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Yolande Strengers is a digital sociologist and human-computer interaction scholar investigating the sustainability and gender effects of digital, emerging and smart technologies. At Monash University, she leads the energy futures theme in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, which undertakes critical interdisciplinary and international research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of the design, use and futures of new and emerging technologies. Yolande works with qualitative and digital ethnographic methods, theories of social practice and techno-feminism to understand how people use new technologies.
Bernard is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Business, Monash Business School, Monash University. He specialises in energy and climate finance, corporate risk management, and international economics. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow (casual) at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He has been invited to present his work at the University of Oxford, Nanyang Technology University, Bank Indonesia Institute, among others.
Daniel's area of research is turbulent multi-phase fluid flows. He specialises in the development and application of synchrotron x-ray diagnostics, optical diagnostics, and high performance computing tools for studying these problems. His current work concerns the development of synchrotron diagnostics for the study of cavitation, liquid atomisation and particle formation in medical sprays. He is a current ARC DECRA fellow in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Monash University, Australia and a joint CI on an active ARC Linkage Project. Daniel received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Monash in 2013.
Professor Matthew Hill is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and the Winner of a 2014 Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. Matthew leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers that are actively involved with industry partners to bring exciting discoveries in the laboratory to market. He holds a joint position between CSIRO and Monash. His research areas include development and application of porous materials: storage, separation and triggered release of small molecules with adsorbents and membranes, flow chemistry, lithium-sulfur batteries and supercapacitors.
Associate Professor David Holmes is the Founder and Director of the Climate Change Communication Research Hub. He is co-editor of the Edward Elgar Research Handbook in Communicating Climate Change. David conducts extensive field research into audience views of climate change beliefs, literacy and behaviour response. In Marrakech 2016 he was co-Head of Monash’s UNFCCC Delegation to COP22 and an accredited journalist reporting on the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) for The Conversation in 2015. David was a columnist for The Conversation communicating the relationship between political climates, media power and climate change.
Associate Professor Akshat Tanksale leads the Catalysis for Green Chemicals group where his interest is in the field of heterogeneous catalysis for conversion of CO2 and biomass into fuels and chemicals using nanomaterials. He is the Theme Leader for the Carbon Capture, Conversion and Utilisation Theme of the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership. He believes that innovating new processes and designing novel heterogeneous catalysts at the nanoscale is the key for developing low carbon emission alternative fuels and chemicals. Recent achievements from A/Prof Tanksale's research group include conversion of CO2 into diesel range liquid fuels using novel metal organic framework catalysts. Using this technology CO2 and green H2 from water electrolysis can be combined to make renewable fuels with zero net carbon emission.
Dr Adel Nadjaran Toosi has joined the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University in May 2018. Adel has made significant contributions to the areas of scheduling and management of cloud/fog/edge computing resources. His research interests include Cloud/Fog/Edge Computing, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), IoT, Smart Systems, and Green Computing. He is currently working on resource management and the development of sustainable edge computing platforms powered by renewable energy sources.
Dr Darren Sharp is a Research Fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute where he is Research Coordinator of the ARC Linkage project Net Zero Precincts: an interdisciplinary approach to decarbonising cities. Darren is a sustainability transitions researcher interested in urban experimentation, living labs, multi-stakeholder governance, grassroots innovations, and the sharing economy. His research speaks to the possibilities of social learning, institutional arrangements, community agency, and new urban imaginaries to drive the transformation of cities towards sustainability
Professor David Green is one of Australia’s leading experts on complexity theory. His proof of universality showed that networks underlie the structure and behaviour of all complex systems. Recently, his theory of dual phase evolution explains how order emerges in many natural and artificial systems. His research on complexity and evolutionary computing has provided new insights in many diverse fields. He is the author of 9 books, including Of Ants and Men (2014), Dual-Phase Evolution (2014), and Complexity in Landscape Ecology (2020). He is also written more than 200 research articles on complexity theory, evolutionary computing, and multi-agent systems.
Maria Garcia De La Banda is a Professor at the Faculty of Information Technology with more than 25 years of experience as an academic. She is the current Deputy Dean Research of the Faculty and Co-Chair of the Monash Woodside FutureLab. She has extensive research experience in the modelling and solving of combinatorial problems, with particular emphasis on the (semi-) automatic analysis and transformation of constraint programming models, and has been involved in different real-world problems, such as the optimisation of the layout of chemical plants.
Dr Diane Kraal focuses on the evaluation of taxation concessions, subsidies and policy for natural and renewable resources; and energy justice. Her latest research is with the CRC, ‘Reliable Affordable Clean Energy’ (RACE) for 2030. Her current RACE project is ‘Business Fleets and EVs: Taxation changes to support home charging from the grid, and affordability.’ Diane led the Monash team to the ‘Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy’ conference in 2018 in Edinburgh, and in 2019 in the West Indies. Diane was a member of the 2018 Monash delegation to COP24 in Poland; in 2019 she was Co-Head of the Monash Delegation to COP25 in Madrid, Spain. Diane promotes the RACE for 2030 CRC and is willing to assist staff to prepare proposals for RACE. In 2018 Diane received the Monash Business School Dean’s Commendation for Research Impact.
Associate Professor Gerry Nagtzaam is a world recognised environmental scholar both domestically and internationally. His research focuses on the intersections between environmental law, politics, history and economics. He has written a number of well received books on topics including international environmental treaties and their normative treatment, nuclear waste disposal in democratic states, and a forthcoming book on the phenomenon of ecoterrorism. He has written extensively on the issue of whaling and global bio diversity loss.
Associate Professor Guido Tack's research focuses on combinatorial optimisation, in particular architecture and implementation techniques for constraint solvers, translation of constraint modelling languages, and industrial applications. Guido's broader research interests include programming languages and computational logic. He leads the development of the MiniZinc constraint modelling language and toolchain and is one of the main developers of Gecode, a state-of-the-art constraint programming library.
Associate Professor Guillaume Roger works on incentive theory, specifically on contract theory, incentive regulation and market design. His current work centres on the economics of storage integration in the NEM and on dynamic contracting. He has written publications in economic journals such as the Journal of Mathematical Economics and in AEJ: Microeconomics, in Games and Economic Behaviour and in Economic Theory, in Mathematics and Financial Economics, among others. He has received grants including the Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant, Centre for International Finance and Regulation Grant, and Group of 8-DAAD Research Grant.
Hai L Vu is a Professor of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) and Director of the Monash Institute of Transport Studies in the Faculty of Engineering, Monash University, Australia. He was a recipient of the 2012 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship as well as the Victoria Fellowship Award for his research and leadership in ITS. Prof Vu is a leading expert with 20 years’ experience in the ITS field who has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific journals and conference papers in the data and transportation network modelling, V2X communications and connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs). He has also led the Smart Cities initiatives at Monash working on developing innovative infrastructure and platforms for smart cities applications in collaboration with the university, Monash City Council and other stakeholders.
Jiangshan Yu is an ARC DECRA Fellow (2021-2023) and serves as Associate Director (Research) at Monash Blockchain Technology Centre. His research interests are in the broad area of cybersecurity and applied cryptography, with a current focus on blockchain systems. The impact of his research includes identified critical vulnerabilities in several deployed blockchains (with a total market cap of over AU$30 billion) and innovative protocols adopted by the blockchain industry. His research on blockchain security and anti-money laundering in cryptocurrencies is recognised as an example of the world-leading blockchain research activities in Australia, as stated in the National Blockchain Roadmap developed by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER). He has obtained several exclusive and competitive awards, such as ARC DECRA (2021-2023), IBM Academic Award (2020), Dean’s Research Impact Award at Monash (2019), and Chinese Government Award for Outstanding PhD Scholar Abroad (2016, success rate: 1% worldwide). He has served as a program committee member of numerous reputed conferences and as a referee for more than 20 reputed journals.
Dr Joanne Tanner has gained industry experience in control systems design and configuration during her role at Honeywell, and subsequently managed and implemented client-driven chemical engineering research projects at laboratory and pilot scale with HRL Technology. She has designed, commissioned and demonstrated several fit-for-purpose, pilot-scale reactors and has a close collaboration with the Institute of Energy and Climate Research, IEK-2, at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, where she did some postdoctoral research. Dr Tanner's current research interests include biorefinery processes, resource recovery, sustainable fuels and chemicals production, and industrial water and wastewater treatment.
Dr Kari Dahlgren is a Research Fellow in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab. Kari is a social anthropologist interested in the social and ethical aspects of energy production and consumption in Australia. She currently works on the Digital Energy Futures Project where she applies anthropological theory, ethnographic and design methods to conduct interdisciplinary research into the socio-cultural aspects and futures of emerging technologies and the energy transition.
Professor Christian Jakob is a weather and climate scientist at Monash University’s School of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment. Christian’s research focuses on computer models of Earth's atmosphere, and how they are used in weather forecasting, seasonal climate predictions and simulations of our current and future climate. Beyond his research, he has a keen interest in building national and international cooperation in improving climate models. Before joining Monash University Christian has worked for a wide range of organisations such as the United States Department of Energy, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, and the Bureau of Meteorology. Expertise in Climate modelling, clouds and convection, tropical convection, Australian climate.
