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Dr Peter Summons

Senior Lecturer

School of Electrical Engineering and Computing (Information Technology)

Career Summary

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.

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 clinical 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.

Teaching Expertise
I lecturer in Information Systems to students in the Bachelor of Information Technology (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.

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 maintenance of computer systems.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, Newcastle College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Computer), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Computing, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Computer Programming
  • Database Design
  • Decision Support
  • Health Informatics
  • Information Systems
  • Project management
  • Systems Analysis

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified 70
080599 Distributed Computing not elsewhere classified 10
080199 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Australia
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2001 - 1/06/2009 Consultant Engineer TUNRA Bulk Solids
1/01/1998 - 1/01/2000 Examiner - Higher School Certificate examination committee (Computing Studies) NSW Department of Education
Australia
1/01/1987 - 1/05/2007 Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia
1/01/1981 - 1/01/1986 Systems Engineer BHP Co Ltd, Newcastle
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Conference Committee Member 5th International Simulation Conference (2007)
Australia
Conference Committee Member and Editor of Conference Proceedings 8th Annual Conference of the Health Informatics Association
Australia
1/01/1990 -  Active Member Australian Computer Society (ACS)
Australia

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2007 CAPRE Primary Health Care Conference
Organisation: CAPRE Primary Health Care Conference Description: Interpreting Clinical Guidelines, Invited presentation in the Research and Evaluation in Practice Workshop for the 4th Annual CAPRE Primary Health Care Conference, Newcastle, Nov.
2005 Dr Chris Hayes
Organisation: The Hunter Area Pain Service Description: Invited presentation about Interpretation and Knowledge in Pain Guidelines

Research Masters Examiner

Year Title / Rationale
2007 Dr Carolyn McGregor
Organisation: University of Western Sydney
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 16
Total funding $249,671

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20121 grants / $9,344

Clinical Training Framework Pilot Project – Anaesthetist Trolley Induction$9,344

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team Doctor Peter Summons, Doctor Brian Regan, Miss Kristi Street, Professor Isabel Higgins, Doctor Catherine Payne
Scheme Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1401029
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $10,000

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

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
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1001058
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

6th International Industrial Simulation Conference, Lyons France, 9/6/2008 - 11/6/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Peter Summons
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189062
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $150,992

Development of a computer-generated digital patient for teaching and assessment in pharmacy$149,292

Funding body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

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
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188332
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

5th International Industrial Simulation Conference, Delft, The Netherlands, 11/6/2007 - 13/6/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Peter Summons
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187980
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $1,500

4th Annual International Simulation Conference (ISC2006), 5-7 June 2006$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Peter Summons
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186651
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $2,500

Computational Engineering in Systems Applications (CESA 2003) Lille, France 8-11 July 2003$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Peter Summons
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183262
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20011 grants / $2,400

7th World Conference on Computer Education, Denmark 29 July - 3 August 2001$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Peter Summons
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181041
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19992 grants / $57,500

Individual Automated Assessment and Marking Management Package $50,000

Funding body: Committee for University Teaching and Staff Development

Funding body Committee for University Teaching and Staff Development
Project Team

Peter Summons

Scheme CUTSD National Teaching Development Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 2000
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Flexible Delivery Options for Teaching and Assessment of Practical Applications in INFO101$7,500

Funding body: Universtiy of Newcastle

Funding body Universtiy of Newcastle
Project Team

Peter Summons

Scheme Faculty Teaching Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

19982 grants / $6,803

CAUT Teaching Grant Automated Assessment and Marking Software Package for Spreadsheet Concept Evaluation$4,950

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team

Peter Summons

Scheme CAUT Teaching Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

ECIS '98 The 6th European Conference on Information Systems, Aix en Provence, France$1,853

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Peter Summons
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0180608
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19972 grants / $6,079

Automated Assessment and Marking Software Package for Spreadsheet Concept Evaluation$4,950

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Peter Summons
Scheme Teaching Committee Teaching Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0176580
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Peter Summons
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0179581
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19951 grants / $853

The Third World Congress on Expert Systems - Seoul, Korea - 5-9/2/96$853

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Peter Summons
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175935
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19891 grants / $0

Conversion of Applesoft BASIC to IBM Format (QuickBASIC)$0

Funding body: Hunter Institute of Higher Education

Funding body Hunter Institute of Higher Education
Project Team

Peter Summons

Scheme G.H. Duncan Research Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 1989
Funding Finish 1989
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Cryptography, Data Encryption and Other Data Security Model Development Through Image Processing PhD (Information Technology), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2008 PhD Exploring decision making processes in acute pain management of older people: An ethnographic study PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2007 Honours Usability of Large HTML Data Table on Mobile Devices Using an Internet Browser Info Tech Not Elswhere Classfd, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD The Assessment and Management of Pain in Older People by Nurses in Acute Care: A Focused Ethnography PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 Masters A Parsimonious Agent-Based Emergency Call Centre Model M Philosophy (InformationTech), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Study on the Consumer Acceptance of Mobile Payments: Conceptual Model and Evaluation PhD (Information Technology), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Peter Summons

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Information Technology

Contact Details

Email peter.summons@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4985 4506
Fax (02) 4921 5896

Office

Room ICT3.18
Building ICT Building.
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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