Dr Aaron Spence



Associate Lecturer


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Info Technology


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2023
Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours), Deakin University, 2011
Bachelor of Information Technology (Games Design and Development) with Distinction, Deakin University, 2010


+61 3 522 78638


I enjoy connecting with students and propelling their IT learning forward. My teaching style promotes interactive learning, to engage students and to challenge themselves. I've been passionate about IT since I was young, from creating websites and video games, building my own home servers, to learning programming languages. My career goal is for my research to have real-world impact, primarily in the field of medical diagnostics and monitoring.

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Research interests

  • Side-channel sensing
  • Medical diagnostics
  • Sensing biomarkers
  • Teaching and Learning

See my Scholar account for my publication record.

Teaching interests

  • Computer progamming
  • Software engineering
  • Cloud applications
  • Games design and development

Units taught

SIT102 Introduction to Programming

SIT124 Exploring IT

SIT151 Game Fundamentals

SIT172 Programming for Engineers

SIT221 Data Structures and Algorithms

SIT253 Audio and Visual Game Elements

SIT254 Games Design

SIT323/737 Cloud Native Applications

SIT771 Object-Orientated Development

Knowledge areas

Side-Channel Sensing, Medical Diagnostics and Monitoring, Side-Channel Attacks, Software Engineering, Web Development


BirdMark (www.birdmark.net) - Co-lead of multi-national collaboration between Deakin University, BirdLife Australia, Australian Wader Studies Group (AWSG), and the Victorian Wader Studies Group (VWSG), and stakeholders from the East Asian Australasian Flyway (EAAF). Houses 250,000 observations of migratory shorebirds since the 1980s, streamlining the ability for shorebird research to be conducted for conservation efforts.

VWSG Field Guide - Supported by a $11,000 grant from the SummerTech LIVE program (sponsored by the Victorian Government) developed with School of IT students a smartphone app for zoology efforts of ducks and migratory shorebirds. Used by convervationists and researchers around the world.

A to Z Safari (https://atozsafari.com) - Collaboration between the School of IT and the School of Education. A research-backed early childhood literacy app on the iPad. Developed by student groups from the School of IT as part of their final year project.

TRACIE - An asset management system used by Deakin University to manage the inventory, ordering, and auditing of assets; chemicals, equipment, computers.


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Security beyond cybersecurity: side-channel attacks against non-cyber systems and their countermeasures

A Spence, S Bangay

(2022), Vol. 21, pp. 437-453, International Journal of Information Security, C1

journal article

Student participation in computing studies to understand engagement and grade outcome

J Wells, A Spence, S McKenzie

(2021), Vol. 20, pp. 385-403, Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, C1

journal article

Side-Channel Sensing: Exploiting Side-Channels to Extract Information for Medical Diagnostics and Monitoring

A Spence, S Bangay

(2020), Vol. 8, IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, United States, C1

journal article

The red dot game

Shaun Bangay, Sophie Mckenzie, Maria Nicholas, Aaron Spence

(2019), Vol. 3, pp. 420-425, Learning, education & games, volume 3: 100 games to use in the classroom and beyond, Pittsburgh, Pa., B1

book chapter

A to Z safari

Aaron Spence, Sophie Mckenzie, Maria Nicholas

(2019), Vol. 3, pp. 16-20, Learning, education & games, volume 3: 100 games to use in the classroom and beyond, Pittsburgh, Pa., B1

book chapter

Virtually there: the potential, process and problems of using 360° video in the classroom

Sophie Mckenzie, Justin Rough, Aaron Spence, Nick Patterson

(2019), Vol. 16, pp. 211-219, Issues in informing science and information technology, Santa Rosa, Calif., C1

journal article

Going on safari: The design and development of an early years literacy ipad application to support letter-sound learning

S McKenzie, A Spence, M Nicholas

(2018), Vol. 16, pp. 16-29, Electronic Journal of e-Learning, C1

journal article

An examination of the use of online resources in a University E-Learning environment

J Wells, M Blincoe, A Spence

(2015), pp. 715-723, E-Learn 2015 : World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Kona, Hawaii, E1


Using Interactive Technology for Lectures in Higher Education Information Technology

A Spence, S McKenzie

(2014), pp. 224-230, TALE 2014 : Learning for the future now : Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering, Wellington, New Zealand, E1


Using video tutorials as a carrot-and-stick approach to learning

J Wells, R Barry, A Spence

(2012), Vol. 55, pp. 453-458, IEEE transactions on education, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

SummerTech Live Program 2024

Dr Mohamed Reda Bouadjenek, Dr Sunil Aryal, Dr Michael Hobbs, Dr Anh Dinh, Dr Anuroop Gaddam, Dr Muna Al-Hawawreh, Dr Aaron Spence, Dr Imali Dias

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  • 2024: $77,500
  • 2023: $27,500


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