Professor Athanasios (Thanasi) Pantelous is a research director in the areas of Actuarial Science and Quantitative Finance. Dr Pantelous’ primary research interests focus on the general area of quantitative research and mathematical modelling under risk and uncertainty with an emphasis on finance, actuarial science, stochastic mechanics and operational research. His theoretical mathematical developments have often found diverse applications in finance, insurance and engineering.
Professor Ariel Liebman is the Director of the Monash Energy Institute. Energy specialist with more than 20 years’ experience, including NEM price forecasting, investment planning, electricity network monopoly regulation, and energy portfolio risk management, Ariel is co-architect of the Microgrid/Net Zero Initiative. His research is in the applications of machine learning and AI to develop distributed energy market platforms, as well as new optimisation techniques with grid operation and planning methods.
Professor Andreas Ernst has over 25 years of experience in the development of optimisation and simulation models to assist businesses with strategic and operational decision-making. He is a Senior Fellow with the Australia-Indonesia Centre leading the Transport & Logistics research area, and a chief investigator in OPTIMA the ARC centre for optimisation technologies. His research interests focus on scheduling and optimisation for large-scale industrial applications, including high-performance combinatorial optimisation algorithms, parallel matheuristics and network optimisation. He has a record of applying these methods in practice in a variety of areas including transport & logistics, mining and energy. In the energy area, his research interests are particularly in optimisation methods for better integration of renewables into the grid.
Amandine leads ClimateWorks’ System Change and Capability team. This team applies a systems change approach to support the organisation’s ambition for real-life impact at scale. This includes developing organisational capability in systems change acceleration, research and analysis, policy, finance and corporate practices. Previously, Amandine oversaw ClimateWorks’ national programs, including research and analysis. She has led several of ClimateWorks’ seminal pieces of research, such as Decarbonisation Futures and Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050. Amandine also has extensive expertise in the industrial sector.
Associate Professor Aldeida Aleti's research interests are in the area of Automated Software Engineering, which aims at creating machines that write software, from requirements elicitation, to design, code generation, testing, and finally code repair. This involves the application and advancement of novel Artificial Intelligence and optimisation techniques.
Semini's research interests include large-scale optimisation particularly generation and transmission investment planning, mixed-integer programming and decomposition techniques. During her PhD, Semini developed algorithms to improve computational efficiency in generation and transmission investment planning problems. Her current work is on the Data 61 CRP project with Professor Ariel Liebman. Semini's research project focuses on applying state-of-the-art optimisation techniques and algorithms to the Australian NEM (National Electricity Market).
Professor Ann E Nicholson is Interim Dean in the Faculty of Information Technology. Other recent leadership roles including Deputy Dean (Research) 2018-2020, (Acting) Deputy Dean 2016-2017, and Associate Dean (Education) 2014-2016. Prof Nicholson specialises in the broad area of Artificial Intelligence. She is a leading international researcher in the specialised area of Bayesian networks, now the dominant technology for probabilistic causal modelling in intelligent systems. She has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers, co-authored the well-received book "Bayesian Artificial Intelligence", and attracted more than $8M in research funding. She has applied Bayesian Network technology to problem-solving in many domains including meteorology, epidemiology, medicine, education, energy and environmental science.
Dr Wenping Yin has joined the department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University, and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx) since 2018 as a research fellow. Her research interests include photoluminescent chemical sensors and metal halide perovskite base optoelectronics. Prior to the position in Australia, she was a visiting researcher in the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science (China) and Chemical Physics Department, Lund University (Sweden) for systematic training on progressive temporal spectra. Dr Wenping Yin has completed a master & PhD course in Engineering, from the department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea.
Dr Jim Curtis' research focuses on gaining an intimate, theoretical, and applied understanding of the influences impacting on the behaviour of a range of target audiences, leading and collaborating on teams across over 80 projects. Jim has acquired an intimate understanding of how the public sector interacts with research, working with multiple government partners in Victoria and New South Wales. He has witnessed and experienced the different ways that research can be applied to inform program design and policy shifts, and is committed to applying these learnings.
Professor Asad Islam is currently the Director of the Centre for Development Economics and Substantiality (CDES) at Monash. He has worked in a number of developing countries on a range of issues including energy, environment and natural disasters, technology adoption, gender, education and social networks. He has published widely in leading economics and public policy journals. He is involved in extensive field works including running experiments and conducting randomised controlled trials. His research has been funded by UK ESRC, ARC, AusAID (DFAT) and IGC, European Commission, and World Bank.
Dr Tom Hughes' research is in thermophysical property measurements including vapour-liquid equilibrium and solid liquid equilibrium and measurements related to carbon dioxide capture and sequestration and the use of natural gas hydrates and semi-clathrate hydrates in gas separations. His primary research ambition is to assist industry in their goals to improve operations and processes by providing measurements or modelling that allow optimal designs and operating conditions to be more confidently determined and reduce energy requirements and environmental impacts.
Associate Professor Andrew Hoadley is passionate about designing processing plants for better environmental performance. He is particularly interested in assisting with the reduction in carbon footprint of chemical and energy systems through better integration and the use of renewable energy. He is also an active researcher in the fields of dewatering and steam drying, and related to these areas, he is interested in the upgrading of waste materials, industrial ecology and sustainability. He is an active member of the Education Special Interest Group of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Associate Professor Ha Bui's major research interests are in the areas of computational mechanics and material modelling with particular focus on large deformation and failure of geomaterials. He leads the Monash Computational Geomechanics (MCG) Lab. He worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Civil Engineering at Ritsumeikan University. His research focused on the development of advanced numerical methods to model large deformation and flow failure of geomaterials.
Professor Hugh Blackburn’s principal research area is the physics of unsteady flows and associated computational methods. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society. He holds a BE from UniSA and a PhD from Monash, in the area of bluff body fluid mechanics. Prior to commencing his PhD at Monash he worked as a consulting engineer for Kinhill Engineers, and CSIRO where he carried out both fundamental and applied research in fluid dynamics.
Wenchao Huang received his B.E. (with honours) and PhD from Monash University. After his postdoctoral fellow training at University of California Los Angeles and University of Tokyo, he held an appointment as a research fellow at Monash University, funded by an ACAP fellowship. His current research interests include organic flexible electronics such as photovoltaics, photodetectors and thin-film transistors and characterisation of thin films by using synchrotron-based techniques. He has a strong background on the manipulation of the chemistry and microstructure to enhance the optoelectronic and mechanical properties of flexible organic electronics. Recognitions for his research include Australian Synchrotron Stephen Wilkins Medal.
Dr Reza Razzaghi's research aims to develop smart grid solutions to efficiently deliver sustainable, economic and secure electricity supply. His research group is particularly interested in integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) in power networks, real-time monitoring and situational awareness, and powerline-related bushfire mitigation techniques. His extensive research on advanced fault location methods has resulted in a commercialised patent. He has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards including the 2019 Best Paper Award of the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility and the 2013 Basil Papadias Best Paper Award from the IEEE PowerTech Conference.
Associate Professor Srinivas Sridharan has a global academic experience across India, USA, Canada and Australia. He conducts research on the impact of markets on quality of life and has published in international journals of high quality in marketing and interdisciplinary areas. He has taught using the case method and dialogic inquiry across undergraduate, Masters, and PhD programs, and uses systems thinking concepts and statistical, ethnographic, and participatory action research methods. In a recent project, he studied how subsistence entrepreneurs in India break out of poverty and transform their businesses and their communities.
Professor Amrik Sohal holds a PhD in Operations Management, an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons). Professor Sohal worked in the UK manufacturing industry for over 10 years before becoming an academic. He has been a chief-investigator on numerous projects funded the Australian Research Council, federal and state government departments and industry. Professor Sohal has authored over 240 papers published in refereed journals, as well as three books and a number of chapters contributed to books. His research focuses on process improvement and innovation across operations and supply chains covering many sectors.
Dr Pari Haghighi's research interest include mobile and ubiquitous computing, context-aware computing, e-health and mobile health monitoring, internet of things (IoT), real-time and mobile decision support systems, and social media content analysis. works in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University as a Lecturer.
Associate Professor Anke Leroux is an environmental and natural resource economist. She is particularly interested in economic behaviour and resource management under conditions of risk, uncertainty and irreversibility. Her theoretical, empirical and experimental work is published in the top journals of her field and has informed climate change adaptation policies in the conservation and water sectors. In the area of energy economics, Anke is interested in the role of incentives for consumer behaviour and is applying portfolio optimisation to understand the demand and supply implications of low-emission microgrids.
Laurence Brassart is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University. Her general field of interest is the development of original theoretical and computational models to investigate the mechanical and functional behavior of materials. Areas of interest include micromechanics (e.g. homogenization theory) and continuum thermomechanics and kinetics (including mass transport and chemical reaction in solids) with applications to tranditional engineering materials (e.g. alloys and composites), soft materials and energy storage materials.
