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Lecturer (Master of Information Technology) / Program Coordinator

College of Engineering, Science and Environment


V. Sithira received her Ph.D. in Information Technology from James Cook University, Australia. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience in IT and Business-related courses. Her research thesis mainly focuses on HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) improving Southeast Asia Secondary education by integrating cultural activity metaphors to stimulate teaching and learning experiences and to improve learning outcomes. Her study of cultural activities with Southeast Asia countries mainly Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and the Philippines propelled her to propose cultural-based ICT activities as “metaphors” and Culture-centred ICT guidelines for enriching teaching and learning. The proposed culture-based ICT activities prototypes were evaluated in Southeast Asia secondary schools mainly in Indonesia and Brunei. She has the interest to expand her research to other parts of Asia and for adults learning.

During her tenure as a security consultant, she has worked with Microsoft Singapore on application compatibility and system migration projects, trained DSTA project managers on project management, and presented numerous security awareness talks to corporates, SMEs, and large enterprises. She was an adjunct lecturer with various universities and polytechnics for 15 years before joining the University of Newcastle. She is the Program Convenor for the Master of Information Technology system.



Research Areas


2014Sithira, V., & Nguwi, Y. Y. (2014). A study on the adolescent online security issues. International Journal of Multidisciplinary and Current Research2, 596-601
2014Vadivel, S., & Nguwi, Y. Y. (2014). Investigating tertiary students’ perceptions on internet security. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN INDUSTRY, 2(1).
Conference Papers
Year Citation
2022 Vadivel, V. S., Song, I., & Bhati, A. S. (2022, November). Culture-Centered ICT Guidelines for Southeast Asian Secondary Schools. In HCI International 2022-Late Breaking Papers. Interaction in New Media, Learning and Games: 24th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2022, Virtual Event, June 26–July 1, 2022, Proceedings (pp. 437-454). Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland.
2021 Sithira Vadivel, V., Song, I., & Bhati, A. S. (2021). Culturally Themed Educational Tools for Enhancing Learning in Southeast Asian Secondary Schools. In Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2020, Volume 1 (pp. 950-968). Springer International Publishing.
2021 Vadivel, V. S., Song, I., & Bhati, A. S. (2021). Cultural Emotion Games as Trajectory Learning in Southeast Asia. In Entertainment Computing–ICEC 2021: 20th IFIP TC 14 International Conference, ICEC 2021, Coimbra, Portugal, November 2–5, 2021, Proceedings 20 (pp. 62-74). Springer International Publishing.
2017 Vadivel, S., Song, I., & Bhati, A. S. (2017). Improving teaching and learning in Southeast Asian secondary schools with the use of culturally motivated web and mobile technology. In Information Science and Applications 2017: ICISA 2017 8 (pp. 652-659). Springer Singapore.

Grants and Funding

Research Grants Obtained
2021Principal Investigator, “Culture-based learning in Southeast Asia secondary schools” grant application submitted to James Cook University 2021. Infrastructure Special Grant 2021A$3,000