Associate Professor Dave Parry

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Head of the Department of Computer Science
Director AURA Lab
Programme Leader of the Master in Health informatics

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 xtn 8918


Physical Address:
School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Room WT 141
AUT Tower
Wakefield Street
New Zealand
Postal Address:
School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Private bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


Links to relevant web pages:
Aura Lab


BSc. (Hons), Physics, Imperial College, London University, 1984
MSc., Medical Electronics and Physics, St Bartholomew’s Medical College, London University, 1986
MSc., Computer Science, University of Otago, 2000
PhD, Computer and Information Sciences (Title: “Fuzzy ontology and Intelligent systems for discovery of useful medical information ”), Auckland University of Technology, 2006

Memberships and Affiliations:

Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics
Editorial Board Member for International Journal of Health Information Systems and Informatics.
Editorial Board Member for the Open Medical Informatics Journal
Editorial Board Member for International Journal of Health Information Systems and Informatics.
Editor-in–Chief, Health Care Informatics Review Online – now being incorporated into eJHI.
Chair of Scientific Programme Committee, Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) Conference 2009-11 and 2013-6
Board member of Health Informatics new Zealand
Advisory Board Member of the RFID in HealthCare consortium
Previously member of the NZ RFID Pathfinder group


Originally from Wales, I've lived in New Zealand for the last 16 years. I started work as a Medical Physicist and moved across to software development for healthcare and non-healthcare applications. I worked at the Department of Information Science, University  of Otago 1997-2000 on the world's first online teaching course in health informatics. From 2000 I've worked at AUT initially as a software developer and researcher in online learning and subsequently as  an academic. in 2006 I spent three Months in Bhutan, working on a charity-funded project at the JDW national referral hospital.

I also worked at the University of Portsmouth UK on their Telecare knowledge network project in 2006/7. I worked at UNSW in the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research on sabbatical in 2010.

Back in New Zealand I became director of the AUT RFID applications laboratory (AURA), and a senior research lecturer above the bar. I was instrumental in developing the HINZ primer series - delivering workshops on health informatics to clinical staff around the country, funded by the National Health IT Board (RIP).
I'm the academic leader for the Masters in Health Informatics Programme -

I'm passionate about teaching and researching in the area of health IT and I'm also part of the Centre for ehealth

Teaching Areas:

  • Ubiquitous computing and usability
  • Information Science
  • Health Informatics
  • Autoidentification and RFID

Research Areas:

My main research interests include; Health Informatics and eHealth, RFID and applications, Fuzzy Ontologies and the Semantic Web, and Disaster EHealth.

Recently supervised dissertations and theses:

(Downloadable via

Mobile Services and Applications: An Empirical Investigation From the Service Supply Perspective
Dr. Krassie Petrova  (PhD, 2015)

What Are the Obstacles to Health Information Systems Interoperability in the Auckland Region Primary Health Care Sector? 
Poor, Alex (MPhil, 2016)

Tablet Pc Usability Using Motion Capture in a Simulated Clinical Setting 
Aljamani, Hussam (MCIS, 2016)

RFID-based blood bag monitor research 
Zhou, Yucheng (MCIS, 2015)

Software approaches to support RFID temperature monitoring for blood products 
Lin, Zi (MCIS, 2015)

A fuzzy ontology approach to coding clinical notes: a web-based system 
Tsai, Tsung-Chun (MPhil, 2014)

Is a multi-touch gesture interface based on a tablet better than a smart phone for elderly users? 
Wang, Peng (MCIS, 2014)

Staff perceptions of a telemedicine intensive care unit programme in Saudi Arabia 
Al Shubaily, Aljuhara (MCIS, 2014)

RFID usage for monitoring drug dispensing in hospitals 
Zhou, Zachary (MCIS, 2012)

Formulating design requirements for a clinical handover system. A usability approach 
Kaufmann, David (MCIS, 2012)

Research Summary:

I am the founding director of the AUT RFID laboratory (AURA). One  project is running on the use of RFID devices to track activity in operating theatres – in conjunction with the University  of Auckland. There is another project on the use of RFID to support the visually impaired. Other projects include methods to clean RFID data  and compress data to allow distributed storage of data such as maps on tags.

In the Health Informatics area I am working on the use of Smart cards and memory sticks for storing data and assisting with national clinical collaborations. I was involved in the development of the Health Information security framework. I am very interested in clinical error prevention and the use of sensors for unobtrusive analysis of activity.

