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Dr Leisa Armstrong

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6506, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML13.214
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6506  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML13.214  


Leisa is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer and Security Science and Leader of the e-Agriculture Research Group.

Current Teaching

  • CSP3242/CSP5242 - Internet and Java Programming
  • CSI3304 - Software Development Frameworks
  • 3rd Year and Masters IT project groups


I have been working as a computer science lecturer in the School of Computer and Security Science since 2002. Previously, I worked as an agricultural research scientist in Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia State government for 9 years on a number of Grains industry funded projects. My agricultural research cereal agronomy and physiology and the effects of environmental stress on crop production. I also have a PhD in Weed Science from the Faculty of Agricultural Science from University of Queensland awarded in 1994 and worked as a research assistant at the University of Queensland.

I also have worked at a number of universities in Western Australia and Queensland as a lecturer and tutor in both computing, agricultural and biological sciences.

I have also worked as an analyst programmer on a number of projects for WA state government before joining Edith Cowan University in 2002. I also have previous owned a computer software consultancy company before joining Edith Cowan University.

Professional Associations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australia India Business Council (WA)
  • Associate member of AFITA
  • Executive Committee member of Academic Staff Association of Edith Cowan University
  • Executive committee member of the National Tertiary Education Union Edith Cowan University Branch

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2011 Perth Convention Bureau Development Professional Development Awardee

National and International Research Positions

  • Khon Kaen University Visiting Fellowship 2011 Awardee
  • IIIT Hyderabad Visiting Fellowship Awardee for 2012
  • CRA Travel Scholarship to attend the CRA Peer Mentoring workshop in Sante Fe, USA in November 2008.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Data mining in agricultural and biological systems, agricultural informatics, tools and decision systems, environmental sensor networks, mobile technologies, web and software systems.


  • This area of research is focused on the use of information and communication technologies in agricultural and related industries and is an emerging discipline. My research focus has been on the application of data mining techniques to improve the selection of crop varieties and to find ways to respond to environment changes predicted by climate change.

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland .
  • Master of Science, Edith Cowan University, 2002 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Evaluate methodologies for eAgriculture in Western Australia,  Moora Milling Pasture Improvement Group,  Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $115,094.
  • Utilisation of leading edge ICT to enhance Australian and Indian ground water and land resources under climate change scenarios,  The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education ,  Australia-India Strategic Research Fund,  2012 - 2013,  $40,020.
  • Wireless Mesh Network for Grain Food Laboratory,  Nortel Networks,  Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $24,460.
  • Evaluate Methodologies for eAgriculture in Western Australia,  Department of Agriculture and Food WA,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $109,757.
  • An investigation into the incorporation of leading edge mobile technologies in the recreational and adventure tourism industries ,  CRC Centre for Sustainable Tourism,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $20,000.
  • Leading edge developments in tourism ICT and related underlying technologies,  CRC Centre for Sustainable Tourism,  Grant,  2004,  $17,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Armstrong, L., Diepeveen, D., Tantisantisom, K., (2010), An eAgriculture-based Decision Support Framework for Information Dissemination. International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals (IJHCITP), 1(4), 1-13, United States, DOI: 10.4018/jhcitp.2010100101.

Conference Publications

  • Nallan, S., Armstrong, L., Neuhaus, A., Croke, B., Dunstan, N., (2013), Geospatial Data Mining to Explore Watershed Development in Rainfed Regions. Proceedings of the EFITA 2013 Conference, n/a.
  • Armstrong, L., Gandhi, N., Lanjekar, K., (2012), Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools by rural farmers in Ratnagiri District of Maharastra, India. Proceedings International Conference on Communication Systems and Network Technologies CSNT 2012, 1(11-13 May 2012), 950 - 955 , Rajkot, India, DOI: 10.1109/CSNT.2012.202.
  • Nallan, S., Armstrong, L., (2012), Impact assessment of agricultural watersheds using geospatial data mining techniques: A conceptual framework. Proceedings of Asian Federation for Information and Communication Technology in Agriculture, 5p., Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Nallan, S., Armstrong, L., (2012), Assessment of Climate Change Effect on Water Harvesting Structures in Rainfed Regions: Geospatial Data Mining Approach. Proceedings of the Third National Conference on Agro-Informatics and Precision Agriculture 2012, 201-204, Hyderabad, India.
  • Armstrong, L., Gandhi, N., (2012), Factors influencing the use of information and communication technology (ICT) tools by the rural famers in Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra, India. Proceedings of the Third National Conference on Agro-Informatics and Precision Agriculture 2012 (APIA 2012), 58-63, Hyderabad, India .
  • Armstrong, L., Sehovic, A., Diepeveen, D., Dunstan, N., (2012), Data mining software tools to improve water catchment and agricultural land management in Australia. Proceedings of 8th Asian Conference for Information and Communication Technology in Agriculture, 1-7, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Armstrong, L., Adinarayana, J., Dunstan, N., (2012), The use of ICT and geospatial techniques to improve Australian and Indian ground water and land resource management under climate change scenarios: a position paper. Proceedings of International conference on geospatial technologies and applications (Geomatrix'12), 154-158, Mumbai, India .
  • Nallan, S., Armstrong, L., (2012), Geo-spatial Data Mining Techniques to Assess the Hydrological Impacts of Watershed Structures in India. Geomatrix'12: International conference on geospatial technologies and applications Conference Proceedings, 93, Mumbai, India.
  • Armstrong, L., Diepeveen, D., Gandhi, N., (2011), Effective ICTs in agricultural value chains to improve food security: An international perspective. Proceedings of the 2011 World Congress on Information and Communication Technologies, 1(11-14th Dec), CD, Mumbai, India, DOI: 10.1109/WICT.2011.6141422.
  • Leng, J., Valli, C., Armstrong, L., (2010), A Wrapper-based Feature Selection for Analysis of Large Data Sets. 2010 3rd International Conference on Computer and Electrical Engineering (ICCEE 2010), 1(16-18 Nov), 167-170, Piscataway, N.J..
  • Sehovic, A., Armstrong, L., Diepeveen, D., (2010), Interrogation of water catchment data sets using data mining techniques. Proceedings of the Knowledge Discovery for Rural Systems Workshop 2010, 35-48, Edith Cowan University, Perth Australia.
  • Vagh, Y., Armstrong, L., Diepeveen, D., (2010), Application of a data mining framework for the identification of agricultural production areas in WA. Proceedings of the Knowledge Discovery for Rural Systems Workshop 2010, 11-22, Edith Cowan University, Perth Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Computer Science),  Fine-grained Access Control Of Odf Documents Using Xacml..
  • Doctor of Information Technology,  Information Dissemination In Multiple Formats To Farming Communities In Thailand.
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