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Professor Antony Tang

Adjunct Professor


Antony's research interest is in software architectural design and design reasoning. Most research on improving software development processes focus on analysis and design processes and methods. There is little understanding on how design decisions are made by people and how their thinking and decision making influence design.  As designers, we assume that we make the correct design decisions based on our intuition and experience. A deeper understanding of design decisions and the process to reach decisions provide insights into whether decisions are sound and how to improve them.  Such research can help software architects and designers to better design, evaluate, trace and maintain complex systems. Antony's other research interest is to build accurate indoor location systems and sensors. The objective of this project is to help elderly people in a nursing home, elderly people living alone in their own homes, and patients in hospital. We use various devices to detect where people are and their postures. Then we use machine learning algorithms to determine if a person is in an anomaly situation. Examples are falling in the bathroom, staying in the hallway or in the backyard for overly long time, not getting out of bed as usual. We have a laboratory at Swinburne and we work with industry partners, hospital and nursing home.

Research interests

Internet of Things; Software Engineering

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Automated Software Engineering - 461201
  • Empirical Software Engineering - 461202

Teaching areas

Software Engineering


Also published as: Tang, Antony; Tang, A.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2015: Position Tracking by RFID and Video Imaging (for Vic Govt Tech Voucher) *; Department of State Development Business and Innovation - Voucher Program
  • 2014: Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Biodevices and Diagnostics *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2014: NICTA Victoria Software Systems *; NICTA ICT Australia Software Systems Research Group
  • 2008: Proactive vehicle communications demonstrator *; AutoCRC
  • 2008: Safe and reliable integration and deployment architectures for automotive software systems (Postgrad research scholarship) *; AutoCRC

* Chief Investigator

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