OPTIMA has developed the Strategic Plan in consultation with all its members. To meet OPTIMA’s Mission and Goals, a set of Priorities, Objectives, and Actions have been developed. The OPTIMA Executive Committee will oversee the Centre’s Activities for the next five years in line with the Strategic Plan.
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OPTIMA has three governance committees and three sub-committees.

Executive committee

The OPTIMA Executive committee meets monthly to oversee the Centre’s management, operations, and performance across the two collaborating research nodes. The Executive committee receives advice from the OPTIMA Scientific Advisory Committee and the OPTIMA Industry Advisory Committee as required.

Assoc. Professor Guido Tack

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Integrate Theme Leader

Dr Charlotte Hurry

Centre Manager
OPTIMA

Professor Adrian Pearce

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Uptake Theme Leader

Professor Andreas Ernst

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Advance Theme Leader

Professor Doreen Thomas

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Kate Smith-Miles

Centre Director
University of Melbourne

Professor Peter Stuckey

Deputy Director
Monash University

Professor Peter Taylor

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Rob J Hyndman

Chief Investigator
Monash University

Scientific Advisory Committee

OPTIMA’s Scientific Advisory Committee provides independent scientific advice to OPTIMA investigators. The committee advises on the Centre’s scientific directions and assesses the Centre’s research quality against international standards.

Achini Erandi

University of Melbourne

Adalberto S. Michels

University of Melbourne

Ahmad Amiruddin

Monash University

Alexander Ek

Monash University

Amin Karimi

University of Melbourne

Anthony Rasulo

University of Melbourne

Ashley Hanson

University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Alysson M. Costa

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Advance Theme Leader

Assoc. Professor Charl Ras

University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Gerardo Berbeglia

University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Guido Tack

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Integrate Theme Leader

Assoc. Professor Hamideh Anjomshoa

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Uptake co-deputy Theme Leader

Assoc. Professor Marcus Brazil

University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Marcus Gallagher

University of Queensland

Braden Kidd

Monash University

Caesar Perkasa

Monash University

Canchen Jiang

Monash University

Daniel Bustos

University of Melbourne

Daniel Herring

University of Melbourne

Dr Arthur Maheo

Monash University

Dr Chaitanya Manapragada

University of Melbourne

Dr Charlotte Hurry

Centre Manager
OPTIMA

Dr Christoph Bergmeir

Monash University

Dr Edward Lam

Monash University

Dr Ellie Hajizadeh

University of Melbourne

Dr Frits de Nijs

Monash University

Dr Gleb Belov

Monash University

Dr Hadi Akbarzadeh Khorshidi

University of Melbourne

Dr Hamid Rezatofighi

Monash University

Dr Ilankaikone Senthooran

Monash University

Dr Janosch Rieger

Monash University

Dr Jessica Leung

Monash University

Dr Jip J. Dekker

Monash University

Dr John Betts

Monash University

Dr Lachlan Andrew

University of Melbourne

Dr Lele (Joyce) Zhang

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Dr Mario Andrés Muñoz

University of Melbourne

Dr Mario Boley

Monash University

Dr Matthew Burns

University of Melbourne

Dr Matthew Tam

University of Melbourne

Dr Michelle Blom

University of Melbourne

Dr Rasul Esmaeilbeigi

Deakin University

Dr Reza Razzaghi

Monash University

Dr Simon Bowly

Monash University

Dr Vera Somers

University of Melbourne

Drew Mitchell

Monash University

Emely Pierau

Monash University

Estefania Yap

University of Melbourne

Fotios Mourdoukoutas

Monash University

Hajar Sadegh Zadeh

University of Melbourne

Hanan Alsouly

University of Melbourne

Hendrik ‘Henk” Bierlee

Monash University

Hossein Alipour

University of Melbourne

Hritika Gupta

University of Melbourne

Jae Lee

Monash University

Jason Nguyen

Software Developer
OPTIMA

Jinqiang Yu

Monash University

Kelvin Liu

University of Melbourne

Lakshan Bernard

Monash University

Mary Kolyaei

University of Melbourne

Nadhir Hassen

University of Melbourne

Nuwani Palihawadana

Monash University

Pamela Cortez

University of Melbourne

Pengyuan Ding

University of Melbourne

Peter Lusis

Monash University

Peter Wang

University of Melbourne

Professor Adrian Pearce

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Uptake Theme Leader

Professor Andreas Ernst

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Advance Theme Leader

Professor Ariel Liebman

Monash University

Professor Barry O’Sullivan

Partner Investigator
University College Cork

Professor Chris Leckie

University of Melbourne

Professor Doreen Thomas

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Frank Neumann

University of Adelaide

Professor Howard Bondell

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor James Bailey

University of Melbourne

Professor Juergen Branke

Partner Investigator
University of Warwick, UK.

