Homepage of Nik Nailah Binti Abdullah

I am  a medical cognitive scientist, industry engagement coordinator and lecturer attached to the School of Information Technology at Monash University Malaysia. I am also an intern at the Institut Jantung Negara.

I received my DEA (French Masters Degree equivalent) and Doctor in Philosophy degree with Distinction in Informatics from Université Montpellier II Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc in 2002 and 2006 respectively.

I was invited as the
‘Technovisionaire’ speaker for the opening of the Year of Creativity Milano officiated by President Filippo Penati, in 2009, and as a Google Tech Talk speaker at Google Mountain View, California in 2008. I was also nominated as one  of the three finalists for the "The Technovisionarie"  BlackBerry¨ “Women and Technology Award” associated by IFIP in 2008.

For more information on my background, visit my official homepage at School of Information Technology, Monash University Malaysia.

My research in the News:
Newspaper interviews on my research projects below:
  • About my research philosophy in The Edgy on 'The Philosophical side of IT': here
  • Brief background on the patient safety project at the Intensive Care Unit, Institut Jantung Negara, published in the Star newspaper here
  • My undergraduate students projects interview in the Star newpaper here.
Our first empirical findings on the patient safety project co-authored with Dr. Sharil Ariffin was recently published as a technical paper titled "The Communication Patterns in the Context of Error in an Intensive Care Unit in a Malaysian hospital' at the Context2015 conference. The published paper is available here.

Other exciting efforts:

I recently organised the 1st International Frontiers in Intelligence Medicine Symposium (FIM'14) together with the Institut Jantung Negara (National Heart Institute of Malaysia) in September 2014.  Listen to my interview on the Intelligence Medicine on the BFM radio podcast

I collaborated with Dr. William J. Clancey (Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, IHMC), Prof. Ted Shortliffe (Arizona State University and Columbia University), and Prof. Vimla Patel (New York Academy of Medicine and Columbia University) in organising the Symposium.

In the past I had also organised the Cognition & AI Special Track at The 25th Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS-25) together with Dr. William J. Clancey.

My research interests

My research interest is in the development of an empirical user requirements method in healthcare settings. I am interested in modeling the user requirements based on the analysis of  human activities (considering the tools, and dynamics of their interactions). The activities are modeled using communication and cognition theories, such as activity theory and situated cognition. The modeling of cognition as a method for user requirements becomes critical when the systems that we develop are for the healthcare users and where the culture plays a great influence in how users perceive the system's usefulness in the use of their context.

Thus, I specifically look into the new ways that the method can inform system designers on how to create and improve seamless system interaction between users and systems ( i.e., clinician team and patients in critical care settings, outpatient with physicians/ hospital system interaction) in everyday setting enabling the users to learn and adapt in settings.

My method in using the notion of activity to model human cognition for deriving user requirements was based on my PhD work. If you want to understand more about my fundamental research interest and motivations, watch my Google Tech Talk  here on the 'Activity States Framework' . Also click here to find out the basic ideas of Activity States Framework.

My curriculum vitae here (html format)

For correspondence:

email: nik.nailah@monash.edu