinical Objects', Proceedings of the 4th International Industrial Simulation Conference ISC'2006, Palermo, Italy (2006) [E1]
2006Colloc J, Summons PF, 'An Object Oriented Time Model of a Decision Support System for Intoxication Diagnoses', Proceedings of the 4th International Industrial Simulation Conference ISC'2006, Palermo, Italy (2006) [E1]
2005Summons PF, 'A Study in Progress to Investigate Metrics Indicating the Efficacy and Interpretation Ability of Clinical Guidelines', Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2004, University of Newcastle (2005) [E2]
2003Summons PF, J C, 'Modelling the Temporal Information in Medical Decision Support Systms:', Modelling the Temporal Information in Medical Decision Support Systems, Lille, France (2003) [E1]
2002Summons PF, 'Assessment of Performance Quality: Metrics for Process rather than Result', Networking the Learner: Computers in Education, Copenhagen, Denmark (2002) [E1]
2000Simon S, Summons PF, 'Automated Testing of Databases and Spreadsheets - the Long and the Short of It', The Proceedings of the Fourth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2000) [E1]

Co-authors: simon

1999Summons PF, Ireland M, 'Interface Requirements for Decision Support systems in Practical Clinical Situations', Proceedings of the Computer Human Interaction Special Interest Group of the Ergonomics Society of Australia, Wagga Wagga Australia (1999) [E1]
1999Summons PF, Cheek BR, 'Tensions Between the Issues of Security, Privacy and Ownership in E-Commerce', Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Managing Enterprises, Newcastle, Australia (1999) [E1]

Co-authors: Bruce Cheek

1999Summons SC, Burnett L, Summons PF, 'Benchmarking in Pathology: Pilot Project to QA Program', Proceedings of the 10th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Wellington, New Zealand (1999) [E1]
1999Summons PF, Giles W, Gibbon GG, 'Decision Support for Fetal Gestation Age Estimation', Proceedings of the 10th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS99), Wellington, New Zealand (1999) [E1]

Co-authors: Greg Gibbon

1999Summons PF, Ireland M, 'Who Makes the Decisions with Clinical Decision Support Tools', Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference of the Health Informatics Association of New South Wales, Pokolbin, Australia (1999) [E2]
1999Ireland M, Swinkels W, Summons PF, 'Collaboration: Drawing Together the Expertise', Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference of the Health Informatics Association of NSW, Polkolbin, Australia (1999) [E4]
1998Summons PF, Simon, 'Authentication Strategies for Online Assessments', The Proceedings of the Third Australasian Conference on Computer Science Education, The University of Queensland, Australia (1998) [E1]

Co-authors: simon

1998Summons PF, Gibbon GG, Villanueva H, Falconer J, 'Causal reasoning in a medical knowledge based system', ECIS'98, Universite d'Aix-Marseille III, d'Aix-en-Provence, France (1998) [E1]

Co-authors: Greg Gibbon

1998Bruff CM, Summons PF, Coldwell J, Simon, 'Automated assessment and management project', Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE '98), Cancun, Mexico (1998) [E1]

Co-authors: simon

1998Summons PF, Regan BG, 'Secure Access Mechanisms for an Electronic Patient Medical Record', Working together for an Electronic patient Record, Brisbane, Australia 26th-28th July (1998) [E3]

Co-authors: Brian Regan

1996Summons P, 'Object class identification for a fetal health decision support system', CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY: PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD WORLD CONGRESS ON EXPERT SYSTEMS, VOLS I AND II, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (1996)
1995Falconer J, Summons P, Villanueva H, 'Fetal health decision support system', INDUSTRIAL AND ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERT SYSTEMS (IEA/AIE 95), MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (1995)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants16
Total funding$249,671

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2012 (1 grants)

Clinical Training Framework Pilot Project – Anaesthetist Trolley Induction$9,344
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Peter Summons, Doctor Brian Regan, Miss Kristi Street, Professor Isabel Higgins, Ms Catherine Payne
SchemeRole
Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,34420122012
GNo:G1401029

