PhD candidate Zhenyu Zhang in our School of Computing and Information Technology was invited to present her PhD study as a guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Woy Woy in mid-July.

Her research seeks to develop a specific computer dictionary – ontology – to represent knowledge about Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) management in a computer-readable format. The benefit of this ontology is that it will allow computer engineers to use artificial intelligence technology to develop applications that can provide real-time support for nursing staff to manage BPSD in patients.

Zhenyu divided her topic “A Machine Readable Ontology for Representing the Domain Knowledge Specific to Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia” into seven sections covering the:

  1. Background information about dementia and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD);
  2. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for managing BPSD;
  3. Barriers of effectively using non-pharmacological interventions;
  4. Ability of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to solve these challenges;
  5. Research aim of her project;
  6. Research plan and methods; and
  7. Research progress and output.

Zhenyu Zhang is supervised by Associate Professor Ping Yu, Professor Chao Deng, Doctor Rita Change, and Doctor Sim Lau. Her studies are sponsored by Australian Rotary Health, the Rotary Club of Woy Woy, and University of Wollongong.

Club members were most impressed by Zhenyu’s presentation and also amazed by her commitment to her studies and her search for better solutions in caring for people with dementia. President Don Tee warmly thanked Zhenyu on behalf of the Rotary Club’s members and invited her back to update them on her progress.