Dr Safiya Okai-Ugbaje

Lecturer, School of Cybernetics
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics

Research interests

  • Cloud computing and green ICT
  • Information systems theory and practice
  • Cybernetics and systems theory
  • Educational technology innovations supported by AI
  • Responsible AI
  • Generative AI and Large Language Models
  • Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D)



Safiya is a Lecturer at the ANU school of Cybernetics, the first new school created at the ANU in over 30 years. The School seeks to establish a new branch of engineering concerned with taking artificial intelligence safely, sustainably, and responsibly to scale, and cybernetics as an important tool for navigating major societal transformations. Safiya is the convenor of the Building Cyber-Physical Systems course in the Master of Applied Cybernetics program.

As an information systems researcher and cybernetics practitioner with an Msc in IT Management and PhD in Educational Technologies and Computing, Safiya is interested in the big picture – finding the common ground between different aspects and how they can work together harmoniously to achieve the greater good. Safiya is very passionate about sustainable adoption and implementation of emerging technologies. In this space, she has developed a cloud computing adoption model for higher education in developing countries, and a mobile learning framework for the integration of educational technologies to enhance existing practices in places with a paucity of resources. Through this framework, she successfully demonstrated how local opportunities can be effectively utilised to address contextual problems. Safiya's current interest is on the widespread adoption and impact of AI, and educational technology innovations supported by generative AI and large language models.

Prior to joining the School of Cybernetics, Safiya was part of the Research Cluster of Digital inequality and social change (RC-Disc) at the University of Canberra, where she worked with the team on strategic use and socio-cultural impacts of IT and ICT4D projects including developing culturally appropriate interventions to address online safety of Indigenous children.



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