2010 (1 grants)

An evaluation of the effectiveness of an educational intervention to increase pain management in older people in acute care settings$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Professor David Sibbritt, Conjoint Professor Sian Maslin-Prothero, Associate Professor Ashley Kable, Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeRole
Linkage Pilot Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020102010
GNo:G1001058

2008 (1 grants)

6th International Industrial Simulation Conference, Lyons France, 9/6/2008 - 11/6/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0189062

2007 (2 grants)

Development of a computer-generated digital patient for teaching and assessment in pharmacy$149,292
Funding Body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Project Team
Associate Professor David Newby, Professor Jesse Jin, Doctor Peter Summons, Doctor Rukshan Athauda, Associate Professor Jenny Schneider
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$149,29220072008
GNo:G0188332

5th International Industrial Simulation Conference, Delft, The Netherlands, 11/6/2007 - 13/6/2007$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0187980

2006 (1 grants)

4th Annual International Simulation Conference (ISC2006), 5-7 June 2006$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020062006
GNo:G0186651

2003 (1 grants)

Computational Engineering in Systems Applications (CESA 2003) Lille, France 8-11 July 2003$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020032003
GNo:G0183262

2001 (1 grants)

7th World Conference on Computer Education, Denmark 29 July - 3 August 2001$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020012001
GNo:G0181041

1999 (2 grants)

Individual Automated Assessment and Marking Management Package $50,000
Funding Body: Committee for University Teaching and Staff Development

SchemeRole
CUTSD National Teaching Development GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$50,00019992000
GNo:18099050

Flexible Delivery Options for Teaching and Assessment of Practical Applications in INFO101$7,500
Funding Body: Universtiy of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Faculty Teaching GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,50019991999
GNo:18099190

1998 (2 grants)

CAUT Teaching Grant Automated Assessment and Marking Software Package for Spreadsheet Concept Evaluation$4,950
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
CAUT Teaching GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,95019981998
GNo:18099220

ECIS '98 The 6th European Conference on Information Systems, Aix en Provence, France$1,853
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,85319981998
GNo:G0180608

1997 (2 grants)

Automated Assessment and Marking Software Package for Spreadsheet Concept Evaluation$4,950
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeRole
Teaching Committee Teaching GrantsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,95019971997
GNo:G0176580

Int. Assoc. of Science and Technology for Development - International Conference on Software Engineering San Francisco, USA, 2-5 November 1997$1,129
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,12919971997
GNo:G0179581

1995 (1 grants)

The Third World Congress on Expert Systems - Seoul, Korea - 5-9/2/96$853
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$85319951995
GNo:G0175935

1989 (1 grants)

Conversion of Applesoft BASIC to IBM Format (QuickBASIC)$0
Funding Body: Hunter Institute of Higher Education

SchemeRole
G.H. Duncan Research FundChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$019891989
GNo:18099349
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.4

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
20112015PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorAcute Care Nurses Cultural Influences on Assessing and Managing Pain in Older People: How Values and Beliefs Can Shape Clinical Practice and Affect Uptake of Best Practice
20082017PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorExploring decision making processes in acute pain management of older people: An ethnographic study
20072008Honours Info Tech Not Elswhere Classfd
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorUsability of Large HTML Data Table on Mobile Devices Using an Internet Browser

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2011M Philosophy (InformationTech)Co-SupervisorA Parsimonious Agent-Based Emergency Call Centre Model
2011PhD (Information Technology)Co-SupervisorStudy on the Consumer Acceptance of Mobile Payments: Conceptual Model and Evaluation
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Dr Peter Summons

Work Phone(02) 4985 4506
Fax(02) 4921 5896
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaInformation Technology
Office
ICT3.18,
ICT Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/peter-summons
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/school/design-communication-it/our_staff/summons_peter.html