THE TEAM

Our multidisciplinary team based at the University of Newcastle, Australia combines expertise in image-based dietary assessment methods and nutritional biomarkers with software engineering and machine learning. 

Dr Megan Rollo 

Dr Megan Rollo is Principal Investigator on the VISIDA project. Dr Rollo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics within the University of Newcastle’s School of Health Sciences and Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of dietary intake assessment methods, in particular image-based food records, and personalised behavioural nutrition interventions. Dr Rollo’s research has a strong inter-disciplinary focus with active collaborations in the areas of software engineering and computer science.

A/Prof Tracy Burrows

A/Professor Tracy Burrows is situated in the School of Health Sciences, at the University of Newcastle. She is a Brawn Research Fellow and a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia. Her expertise is in the areas of the assessment of dietary intake and conducting high quality research trials. Burrows has developed a cohesive program of research on obesity over the lifespan from preschool through to adulthood, with particular focus on dietary assessment, dietary biomarkers /validation methods, obesity management and addictive eating. Burrows has more than 100 peer reviewed publications and contributed to National clinical Guidelines and Policy.

Prof Clare Collins

Professor Clare Collins is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health and Medicine and Deputy Director of the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle. Her research focuses on assessing dietary intake and evaluating the impact of food and nutrition on eating patterns and diet-related health across key life stages and chronic disease conditions. Professor Collins is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australian and has published over 300 manuscripts and supervised 25 Higher Degree Research candidates to completion.

Dr Marc Adam

Marc Adam is a senior lecturer in Computing and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle. In his research, Dr Adam investigates how wearable sensor technology such as accelerometers, electrocardiography, and eye tracking can be used in human-computer interaction to determine cognitive, affective, and behavioral user states. Based on these measures, he explores the impact of user interface design elements on user behavior as well as situation-aware system adaptations for decision support in contexts such as health behavior and electronic commerce.

Dr Shamus Smith

Shamus has research interests are in the fields of virtual reality and human-computer interaction. He is specifically interested in advanced software interfaces and the interaction opportunities such systems enable. His current research interests include the evaluation of in-situ user experiences, the impact of virtual reality technology, simulation and serious games, and eHealth applications. He is a software engineer and applies his research through interdisciplinary and industry-based research collaborations.

Dr Kerith Duncanson

Kerith is the project manager for VISIDA project and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Priority Research Centre, Digestive Health and Neurogastroenterology at the University of Newcastle. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with extensive experience in maternal, child and family nutrition, particularly in rural communities. Kerith brings a strong background in rural research to the VISIDA team, including supervision of rural clinician researchers. Her PhD and her subsequent research and supervisory responsibilities have focused on dietary assessment methodologies with children and families.

Software Engineers : 

Josh Crompton

Conner Dodd

Research Dietitians:

Janelle Windus

Janelle Skinner