Between March and May 2006 I worked on a Charity project in Bhutan in collaboration with the Royal Government of Bhutan, University of Auckland, UNICEF and the funders the Magee Family. This project involves development of a web-based series of protocols and a perinatal database to improve maternity outcomes, and is continuing.

My PhD work was on the development and assessment of a fuzzy –ontology based system to support medical information retrieval. I have further developed this approach, looking at the application to context-aware information systems. I am working on crowdsourcing applications to develop this approach. This is currently being used  for the automated analysis of medical documents, and for activity analysis.


The Disaster eHealth programme has a community of Interest (DeCOI). We have paticular links to the University of Agder, Norway and the University of Nebraska Omaha.

I have strong links to Auckland District health board and the DHW laboratory.

I have a number of commercial partners I have worked with.

We maintain links to the Primary School sector – especially in the area of RFID development.

Current Research Projects:

  • RFID for activity understanding  - PhD Student Raafi Careem
  • Using an ecosystem of existing Apps for supporting treatment of Gestational diabetes – PhD Student Sarita Pais
  • Semantic web and Knowledge discovery for Clinical decision –making – PhD Student Jamal  Zolhavarieh
  • Fuzzy Ontology creation and use in the medical domain – PhD Student Steve Hyunh, co-supervising with A/P Jacqui Whalley
  • Disaster eHealth - PhD students Sam Madanian and Reem Abbas, co-supervising with Professor Tony Norris
  • Mobile and tablet-based computing in healthcare and education - PhD Student Ahmed Al'sadi, co-supervising with Dr Philip Carter
  • Measuring Body weight via Mobile devices – PhD Student Sally Britnell.


Publications in the last 5 years
A full list can be found on Google Scholar

Journal Papers

  1. Zolhavarieh S, Parry D, Bai Q The issues associated with the use of Semantic Web Technology in Knowledge Acquisition for Clinical Decision Support Systems: A Systematic Review of the Literature
    Accepted 29th March 2017
  2. Feather, J. S., Howson, M., Ritchie, L., Carter, P. D., Parry, D. T., & Koziol-McLain, J. (2016). Evaluation methods for assessing users' psychological experiences of web-based psychosocial interventions: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(6), e181. doi:10.2196/jmir.5455
  3. Madanian, S., Parry, D., & Norris, T. (2015). Healthcare in Disasters and the Role of RFID.. Stud Health Technol Inform, 216, 1008. Retrieved from
  4. Parry, D., Carter, P., Koziol-McLain, J., & Feather, J. (2015). A model for usability evaluation for the development and implementation of consumer eHealth interventions. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 216, 968. Retrieved from
  5. Huynh, S. M., Parry, D., Fong, A. C. M., & Tang, J. (2014). Novel RFID and ontology based home localization system for misplaced objects. Consumer Electronics, IEEE Transactions on, 60(3), 402-410. doi:10.1109/TCE.2014.6937324
  6. Parry, D., & Sampath, P. (2013). Trajectory Analysis using Automatic Identification Systems in New Zealand Waters. International Journal of Computer and Information Technology, 2(1), 132-136. Retrieved from
  7. Parry, D., Hunter, I., Honey, M., Holt, A., Day, K., Kirk, R., & Cullen, R. (2013). Health informatics community priming in a small nation: the New Zealand experience.. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 192, 950. Retrieved from
  8. Parry, D., Hunter, I., Honey, M., Holt, A., Day, K., Kirk, R., & Cullen, R. (2013). Building an educated health informatics workforce - The New Zealand experience.. Stud Health Technol Inform, 188, 86-90. Retrieved from
  9. Parry, D., houliston, B., & ticehurst, R. (2012). Procedural Error Identification In Ward-Based Drug Dispensing Via RFID. Health care informatics review online, 16(1), 12-21.

Peer reviewed books, book chapters, books edited

  1. Parry, D., & Hunt, D. (2015). Using Echo State Networks to Classify Unscripted, Real-World Punctual Activity. In L. Iliadis, & C. Jayne (Eds.), Engineering Applications of Neural Networks 16th International Conference, EANN 2015, Rhodes, Greece, September 25-28 2015.Proceedings (pp. 369-378). Springer international.
  2. Parry, D. (2013). Health Informatics. In N. Kasabov (Ed.), Springer Handbook of Bio-/Neuroinformatics.
  3. Philpott, A., Parry, D., & Montefiore, A. (2012). WISP-Based Devices as Part of a Home Telecare Node. In P. P. Lopez, J. C. Hernandez-Castro, & T. Li (Eds.), Security and Trends in Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform Tags. Information Science Reference.