Professor Xinhua Wu is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Precinct Partnerships) at Monash University and Director of Monash International Advanced Manufacturing Hub. Xinhua has pioneered systematic fundamental materials research to transform the 3D printing technique from producing artefacts to manufacturing components for aerospace applications and by designing microstructurally enhanced non-equilibrium light alloys. She conducted ground breaking research to use 3D printing to print the world’s first full size jet engine in 2014 and achieved international aerospace qualification for 3D printed Ti components for civil aircraft applications in 2017. Collectively Xinhua has brought in more than $100m of research funding.
Dr Christoph Bergmeir is currently working in Applied Machine Learning. He received a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Ulm, Germany, in 2008, and a PhD degree from the University of Granada, Spain, in 2013.
Mr Rob Kelly was a Senior Analyst for ClimateWorks' "Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050" project, developing a technical and economic pathway for Australia to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. He authored the buildings sector analysis for this project. Rob has also managed several projects evaluating energy productivity potential for states and federal government and was lead analyst in developing the Energy and Emissions Cost Optimiser software for the Carbon Market Institute. He holds an MBA, studying at Melbourne Business School and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne.
Professor Christopher Hutchinson’s research covers all aspects of the metallurgy of engineering alloys. Christopher’s emphasis is on manipulation of the chemistry and processing of engineering alloys to create new alloy structures that exhibit improved combinations of mechanical properties such as strength, elongation, impact, wear and fatigue etc. Professor Hutchinson was a recipient of an ARC Future Fellowship in the inaugural round of 2009, was a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals (2005-2013) and is currently a Chief Investigator in the ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre in Alloy Innovation for Mining Efficiency (2016-2021).
Dr Pierre Le Bodic is primarily interested in Discrete Optimisation and Computational Complexity. He was previously a postdoc in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Université Paris 11.
Dr Kevin Rietwyk is an expert in the characterisation of semiconducting materials and thin film electronic devices, particularly photovoltaics. His interests lie in the optical and electronic properties of perovskite solar cells and developing advanced characterisation tools for routine high-throughput analysis. Dr Rietwyk joined the Bach group at Monash University after completing a Marie Curie individual fellowship in the Zaban laboratory in Israel, investigating metal oxide photovoltaics.
Dr Lee Djumas is currently the Research and Innovation Manager of the Woodside FutureLab at Monash University overseeing the Research and Innovation program with a range of industry partners. His interests lie in delivering real-world impact in a range of fields particularly related to materials and design.
Dr Edward Lam studies operations research and combinatorial optimisation at Monash University and CSIRO Data61. His research on autonomous and intelligent decision-making spans the energy, medicine and transportation sectors. Within the energy theme, he works on optimal control, demand response and investment planning.
Professor Rob J Hyndman, Head of the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, has researched and consulted with a wide range of business, industry and government clients. His most recent work includes demand forecasting for the electricity industry, forecasting Australian tourist numbers, and estimating life expectancy for the Australian indigenous population. He has received several awards for his research including the 2007 Moran Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. He is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a member of the International Institute of Forecasters, International Association for Statistical Computing and Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
Dr Chao Chen’s 15 years' experience in the energy industry provides him with a deep understanding of the industry's strategic, commercial and regulatory drivers which are essential in assessing the immediate and long term growth opportunities for network businesses. In his previous role, he led a range of strategic transformational initiatives including implementing a company-wide enterprise planning system, process improvements and acquisitions - the most notable being the Mortlake Terminal Station. Before moving into the energy industry, he started his career as an accountant with Arthur Anderson and Motorola Australia & New Zealand.
Dr Rob Brimblecombe leads the University’s Engineering and Sustainability team, including the development and delivery of the Net Zero Emissions Initiative and operational Circular Economy Strategy. Over the last ten years he has directed the University’s Energy management and procurement activities, lectured in building science and renewable energy systems, supervised applied research projects in sustainable development and co-authored the book ‘Positive Energy Homes’. He has a PhD in Photo-electrolysis (solar hydrogen) and before taking up his position a Monash, completed a Fulbright Fellowship at Princeton University and a postgraduate fellowship and Monash University, with publications in leading peer reviewed journals.
Professor Abdelmalek Bouazza has an international reputation for research in Geosynthetics and Environmental Geotechnics. His research has been recognised by a number of awards including, recently, the 2018 International Geosynthetics Society Award. Professor Bouazza is very prominent in technical and professional society activities and serves on a number of international technical committees. Currently, he is the Chair of the International Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Technical Committee TC 215 on Environmental Geotechnics and the Secretary of ISSMGE TC308 on Energy Geotechnics.
Nirmal graduated from Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, Sri Lanka with a first-class honours degree in Chemistry in 2010. In 2014, he obtained his Ph.D. from Loughborough University, UK. In the same year, he was awarded the best graduate student prize of the University for his achievements gained during his Ph.D. Then, he conducted his post-doctoral research at the Loughborough University and the University of Tokyo, Japan successively. In 2017, he joined AkzoNobel UK as a Scientist before joining Monash University. His current research focusses on developing charge-transporting inks for printable perovskite solar modules by scalable printing techniques.
Associate Professor Joseph Liu's research areas include cyber security, blockchain, IoT security, applied cryptography and privacy enhanced technology. He is currently the lead of the Monash Cyber Security Discipline Group. He has established the Monash Blockchain Technology Centre at 2019 and serves as the founding director. He has received more than 7000 citations and with more than 200 publications in top venues such as CRYPTO, ACM CCS. He has been given the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research Impact in 2018, and the prestigious ICT Researcher of the Year 2018 Award by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the largest professional body in Australia representing the ICT sector, for his contribution to the blockchain and cyber security community.
Professor Peter J. Stuckey is a pioneer in constrain programming, and leads the Optimisation Group in the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Department. He received a B.Sc and PhD both in Computer Science from Monash in 1985 and 1988 respectively. In 2009 he was recognised as an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He was awarded the 2010 Google Australia Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science for his work on lazy clause generation, and the 2010 University of Melbourne Woodward Medal for most outstanding publication in Science and Technology across the university. In 2019 he was elected as a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
Professor ShanwenTao’s research interests are in chemical engineering, electro-chemical synthesis, electro-chemistry, energy-materials, fuel cell, solid state chemistry and sustainable Processes. He was previously with University of Warwick as a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Sustainable Processes.
Professor Sankar Bhattacharva has a strong background in industry and academia. He worked in India as a design and commissioning engineer in coal-fired power stations, in Thailand operating pilot plants processing agro-forestry residues to gaseous fuels, the Lignite CRC and Anglo Coal in Australia on operating coal gasification and advanced combustion pilot plant, and the International Energy Agency in France leading their Cleaner Fossil Fuels program. Most of his recent projects are large scale and industry-oriented on gasification, conversion of wastes (plastics, tyres, eWastes) and biomass to fuels, chemicals, hydrogen and monomer recovery. He also advises multiple governments and international bodies. He is the co-inventor of four patents in power and platform chemicals from biomass and coal.
Professor Michael Fuhrer is an ARC Laurete Fellow and directs the ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) and co-directs the Monash Centre for Atromically Thin Materials. Before coming to Monash, he directed the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials at the University of Maryland. Fuhrer is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. His research explores novel two-dimensional materials such as graphene, the two-dimensional surface state of three-dimensional topological insulators (e.g. Bi2Se3), other two dimensional semiconductors, metals, and superconductors.
Dr Seyyedehtahereh Hosseinidashtikhani's current research focus is on development of high-efficiency and low-emission clean fuel technologies. She is also involved in several projects in the mineral processing area aimed to produce magnesium metal from waste fly ash.
Dr Jie Zhang is a Chief Investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). He also jointly leads the Monash Electrochemistry Group. Dr Zhang is an electrochemist by training who has developed a solid background in both the experimental and theoretical aspects of electrochemistry during his research career. He has also obtained a broad experience in other research areas, such as biomedical engineering, materials engineering and nanotechnology. He has published 6 book chapters, 7 international patents and more than 200 refereed journal articles.
Professor Geoff Webb is Research Director of the Monash Data Futures Insitute. He is a leading data scientist and the only Australian to have been Program Committee Chair of the two leading Data Mining conferences, ACM SIGKDD and IEEE ICDM. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2015 and his numerous awards include the inaugural Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science (2017). He has developed many useful machine learning algorithms that are widely deployed, has published more than 200 scientific papers, and has been a chief investigator on competitive grants totalling more than $24 million.
Dr James Saunderson received the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees (both with Honours) from the University of Melbourne in 2008. He then completed MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2011 and 2015 respectively. Before joining Monash, he spent a year as a Postdoctoral scholar jointly in Electrical Engineering at Caltech and the University of Washington.
