Lie Ming Tang

About Me

I embrace challenges and new experiences. I am fascinated by the human capacity to learn and adapt. I admire and aspire to truly innovative and disruptive ideas than can change people’s lives for the better. Since I was a young child, I imagined creating things and seeing something born from my efforts is immensely rewarding, be it a website, a gadget or a piece of literature!


University of Sydney

Computer Science First Class Honours - 2003

I studied Bachelor Computer Science at the School of Information Technology in the University Of Sydney. I graduated with 1st Class Honours in 2003. My honours thesis was on the 3D Visualisation of Large Project Management Data under Professor Seokhee Hong and Professor Peter Eades.

PhD Student

University of Sydney Since 2013

After 10 years of working in the IT and Telecom industry, I returned to pursue my pasion for technology and learning. I am currently studying Doctor of Phyilosophy at the Univesrity of Sydney. My research interest include: Metacognition and Self regulated learning, Gamification, Persuasive technology, tangible and ambient user interfaces, health and well-being applications. I am also interested in UX and UI for Virtual and Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Hardware prototyping as well as 3D printing.

I am studying under Professor Judy Kay and Professor Bob Kummerfeld.
My research group is the Computer Human Adapted Interaction Research Group


To be skilled in a tool is important. To be open and able to learn new tools is more important! Always remember that learning is a skill that requires development [1] and the right mindset [2]. I'm always trying new tech. More recently, I've been playing with 3D printing and full stack IoT product prototyping from hardware to cloud infrastructure (using Laravel) to mobile apps. I'm eying Unity, AR and VR next ...

[1] Zimmerman, Barry J. "Self-regulated learning and academic achievement: An overview." Educational psychologist 25.1 (1990): 3-17.
[2] Dweck, Carol. Mindset: How you can fulfil your potential. Hachette UK, 2012.

My philosophy when choosing tech for work is to use the right tool for the job. The right tool is a balance between benefits and cost.
Below are some of the tools I'm familar with in no particular order.

  • Angular/JQuery/Bootstrap
  • PHP/Laravel
  • Magento/PrestaShop
  • Django/Rails
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Phonegap
  • SEO
  • C++/Java/Arduino
  • DIY Electronics
  • SketchUP/Unity
  • Perl/Python/Bash


Research Talks & Presentations

Since 2013

Topic: Gaming for well being
Date: 29 September 2014
Venue: CPC Auditorium and CPC Learning Studio (University of Sydney)
Wireless wellbeing and personalized health: a symposium to explore the use of technologies in preventive health.

Topic: Towards Long Term Goals: Gamified Tangible Internet Connected Goal Buttons
Date: 6 November 2014
Venue: School of Information Technology (University of Sydney)

Topic: Gamification: a brief introduction
Date: 30 May 2014
Venue: CPC Auditorium (University of Sydney)
University of Sydney Medical Science Society.

Topic: Gamification in learning and health
Date: 17 March 2014
Venue: School of Information Technology (University of Sydney)
Computer Human Adapted Interactions Group Seminar.


Research Publications

Key pulications Since 2003

Tang, L. M., & Kay, J. (2013). Lifelong user modeling and meta-cognitive scaffolding: Support self monitoring of long term goals. In Second Workshop on LifeLong User Modelling, in conjunction with UMAP (Vol. 2013).

Tang, L. M., & Kay, J. (2014). Gamification: metacognitive scaffolding towards long term goals? Personalization Approaches in Learning Environments, UMAP Workshop 2014.

Tang, L. M., & Barua, D. (2014). Online learning at scale : user modeling requirements towards motivation and personalisation. CHI 2014 Learning At Scale Workshop.

Tang, L. M. (2015). Gamification of tangible internet connected buttons towards long term goals. Technical Report, University of Sydney.

Tang, L. M., & Yacef, K. (2015). Personalising e-Learning Systems : Lessons learned from a vocational education case study. UMAP Workshop 2015.

Tang, L. M., & Yekeh, F. (2015). Introducing SAL , Simple , Situated , Ambient Loggers , for Personal Goals.

Yekeh, F., & Kay, J. (2015). Formative studies of SAL , simple situated ambient loggers.

Work History

Comverse Inc

Project Manager 2007 - 2013

I spent over 5 years at Comverse, a leading enterprise OSS/BSS technology provider. I am an expert on large scale deployment and transformation of OSS and BSS systems. I worked with world class operators including Optus, Telstra, M1 (Singapore) and VimpelCom. I worked in various countries including Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and Australia. I was in charge of large programs and my key roles are project management, providing consultation to clients and customer management.

Analytical Models

Consultant & Project Manager 2001 - 2007

I worked in consulting and project management. I specialised in data intelligence and analytics for customer churn, ARPU and customer insights. I worked with large Telecom operators including Optus, Vodafone and Turkcell. I travelled extensively on projects in UK, Ireland, Germany and Turkey.

My Quotes

  • A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.

    Bruce Lee
  • Change alone is unchanging.

  • Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do...

    Steve Jobs
  • Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt.

    Ronin, Movie 1998
  • I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

    Winston Churchill
  • The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors.

    Tony Robbins

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