Department of Computing and Information Systems

Associate Professor Simon K. Milton, PhD MAIS

I research modeling and representations in IT. In assessing the theory and practice of conceptual modelling, I have used ontological theories from common-sense and scientific realism. More recently I have become interested in the use of models in enterprise architecture and ontology in biomedicine.

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Ontology in IT | Modeling in IT | Theoretical foundations of IT and information systems
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Research grants

I have successfully bid for over $1.6 million in grants including four ARC Discovery grants and one ARC Linkage grant in topics involving the theory and use of modelling in IT. Read more


I have taught across the information systems postgraduate and undergraduate curriculum including in IT project management, business systems analysis, and modelling in IT.

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I regularly publish research papers across my areas of interest in peer reviewed outlets.

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Teaching grants

I have been part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) grant examining new IT programs in the service economy, followed by a University market research grant to consider emerging programs.

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Research students

I have supervised six PhD students and one masters by research student to completion. Presently I have six PhD students and encourage interested students contact me. Read more


I am director of Melbourne School of Information. I have also been a deputy head of department, managed ethics approval at department level, successfully renewed the Master of Information Systems, and led graduate science program development.
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  1. National Australia Bank - my industrial experience
  2. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus - a hobby and passion!
  3. Melbourne School of Information
  4. Melbourne School of Graduate Research - for prospective PhD students
  5. Master of Information Systems - for excellence in IT management

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