Professor Wallace graduated from Oxford University in Mathematics and Philosophy. He worked for the UK computer company ICL for 21 years while completing a Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence at the University of London and a PhD sponsored by ICL at Southampton University. He was a co-founder of the hybrid algorithms research area and is a leader in the research areas of Constraint Programming (CP) and hybrid techniques (CPAIOR). His focus both in industry and University has been on application-driven research and development. He is currently involved in the Alertness CRC, plant design for Woodside planning, optimisation for Melbourne Water, and work allocation for the Alfred hospital.
Dinh Phung is a Professor of Machine Learning and Data Science in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia. He is a leading researcher at the forefront of theoretical and applied machine learning with a current focus on generative deep learning, Bayesian nonparametrics and graphical models, optimal transport and point process theory for machine learning. He publishes regularly in the areas of machine learning, AI and data science. He is also a technical consultant as Director of AI Research for Trusting Social - an AI Fintech company whose aim is to advance data science and AI to provide financial access for all.
Associate Professor Vincent Lee’s (PhD, SMIEEE) current research interests are multidisciplinary spanning adaptive signal processing (adptive antenna array), secure autonomous robotic system, renewable decentralised electrical energy smart grid, artificial intelligence in financial engineering, and explainable and interpretable graph-based fraud detection and anomaly pattern recognition. He has published 200+ papers in high impact Q1 journal and A/A* international conference proceedings. Prior joining academia, he has 15 years experience in Singapore as a project leaders for the design, install, test and commission of six large scale avionic systems (defence), Mechanic and Electrical systems for hospitality bulidings/plants for service/manufacturing industries with industrial patents.
Professor Gil Garnier is the Director of the Australian Pulp and Paper Institute (APPI). His current research interests are focused on the application of colloids and polymers to surfaces, adhesion, composites, and the process of paper making. At APPI he is head of a multidisciplinary team which uses nanotechnology for surface engineering, bioprinting and the development of novel specialty papers.
Professor Ranjith Gamage is among leading researchers trying to assemble hard numbers and facts that will make geosequestration possible. He has also been awarded the ARC Future Fellowship (2009) for his research work to combat climate change. His main research interests are in sustainability, industry innovation, energy, and climate change. His contribution has been in development of new methods to understand and overcome resource-recovery challenges – in mining, and especially for unconventional gas & geothermal reserves – with the strategic goal of improving and promoting technological innovation for environmental protection and responsible use of resources.
Professor Rob Raven is the research director at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, and professor of institutions and societal transitions at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. His interest is in sustainability transitions and socio-technical innovation. His empirical work has covered energy and mobility transition processes in both Europe and Asia. He published over 50 scientific articles on these topics and recently was co-editor of ‘The Experimental City’ (2016). His current research agenda is focussed on analysis of transformative change in urban context such as eco-cities and smart cities.
Associate Professor Gillian Oliver leads the Digital Equity research and teaching group. Her research interests centre on information culture, the influences of values and behaviours on the ways that information is managed in organisational settings. She is co-author of Records Management and Information Culture: Tackling the People Problem (Facet, 2014) and Digital Curation, 2nd ed (ALA, 2016) and Co-editor in Chief of Archival Science.
Dr Barrett Ens is currently a member of the Immersive Analytics research group. His research interests include novel input methods for augmented reality, immersive analytics, and situated data visualisation. During his PhD work at the University of Manitoba, he completed two research internships with the User Interface Research Group at Autodesk Research. He later worked as an NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UniSA's Empathic Computing Lab.
"Professor Simon Wilkie’s previous academic appointments include Professor of Economics and Communications Law at USC Department of Economics and Gould School of Law, Chair of the Department of Economics at USC and Executive Director of the USC Center for Communications Law and Policy. His academic research focuses on game theory its application to; business strategy, economic policy design, and the tele-communications industries. He is cofounder of Competition Economics, and in that capacity has advised corporate and government clients on; spectrum auctions, strategy, competition policy and regulatory issues, and several start-ups on strategy. He has also held the roles of Chief Economist at the US Federal Communications Commission and Chief Economic Strategist for Microsoft."
Professor Raman Singh’s primary research interests are in the relationship of nano-/microstructure and environment-assisted degradation and fracture of metallic and composite materials, and nanotechnology for advanced mitigation of such degradations. He has also worked extensively on use of advanced materials (e.g., graphene) for corrosion mitigation, and stress corrosion cracking, and corrosion and corrosion-mitigation of magnesium alloys. He has been engaged in many consulting activities including; corrosion of coated steels (Orica Ltd, Australia), caustic hardening of polymer components used for alumina processing (BHP Billiton), and ex-service steel components in caustic environments in alumina processing (Queensland Alumina Ltd).
Dr Selby Coxon is the Director of the Mobility Design Lab hosted by the Department of Design at MADA. His professional career spans over thirty years working for both the corporate sector; Philips Electronics and Schlumberger and private consultancy; IDC and Anglo Nordic Design in Europe, Scandinavia and Australia. His research interests concern improvements and far reaching ambitious interventions in the design of mobility, particularly public transport. He has also undertaken research projects for organisations including; Metro Trains Melbourne, Yarra Trams, Volgren, Transdev, General Motors and SNCF (the French National Railway).
Professor Daniel Prajogo research interest areas are mainly focused on quality, operations, supply chain, and innovation management. He has over 100 publications, including journal articles, conference papers, edited research books, book chapters, and industry reports. He was listed as one of the top 25 SCM scholars in Asia by a research paper published in International Journal of Production Economics. In his research, he has built collaborations with international academics, and industry associations in Australia which have funded the research projects, including Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) and Institute for Safety, Compensation, and Recovery Research (ISCRR).
Dr Yinlong Zhu is currently a DECRA Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University. He received PhD degree in Materials & Chemical Engineering from Nanjing Tech University in July at 2017. His research interests focus on “Developing advanced functional materials for electrochemical energy applications”.
Dr Mark Edmonds is a lecturer and a former recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award. He is an associate investigator in ARC Centre for Excellence Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies (FLEET). His research group studies topological insulators and topological dirac semimetals, and interfacing them with ferromagnetic insulators. They study the electronic properties with angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES), scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and low-temperature magnetotransport.
Professor Chris Davies is the Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals. His research focuses on understanding the role of crystallographic texture in the deformation of light metals and alloys, and modelling the effects of texture and microstructure on mechanical behaviour. He has received several awards for commercialisation of magnesium alloys.
Professor Jacek Jasieniak is Associate Dean Research and a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include the development of nanoscale materials and their application to various next generation energy technologies that enable lower cost and great supply of renewable energy across the world.
Dr Gaveshana Spelage is a researcher in low-cost solar cell fabrication and their material/device characterisation. He is working on developing alternative electrodes and hole transport materials for perovskite solar cells, which is a new class of solar cells involving cheaper materials to compete with the dominant Silicon solar cells in the market. He completed a PhD scholarship at Monash, and gained industry experience as a Chemist. He is now a Post-Doctoral fellow at School of Chemistry at Monash and affiliated to the ARC centre of excellence in exciton science.
Scott Ferraro is a leader in net zero-emission strategy development and implementation, with a deep understanding of the opportunities to reduce emissions across the energy, transport and buildings sectors. Currently, as Program Director of Monash University’s Net Zero Initiative, Scott and his team are focused on transitioning Monash’s Australian operations to net zero emissions by 2030. The program aims to find translatable solutions to enable the broader transition to net-zero emissions required under the Paris Agreement.
Professor Tim Dwyer is a co-author of ‘Immersive Analytics’, which was published in 2018 and has had over 16,500 downloads to date. He received his PhD on ‘Two and a Half Dimensional Visualisation of Relational Networks’ from the University of Sydney in 2005. A postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash University from 2005 to 2008, Tim was also a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research USA until 2009. From 2009 to 2012, Tim was a Senior Software Development Engineer with the Visual Studio product group at Microsoft in the USA. He then returned to Monash as a Larkins Fellow where he now directs our IA Lab.
Dr Xiaojun Chang is affiliated with Monash University Centre for Data Science. He is an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow between 2019-2021. Before joining Monash, Dr Chang was a Postdoc Research Associate in School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, working with Prof. Alex Hauptmann. He has spent most of his time working on exploring multiple signals (visual, acoustic, textual) for automatic content analysis in unconstrained or surveillance videos. Dr Chang's system has achieved top performance in various international competitions, such as TRECVID MED, TRECVID SIN, and TRECVID AVS.
Associate Professor Lian Zhang specialises in the Research, Development and Deployment
related to a broad range of high efficiency and low-emission clean energy technologies, particularly for the advanced utilisation of low-rank coal, biomass and industry waste, and catalytic synthesis of hydrogen and liquid fuels. He undertakes extensive collaborative research with a variety of industry partners and research organisations across Australia and from overseas. He is a member of American Chemistry Society (ACS), the Japan Society of Chemical Engineers, the Japan Institute of Energy and Engineers Australia. He is currently leading the Clean Solid Fuel Laboratory (CSFL) in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash. He has been awarded the Inaugural Future Fellowship Award in 2010.
