REC Chair for ERA 2015 Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences (MIC)

Professor Leon Sterling 
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital Frontiers) 
Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Leon Sterling is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital Frontiers). He  is responsible for the advancement of teaching and research capacity in information and communication technology areas across Swinburne.

Professor Sterling received a BSc(Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Pure Mathematics from the Australian National University. He has worked at universities in the UK, Israel, the US, and Australia. 

Professor Sterling's teaching and research specialties are software engineering, artificial intelligence, and logic programming. 

Prior to his appointment at Swinburne University, he was Professor of Software Innovation and Engineering and Director of e-Research at the University of Melbourne, and Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies at Swinburne. Professor Sterling is immediate Past-President of the Australian Council of Deans of ICT.


Professor Deborah Bunker 
The University of Sydney

Deborah Bunker is a Professor in the Business Information Systems discipline, Chair, International Federation of Information Processing Working Group 8.6 on Innovation, Diffusion, Transfer and Implementation of IS (IFIP WG8.6) and Executive Committee Member, Australian Council of Professor and Heads of IS (ACPHIS).

Professor Bunker has had wide ranging information systems (IS) management experience within industry gained in many projects within the Insurance, Finance, Information Technology, Transport and Government sectors as a Systems Analyst, Project Manager, Product Manager, Human Resources Manager and Senior Consultant. Professor Bunker was Director of Doctoral Studies for the University of Sydney Business School (2012-13) and also has extensive teaching and academic curricula development and programme management experience over a wide range of IS subject areas. Professor Bunker has also successfully attracted and supervised a large number of IS research students. Professor Bunker leads the Interoperability for Extreme Events Research Group (IEERG) which focuses on better integrated and more collaborative management of information and processes, acknowledging that changes to the landscape, such as crowd-sourcing, represent the potential to enhance interoperability in extreme events.


Professor Edward Norman Dancer
The University of Sydney

In 2009 Professor Dancer was awarded the Hannan Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. The prestigious medal is a career research award for excellence in mathematics. Professor Dancer is on the ISI’s list of the world’s most cited mathematicians and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

As an expert in nonlinear analysis and nonlinear differential equations, Professor Dancer has made important contributions to bifurcation theory, to degree theory in cones and to nonlinear elliptic partial differential equations and their applications. Professor Dancer has a wide knowledge of Pure and Applied Mathematics and some knowledge of Computational Mathematics. 

Professor Dancer has introduced many new techniques and used them to solve old classical problems, including problems in water waves and combustion theory. His ideas have had a major effect on nonlinear analysis internationally.


Professor Pierre Del Moral 
The University of New South Wales

Pierre is a professor at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of New South Wales, Sydney.  He is a world-class researcher in the field of Particle methods, Filtering, Sequential Monte Carlo and Mean Field approximations. He is one of the main developers of so called Particle Methods that are of increasing importance in simulations of a multidimensional complex system.  Professor Del Moral’s research is on both theoretical and abstract mathematics but he also blends his result with applications in many important research areas such as:  Propagations of chaos, Central limit theorems, Large deviation, Filtering and multiple object tracking, Bayesian Inference, Financial Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. He has authored 7 books (4 research monograph) and over 100 research publications (many of them in the top journals). He also was involved in an impressive number of academic and industrial research projects.


Professor Graham Farr
Monash University

Professor Graham Farr has been Head of the Clayton School of I.T. in the Faculty of I.T., Monash University, since 2012 and Co-Convenor of the Discrete Mathematics Research Group since 2006.  Previously Professor Farr served as inaugural Head of the Caulfield School of I.T. (2005-2008).  Prior to joining Monash, he held positions in industry and government and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at ANU.  Professor Farr has a BSc(Hons) (Monash) in Pure Mathematics and a DPhil (Oxford) in Mathematics.

Professor Farr’s interests lie in the overlap of mathematics and computer science, including graphs and networks, algorithms, computational complexity, and information theory.  Much of his work has focused on problems of enumeration and probability in graphs and networks, including the Tutte-Whitney polynomials and the complexity of counting various graphical structures.  He has extended Tutte-Whitney polynomial theory to a wide range of other discrete structures and has introduced new theories of substructure relations for combinatorial objects.

Professor Farr has received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision (2011) and a Special Commendation, Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards (2000).  Professor Farr leads Computer History Tours of Melbourne, in association with the Monash Museum of Computing History.


Professor Andrew Francis 
University of Western Sydney

Professor Andrew Francis is the Director of the Centre for Research in Mathematics at the University of Western Sydney, and a former ARC Future Fellow.  His principal research work is on problems relating bacterial evolution to algebraic structures.  Professor Francis joined University of Western Sydney in the year 2000 as a Lecturer in Mathematics, after a post-doctoral position at the University of Virginia.  Professor Francis’s PhD and initial research interests were in the representation theory of finite groups, in particular the structure of Iwahori-Hecke algebras, looked at from a combinatorial point of view.  Professor Francis began a parallel research programme in mathematical biology in 2002, and recently has been bringing his two areas of expertise together by modelling evolution algebraically.  Professor Francis has held a number of governance posts, including being on the UWS Academic Senate (2007-2011).  Professor Francis chaired the Senate's Mathematics Expert Advisory Group in 2010 that reviewed issues relating to all levels of mathematics at UWS and made many recommendations. Professor Francis has also served a term on the Council of the Australian Mathematical Society (2012-14).   At UWS, in addition to his role in the Research Centre, he is currently Director of Academic Programmes for Mathematics and Statistics.


