Award-winning Agile Software researcher appointed to Monash Faculty of Information Technology

The Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University is excited to announce the appointment of Associate Professor Rashina Hoda to its world-leading group of software engineering researchers.

The Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University is excited to announce the appointment of Associate Professor Rashina Hoda to its world-leading group of software engineering researchers.

Relocating to Melbourne this December for the role, Associate Professor Hoda comes from New Zealand’s University of Auckland – where she was Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering in the Department of Electrical Computer and Software Engineering.

Associate Professor Hoda is highly regarded for her research in software engineering processes. She is also an expert in human-computer interaction, with her work spanning child-computer interaction, design for learning and human-centred design for smart energy consumption.

According to the Dean, Professor Jon Whittle, 'Associate Professor Hoda is a strong addition to Monash University, which is home to one of the leading Software Engineering research groups in the Asia-Pacific region.'

In 2017, Associate Professor Hoda's research on Agile Development was recognised internationally, with her theory on 'Becoming Agile' receiving a Distinguished Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering.

Associate Professor Hoda also recently gave a TED Talk, Agile Nation: New Zealand's response to terrorism, where she analysed New Zealand’s response to the Christchurch terror attack through the lens of Agile Methodologies.

When Associate Professor Hoda starts at Monash University, she looks forward to incorporating her Agile expertise into the curriculum.

'I am very keen to launch a new course or re-rework an existing one to focus on Agile software development. This is what I did at the University of Auckland and it’s been running successfully in collaboration with industry for the last seven years,' Associate Professor Hoda said.

Aligning with the faculty’s mission, 'IT for Social Good', Associate Professor Hoda is passionate about using technology to create positive real-world outcomes, such as through ‘serious’ or educational games for children.

'Our children are growing up in a world that is no longer just physical. They are spending the same amount of time in virtual or digital spaces. This influences how they study and comprehend things,' she explained.

Based on research showing that violent video games can lead to less empathy in children, Associate Professor Hoda has studied the 'flipside' – exploring whether it’s possible to actually improve empathy in children through gameplay.

'Something about the digital world is very exciting to kids. I’m passionate about using this medium for teaching children positive skills and behaviours that will transfer into their everyday lives. There is so much potential for digital devices beyond violent gaming,' she stated.

Speaking on joining the Faculty of IT, Associate Professor Hoda said 'I'm very excited to start – there is amazing energy within the group. The leadership has a very agile approach, and the calibre of the work coming out of the research group is astounding.'

Professor Whittle says the appointment highlights that the Software Engineering team is continuing to go from strength to strength.

'We are delighted that this appointment builds on the calibre of our software engineering research team, now consisting of 12 faculty. This makes it the biggest and most successful group in Australia and one of the best software engineering research groups in the world.'