Dr John Betts is a senior lecturer and an award-winning university educator with more than 20 years’ experience teaching mathematical modelling, statistics and data science. His research has applied computational modelling, optimisation, simulation and data analysis of systems under uncertainty to investigate important societal problems across a diverse range of fields, usually in multi-disciplinary teams. Research into renewable energy production and storage has led to the development of fast, simulation-based models to evaluate the reliability of supply from these systems, and allocate resources and investment optimally.
Associate Professor Victoria Haritos’ research brings together biology and engineering to address future manufacturing needs. She is interested in discovering and designing enzymes for specific and fast reactions as isolated biocatalysts. She’s also researching the metabolic and systems biology of cells in culture - examining productivity and underlying reasons behind heterogeneity in response and how this can be modified. She applies research knowledge to improve thermal processing outcomes and preserving nutrients in processed foods by working with a range of food and beverage companies.
Dr Mahsa Saleh was a postdoctoral researcher at IBM Research Australia before joining Monash. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne in collaboration with the Machine Learning research group in NICTA.
Associate Professor David Dowe works primarily in Minimum Message Length (MML) - a unifying tool in machine learning (computer science, artificial intelligence), statistics, econometrics, inductive inference (philosophy of science), data mining and data science.
Naresh Chandrasekaran joined the Materials Science and Engineering department on August 2015 as a joint PhD student between Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Monash University. He completed his PhD from Physics and Materials Science and Engineering departments in October 2018. He is one among the youngest graduates from the collaborative program to have graduate at the age of 25. He has received several awards including Nationals Photonics Fellowship and Monash Energy Materials and System Institute grant award during his research carrier. He currently has more than seven years of research experience in developing and characterising novel organic and inorganic semiconducting optoelectronic devices. Naresh’s current research involves developing novel solution-processed optoelectronic devices and understanding the charge carrier dynamics inside these devices.
Dr Roger Dargaville is an expert in energy systems and climate change. Roger specialises in large-scale energy system transition optimisation, and novel energy storage technologies such as seawater pumped hydro and liquid air energy storage. He has conducted research in global carbon cycle science, simulating the emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel and exchanges between the atmosphere, land and oceans as well as stratospheric ozone depletion.
Dr Robbie Napper is the Deputy Director of the Mobility Design Lab. Since joining Monash, he has developed expertise in the design and manufacture of public transport vehicles. He led the design and development of Australia’s most widely adopted route bus, the VolgrenOptimus. Robbie is an active member of the US National Academy of Science’s Transportation Research Board, in the fields of Bus Transit Systems, and Transit Capacity and Quality of Service, and an Associate of Monash University's Public Transport Research Group.
Dr Tian Zhang's research focuses on the fabrication and characterization of thin film semiconductor materials for photovoltaic applications. At Monash University, he is investigating the vacuum-based thin film perovskite materials and the electron/hole transport layers to realize the high efficiency tandem solar cells in perovskite/Si and perovskite/perovskite structures.
Dr Mita Bhattacharya has published widely in peer-reviewed journals including in energy Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organisation, International Journal of Production Economics, World Economy, Review of Industrial Organisation and in Applied energy. She has received numerous internal grants and external grants from the Australian Research Council, Tyre Australia and National Science Council (Taiwan). Bhattacharya is the recipient of the annual award in 2017 from the Applied Energy Society for her research on renewable energy sources. She has held visiting positions in the Australian National University, Curtin University, Doshisha University, University of East Anglia and in the OECD.
Dr Jathan Sadowski is a research fellow in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab. His work focuses on the political economy and social impacts of digital systems. He is interested in understanding the interests and imperatives that influence how technologies are designed and why they are used.
Dr Kim Marriott leads the Computer Human Interaction and Creativity (CHIC) discipline group. His main interests are in information visualisation, immersive analytics, digital publishing as well as assistive technologies for people with vision impairment. After obtaining his PhD in 1989 he worked at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center until joining Monash in 1993.
Dr Larissa Nicholls’ human-computer interaction research includes smart home, distributed electricity generation, and other digital technologies. Her applied research projects involve in-home ethnographic research to explore interactions between energy (technologies, usage, pricing, communications) and social, physical and financial wellbeing. Larissa specialises in bringing deeper understandings of household practices and concerns into Australia’s ongoing policy debates about energy affordability, sustainability and reliability. The impacts of energy policy and emerging technologies for vulnerable and disadvantaged households are a key research focus. Her industry research supports consumer advocacy and energy organisation decision-making towards better outcomes for households.
Dr Shirui Pan received a PhD degree in data science from UTS, NSW, Australia. After that, he worked as a Research Fellow (from Aug 2015 to June 2018) at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CAI), School of Software, UTS. Prior to Monash, Shirui Pan was a Lecturer and a Chancellor's Postdoc Research Fellow at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). To date, Dr Pan has published over 50 research papers in top-tier journals and conferences, including the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS), IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics (TCYB), ICDE, AAAI, IJCAI, ICDM, SDM, PAKDD.
"Associate Professor Carsten Rudolph is an expert in the cyber security issues that accompany peer-to-peer trading schemes like those being considered for “smart grid” - based future energy delivery systems.
He is also Director of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre, a collaboration of eight Victorian Universities with the broad aim of engaging with industry to develop research and training opportunities for dealing with cyber security issues. Formerly, he was head of the research department Trust and Compliance at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT, Drmstadt, Germany. "
Associate Professor Meera Marjorie Parish’s research is broadly focused on the theory of strongly correlated phenomena in ultracold atomic gases and electron systems. She's particularly interested in superconductivity and superfluidity, low-dimensional systems and dimensional crossovers, and magnetotransport.
Abby Wild has a diverse career in research and consulting that has spanned the US, the UK, Singapore and Australia, Abby has conducted research, program evaluation and communications work across a range of projects and clients. She has a strong working practice of quantitative and qualitative methods and extensive experience with surveys, interviewing and facilitating focus groups.
Abby has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and history from Harvard (USA). She obtained an M.Phil. in Criminological Research at Cambridge University (UK). Abby returned to Cambridge on a Gates Scholarship for her PhD, which she is currently completing.
Dr Mohan Yellishetty has had two decades of research and academic career in Australia, USA and India and has been recognized as one of the leading experts in the area of ‘sustainable mineral resources’. His research and academic work experience have provided him with the opportunity to undertake high quality research work and to contribute significantly to mining engineering discipline and publish widely in reputed high impact journals.
Dr Toby Bell is interested in; discovering the fundamental photophysical properties of new materials at the single molecule level, understanding how energy is transported around in multi-chromophoric dye molecules, polymer chains and nanoparticles, and using SM techniques to address biophysical problems such as protein folding, aggregation and conformational change.
Dr Lennon Chang is interested in researching cybercrime, cyber security, regulation and governance of new technologies and cyberspace. One of his key research areas focuses on how to reduce concerns and issues relating to incident reporting when building a feasible computer incident reporting scheme to protect critical infrastructure. He also promotes cyber security awareness and cyber hygiene, especially in the Indo-Pacific region. He is the founder of Cyberbaykin: Myanmar Cyber Security Awareness campaign and is a co-founder and vice chairman of the Asia-Pacific Association of Technology and Society.
Dr Priya Samudrala studied Applied Chemistry and received her PhD in Dec 2016 at RMIT University working in the area of heterogeneous catalysis for bio-glycerol conversion to commodity chemicals and fine chemical synthesis involving organic transformations. After her PhD, she continued working as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry (CAMIC), School of Sciences, RMIT University for about 6 months. She reinforced her knowledge in heterogeneous catalysis and ventured into a new area of developing three-dimensional printed catalyst formulations and their application in sustainable chemical production from renewable sources.
Professor Kiyonori Suzuki’s research is primarily directed towards the magnetic properties of non-equilibrium and metastable materials, with particular emphasis placed on nanostructured materials for electromagnetic device applications. Key elements involved in this area of research are nanostructure-magnetic properties relationships, nanostructural formation mechanisms and magnetism in nanostructured systems (e.g., random anisotropy and exchange-spring effects). Suzuki is also interested in other functional materials in the area of sustainable energy technologies such as hydrogen storage and permeation alloys.
Associate Professor Nemai Chandra Karmakar’s research interests cover areas such as RFID, smart antennas for mobile and satellite communications, electromagnetic bandgap structure (EBG) assisted RF devices, planar phased array antennas, broadband microstrip antennas and arrays, beam-forming networks, near-field/far-field antenna measurements, microwave device modeling, monostatic and bistatic radars. He has published more than 200 referred journal and conference papers, 3 books and twenty four book chapters and he is a member of the editorial board of a number of journals.
Professor Chris McNeill's interests include organic electronic devices such as polymer solar cells and organic field-effect transistors, as well as structural characterisation of organic semiconductor films using synchrotron-based techniques. He has been awarded a number of high-profile fellowships including an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship to support his work in Cambridge, an ARC Future Fellowship and a veski innovation fellowship to enable him to establish his research activities in Australia.
Dr Laszlo Frazer is discovering new scattering processes that work around fundamental limitations on the efficiency of classical photovoltaics. The current roll-out of photovoltaics is transforming our energy infrastructure, but classical photovoltaics have fundamental limitations on their efficiency.