Professor David Green 
Monash University

Professor David Green is Associate Dean Research in Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology and one of Australia’s leading authorities on complexity theory. In the course of thirty-five years of research on complexity and evolutionary computing he has investigated problems as diverse as forest ecology, proteins, geographic information and social networks. Professor Green’s proof of the universality of networks showed that networks (nodes linked by edges) are inherent in both the structure and behaviour of all complex systems. More recently, he pioneered the theory of dual phase evolution, a process that explains the way order emerges in many natural and artificial systems. He has applied this to practical applications, such as evolutionary optimization. Professor Green is the author of 9 books and more than 200 research articles on complexity theory, evolutionary computing, and multi-agent systems.

An early pioneer of the World Wide Web as a medium for scientific information exchange, his past research has also included work on online geographic information systems and information networks. During the 1990s, he established several pioneering online scientific and educational information resources, such as the New South Wales HSC Online. Professor Green also played a leading role in national and international efforts to establish coordinated networks of information sources about the world's biodiversity and environments.


Professor Jane Hunter 
The University of Queensland

Professor Jane Hunter is the Research Leader of the eResearch Group within the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) at the University of Queensland. Professor Hunter’s area of expertise is the application of semantic web technologies to the integration, organization, analysis and preservation of research data and collections. Professor Hunter is currently the Chair of the Academy of Sciences National Committee for Data in Science, a member of the Scientific Committee of the ICSU World Data System (WDS) and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Web Semantics.

Professor Hunter's research focuses on developing innovative tools and services to support the: capture, indexing, analysis, integration and visualization, of mixed-media research data and scholarly outputs, to expedite research discovery. More recently her focus has been on:

  • evidence-driven decision support systems for the biomedical and environmental domains
  • ontologies to link adaptive management policies to activities and indicators, derived from monitoring spatio-temporal data
  • statistical analysis, 3/4 D visualizations and annotation of cultural heritage, social sciences and hydro-geological datasets. 


Professor Michael Papazoglou
Tilburg, The Netherlands

Professor Michael Papazoglou is one of the original promulgators of Service Oriented Computing - a term he coined in 2000.  He has helped influence a European strategic programme in services research and forge substantive strategic global research partnerships between top class universities/research institutes and influential industry players in the services field.

Professor Papazoglou has over 250 publications in high-ranking journals and conferences and 23 written/co-edited books. His research has attracted over 13,000 citations (H-index factor 48).

Professor Papazoglou secured a large number of grants from diverse sources including the European Union, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), ARC, and industry. He amassed a total personal research funding from the European Union and the NWO (since 2000) which exceeds 8.5 M€.

Professor Papazoglou has developed novel principles, technologies and engineering methods that ensure a holistic approach to software services and systems research. His research is inter-disciplinary and focuses on developing concepts, theories and methodologies as well as building experimental systems to explore the intersection of software engineering techniques, business processes and modelling languages, service-oriented applications, information systems, distributed and cloud computing architectures.


Professor Jacqui Ramagge
The University of Sydney

Jacqui Ramagge is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society.

Professor Ramagge has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Warwick in the UK. She moved to Australia in 1991 and has previously worked at the University of New South Wales, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Wollongong. She was Head of the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics at the University of Wollongong for the four years until 2013, and is the incoming Head of School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney.

Professor Ramagge served on the ARC College 2010-2012 and on the ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships Selection Advisory Committee 2012-2014. She reviews grants for international bodies equivalent to the ARC and is an editor of the Lecture Series of the AustMS. She is actively engaged in outreach and has served in an advisory role to both the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

Professor Ramagge has broad interests across mathematics and its applications. She has published in group theory, functional analysis, operator algebras, nonlinear control theory, and applied statistics. Professor Ramagge’s current major projects are on: the general structure theory of totally disconnected, locally compact groups; the study of self-similar actions; and the study of states on operator algebras.


Professor Paul Roe 
Queensland University of Technology

Professor Paul Roe received his MEng from the University of York in 1987 and his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 1991. He is currently a full professor in the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT, in Brisbane Australia. At QUT, Professor Roe founded and led the Microsoft-QUT eResearch Centre, a collaboration between the Queensland State Government, Microsoft Research and QUT which investigated smart tools for eResearch.

Professor Roe has published over 100 papers, received over $7M in competitive research funding (50% in category one research) and graduated more than 21 research students. He has organised numerous conferences and is an editor for Future Generation Computer Systems. Professor Roe undertakes novel interdisciplinary research, including ecological acoustic monitoring systems which enable new scales of environmental monitoring through big data collection and analysis, and novel computer systems supporting communication and collaboration in remote Aboriginal communities.


