Kevin Ong

Kevin Ong

Information & User Behavior Researcher

Name:Kevin Ong
Date of birth:
Location:Melbourne, Australia
I worked under the supervision of Prof Mark Sanderson, A/Prof. Falk Scholer and Prof Kalervo Järvelin in the field of interactive information retrieval and is supported by the APA scholarship. My research interests are in the areas of HCI and IR to understand and model search interaction behaviours in different environments. I am a recipient of multiple academic awards: including Vice Chancellor's List, Professor Ram Kumar Memorial Foundation grant and multiple ACM SIGIR Travel grants.

I have also taught at the tertiary level for the past 10 years in various topics on software engineering and architecture, including teaching AWS cloud architecture at RMIT University CS courses.

I was previously a technology consultant but have started work as a data scientist at Redbubble from 2020.


2020 - current


Data Scientist

Currently working as a data scientist to analyse both user behavior and business metrics

2019 - 2020

Servian Pty Ltd

Technology Consultant

Consulted as a research data and Elasticsearch specialist at University of Melbourne

2015 - 2015

RMIT University

Technical Project Lead

Built the entire backend infrastructure using AWS with load balancing and S3 data stores.

Built their search backend using Apache Solr and Lucene

Migrated and indexed their data using Apache Solr

2013 - 2014

RMIT University

Research Assistant

Worked with large dataset related to indoor information retrieval.

2011 - 2013

RMIT University


Software project collaboration with Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute by maintaining and update Messaging System. I develop a PHP backend to connect to Google Docs APIs to schedule daily, weekly email digests and data ingestion for visualisation.

2009 - 2019

RMIT University

Sessional Tutor

I taught various courses to the undergraduates at the university.

2012 - 2012

Philology Pty. Ltd

Data Research Analyst

Co-wrote a white paper on business intelligence software

Advised the energy market on their business processes


2014 - 2019

RMIT University

PhD in Computer Science

Australian Postgraduate Award Scholar 2015 - 2018.

RPS Scholarship 2014.

2013 - 2014

RMIT University

Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons)

Vice Chancellor's List 2014.

2008 - 2011

RMIT University

Bachelor of IT (minor in Business Management)

Graduated with Distinction.

High Achievement Award Scholarship.

2003 - 2005

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Bachelor of Electrical Electronic Engineering

Created Facial Recognition and Detection software.

QWERTY: The Effects of Typing on Web Search Behavior
Kevin Ong, Kalervo Järvelin, Mark Sanderson, Falk Scholer
Proceedings of the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, 2018

Using Information Scent to Understand Mobile and Desktop Web Search Behavior
Kevin Ong, Kalervo Järvelin, Mark Sanderson, Falk Scholer
Proceedings of the 40th International ACM SIGIR Conference, 2017

Analyzing Web behaviour in indoor retail spaces
Yongli Ren, Martin Tomko, Flora Dilys Salim, Kevin Ong, Mark Sanderson
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 2017

Mobile Health Intervention to Increase Oral Cancer Therapy Adherence in Patients With Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (The REMIND System): Clinical Feasibility and Acceptability Assessment
Amanda Pereira-Salgado,...Lawrence Cavedon, Kevin Ong,...Penelope Schofield
Journal of Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth, 2017

RMIT at the NTCIR-12 MobileClick-2: iUnit Ranking and Summarization Subtasks
Kevin Ong, Ruey-Cheng Chen, Falk Scholer
Proceedings of the 12th NTCIR Conference, 2016

How people use the web in large indoor spaces
Yongli Ren, Martin Tomko, Kevin Ong, Brian Bai, Mark Sanderson
Proceedings of the 23rd International ACM CIKM Conference, 2014

Influence of indoor spatial context on user information behaviours
Yongli Ren, Martin Tomko, Kevin Ong, Brian Bai, Mark Sanderson
Workshop Organisation Organisation Committee, 2014