Dr Yuan-Fang Li's research interests include knowledge graphs, ontology reasoning & knowledge representation, natural language processing, representation learning (embedding) of networks/graphs. Some of the research problems he works on include structural & temporal learning for hospital readmission risk prediction, question generation from text & knowledge graphs, complex question answering over knowledge graphs, learning to improve ontology reasoning efficiency, and intuitive & scalable visualisation of non-hierarchy associations in large ontologies.
Professor Lei Jiang has interests in bio-inspired Multi-scale Interface Materials (Special Wettability). He invented a variety of new methods to reveal the mechanism of super-hydro-phobicity on the surface of organisms; bionic multi-scale interface materials, nano-channels Construction and application; bionic intelligent nano-channel construction and its application in the field of energy conversion.
Dr Alexandr Simonov leads a Solar Fuels group who undertake research in the sustainable synthesis of green fuels – hydrogen and ammonia, from renewables. The group brings together specialists in chemistry, materials science and engineering who aim to design high-performance electromaterials for emerging photovoltaic and electrocatalytic applications and understand the mechanisms of their operation. One of key features of their research is the development of the in situ and operando methods for the characterisation of electromaterials in action. The group actively interacts with the emerging and established Australian companies within the renewable energy sector.
Dr Vanessa Johnston is admitted to practice in Victorian and Commonwealth jurisdictions. Vanessa has worked in private practice at small and mid-sized law firms, primarily in the areas of property, commercial, and tax law. Vanessa teaches in Property Law, and her research interests also extend to environmental law, taxation, transport, international law, and comparative law.
Dr Sarah Goodwin is interested in exploring creative visual analytic solutions for complex, multi-dimensional and geospatial data sets. She has an academic and professional background in geospatial analysis and information visualisation, having worked for over 15 years as a GIS technician, geo-data analyst, consultant and a researcher for some of the leading research centres for spatial analysis and visualisation around the world, including the giCentre at City University in London, UK; the g2Lab at HafenCity University in Hamburg, Germany and the Geospatial Science Department at RMIT University.
Associate Professor Peter Bragge specialises in translating research evidence into practice and policy to address challenges faced in health and sustainable development. This involves identifying, appraising and cataloguing research evidence; exploring the practice context through consultation with practitioners and policymakers and consulting on intervention design and implementation. As Director of Health Programs for BehaviourWorks Australia, Peter manages partnerships with a number of government and other agencies. Peter also leads Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s collaboration with McMaster University in Canada to build Social Systems Evidence – the world’s largest evidence resource for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr Frits de Nijs' research interests are in the optimisation of decisions in sequential decision-making problems, a necessary component of artificial intelligence agents operating in dynamic systems. In particular, his research focuses on establishing cooperation in situations where multiple such agents interact. For example, the coordination of home energy management systems to track renewable generation while maximising the home owner’s comfort. Before joining Monash in 2018, he worked on these problems towards a PhD degree from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.
Professor Diego Ramirez-lovering’s research examines the contributory role that design, and design thinking can play in addressing the significant challenges facing contemporary urban environments, climate change, resource limitations and rapid population growth with a key focus on the Global South and through a lens of planetary health. Diego is the director of the Informal Cities Lab (ICL). The Lab undertakes design-based research exploring the conditions of informality in developing cities with specific focus on the Asia-Pacific. ICL research – designed and conducted in collaboration with government and industry – strives for impact, purposefully targeting implementation at the intersection of academic research and international development.
Dr Sebastian Thomas’ research covers all aspects related to the materials durability. This includes work investigating the macro/micro-structural scale corrosion mechanisms prevalent in additively manufactured alloys, magnesium alloys, galvanised steels, stainless steels, aluminium alloys and also nickel alloys. It also includes work on the development of industry-scale corrosion sensing, monitoring and protection methods (such as cathodic protection and coatings). He also has specific expertise in fundamental electrochemistry and electroanalytical chemistry, which led him to develop several state-of-the-art techniques to unravel the structure-property relationships of materials in the context of corrosion.
Associate Professor Kei Saitoi's research areas of interests include developing new synthesis and production methods for novel sustainable/environment benign materials and alternative energy materials based on the principles of Green Chemistry. Green chemistry is an academic field in chemistry that is concerned with the design of safe processes and products, and when used in material production, the new material should not only be more environmentally benign but also perform as well and be more economical than alternative materials.
Dr Graham Palmer is a researcher with an industry background as an engineer and researcher in manufacturing, HVAC and electronics. He has published in the area of biophysical economics, renewable energy, life-cycle analysis, and energy-economic modelling. Graham obtained his PhD in the area of energy-return-on-investment (EROI). His current research interests include the future roles of energy storage systems.
Dr. Sebastian Furer’s research is focused on the synthesis and development of new materials for next generation renewable energy technologies. His current research involves copper electrolytes for sensitised solar cells, hole-transporting materials for perovskite solar cells, interface and surface engineering through self-assembled monolayers and lead-free perovskite materials.
Associate Professor Ruth Lane’s research focuses on the intersections between social change, environmental degradation and environmental governance. She has examined this through studies of the consumption of goods and materials, and associated issues of waste, reuse and materials recycling (Lane and Gorman-Murray 2011), and of the social and cultural aspects of land use change in rural and regional Australia and its biodiversity consequences. Lane has developed an interest in the interface between social science research on consumption and socio-technical transitions and industrial ecology assessments of material flows and environmental footprints.
Associate Professor Nikhil Medhekar's research interests lie in a broad area of computational mechanics and materials science and his research group is particularly interested in understanding the structure, properties and processing of materials at nano- and micro-scale using computer simulations. The computational tools that he employs are multi-disciplinary—ranging from the quantum mechanical electronic structure simulations, to large-scale molecular dynamics, phase-field and finite element simulations. Current research interests are focused on material systems crucial for optoelectronics and energy applications.
Associate Professor Vinod Mishra is an Applied Economist with a research focus on the resources and energy economics-related issues in developing countries. His past research has looked at energy policy and energy security in pacific island nations, the impact of environmental conditions on subjective well being of people in China, sectoral convergence in Australia's Energy Consumption, long-run relation between carbon emission and income inequality and predictability of energy prices. His current research looks at the role played by electricity access in achieving the development goals of health, education and poverty alleviation in developing and underdeveloped countries.
Associate Professor Chris Greening uses his understanding of microbial energetics to tackle key problems in sustainable development and planetary health. Following an undergraduate in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (University of Oxford, 2010), he completed a PhD focused on hydrogen metabolism in mycobacteria (University of Otago, 2014). His group researches the energetic processes that allow bacteria to regulate greenhouse gas cycling, maintain biodiversity in extreme environments, and cause infectious diseases. A key focus is hydrogen and methane metabolism. He has published in leading journals including Nature, and has been awarded fellowships from the CSIRO, ARC, and NHMRC.
Professor Jian Zhao is an engineering specialist covering research, teaching and consulting on rock mechanics, Geo-technical engineering, tunnelling and mining. His Expertise are in fundamental and applied researches of rock mechanics and applied geophysics, tunnelling and mining technology.
Professor Douglas Macfarlane is head of the Energy Program in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. He is currently researching materials that will enable new pathways to generate energy and fuel from sustainable resources (e.g. the sun) and materials that are currently waste or pollutants (e.g. CO2 gas). One of his main focus areas within ACES is the generation of ‘Solar Fuels’ from nothing more than CO2, water and sunlight.
Professor Robert Thomson’s research focuses on international comparisons of democratic representation, and various forms of international governance. In one area of ongoing research, Robert and his colleagues are examining the conditions under which politicians keep and break the promises they make to voters when they enter government office. In another area, Robert and his colleagues are seeking to understand negotiations in the European Union and how the EU operates on the international stage. He is author of Resolving Controversy in the European Union (Cambridge University Press), and a series of articles and book chapters on national, EU, and international politics.
Dr Mega Kar specialises in IL synthesis and electrochemistry, working on electrodeposition, and metal batteries. Her main research is aimed at designing novel ionic liquids for application in rechargeable magnesium batteries. She has received The Most Promising Woman Scientist award at the 6th International Congress on Ionic Liquids, the Faculty of Science Advancing Women’s Success Grant, and the Australian-India Early Career Research Fellowship grant. Along with Professor Douglas MacFarlane and Associate Professor Jennifer Pringle, she co-authored a textbook titled “Fundamentals of Ionic Liquid Science – From chemistry to applications“, published in 2017.
Professor Greg Sheard leads a research team specialising in high-order computational methods for the simulation and analysis of fluid flow and heat transfer. His work seeks to explain how instability and turbulence develop from smooth flows – so critical to mixing and heat transport – and the modifying roles played by buoyancy and electromagnetic forces on these phenomena. Current interests include horizontal heat transport in natural convection flows modelling global ocean currents, and the destabilisation of liquid metal flows under strong magnetic fields for viable heat extraction from future magnetic confinement fusion reactors.
