Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Oliver Burmeister

Associate Professor Oliver Burmeister

Mission: Improving quality of life through professional, ethical practice.

Dr Burmeister's research is focused on information and communications technology that enhances the quality of life for all people affected by it. He has published in leading journals, and has collaborated on and been the lead investigator on projects in ehealth and professional practice. His expertise has been recognised internationally, seen in that he presented an invited keynote address at a global computer ethics conference in Malaysia, representing the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP); being one of four Australian national representatives to IFIP; and being an Australian national expert advisor on a European Union funded project on eAccessibility. His expertise has also been recognised nationally, seen in that he chairs the Australian Computer Society's national Committee on Computer Ethics; and, in his being the Charles Sturt University representative to the headspace Riverina consortium.

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Oliver teaches and moderates subjects ranging from first and second year undergraduate subjects, through to Masters and the professional doctorate in IT. He is also principal supervisor to one MPhil, two PhD and three DIT students, as well as co-supervisor to one DBA and two PhD students.

Teaching Awards
  • 2013 Faculty of Business, Charles Sturt University, Team Leadership Award, awarded to the 8 members of the 'Doctor of Information Technology Team'; Dr Burmeister was the team leader.
  • 2010 Second place in the inaugural Teaching Excellence Awards of the School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University.
  • 2003 Certificate of Commendation, Swinburne Excellent Teacher (Higher Education) Award, 'in recognition of all-round professional excellence in the teaching of software development'.
  • 1996 Third prize in the Teaching Excellence Awards of the Division for Business, Humanities and Social Science, Swinburne University of Technology.
  • 1993 The Vice Chancellor's Award for 'contribution to Teaching and Learning Enhancement at Swinburne University of Technology'.

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Research Award
School of Computing and Mathematics Research Excellence Award, for outstanding achievement in research, 15 November 2012.

Current Projects

Project Name

Brief Description

Funding Body


Social and community links - a driver of healthy and active ageing.

Improving social interaction for regional seniors through better connections with community activities.

Department of Social Services

2015-2017 $655,000 to CareWest Pty Ltd ($60,000 to CSU)

Chief investigators: O. Burmeister (Lead CI), Mark Morrison, Zahid Islam, Maree Bernoth, Rylee Dionigi, and Rahena Akhter

Identifying the medico-legal and ethical challenges in Synergy.

Advise on the medical, legal and ethical challenges that the Synergy system should meet.

Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.

2014-2015 $16,500

Chief investigators: O. Burmeister (Lead CI), Zahid Islam, Maree Bernoth, and Carli Kulmar.

Situationsadaptive Navigationsassistenz für Demenzpatienten auf Basis kausaler Modelle (SiNDeM). This translates to "Situation adaptive navigation assistance for dementia patients on the basis of causal models".

Burmeister's role is that of international advisor on design and ethics, for this project on creating a mobility device to help people with dementia navigate their life space as independently as possible.

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

2014-2015 100,000 €

Chief investigators: Prof T. Kirste (Lead CI), Prof S. Teipel. Partners: Dr O. Burmeister (CSU) and Grey Innovation (Melbourne).

Investigating which strategies are most effective in overcoming the ethical problems facing information and communications technology professionals

The project investigates which ethical problems ICT professionals most frequently encounter in industry, what the common approaches are for resolving them, and aims to develop a web resource that will be hosted by the ACS, that will resource ICT professionals to effectively resolve ethical workplace challenges when they arise.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant (LP130100808).

2013-2015 $292,681 ($102,681 from the ARC)

Chief investigators: Al-Saggaf (Lead CI),  Burmeister, Weckert.

Principal investigator: Ridge.


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Professional Activities

  • Member, Riverina headspace Consortium. The Riverina headspace Centre is focused on building the capacity of the local community to identify early, and provide effective responses to young people aged 12-25 with mental health and related substance use disorders.
  • Chair, Australian Computer Society (ACS), Committee on Computer Ethics.
  • Australian (ACS) representative to and Secretary of, International Federation of Information Processing, Technical Committee 9 'ICT and Society' (TC9). TC9 is concerned with informing the professional ICT community globally about the design, uses and consequences of ICT in various social contexts.
  • Leader, Health Services, Faculty Research Area

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