Our people

Meet the people leading our faculty in Australia and Malaysia

Dean's Office – Melbourne, Australia

Professor Ann Nicholson

Professor Ann Nicholson graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Master of Science (Computer Science) from the University of Melbourne. In 1988, she was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, where she completed her doctorate in the Robotics Research Group. She then undertook a post-doc at Brown University before returning to Australia to join Monash.

As the first woman Dean of the Faculty, Professor Nicholson is responsible for more than 200 staff, 5,400+ students and leading IT courses taught in Australia, Malaysia, China, Indonesia and South Africa.

Joining the University in 1994, her leadership expertise is broad and diverse – garnered through a range of executive roles across education, research and industry, including Associate Dean (Education) and Deputy Dean (Research).

An globally-esteemed specialist in Bayesian Networks, Professor Nicholson’s research focuses on translational impact and social good, with cross-disciplinary collaborations in epidemiology, medicine, education, environmental science and meteorology. She has published more than 120 peer reviewed papers and co-authored the highly regarded ‘Bayesian Artificial Intelligence’ textbook. Her research has attracted over $12M in research funding, and has resulted in two start-up companies for technology transfer of Bayesian AI.

Currently Professor Nicholson is the Honorary Secretary of the Victorian Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, and is a member of professional societies ACM, IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society. She was a co-founder, inaugural president and long-term board member of ABNMS.

Kerrie Weippert-Rowe

Kerrie is an accomplished Faculty General Manager (FGM), Chief Finance and Operation Officer with more than 25 years’ experience in higher education, state and local government, and industry.

Notably, before joining Monash Faculty of IT she served as the Business and Operations Director of the British School Jakarta, a premier international institution.

Throughout her career, she has been very successful in managing and motivating high-performing teams across a variety of business, administrative and operational functions – and has driven a number of high-impact projects and million-dollar investments.

Further, during her time as FGM for Monash Law, she delivered a new vision and direction helping drive cultural change programs leading to the highest quality academic and research programs.

An MBA, a certified Prosci Change Management Professional and the highest-ranking CPA Australia Fellow, Kerrie has proven capabilities overseeing budgets of AU$600M+ and managing hundreds of people to achieve organisational goals.

Associate Professor Carsten Rudolph

Associate Professor Rudolph joined Monash in 2015 bringing significant industry and management experience – particularly as a Department Head at the prestigious Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Germany for more than a decade.

At Monash, he led negotiations with the Victorian government to secure $6M to establish the Oceania Cyber Security Centre. He has also built a strong cybersecurity group with world-renowned expertise in key focus areas and an excellent range of applied research that aligns with the Challenges of the Age: Digital Health, Energy and regional Cybersecurity Maturity.

As our Deputy Dean, Associate Professor Carsten is responsible for operational academic matters and strategic initiatives spanning research and education, and external partnerships.

Professor Tim Dwyer

Showcasing his proven track record for leadership, Professor Dwyer established and directed the Data Visualisation and Immersive Analytics Lab – now world-renowned pioneers in data analytics.

He has also attracted significant research funding from the Australian Research Council and industry, contributed to a strong and vibrant research culture within the faculty and successfully led as our Associate Dean External Engagement from 2017 to 2019.

Now our Associate Dean (Research), Professor Dwyer is living his passion for building an impactful, collaborative research community that engages across the University, externally and internationally.

Professor Jean-Guy Schneider

Professor Schneider has exemplified his leadership capabilities in diverse executive roles across Swinburne and Deakin, including Associate Dean (Research & Development), Director Teaching & Learning, Academic Director of Industry Capstone and Deputy Head.

Also an experienced, committed educator, he has received a Deakin VC’s Education Excellence Award with his team, co-authored publications in teaching, learning and curriculum development, and supervised PhD candidates across Computer Science and Software Engineering education.

Focused on component technologies and user-centred approaches, Professor Schneider’s research centres on reliable software technologies. He has published over 100 fully peer-reviewed publications, attracted $3.2M+ in competitive research funding – including three ARC Linkage grants – and is a Chief Investigator on the ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living.

Associate Professor Yolande Strengers

Associate Professor Strengers is a digital sociologist and human-computer interaction scholar investigating the sustainability and gender effects of digital, emerging and smart technologies.

In addition to her role as Associate Dean (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion), she leads the Energy Futures theme in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab and is an Associate Director of the Monash Energy Institute.

Associate Professor Strengers works with qualitative and digital ethnographic methods, theories of social practice and technofeminism to understand how people are incorporating new devices and technologies into their everyday lives. Her research is applied in focus, and involves many research partners to inform current visions, designs, platforms and policies for emerging technologies in the energy, sustainability and smart home sectors. She has collaborated with organisations such as ANZ, Ausgrid, AusNet Services, Energy Consumers Australia and Intel Corporation.

With a PhD in Social Science, a Master in International Urban and Environmental Management, and a Bachelor of Arts, Associate Professor Strengers has written over 50 journal articles and conference papers. She's also the author of Smart energy technologies in everyday life and Social practices and dynamic non-humans.

