OPTIMA brings together a team of 18 Chief Investigators at different career stages with interdisciplinary expertise in optimisation in mathematics, computer science, statistics, engineering, and economics. Their research portfolios are complemented by three international partners and ten industry partners. Supporting this program are talented PhD candidates and research fellows based at our node universities, Monash University and the University of Melbourne.

Chief Investigators

Professor Kate Smith-Miles

Centre Director
University of Melbourne

Professor Peter Stuckey

Deputy Director
Monash University

Professor Adrian Pearce

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Dr Alysson M. Costa

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Andreas Ernst

Chief Investigator
Monash University

Professor Doreen Thomas

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Guido Tack

Chief Investigator
Monash University

Assoc. Professor Hamideh Anjomshoa

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Howard Bondell

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Dr Lele (Joyce) Zhang

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

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

Professor Michael Kirley

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

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 Uwe Aickelin

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

International partners

Professor Kevin Glazebrook

Partner Investigator
The University of Lancaster, UK

Professor Juergen Branke

Partner Investigator
University of Warwick, UK.

Professor Barry O’Sullivan

Partner Investigator
University College Cork

Project Team

Dr Charlotte Hurry

Centre Manager
OPTIMA

OPTIMA Research Fellows

Dr Jip J. Dekker

Monash University

Dr Mario Andrés Muñoz

University of Melbourne

Vera Somers

University of Melbourne

Associate Investigators

Dr Charl Ras

University of Melbourne

Dr Edward Lam

Monash University

Dr Frits de Nijs

Monash University

Dr Hadi Akbarzadeh Khorshidi

University of Melbourne

Dr Hamid Rezatofighi

Monash University

Dr Janosch Rieger

Monash University

Dr Jessica Leung

Monash University

Dr Mario Boley

Monash University

Dr Matthew Burns

University of Melbourne

Dr Matthew Tam

University of Melbourne

Dr Michelle Blom

University of Melbourne

Dr Reza Razzaghi

Monash University

Dr Simon Bowly

Monash University

Professor Ariel Liebman

Monash University

Research Students

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

Braden Kidd

Monash University

Caesar Perkasa

Monash University

Canchen Jiang

Monash University

Daniel Bustos

University of Melbourne

Daniel Herring

University of Melbourne

Drew Mitchell

Monash University

Emely Pierau

Monash University

Estefania Yap

University of Melbourne

Fotios Mourdoukoutas

Monash University

Hanan Alsouly

University of Melbourne

Hendrik ‘Henk” Bierlee

Monash University

Hossein Alipour

University of Melbourne

Jae Lee

Monash University

Jinqiang Yu

Monash University

Lakshan Bernard

Monash University

Nuwani Palihawadana

Monash University

Pamela Cortez

University of Melbourne

Pengyuan Ding

University of Melbourne

Peter Lusis

Monash University

Qian Wan

Monash University

Qingyang Li

Masters Student, University of Melbourne

Sameela Wijesundara

Monash University

Sekar Sakti

University of Melbourne

Shengjie Wang

University of Melbourne

Shiraz (Yi) Zhen

University of Melbourne

Vincent Barbosa Vaz

University of Melbourne

Vivek Katial

University of Melbourne

Wathsala Karunarathne

University of Melbourne

Wenrui Yuan

University of Melbourne

Zahra Namazian

Monash University

Zhuo Wei

Monash University