Professor John Roddick joined Flinders in April 2000 after 15 years at the Universities of Tasmania and South Australia. This followed 10 years experience in the computing industry. He was Dean of the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics between January 2008 until July 2017. He is currently the Chair of the University's Academic Senate and Head of Engineering. He is a Fellow of both Engineers Australia and the Australian Computing Society.
Professor Roddick is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Australia (FIEAust) and a Fellow of the Australian Computing Society (FACS).
Selected Grants since 2002
He is currently the SACITT Chair in Computer Science and Dean of Engineering at Flinders University.
Prof. Roddick's research specialises in the fields of:
Since the late 1980s Professor Roddick has contributed to the area of conceptual modelling and intelligent databases including the development of techniques for data summarization, spatio-temporal databases, query languages, evolution and change in data and metadata management, information semantics and, data mining and knowledge discovery. His papers in these areas have received around 6,600 citations (per Google Scholar) with 14 with over 100 citations. He has an h-index of 36.
His work has resulted in contributions to the design and development of database architectures, query languages and systems that enable the semantics inherent in data to be more readily understood and manipulated, thus enabling systems to adapt. Part of his work in temporal query languages, for example, contributed to the TSQL2 temporal language proposal. His research agenda has a particular focus on complex and large volumes of data, commonly using medical data as the application domain.
Professor Roddick has published widely, including a number of well-cited surveys. He maintains active collaborative links with a number of researchers internationally, and has undertaken commercial research contracts with a number of organisations in his area of expertise including the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), the Royal Australasian College of Surgery, EDS Australia, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the SA Government, rL Solutions and PowerHealth Solutions.
He is a member of the ARC College of Experts. His ORCID ID is 0000-0001-7024-0796.
Professor Roddick has had varied and extensive community interests. Between 1995 and 2000 he was the Minister's Nominee on the Northern Adelaide Development Board (NADB) and between 1997 and 2003 he was an Executive Committee Member, Computer Science Association. Between 2001 and 2003 he was the AVCC Representative on the IT Skills Hub, Melbourne and has also served on various SSABSA Examiners' Committees.
From 1999 to 2003 he was Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology (the Australian Computer Society academic journal) and from 1999 until 2008 we was the Foundation Series Editor of the Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology series (the Australian Computer Society conference series). He has also been programme and general chair for numerous conferences and workshops.