Advanced enterprise Information Management Systems

Research Group

Athula Ginige
Professor of Information Technology

School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Western Sydney

Address: School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Western Sydney


Web Engineering
I have been investigating issues related to developing large complex web based applications that meet user needs with in time and budget. For this we need a systematic engineering like approach. This need was highlighted in two special issues of IEEE Multimedia on Web Engineering published in 2001. These special issues were guest edited by me with one of my colleagues. The need for an engineering like approach when developing large complex web systems has now been widely recognised by the researchers and practitioners. This has resulted in evolution of  Web Engineering as a major discipline area. Web Engineering now has its own Conference series; The International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE). Web Engineering is now a main track of the World Wide Web Conference and many other conferences such as International Conference for Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE).

I have also been studying the impact advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)  are having on Businesses, especially Small to Medium size business (SMES). These technologies have enabled businesses to have a global reach as well as perform their business processes in different and more efficient ways. These technologies have further provided flexible ways in terms and time and location for employees to access information that they need to perform their tasks. These have resulted in a global, very competitive and rapidly changing market place. For businesses to compete in this market place they need to transform their originations and become agile using appropriate information systems to support their business operations.
We call this eTransformation as it is driven by electronic media and technologies.
To guide SMES undergoing this transformation we have developed an eTransformation Road map and associated methodologies and tools. This work has been widely published.

Meta Design Paradigm
When trying to develop appropriate Information Systems for SMEs we have noticed the very rapid evolution of the requirements for the Information System that they were trying to deploy. Thus development methodologies that require the ability obtain a stable set of requirements become unsuitable to develop Information Systems for eTransforming organisations. These organisations need Information Systems that can evolve with changing business needs to support their business operations. After analysing how business information systems typically evolve we have developed an approach to create Information Systems for eTransforming organisations based on Meta-Design paradigm. We have developed a meta-model that can be used to represent many business applications. Thus a business application becomes an instance of this meta-model. Using the instance values we have developed tools to auto generate the application. When the requirements evolve we change the instance values in the meta-model and re-generate the application.

End User Development
Having developed a meta-model for business applications we are now investigating how to empower end users to develop applications or more importantly once the developers develop the application how to empower the business and users to change and modify the application based on evolving business requirements. For this we are developing Conceptual models that closely resembles the concepts in the business domain to specify their requirements. This work also requires development of appropriate user interfaces.

Information retrieval and Semantic Web Technologies
Most current approaches to online information retrieval lack the ability to consider the context with in which the user is seeking the information. In order to address this deficiency we have investigate how context and ontology can be used to improve the information retrieval effectiveness.



Web Engineering

This is a Masters subject offered in the Master of Information technology Program.

Network Technologies

This is a Masters subject offered in the Master of Information technology Program.


PC Member, 4th International Conference on Visual Information Systems-Visual 2000, 2000.

PC Member, 14th International Conference on SOFTWARE ENGINEERING & KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING, 2002.

PC Member, The 11th International World Wide Web Conference -WWW2002, 2002.

Workshop chair, International Workshop on Web Engineering- 2003, 2003.

PC Member, Fifteenth International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering-SEKE 2003, 2003.

PC Member, International Conference on Web Engineering-ICWE 2004, 2004.

PC Co-Chair, 6th International Conference on Web Engineering, 2006.

Advisory Committee Member, The 2nd International Conference on Information Management and Business, 2006.

PC Member, International Conference on Web Engineering-ICWE 2007, 2007.

PC Member, 16th International World Wide Web Conference- WWW2007, 2007.

Editor-In-Chief, The International Journal on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer), 2008.

PC Member, United Information Systems Conference-UNISCON 2008, 2008.

PC Member, 4th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability-ICIAfS, 2008.

General Chair, United Information Systems Conference- UNISCON 2009, 2009.

PC Member, International Conference on Web Engineering- ICWE 09, 2009.

PC Member, 18th International World Wide Web Conference, 2009.

Selected publications:
  1. B. De Silva, Realising End-user Driven Web Application Development using Meta-design Paradigm, School of Computing and Mathematics. Parramatta: University of Western Sydney, 2009
  2. A. Ginige, Aspect Based Conceptual Modelling of Web Applications, 2nd International United Information Systems Conference (UNISCON 2008), Klagenfurt, Austria, 2008
  3. A. Ginige, A Roadmap, Methodology and Technology Framework to support eTransformation, 4th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability (ICIAfS 2008), Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2008
  4. X. Liang, C. Kop, A. Ginige, and H. C. Mayr, Turning Concepts into Reality: Bridging Requirement Engineering and Model-Driven Generation of Web Applications, 2nd International Conference on Software and Data Technologies - ICSOFT 2007, Barcelona, Spain, 2007

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