Refereed conference proceedings

  1. Parry, D., Pais, S., & Huang, Y. (2017). Suitability of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) for Wellness Data. In Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 2017. (pp. 3499-3405). Retrieved from
  2. Parry, D., Madanian, S., & Norris, T. (2016). Disaster EHealth-Sustainability in the Extreme. In Proceedings - 2016 IEEE 14th International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, DASC 2016, 2016 IEEE 14th International Conference on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing, PICom 2016, 2016 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Big Data Intelligence and Computing, DataCom 2016 and 2016 IEEE Cyber Science and Technology Congress, CyberSciTech 2016, DASC-PICom-DataCom-CyberSciTech 2016 (pp. 943-946). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. doi:10.1109/DASC-PICom-DataCom-CyberSciTec.2016.162
  3. Yang, M. L., Narayanan, A., Parry, D., & Wang, X. (2016). A lightweight authentication scheme for transport system farecards. In 2016 IEEE International Conference on RFID Technology and Applications, RFID-TA 2016 (pp. 150-155). Marriott Hotel: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. doi:10.1109/RFID-TA.2016.7750746
  4. Petrova, K., & MacDonell, S. G. (2016). Mobile data service adoption and use from a service supply perspective - An Empirical Investigation. In C. Callegari, M. van Sinderen, P. Sarigiannidis, P. Samarati, E. Cabello, & P. Lorenz (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications Vol. Volume 2: ICE-B (pp. 86-97). Lisbon, Porugal: SCITEPRESS – Science and Technology Publications, Lda. doi:10.5220/0005966100860097
  5. Parry, D., Rush, E., Pais, S., & Rowan, J. (2016). Data integration for mobile wellness apps to support treatment of GDM.. In J. Maugher, & J. Warren (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference (ACSW '16). Australia: ACM. doi:10.1145/2843043.2843382
  6. Cusack, B., & Parry, D. (2015). Customising Doctor -Nurse communications. In Proceedings of the 3rd Australian eHealth Informatics and Security Conference. Edith Cowan university.
  7. Parry, D., & Wang, P. (2015). Are smartphones or tablets more usable by older people?. In D. Parry (Ed.), Health Informatics New Zealand.
  8. Parry, D., & Zolhavarieh, S. (2015). A model of knowledge quality assessment in clinical decision support system. In HINZ 2015, 14th Annual New Zealand's Health Informatics Conference. Christchurch, New Zealand.
  9. Madanian, S., Parry, D. T., & Norris, A. (2015). Healthcare in Disasters and the Role of RFID. In I. N. Sarkar, A. Georgiou, & P. Mazzoncini de Azevedo Marques (Eds.), Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Vol. 216 (pp. 1008). Sao Paulo, Brazil: IOS Press. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-564-7-1008
  10. Parry, D., & Careem, M. R. (2015). Integration of ontology based multi-agent with RFID technology: A proposal for identification of adverse events during anaesthesia. In Health Informatics Conference (HIC) 2015. Australia: HISA.
  11. Parry, D., Norris, A., Madanian, S., Martinez,, S., Labaka, L., & Gonzalez, J. J. (2015). Disaster E-Health: A New Paradigm for Collaborative Healthcare in Disasters. In Palen,, Büscher, & Comes (Eds.), Proceedings of the ISCRAM 2015 Conference. - Kristiansand, May 24-27. Retrieved from
  12. Parry, D., carter, P. D., & Warren, J. (2014). Usability in Healthcare. In Health Informatics New Zealand. New Zealand. Retrieved from
  13. Parry, D., Bacic, B., & Iwamoto, S. (2014). Open Source Software and Interdisciplinary Data Management: Post-surgery Rehabilitation Case Study. In D. T. Parry (Ed.), Health Informatics New Zealand. Sky city.
  14. Parry, D., Houliston, B., & Foy, J. (2014). RFID tracking to study clinical activity in the operating Room. In IEEE Xplore. Verona.
  15. Parry, D., Hunt, D., & Schliebs, S. (2014). Exploring the applicability of Reservoir methods for Classifying Punctual Sports Activities Using On-body Sensors.. In B. Thomas, & D. Parry (Eds.), ACSC 2014 Vol. Volume 147 - Thirty-Seventh Australasian Computer Science Conference. Auckland  New Zealand.