Professor Kate Smith-Miles

Centre Director
University of Melbourne

Professor Kevin Glazebrook

Partner Investigator
The University of Lancaster, UK

Professor Maria Garcia de la Banda

Chief Investigator
Monash University

Professor Mark Fackrell

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Mark Wallace

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Uptake co-deputy Theme Leader

Professor Michael Kirley

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Integrate Theme Leader

Professor Peter Stuckey

Deputy Director
Monash University

Professor Peter Taylor

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Rob J Hyndman

Chief Investigator
Monash University

Professor Tansu Alpcan

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Tim Fletcher

University of Melbourne

Professor Uwe Aickelin

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Qian Wan

Monash University

Qingyang Li

Masters Student, University of Melbourne

Rehan Mendis

Monash University

Sameela Wijesundara

Monash University

Sekar Sakti

University of Melbourne

Shengjie Wang

University of Melbourne

Shiraz (Yi) Zhen

University of Melbourne

Vaughn Grey

University of Melbourne

Vincent Barbosa Vaz

University of Melbourne

Vivek Katial

University of Melbourne

Wathsala Karunarathne

University of Melbourne

Wenrui Yuan

University of Melbourne

Winton Nathan-Roberts

University of Melbourne

Xia Zhou

Monash University

Yuan Sun

University of Melbourne

Zahra Namazian

Monash University

Zhuo Wei

Monash University

Industry Advisory Committee

OPTIMA’s Industry Advisory Committee provides industry perspectives and advice to the Centre. The committee helps identify new partnership opportunities in a variety of industry sectors, provides advice on commercialisation opportunities, and supports OPTIMA’s training agenda by providing input into OPTIMA’s mentoring and training programs for young researchers and industry practitioners.

Achini Erandi

University of Melbourne

Adalberto S. Michels

University of Melbourne

Ahmad Amiruddin

Monash University

Alexander Ek

Monash University

Amin Karimi

University of Melbourne

Anthony Rasulo

University of Melbourne

Ashley Hanson

University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Alysson M. Costa

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Advance Theme Leader

Assoc. Professor Charl Ras

University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Gerardo Berbeglia

University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Guido Tack

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Integrate Theme Leader

Assoc. Professor Hamideh Anjomshoa

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Uptake co-deputy Theme Leader

