Meet the people leading our faculty in Australia and Malaysia
Dean's Office – Melbourne, Australia
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.
Faculty General Manager
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.
Deputy Dean (Research)
Professor Garcia de la Banda is an award-winning researcher and academic who has been innovating in IT for more than 25 years. Throughout her career, she has upheld several leadership roles in the Faculty of IT – including Head of the Caulfield School of Information Technology and Deputy Dean.
In addition to her position as Deputy Dean (Research), Professor Garcia de la Banda is Acting Co-Chair of the Woodside FutureLab, Chair of the Athena SWAN STEMM Women Academic Network and President of the Association for Constraint Programming.
Among many achievements, Professor Garcia de la Banda was the recipient of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid's ‘Best PhD Award’, the co-winner of the First International Constraint Programming Challenge, and the winner of the first and only prestigious Logan Fellowship from the Faculty of IT – a role she held for six years.
During her time, Professor Garcia de la Banda has led and contributed to many transformative projects in areas such as constraint programming, program analysis and transformation, programming languages and bioinformatics. She has also published extensively in these disciplines and co-chaired global conferences including the International Conference in Logic Programming.
Deputy Dean (Education)
In addition to his role as our Deputy Dean (Education), Associate Professor Butler is also one of our senior lecturers and researchers.
His research interests include using new, affordable technologies to create more interactive and accessible objects. He's also focused on improving teaching and learning in computer science to enhance student engagement.
Associate Professor Butler is part of a major ARC Linkage Project that is investigating how 3D printing can provide better access to graphical learning materials – and support orientation and mobility training for the vision-impaired.
He's also investigating low-cost electronics to integrate with 3D-printed materials to enhance interactivity and understanding.
Director of Teaching Quality & Innovation
Professor Sheard has an academic career spanning more than 30 years. She is a former Head of the Caulfield School of Information Technology.
A passionate educator, Professor Sheard researches in computing education, specifically in educational technology, student learning behaviour and assessment. She has published extensively, receiving a number of awards, including a ‘Best in 25 Years’ award at the Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education conference. In 2017, she was also named an ACM Distinguished Member for her educational contributions to computing.
An active member of the international computing education research community, Professor Sheard has served as Vice Chair and Secretary of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) and is a former chair of the Australasian Chapter of ACM SIGCSE. She has also chaired a number of conferences and is chair of the 2021 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.
Professor Sheard established the Monash Museum of Computing History in 2001 and has directed activities for the Museum since.
Associate Dean (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
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.
Associate Dean (Sustainability)
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.
Associate Dean (International)
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 Dean (Engagement and Impact)
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 Dean (Graduate Research)
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.
Head of Department, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
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.
Head of Department, Software Systems and Cybersecurity
Associate Professor Rudolph has contributed extensively to four key areas of cybersecurity. These are 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.
Until March 2015, Associate Professor Rudolph was Head of the high-profile research department Trust and Compliance at Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology.
Several other positions that Associate Professor Rudolph has held are Principal Investigator at CASED Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt and Co-chair of ECSaR International Workshop on Engineering Cyber Security and Resilience at Stanford University.
He was also a lecturer at TU Darmstadt, gaining extensive experience in course design and teaching in cybersecurity, and supervising and mentoring graduate research students.
One of Associate Professor Rudolph’s major career highlights has been helping Huawei establish a research group on Trusted Computing in Darmstadt, Germany, as part of the European Security Competence Centre within the Huawei European Research Centre.
Head of Department, Human-Centred Computing
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.
Head of School
Before joining Monash in 2009 as Head of our School of IT in Malaysia, Professor Guo developed his academic career at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
He obtained his Bachelor of Engineer from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, and then his PhD from Imperial College in the UK.
As an expert in mechanical engineering, Professor Guo’s research interests span stress wave propagation, application of ultrasound, piezoelectric transducers, smart materials and structures, material characterisation and non-destructive testing techniques.
He has more than 130 publications in journals and conferences, and secured competitive research grants valued at S$2+ million. What’s more, he has graduated over 10 PhD students.
Professor Guo is an active member of ASA, IES and MSNT. He is also a Fellow of IMechE.