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From our Clayton and Caulfield campuses in Melbourne, Australia, through to Malaysia and South Africa, see who’s who in Monash IT.

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Professor Jon-Whittle

Professor Jon Whittle


Professor Jon Whittle is the Dean of the Faculty of IT at Monash University. He is a world-renowned expert in software engineering and human-computer interaction, with a particular interest in digital health research. Recently arrived from the UK, he was previously Head of School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, where he led eight multi-institution, multi-disciplinary research projects. These included digital health projects such as: digital self-management tools for adults with autism, interactive data dashboards to support clinical decision making for COPD, and wearable devices for anxiety reduction. He is well-known in the software engineering research community and will chair the major conference in the field (International Conference on Software Engineering) in 2019. When in the UK, he was a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Awardee - this is a prestigious award given to outstanding and respected scientists in the UK. Prof. Whittle is an experienced research leader, having been the Principal Investigator of projects totaling over £8M in recent years.

Professor John Grundy

Professor John Grundy

Senior Deputy Dean

Professor John Grundy is the Senior Deputy Dean and Professor of Software Engineering. John brings 25 years of experience in research, teaching and nurturing IT leaders across Australian and New Zealand. John joined Monash IT from Deakin University, where he held the prestigious positions of Alfred Deakin Professor of Software Engineering and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for ICT Innovation and Translation. Before Deakin, he held numerous leadership roles over six years at Swinburne University of Technology, including the Dean of the School of Software and Electrical Engineering, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of ICT, Head of Computer Science and Software Engineering and Director of the Swinburne University Centre for Computing and Engineering Software Systems. Originally from New Zealand, John spent eight years at the University of Auckland as Professor of Software Engineering and was Director of Software Engineering and Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. A leading international software engineering researcher, John has received over $23M in awarded research funding, including seven Australian Research Council grants in the last five years. He has authored over 350 papers, supervised over 60 PhD and Masters by Research students, and has been recognised as a Fellow of Engineers Australia and Fellow of Automated Software Engineering.

Professor Mark Wallace

Professor Mark Wallace

Deputy Dean (Research)

Professor Mark Wallace is the Deputy Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Information Technology, and is Director of the CTI-Monash Centre for Optimisation in Travel, Transport and Logistics. He is a NICTA fellow.

Dr David Albrecht

Acting Deputy Dean (Education)

Dr. David Albrecht is the Acting Dean Education in the Faculty of Information Technology.  He has done research in several areas including Machine Learning, Bayesian Networks, User Modelling, Geostatistics, Logic, Functional Operator Theory...

Matthew Butler

Dr Matthew Butler

Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching)

Matt is a Senior Lecturer and researcher within the Faculty of Information Technology. His research interests lay in three primary areas:Addressing Challenges in Computing Education, The Use of New Technologies in the Educational Context and Improving Accessible Graphics for the Vision Impaired Community

Bernd Meyer

Professor Bernd Meyer

Associate Dean (Graduate Research)

Professor Bernd Meyer is the Deputy Dean (Graduate Research) in the Faculty of Information Technology.

Mrs Christabel Gonsalvez

Ms Christabel Gonsalvez

Associate Dean (Student Engagement)

Ms. Chris Gonsalvez is the first Associate Dean Student Engagement for the Faculty of IT. Her research is education-focused with a keen interest in work-integrated-learning and student experience...

Dr Campbell Wilson

Dr Campbell Wilson

Associate Dean (International)

Dr Campbell Wilson is Associate Dean International in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. His research interests include Content-Based Multimedia Retrieval, Digital libraries, Probabilistic Information Retrieval ...

Tim Dwyer

Dr Tim Dwyer

Associate Dean (External Engagement)

Dr Tim Dwyer is Associate Dean External Engagement in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University.

Leisa McGuinness

Faculty General Manager

Leisa McGuinness joins Monash IT as Faculty General Manager. She has almost 20 years leadership experience in higher education with a number of senior management positions held within Monash University, most recently as Faculty Operations and Planning Manager in the Faculty of Medicine and Nursing and Health Sciences (MNHS).

Prior to that role, Leisa managed a number of schools within MNHS, including: Nursing and Midwifery, Psychological Science, Biomedical Science, and Indigenous Health. Previously, Leisa was School Manager in the Faculty of Information Technology at Peninsula and subsequently at Clayton Campus.

Leisa is a committed and collaborative leader with extensive experience and success in delivering strategic business outcomes through effective and long-term partnerships. Her impressive skills in business planning, data analysis, and employee engagement will prove invaluable for Monash IT as it implements its new strategic goals.

Geoff Webb

Professor Geoff Webb

Group Lead for Data Science

Geoff Webb is a Professor of Information Technology Research and head of the Centre for Data Science. His primary research areas are machine learning, data mining, user modelling and computational structural biology. Many of his learning algorithms are included in the widely-used Weka machine learning workbench and a commercial implementation of his association discovery techniques, Magnum Opus, is widely used. He is an IEEE Fellow and received the 2013 IEEE ICDM Service Award; a 2014 Australian Research Council Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award; 2016 Australian Computer Society's ICT Researcher of the Year Award, the 2016 Australasian Artificial Intelligence Distinguished Research Contributions Award.

Gillian Oliver

Associate Professor Gillian Oliver

Group Lead for Organisational & Social Informatics

Gillian Oliver is an Associate Professor of Information Management and Director of the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics (COSI).  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 Chris Messom

Group Lead for Education

Chris Messom is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology.

Professor Sharon Oviatt

Group Lead for Creative Technologies & HCI

Sharon Oviatt is a Professor with the Faculty of IT. Her area of research include Human-centered interfaces; Multimodal-multisensor and mobile interfaces; Ubiquitous computing; Data analytics; Research methodology and evaluation

Associate Professor Carsten Rudolph

Group Lead for Cyber Security & Systems

Carsten Rudolph is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of IT at Monash Clayton campus. He has contributed extensively to four key areas of cyber security:Trusted Computing, Security of critical infrastructures and Security of IT Networks, Security by design / security engineering / formal methods for security, Validation and design of security protocols, and Digital forensic readiness and secure digital evidence

Malaysia School of IT

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South Africa School of IT

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