Dr Patrick Pang

  • Room: Level: 08 Room: 8.13
  • Building: Doug McDonell Building
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Consumer Health Informatics
  • Health Information Needs
  • Information Visualisation
  • Information-Seeking Behaviour

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Patrick Pang is an academic in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the Melbourne School of Engineering of the University of Melbourne, in where he works on teaching and research in IT and digital health, as well as improving the employability of students and managing internship programs.

His research areas cover consumer health informatics, health information needs, information-seeking behaviour and information visualisation. He believes that the right information delivered by the right technology at the right time can change how people manage their well-being. His current work uses consumer-generated data to identify people's information needs and to help them make informed decisions.

Apart from research, he has been teaching a range of subjects in the University, including web development, data warehousing, business analytics and participatory health. He also supervises projects of Master students in both IT and Health specialisations. As part of his role as the internship coordinator, he runs a number of lectures and workshops to improve the employability of IT students.

For industry partners who seek to host our students as interns for a short period of time, you can learn more from our School’s website or simply get in touch by email.

For Master students who look for project topics, please click here.

Recent publications

  1. Pang C, Temple-Smith M, Bellhouse C, Trieu VH, Kiropoulos L, Williams H, Coomarasamy A, Brewin J, Bowles A, Bilardi J. Online Health Seeking Behaviours: What Information Is Sought by Women Experiencing Miscarriage?. Studies in health technology and informatics. IOS Press. 2018, Vol. 252.
  2. Pang C, Chang S, Verspoor C, Clavisi O. The Use of Web-Based Technologies in Health Research Participation: Qualitative Study of Consumer and Researcher Experiences. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 10. DOI: 10.2196/12094
  3. Pang C, Biuk-Aghai RP, Yang M, Pang B. Creating realistic map-like visualisations: Results from user studies. JOURNAL OF VISUAL LANGUAGES AND COMPUTING. Academic Press - Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 43. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvlc.2017.09.002
  4. Pang C, Clavisi O, Chang S. Engaging Consumers with Musculoskeletal Conditions in Health Research: A User-entred Perspective. 25th Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC). IOS Press. 2017, Vol. 239. Editors: Ryan A, Schaper LK, Whetton S. DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-783-2-104
  5. Biuk-Aghai RP, Pang C, Pang B. Map-like visualisations vs. treemaps - An experimental comparison. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2017, Vol. Part F130152. DOI: 10.1145/3105971.3105976
  6. Pang C, Chang S, Verspoor C, Pearce J. Designing Health Websites Based on Users' Web-Based Information-Seeking Behaviors: A Mixed-Method Observational Study. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2016, Vol. 18, Issue 6. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.5661
  7. Pang C, Verspoor C, Pearce J, Chang S. Finding and Exploring Health Information with a Slider-Based User Interface. 24th Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC). IOS Press. 2016, Vol. 227. Editors: Georgiou A, Schaper LK, Whetton S. DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-666-8-106
  8. Pang C, Chang S, Verspoor C, Pearce J. Innovation in designing health information websites: Results from a quantitative study. Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2016 - Proceedings. 2016.
  9. Pang C, Harrop M, Verspoor C, Pearce J, Chang S. What Are Health Website Visitors Doing? Insights from Visualisations Towards Exploratory Search. 28th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016. Editors: Parker C. DOI: 10.1145/3010915.3011843
  10. Pang C, Biuk-Aghai RP, Yang M. What makes you think this is a map? suggestions for creating map-like visualisations. 9th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI). 2016. DOI: 10.1145/2968220.2968239
  11. Pang C, Verspoor C, Pearce J, Chang S. Better health explorer: Designing for health information seekers. OzCHI 2015: Being Human - Conference Proceedings. 2015. DOI: 10.1145/2838739.2838772
  12. Pang C, Verspoor C, Chang S, Pearce J. Better health information exploration. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2015, Vol. 07-December-2015. DOI: 10.1145/2846439.2846444
  13. Pang C, Verspoor C, Chang S, Pearce J. Conceptualising health information seeking behaviours and exploratory search: result of a qualitative study. HEALTH AND TECHNOLOGY. Dr Dietrich Steinkopff Verlag. 2015, Vol. 5, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1007/s12553-015-0096-0
  14. Pang C, Si S-S, Chio S-K. A New Way to Use Wikipedia in Education: A Pilot Study of Map-like Wikipedia Visualization on iPad. International Journal of Future Computer and Communication. 2014. DOI: 10.7763/IJFCC.2014.V3.265
  15. Pang C, Verspoor C, Chang S, Pearce J. Designing for health exploratory seeking behaviour. CEUR Workshop Proceedings. Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen * Lehrstuhl Informatik V. 2014, Vol. 1276.

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