Meet the team
Professor Joanna Batstone
Joanna is the inaugural Director of the Monash Data Futures Institute and is an international leading authority on AI and data science.
Following an international search, Prof Batstone joins Monash from IBM, where she was Vice President, Innovation, IBM Corporate Strategy.
Joanna will be responsible for bringing together data science and AI capabilities from across the University. Prof Batstone’s role will also continue to establish a digital ecosystem which fosters collaborative interdisciplinary research and promotes lasting industry engagements.
An exceptional thought leader in the development and application of AI and data analytics, Joanna is passionate about the benefits of AI in driving lasting and transformative change for social good.
Professor Geoff Webb
Geoff is the founding Research Director of the Monash Data Futures Institute and an acclaimed international data scientist and technical advisor.
Geoff is Professor of Data Science in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, and leads a research group investigating how to use data to best support effective evidence-based decision making and derive useful knowledge and insight.
Geoff’s work spans artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, data analytics and big data. He has developed many pivotal machine learning algorithms that are widely deployed in a broad range of applications including manufacturing, finance, medicine, biology and geoscience.
His is an IEEE Fellow and his many awards include the prestigious inaugural Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science.