Kay O’Halloran

 Kay O’Halloran is former Director of the Multimodal Analysis Lab and Associate Professor in the Department of English Language & Literature at the National University of Singapore where she taught and undertook research in multimodal analysis since 1998.  She joined the School of Education at Curtin University in July 2013.

Kay O’Halloran is an internationally recognised scholar in multimodal analysis and she has given plenary addresses on multimodal approaches to mathematics and science and the use of digital technology for multimodal analysis at international conferences in Australia, England, Japan, Italy, Austria and Finland.

Kay O’Halloran established the multimedia laboratory, the Laboratory for Research in Semiotics (LRS) in the Department of English Language & Literature in 2000 to undertake research in multimodality with her Semiotics Research Group (SRG). She is editor of Multimodal Discourse Analysis (2004, reprinted 2006), a volume featuring her postgraduate students’ research in multimodality, and her latest publications include Mathematical Discourse: Language, Symbolism and Visual Images (2005). She developed Systemics 1.0 software for linguistic analysis, in collaboration with Associate Professor Kevin Judd (Mathematics Department, University of Western Australia) in 2002.

Kay O’Halloran received her Ph.D. degree in Communication Studies from Murdoch University (Western Australia), and her B.Sc. (mathematics), Dip.Ed. and B.Ed. (1st Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia.


Kay O’Halloran is plenary speaker at these conferences from 2007 to 2010

Kay O’Halloran GCOE Conference Nagoya – February 2008


Kay O’Halloran is invited speaker at these workshops, seminars & events from 2007 -2010

  • Multimodal Digital Semiotics
    MultiSemiotics: Introductory Workshop
    Aalto University, Helsinki
    1-2 December 2011.
  • Multimodal Analysis Software
    Invited Seminars at the Faculty of Education and Arts
    Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
    27-28 October 2011.
  • Multimodal Discourse Analysis: The Interaction of Language, Image and Audio Resources in Multimedia Data
    2011 Workshop on Social Computing and Cultural Modeling, hosted by National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTEC ) Thailand and sponsored by Office of Naval Research Global, AOARD and US Army International Technology Centre Pacific.
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    1-4 March 2011.
  • Multi-Modal Literacy and Analyses
    Pearson Education South Asia Pte Ltd Annual Meeting
    Pearson Education, Singapore
    25-26 February 2010.
  • O’Halloran, Kay L. & Judd, Kevin.
    Social Cultural Modeling of Effective Influence
    Cognition Decision Human Systems Interface and Socio-Cultural Modeling Joint Program Review.
    US Air Force Office Scientific Research (AFOSR), Arlington, USA,
    25-29 January 2010
  • Print and Digital Texts Workshop
    English Language Teaching Seminar (ELTS 2009) Multiliteracies: Exposing, Exploring and Experimenting
    Ministry of Education (Singapore), Singapore Management University,
    18-20 November 2009
  • Social Semiotic Analysis: ‘Gesture’ from HSBC ‘Cultural Collisions’ Advertising Campaign Workshop>
    The 3rd Finnish Symposium on Functional Linguistics and Multisemiotic Discourse Analysis – MUST-3
    University of Helsinki, Finland, 26-28 August 2009
  • Systemic Functional Tools for Multimodal Analysis of Social Relations
    and Ideas

    Social Disorganisation and Human Evolution: Media Disruption of Social Transmission Workshop
    Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom, 24-27 September 2008
  • From Systemic Functional Linguistics to Multimodal Discourse Analysis
    Department of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics Seminar
    Yuan Ze University, Taipei, Taiwan, 8 June 2007
  • Systemic Functional Multimodal Discourse Analysis Approach to Mathematics and Science Discourse
    Graduate Institute of Science Education Seminar
    National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, 7 June 2007