Assoc. Professor Marcus Brazil

University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Marcus Gallagher

University of Queensland

Braden Kidd

Monash University

Caesar Perkasa

Monash University

Canchen Jiang

Monash University

Daniel Bustos

University of Melbourne

Daniel Herring

University of Melbourne

Dr Arthur Maheo

Monash University

Dr Chaitanya Manapragada

University of Melbourne

Dr Charlotte Hurry

Centre Manager
OPTIMA

Dr Christoph Bergmeir

Monash University

Dr Edward Lam

Monash University

Dr Ellie Hajizadeh

University of Melbourne

Dr Frits de Nijs

Monash University

Dr Gleb Belov

Monash University

Dr Hadi Akbarzadeh Khorshidi

University of Melbourne

Dr Hamid Rezatofighi

Monash University

Dr Ilankaikone Senthooran

Monash University

Dr Janosch Rieger

Monash University

Dr Jessica Leung

Monash University

Dr Jip J. Dekker

Monash University

Dr John Betts

Monash University

Dr Lachlan Andrew

University of Melbourne

Dr Lele (Joyce) Zhang

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Dr Mario Andrés Muñoz

University of Melbourne

Dr Mario Boley

Monash University

Dr Matthew Burns

University of Melbourne

Dr Matthew Tam

University of Melbourne

Dr Michelle Blom

University of Melbourne

Dr Rasul Esmaeilbeigi

Deakin University

Dr Reza Razzaghi

Monash University

Dr Simon Bowly

Monash University

Dr Vera Somers

University of Melbourne

Drew Mitchell

Monash University

Emely Pierau

Monash University

Estefania Yap

University of Melbourne

Fotios Mourdoukoutas

Monash University

Hajar Sadegh Zadeh

University of Melbourne

Hanan Alsouly

University of Melbourne

Hendrik ‘Henk” Bierlee

Monash University

Hossein Alipour

University of Melbourne

Hritika Gupta

University of Melbourne

Jae Lee

Monash University

Jason Nguyen

Software Developer
OPTIMA

Jinqiang Yu

Monash University

Kelvin Liu

University of Melbourne

Lakshan Bernard

Monash University

Mary Kolyaei

University of Melbourne

Nadhir Hassen

University of Melbourne

Nuwani Palihawadana

Monash University

Pamela Cortez

University of Melbourne

Pengyuan Ding

University of Melbourne

Peter Lusis

Monash University

Peter Wang

University of Melbourne

Professor Adrian Pearce

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Uptake Theme Leader

Professor Andreas Ernst

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Advance Theme Leader

Professor Ariel Liebman

Monash University

Professor Barry O’Sullivan

Partner Investigator
University College Cork

Professor Chris Leckie

University of Melbourne

Professor Doreen Thomas

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Frank Neumann

University of Adelaide

Professor Howard Bondell

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor James Bailey

University of Melbourne

Professor Juergen Branke

Partner Investigator
University of Warwick, UK.

Professor Kate Smith-Miles

Centre Director
University of Melbourne

Professor Kevin Glazebrook

Partner Investigator
The University of Lancaster, UK

Professor Maria Garcia de la Banda

Chief Investigator
Monash University

Professor Mark Fackrell

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Mark Wallace

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Uptake co-deputy Theme Leader

Professor Michael Kirley

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Integrate Theme Leader

Professor Peter Stuckey

Deputy Director
Monash University

Professor Peter Taylor

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Rob J Hyndman

Chief Investigator
Monash University

Professor Tansu Alpcan

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Tim Fletcher

University of Melbourne

Professor Uwe Aickelin

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Qian Wan

Monash University

Qingyang Li

Masters Student, University of Melbourne

Rehan Mendis

Monash University

Sameela Wijesundara

Monash University

Sekar Sakti

University of Melbourne

Shengjie Wang

University of Melbourne

Shiraz (Yi) Zhen

University of Melbourne

Vaughn Grey

University of Melbourne

Vincent Barbosa Vaz

University of Melbourne

Vivek Katial

University of Melbourne

Wathsala Karunarathne

University of Melbourne

Wenrui Yuan

University of Melbourne

Winton Nathan-Roberts

University of Melbourne

Xia Zhou

Monash University

Yuan Sun

University of Melbourne

Zahra Namazian

Monash University

Zhuo Wei

Monash University

Education and training sub-committee

OPTIMA’s Education and Training Sub-Committee oversees the development of training programs that benefit the Centre members, students, and our industry partner organisations. The sub-committee also develops strategies to communicate OPTIMA’s research to the broader research community, stakeholders in various industry sectors, and liaises with the Outreach Sub-Committee for communication to the general public about the importance of optimisation and STEM technologies for better decision making in society.

Achini Erandi

University of Melbourne

Dr Hadi Akbarzadeh Khorshidi

University of Melbourne

Dr Jessica Leung

Monash University

Dr Mario Andrés Muñoz

University of Melbourne

Professor Andreas Ernst

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Advance Theme Leader

Professor Mark Fackrell

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Peter Stuckey

Deputy Director
Monash University

Shengjie Wang

University of Melbourne

Wathsala Karunarathne

University of Melbourne

Zahra Namazian

Monash University

Equity, diversity and inclusion sub-committee

OPTIMA’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee seeks to provide equal opportunities and equal expectations for individuals, regardless of their gender, race, culture, or sexual identity. In consultation with the Executive committee, it develops policies. It ensures that these policies are acted upon to build the foundations for an inclusive and productive centre in which all individuals can achieve their best and diversity is valued.

Assoc. Professor Guido Tack

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Integrate Theme Leader

Dr Charlotte Hurry

Centre Manager
OPTIMA

Dr Jip J. Dekker

Monash University