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I hold a Professorial position in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University in Australia, and a five year Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. I am also the inaugural Director of MAXIMA (the Monash Academy for Cross & Interdisciplinary Mathematical Applications). I am President of the Australian Mathematical Society for a 2 year term from December 2016, and a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts from 2017-2019.


I obtained a B.Sc(Hons) in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Melbourne. Commencing my academic career in 1996, I have published 2 books on neural networks and data mining, and over 230 refereed journal and international conference papers in the areas of neural networks, optimisation, data mining, and various applied mathematics topics. I have supervised to completion 22 PhD students, and have been awarded over AUD$12 million in competitive grants, including 12 Australian Research Council grants and industry awards.


I was elected Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) in 2006, and Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society (FAustMS) in 2008. Awards include the Australian Mathematical Society Medal in 2010 for distinguished research, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision in 2012.


In addition to my academic activities, I also regularly act as a consultant to industry in the areas of optimisation, data mining, and intelligent systems.

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My bibliometric analysis includes: h-index = 25 (Scopus) and 36 (google scholar), with over 2300 Scopus citations (over 6000 on google scholar).


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I'm interested in most branches of applied mathematics, but especially optimisation, pattern recognition, and modelling of complex systems.


Current projects include developing new methodologies for objective assessment of algorithm performance; generating new test instances for various classes of optimisation problems; improved scheduling algorithms; and expensive black-box optimisation.

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Laureate Fellowship from Australian Research Council

I am very honoured to have received a five-year Australian Laureate Fellowship from the ARC worth $2.83m, including an additional Georgina Sweet Award to provide mentoring to female researchers in science and technology fields. The fellowship will enable me to continue my work on understanding algorithm strengths and weaknesses via instance spaces, and generalise beyond optimisation to other algorithmic fields like machine learning and forecasting. More details here.

Choose Maths

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) has partnered with BHP Billiton Foundation to run the Choose Maths program over the next 5 years. As Chair of the Advisory Board, I look forward to seeing what we can do to encourage more female mathematicians.

Invited Talks

I will be presenting my research on instance spaces in New York in June at the International Conference on Machine Learning, workshop on Automated Algorithm Selection. Local audiences can hear this talk when I present a keynote at the Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence in Melbourne in February.

Research Interests
Knowledge Nation 100

The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has assembled a group of 100 thought leaders to help the government implement their National Innovation and Science Agenda. I am honoured to be part of this group, and look forward to the Summit in April.