Homepage of Nik Nailah Binti Abdullah

Read my latest interview dated November 4 2015 with The Edgy on 'The Philosophical side of IT': here 

Our first empirical findings from a study at a Malaysian hospital co-authored with Dr. Sharil Ariffin was recently accepted and 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 will be made available soon.

There are two calls for PhD in Medical Informatics scholarship offering from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. Deadline 1 February 2016

1. Patient safety and quality care information systems work design. Click here

2. Modeling the clinical communication process in critical care setting. Click here

Read the my recent interviews on patient safety at the ICU in the Star newspaper here, and my students projects interview in the Star newpaper here

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

My research interests
I am a medical cognitive scientist (with a Phd degree in computer science), and currently an academic staff at the School of Information Technology, Monash University Malaysia, Bandar Sunway.

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