Dr Nan Zheng received his BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees, in Transportation Engineering, from the Southeast University (China) in 2007, Delft University of Technology in 2009, and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2014. From November 2014 to August 2015, September 2015 to September 2016, he was appointed as a Post-doc by EPFL and the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). From October 2016, he was with Beihang University in Beijing, as an Associate Professor in the School of Transportation. He recently joins the Institute of Transport Studies at Monash. Most of his publications goes towards prestigious journals in traffic engineering, such as in Transportation Research series.
Dr Zongyan Zhou's research interests include modelling of particle-fluid flows in gas and oil extraction, multiscale study of raceway operations for low-cost and stable ironmaking, and micromechanical analysis of size segregation and its prediction in granular free-surface flows. He holds a PhD in process metallurgy, powder technology and granular materials and multiphase flow and heat transfer from University of New South Wales.
Dr Ross Gawler’s professional experience has spanned the technical and economic factors in the development and operation of electricity generation and transmission. He has worked under both centrally planned and competitive industry structures. His professional goals have mainly centred on conducting realistic economic and risk analysis which leads to effective investments in generation and transmission assets.
Dr Arnaud Prouzeau is a postdoc researcher in Human-Computer Interaction and Visualization at Monash. He is a member of the Immersive Analytics team which investigates how immersive technologies can be used to support analytical reasoning and decision making. His post doctorate focus is on building management domain and exploring how immersive platforms (Virtual and Augmented Reality) can be beneficial in this context. Arnaud also explores how Building Information Modelling can be adapted for such platforms and used to improve energy efficiency of buildings.
Dr Julia Meis-Harris research interests lie in the area of environmental and social psychology, environmentally sustainable behaviour and climate change, and consumer behaviour and the influence of economic inequality on prejudice toward immigrants. During her PhD she worked on various behaviour change projects in cooperation with BWA as well as other entities, such as the review of innovative P-Turn intersections for VicRoads and a review of energy use and sustainable housing practices for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. She is particularly interested in the drivers of various environmental and pro-social behaviours that impact everyday life.
Dr Parama Banerjee has always been fascinated by the electrochemical processes, particularly in the areas of energy storage, conversion and corrosion. This fascination led her Monash University to pursue a PhD examining the effect of various surface modifications on the electrochemical kinetics of a degrading metal surface. After her PhD, she integrated her knowledge in electrochemistry with carbon-based nanomaterials and ventured into the field of energy storage and conversion. Her current research interest includes, electrochemistry of various interfaces, energy storage materials and systems, advanced carbon based materials, corrosion, functional coatings and nanotechnology and nanomaterials.
Dr Jenny Zhou pursues research through a combination of laboratory experiment, field monitoring, data analysis and modelling. Her contribution to life cycle assessment and sustainable built environment has been acknowledged by many international awards and invitations. Some highlights include Green Talents awarded by The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, research exchange fellowship provided by the Lloyd's Register Foundation, and forum invitations from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Universitas 21 network.
Dr Xiongfeng Lin is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University. He completed his Bachelor degree (with honours) at Central South University (China) and Monash University (Australia). He received his Ph.D. from Monash University working in the research group of Prof Udo Bach in 2019. His research interests focus on interfacial modification and back-contact perovskite photovoltaic devices.
Dr Jesper Fredenslund Levinsen’s research focusses on strongly interacting quantum systems on the interface between condensed matter physics and the physics of ultracold atomic gases. He works on aspects of superfluidity, impurities in degenerate quantum gases, few-body physics, and low-dimensional systems. A particular subject which fascinates him is the interplay between few - and many - body physics in strongly correlated systems.
Dr Gordon Leslie’s fields of study are industrial organisation and energy economics. His current research examines issues relating to competition, policy and consumer engagement in a selection of energy and energy derivative markets.
Associate Professor Choon Wang is interested in a wide range of topics in the areas of the economics of education, labour economics, development economics, public economics, and health economics. He often uses field or natural experiments as well as observational data to study the determinants of the education, health, and labour market outcomes of individuals in both developed and developing countries. Choon has also provided technical and policy assistance to various governments and has published in international refereed journals.
Associate Professor Mehmet R. Yuce’s research interests include low-power electronics design, IoT sensor, implantable and wearable medical devices, telemedicine, wireless body area network (WBAN), bio-sensors, MEMs sensors and actuators, integrated circuit technology, radio frequency circuit design and energy harvesting. He is an author of three books in the area of wearable medical devices. He is an associate Editor for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Sensors Journal and is a senior member. Yuce has received many awards including from NASA, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTTS), and the University of Newcastle.
Dr Daniel Edgington-Mitchell works as a researcher in the Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerospace and Combustion. He received his undergraduate degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Monash University in 2005. During his PhD, he undertook graduate research in the High Temperature Gas Dynamics Laboratory at Stanford University under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship from 2008-2009. He was awarded his PhD from Monash University in 2013.
Professor Jianfei Cai currently serves as the Head for the Data Science and AI Department. Before that, he was a full professor, a cluster deputy director of Data Science and AI Research centre (DSAIR), Head of Visual and Interactive Computing Division and Head of Computer Communications Division in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He has published more than 200 technical papers in international conferences and journals. He is a co-recipient of multiple paper awards, has served as an Associate Editor, Area Chair and leading Chair for multiple journals and conferences.
Professor Webley joins Monash has over 15 years’ industry and academic experience in the development and management of clean energy technologies, specifically carbon capture. Professor Webley leads the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership to progress energy solutions for a lower carbon future. Aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the research and development initiatives of the partnership will focus on leadership and novel technologies in the hydrogen value chain and carbon abatement. Professor Webley’s principal research interest has seen him at the cutting edge in supporting Australia’s lower-carbon energy transition.
Dr Sudha Mokkapati’s did her PhD on monolithic integration of compound semiconductor quantum dot based optoelectronic devices at the Australian National University, then joined the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University as a post-doctoral researcher. There she developed photon management strategies for thin film solar cells based on amorphous Si, crystalline Si and III-V quantum-dot absorbers. She then worked as a Super Science Fellow and a Research Fellow, developing nanowire optoelectronic devices at the Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University. Her current research interests include semiconductor nano-photonics, nano-lasers and nanostructured solar cells.
Dr Ly-Fie Sugianto has expertise in applying data analytics and AI techniques to study the competitive behaviour in the Australian electricity market. Ly-Fie’s research in Data Analytics and AI applications in the electricity industry, and technology adoption studies, have been funded by a number grants, including the ARC (SPIRT/Linkage) grant, the Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership (AIGRP) grant and the Sumitomo Foundation grant. Her research projects include exploring the effectiveness of deregulated electricity industry using agent based models and discovering emergence and gaming behaviour in competitive market.
Professor Jianfeng Nie's research interests include design and development of light alloys, crystallography of phase transformations and applications of transmission electron microscopy. He has published over 100 papers in international journals. He has held roles including being a member of the Board of Review, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, former Chair of Phase Transformations Committee of TMS, and Chair of the National Events Committee of Materials Australia.
Dr Hao Wang is interested in optimisation of power and energy systems, mechanism design in electricity markets, applied machine learning and big data analytics for energy system planning and operation. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University and a Washington Research Foundation (WRF) Innovation Fellow. He has been awarded the best paper award at IEEE PECON 2016 and the best paper run-up at IEEE ICC 2017. He serves as an organisation committee member of ACM e-Energy 2019, a program committee member of multiple reputed conferences, and a referee of leading journals
Dr Xingliang Yuan focuses on designing new protocols, systems to solve emerging data privacy and security challenges in cloud and networked environments. Recently, he works to build encrypted and searchable databases to defeat data breaches, and design networked systems via hardware enclaves that can process large-scale data streams in a secure and scalable manner. He is also interested in cybersecurity assisted inter-disciplinary research with smart grid, digital health, and machine learning. His research has been supported by Australian Research Council, CSIRO Data61, Oceania Cyber Security Centre, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Monash Infrastructure.
Dr Meysam Sharifzadeh Mirshekarloo is an engineer with many years of experience in the design and implementation of various devices and prototypes. This includes; energy storage devices (supercapacitors and batteries), sensors, actuators, fluid jet dispensers, transparent speakers. He focuses on design and fabrication of new devices and products from new materials. He has worked closely with industry partners on projects with high TRL level (~7), some of the outcomes being pushed for scale up and commercialisation.
Dr Wendy Stubbs' research seeks to understand how business can more holistically address its environmental, social and economic responsibilities. Her PhD in corporate sustainability developed a ‘sustainability business model’ that integrates sustainability into the core business model. This research is recognized as pioneering in the field of business models for sustainability, and her research continues to explore business models that are grounded in the principles of sustainability.
Dr Xin Ma’s research interests include sustainable operations management, energy management, revenue management, game theory, and health care management. His publications have appeared in journals such as Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Computers & Operations Research, Journal of Cleaner Production, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. Before joining Monash he was Lecturer of Engineering Management (Education & Research) at the College of Engineering, and Mathematics and Physical Sciences at University of Exeter.