  16. Parry, D., Fong, A. C. M., Huynh, S., & Tang, J. (2014). Home Localization System for Misplaced Objects. In IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics. Las Vegas USA. doi:10.1109/ICCE.2014.6776087
  17. Al-Sadi, A., Parry, D., & Carter, P. (2014). Usability considerations for Educational Tablet applications using an Arabic Interface. In ICICS 2014. Amman Jordan.
  18. Feather, J., Carter, D., Koziol-McLain, J., & Parry, D. (2014). Situated co-inquiry: A method of usability testing to closely appreciate user experiences of an artifact in terms of the health needs and opportunities. In Medicine 2.0  2014. Hawaii. Retrieved from
  19. Parry, D., Gill, A., & Cusack, B. (2013). Smartpage, a Novel Smartphone and Web-based Clinical Messaging System: A Pilot Trial at Waitemata DHB. In Health Informatics New Zealand.
  20. Parry, D., Mickell, A., li, D., & Zhang, X. (2013). Community Pharmacy Owners and the NZHIT Plan. In Health Informatics New Zealand. New Zealand.
  21. Parry, D., Zimin, V., Fernandes, J., Wang, A., Ticehurst, R., & Ogunyebi, J. (2013). A Lightweight Approach to Barcode Medication Administration. In Health Informatics New Zealand.
  22. Parry, D., & Houliston, B. (2013). Ultrawideband RFID for activity analysis in clinical environments. In P. Sallis (Ed.), Workshop on Smart Sensors Instrumentation and Measurement. Auckland: IEEE.
  23. Parry, D., Hunt, D., Schliebs, S., & Kassabov, N. (2013). Towards a Wearable Coach: Classifying Sports Activities with Reservoir Computing. In L. S. Iliadis,, H. Papadopoulos, & C. Jayne (Eds.), Unknown Conference (pp. 233-242). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-41013-0_24
  24. Son Minh Huynh., Aljuhara Alshubaily., Farsheed Manzoor Mir., Oleg Smirnov., Meetu Thomas., Ogunyebi, J. O., . . . Fong, A. C. M. (2013). Pharmacy Drug Administration System. In P. Palensky, L. Gomes, & M. -Y. Chow (Eds.), 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society - IECON2013 (pp. 8437-8442). Vienna: IEEE. doi:10.1109/IECON.2013.6700548
  25. David Kaufmann, David Parry, Victoria Carlsen, Philip Carter, Emma Parry, Lucy Westbrook. (2013). Opportunistically discovering usability requirements for a clinical handover system. In C. U. Lehmann, E. Ammenwerth, & C. Nøhr (Eds.), Studies in Health Technology and Informatics,Volume 192: MEDINFO 2013 (pp. 157-161). Denmark. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-289-9-157
  26. Parry, D., & MacRae, J. (2013). Fuzzy Ontologies for Cardiovascular risk prediction – a research approach. In FUZZ IEEE 2013 (pp. 1-4). Hyderabad. doi:10.1109/FUZZ-IEEE.2013.6622564
  27. Parry, D., Orr, M., & Yeung, W. (2012). Ontology-based approaches to Access Management in the health sector. In Health Informatics New Zealand.


2016 RSNZ Catalyst Pilot award ($80,000) Disaster eHealth Collaboration

2015 AUT SRIF award ($100,000) Disaster eHealth Roadmap

2014/6 Around $30,000 in commercial funding.

2015 Part of “Hooked up” MBIE bid - $1million in total awarded.

2014 Member of 3 Successful SRIF bids

2014 AUT VC Teaching Excellence Award

2012 DCT Teaching Excellence award and Research Excellence award.

2012  Vodaphone special projects fund ($10,000), and AUTEL ($2000), shared with Ann Brown for the RFID-based community activity system free2move

2010 Awarded BuildIT Career development travel award ($4000) and BuildIT consortium development award ($1200)

2009 – Awarded TEC Summer studentship ($5000) for development of INTEL WISP  devices for medical use. Member of the INTEL WISP academic challenge.

2008 Member of the Ministry of Health Expert Committee that created the Health Information Security Framework

2008 New Zealand invited representative for the APEC E-health International Seminar, Seoul, Korea

2006 Gained Magee Family funding for Bhutan development project ($750,000)

2005 ISAT Travel award ($4000)