Professor Bernd Meyer

Professor Meyer brings over 20 years’ experience in tertiary teaching and curriculum development. He is also working closely with schools to develop a new ‘early start’ curriculum that investigates computation beyond programming.

In our faculty, Professor Meyer is both our inaugural Associate Dean (Sustainability) and Director of the Collective Behaviour Lab.

Focused on computational ecology, he creates mathematical and computational models of the interactions between organisations and their environment, including the impact our changing environment has on their lives.

Most of Professor Meyer’s work centres on the collective behaviour of social insects, such as bees and ants, in the hope that a deeper understanding of their behaviour will help us better protect them and the important ecosystem services they provide.

Dr Yuan-Fang Li

Dr Li is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in our faculty. Prior to this role, he was the Course Director of the Bachelor of Software Engineering.

His research interests include knowledge graphs, natural language processing, representation learning of graphs, knowledge representation and reasoning, as well as their innovative applications in critical areas such as healthcare. He has published more than 100 technical papers, many in leading international conferences and journals including AAAI, IJCAI, ACL, EMNLP, ICCV and IEEE TNNLS.

Associate Professor Aldeida Aleti

Associate Professor Aleti is fascinated by artificial intelligence and optimisation techniques, and how they can be used to automate software development at different stages.

Encompassing software design, test case generation, fault localisation and even program repair, Associate Professor Aleti’s work spans a diverse range of areas to automate labour intensive tasks – leaving creativity to humans.

Throughout her career, Associate Professor Aleti has received extensive recognition for her contributions to the field. These include the Best Paper Award from the International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Faculty of IT Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.

Associate Professor Guido Tack

Associate Professor Tack is leading the development and enhancement of MiniZinc, a constraint modelling language and toolchain used to solve significant optimisation challenges across industry and government. He is also one of the main developers of Gecode, a state-of-the-art constraint programming library.

His research focuses on combinatorial optimisation, in particular architecture and implementation techniques for constraint solvers, translation of constraint modelling languages, and industrial applications.

Professor Jianfei Cai

Prior to stepping into his current role, Professor Cai has been a full professor, Cluster Deputy Director at the Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Research Center, and Head of both the Visual and Interactive Computing and Computer Communications Divisions in Nanyang Technological University.

Professor Cai’s major research interests include computer vision, multimedia and deep learning.

He has published more than 200 technical papers in international conferences and journals. He was also a co-recipient of paper awards at the ACCV, ICCM, IEEE ICIP and IEEE MMSP.

During his career, Professor Cai has served as an associate editor for IEEE T-IP, T-MM, T-CSVT and Visual Computer, and the Area Chair for ICCV, ECCV, ACM Multimedia, ICME and ICIP. What’s more, he was the Chair of IEEE CAS VSPC-TC from 2016 to 2018, the leading TPC Chair for IEEE ICME 2012 and the best paper award committee co-chair for IEEE TMM 2019.

Professor Monica Whitty

Professor Whitty joins us from UNSW where she was Founder and Director of the Institute for Cyber Security, and Professor in Human Factors. Within the Institute, she led 100+ members across the Canberra and Sydney campuses.

She also possesses extensive experience in tertiary education, including Professor of Human Factors in Cyber Security at the University of Melbourne and University of Warwick.

Author of more than 100 articles and five books, Professor Whitty is a leading expert on cyber fraud (especially romance scams), identities created in cyberspace, online security risks, behaviour in cyberspace, insider threats and the detection and prevention of deception.

She has also been heavily involved in developing, teaching and elevating UNSW’s undergraduate and graduate education.

Professor Kimbal Marriott

After obtaining his PhD in 1989, Professor Marriott worked at the IBM TJ Watson Research Centre. Then in 1993, he joined Monash.

Today, Professor Marriott leads our Human-Centred Computing department. Through his innovative work, he explores areas such as data visualisation, immersive analytics, human-in-the-loop optimisation, digital documents, accessible graphics and cognition of visual languages and information graphics.

Currently, Professor Marriott is researching how new technologies, such as 3D printing and tablets, can help present graphical content to vision-impaired people.

He’s also focused on developing technology that can create interactive documents and diagrams which adapt to different viewing environments and user requirements.

Professor Marriott has been a co-recipient for both a Best Paper Award and Best Paper Honourable Mention Award at IEEE InfoVis.

Professor Ir Raphaël Phan

Professor Phan specialises in security, cryptography and malicious AI. He has published over 90 journal papers and over 120 conference papers.

He was the principal investigator for a project on privacy-preserving data mining funded by the UK government and UK Ministry of Defence, and recently led projects with funding in excess of RM3 million from the Malaysian government and industry.

Not only was he Deputy Director of the School of IT in Malaysia, Professor Phan has also been General Chair for Mycrypt 2005 and Asiacrypt 2007, and Technical Program Chair for Mycrypt 2016. He is regularly invited to serve on technical programme committees of internationally-leading security conferences and has served in over 100 TPCs.