Professor Philip Marriott's main research activities are in Analytical Chemistry, specifically gas chromatography (multidimensional GC and comprehensive 2D GC) with mass spectrometry. Professor Marriott is recipient of an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award. He has recently been awarded a Special Visiting Researcher on a Brazil CNPq grant, administered by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in conjunction with the Agricultural Institute EMBRAPA. Prior to this, he was awarded a World Class University (WCU) Distingished Professorship, under the Korean Research Foundation, with Chung-Ang University, Seoul.
Dr Mehrdad Parsa is a highly engaging applied chemist whose experience spans the spectrum from advanced material, energy and health, to environmental science areas. He has delivered several published articles and formed new products and methods. His works resulted in two registered patents: a new Carbon Honeycomb Monolith (Australian Patent) and a novel and game-changing method for wastewater treatment and several patent disclosures.
Dr Walsh holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Melbourne. Following his PhD, he worked in postdoctoral and research positions in the United States at the University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He returned to Australia in 2015, and started a research consultancy/software development company: Stone-Code Pty. Ltd, before taking a position at the School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of New South Wales. In 2018, Dr Walsh returned to Melbourne, joining the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash as a member of the Resources Engineering division.
Dr Larry Stillman’s research interests include community informatics and development informatics in urban or rural settings in Australia and the Global South. He has conducted research with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa, on the development of internet kiosks for poor urban and rural communities in Africa, and has been closed involved with the PROTIC project with Oxfam in Bangladesh since 2014. This project is concerned with the social well-being of marginalised communities (farmers, fisherfolk, the urban underclass) and their use of mobile technology for income generation and community wellbeing in response to grand environmental and economic challenges. He favours qualitative and engaged social-technical research, and the transmission of research knowledge to local partners, whether NGOs, local businesses, local universities or communities themselves.
Professor Wray Buntine enjoys playing with web/text data and writing code, and supports some of his work on Github (wbuntine). His research interests include theoretical and applied work in document and text analysis, machine learning, and probabilistic methods including: discrete non-parametric Bayesian statistics, latent variables in semi-structured and text analysis, topic models for semi-structured data, applications in medical and health infomatics.
Professor Sarah Pink is the Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash. She is a world leading Design Anthropologist, known for her development of innovative digital, visual and sensory research and dissemination methodologies, which she engages in interdisciplinary projects with design, engineering and creative practice disciplines to engage with contemporary issues and challenges. She has over 20 years experiences of working with academic and industry research partners internationally and frequently gives keynote and public lectures in academic and business environments internationally. She has published numerous academic books, peer referred journal articles and book chapters.
Mahdi Abolghasemi is a research fellow in Data Science currently working on renewable energy forecasting. He received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Newcastle, Australia and has an Engineering background. He is interested in communicating science and applying knowledge to real-world problems. His research interests include forecasting, decision making, business analytics, data science and machine learning. He is passionate about multi-disciplinary researches where he can apply his knowledge and help researchers and industries from different disciplines to solve problems effectively.
Professor Mark Thompson has been consulting and has had previous industrial work with AMIRA, CRA, COMALCO and Ford Europe. His biomedical-targeted research has focussed on numerical modelling of stirred bioreactors, stenoses and cell-cell/cell-wall interactions. Thompson’s other major interest has been modelling the way particles interact with other particles and walls, with potential extensions to deformable immune cells such as platelets and leukocytes.
Professor Lata Gangadharan’s research in the area of environmental economics has direct relevance to formulating policies for improving environmental quality locally as well as globally. She has designed experiments to understand attitudes towards corruption, design appropriate institutions for credit provision in developing countries and measure trust and trustworthiness between individuals in economic transactions. She has published extensively in reputed journals such as the American Economic Review, Science, European Economic Review, Nature Communications, Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management among others.
Professor Alan Chaffee's research embraces investigating ways of more efficient uses of coal and how carbon dioxide emissions can be best controlled. He is also investigating developing renewable fuels to replace coal and the concern about environmental consequences of using coal. Victoria has an abundance of brown coal and with the support of a Research Leader Fellowship from Brown Coal Innovation Australia, Alan is seeking new uses for this 'massive resource' and improved ways of dealing with it. This includes obtaining chemicals from coal, and finding methods of extracting the moisture that don't themselves use high levels of energy.
Associate Professor Gholamreza (Reza) Haffari’s work is focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly in low-level perception and high-level reasoning under uncertainty, mainly from text and potentially from other data modalities such as vision and speech. His research tackles problems such as: Understanding and generating natural language text, effective training of deep neural networks with minimal human supervision as this powerful technology is data hungry, and explaining the outcome of black-box computational models in order to make them trustable in critical decision making scenarios such as digital health.
Professor Patrick Oliver is an expert in human-computer interaction with particular research interests including the application of social and ubiquitous computing, the development of new approaches to interaction, and human-centred design methods. Patrick coined the term Digital Civics, now a central focus of his research. Digital Civics is a cross-disciplinary area of research that explores ways technology can promote new forms of participation in the design and delivery of local services including education, public health and social care and town planning. Another key element of Oliver’s work is the creation of open source software and hardware.
Dr Behrooz Bahrani's research interests include control of power electronics systems, applications of power electronics in power and traction systems, and grid integration of renewable energy resources. He is a Co-Director of the Grid Innovation Hub. He received the Swiss National Science Foundation Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship in 2013, and the Swiss National Science Foundation Advanced Postdoc Mobility Fellowship in 2014. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at several institutions including EPFL, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, and Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany.
Associate Professor Megan Farrelly undertakes research within the broad fields of environmental and natural resource governance. She examines the policy and governance processes and pathways for crafting sustainable urban transformations. Her research focuses on the role of experimentation and demonstration projects (technical and governance oriented), policy mechanisms and the institutional drivers of change to assist in delivering changes to policy and on-ground practices across public and private organisations. Her research broadly seeks to generate key institutional and policy strategies to expedite Australia’s energy transition.
Professor Erte Xiao's research applies experimental methods to understand how incentives and social norms influence economic behaviour. Before joining Monash University, she was an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Udo Bach is the Deputy Director of ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science and an ANFF-VIC Technology Fellow at the Melbourne Centre of Nanofabrication. He received his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland) and worked in a technology start-up company in Dublin, Ireland. Prof Bach has a strong background in the area of photovoltaics and nanofabrication. He is involved in fundamental and applied research in the area of perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells. He has additional research activities in the area of nanofabrication, DNA-directed self-assembly, nanoprinting, plasmonics for sensing and combinatorial photovoltaic materials discovery.
Buser Say earned his PhD (2020) under the supervision of Professor Scott Sanner on the topic of optimal planning with deep neural networks, my MASc. (2016) on the topic of least-commitment partial-order planning under the supervision of Professor J. Christopher Beck and Professor Andre Augusto Cire and my BASc. in Industrial Engineering (2014) from University of Toronto. He was also a Postgraduate Affiliate with the Vector Institute and a visiting researcher at the Australian National University.
Professor Mainak Majumder applies fundamentals of materials science, notably Carbon, to emerging and multidisciplinary areas of separation engineering & energy storage and in doing so, creates scientific & business opportunities. He has developed an international reputation for inventing innovative fabrication & processing methods, grounded on strong fundamentals, with impact in a wide gamut of engineering applications for e.g. membrane-based separations, supercapacitors, batteries, strain sensors, micro-/nano-fluidics and anti-corrosion coatings. He is a nationally recognized leader in industry engagement & translational research on graphene. His track record & standing in this topical area is such that he has continually received ARC funding.
Dr Julie Karel's research focuses on utilising either thin film growth techniques or application of external electric fields to control the magnetic or electronic properties of advanced functional materials. She is particularly interested in the electronic modifications in materials resulting from application of very large electric fields during liquid electrolyte gating and how to utilise these changes to make novel computing devices. Formerly, Dr Karel worked as a Materials Engineer for Intel Corporation in the USA. She obtained her PhD (2012) in MSE from the University of California Berkeley and carried out her postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany.
Dr Haque has been conducting research in two major areas: critical infrastructure and carbon-sequestration. His work on biochar carbon sequestration in soils and protecting infrastructure in acid sulphate soils (ASS) are of significant contributions. He is the recipient of many industry and national competitive grants and has published more than 85 papers. Dr Haque worked as the Director of Teaching of Civil Engineering (2014-2015) and provided leadership to develop quality learning & teaching practices through development of new policies and procedures. He is the program leader of the off-campus master of infrastructure engineering & management program at Monash University.
Dr Narendra Pai concluded his PhD research on developing solution processible lead-free solar cells at Monash University in July 2019 under the guidance of Dr Alexandr Simonov and Late Professor Leone Spiccia. Adjunctive to his PhD research, he was awarded post-graduate publication scholarship by School of Chemistry. Prior to PhD research, he has spent time on developing photoanodes for dye-sensitised solar cells as part of graduate research back in India. Currently, Narendra is enthusiastic about developing novel lead-free perovskite materials as part of his Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) fellowship at Bach group.