Professor Igor Shparlinski 
The University of New South Wales

Professor Igor Shparlinski’s research mostly involves number theory, including its classical and more applied aspects. In 1996, he was awarded a Medal of the Australian Mathematical Society and in 2006 he was elected to the Australian Academy of Science.

In 2010 he got the title of Distinguished Professor of Macquarie University.

Professor Shparlinski has achieved a number of important results and solved several long standing open questions:

  • Bounds of Gaussian sums beyond the limits of the Weil bound;
  • A positive resolution of Erdos-Graham Conjecture or representation of residue classes by bounded length sums of reciprocals of small integers;
  • A series of results about vanishing and distribution of Fermat quotients;
  • A positive resolution of two Holden--Moree conjectures on fixed points of the discrete logarithm with further applications to pseudopowers, digits of rational fractions, etc. 
  • Statistical results on elliptic curves with prescribed properties in various families.
  • These results rely on a broad scope of different techniques and approaches including
  • Methods of analytic number theory: Vinogradov’s Mean Value Theorem; bounds of short exponential and character sums;
  • Methods of additive combinatorics: Sum-product Theorems and its generalisations;
  • Sieve methods and results on smooth numbers: large sieve, Brun-Titchmarsh inequality;
  • Effective algebraic and arithmetic geometry results: Hilbert's Nullstellensatz, theory of heights, Bombieri-Pila bound, Subspace Theorem.

Professor Shparlinski’s knowledge and experience in number theory provide a background for applications to cryptography, computer science and coding theory.  In particular, he obtained new results on 

  • Polynomial factorization and finding irreducible and primitive polynomials in finite fields 
  • The uniformity of distribution of RSA, Blum-Blum-Shub, and Naor-Reingold pseudo-random number generators and their elliptic curve analogues; 
  • Bit security of the Diffie-Hellman key; 
  • Algorithms to attacks DSA and similar signature schemes.

Professor Shparlinski has more than 550 research papers published or accepted for publication in journals and refereed conference proceedings. 


Professor Markus Stumptner
University of South Australia

Professor Stumptner has been Chair of Computing at the University of South Australia, Adelaide since 2001.  He leads the Knowledge & Software Engineering research group and since 2003 the Advanced Computing Research Centre.  His research interests include knowledge representation and model-based reasoning, especially about the behaviour of technical systems; model-driven engineering (of software, business processes, and service oriented systems); model-based diagnosis and debugging, as well as conceptual modelling, ontologies and data mining.

Prof.Stumptner studied Computer Science and received his Ph.D. degree at TU Vienna.  1999-2000 he was Professor at Johannes Kepler University, Linz in the field of Data & Knowledge Engineering.  He has published 200 refereed papers and is on the editorial boards of AI EDAM and AI Communications.

He has been participant in the Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) for Enterprise Distributed Systems Technology, Integrated Engineering Asset Management and Advanced Automotive Technology in projects with multiple industry and government partners. He is participant in the newly funded Data to Decision CRC.

Professor Stumptner is convener of ISO TC108/SC5/WG6 and on the board of the international operations & maintenance information standards association MIMOSA.


Professor Kok Lay Teo 
Curtin University of Technology

Professor Teo is John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering, the University of Ottawa, Canada, 1974. His previous positions include Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Curtin University, and Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  

Professor Teo’s current research areas include Control theory and applications; Computational methods for optimal control and optimisation; Financial portfolio optimisation; Operations research; Signal processing in telecommunications engineering. His research has been funded by large grants from the Council of Hong Kong Competitive Earmarked Grants and Australian Research Council. He has an extensive list of publications which includes 5 books.

Professor Teo has assessed many national/international competitive grants and research projects. He is an Editor-in-Chief of three journals and a member of editorial board of several international journals.


Professor Alan Welsh 
The Australian National University

Professor Alan Welsh obtained a BSc with a University Medal in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Sydney in 1982 and obtained a PhD from The Australian National University (ANU) in 1985. Professor Welsh was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago in the USA from 1984 to 1987 before he became a lecturer at the ANU. Professor Welsh held the Chair of Statistics at the University of Southampton in the UK from 2001 to 2003, and is currently at the ANU where he is the EJ Hannan Professor of Statistics. Professor Welsh was awarded the Moran Medal of the Australian Academy of Science in 1990 and the Pitman Medal of the Statistical Society of Australia in 2012.  Professor Welsh is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Institute for Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association.


Professor Yun Yang 
Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Yun Yang is a full Professor in the School of Software and Electrical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. He has published well over 200 papers. He is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing and has been regularly sitting in the Programme Committees of International Conference on Software Engineering.

Professor Yang’s Fields of Research are in Software Engineering, Distributed Computing and Adaptive Agents. In particular, he recently focuses on cloud workflows, big data management, and service-oriented computing.

Professor Yang has been awarded four ARC grants in the past six years as the first chief investigator including the recent one for smart quality management for service-based systems in cloud environment from the Discovery Projects Scheme.