Professor Mark Wallace

Chief Investigator

Mark Wallace is involved in planning and scheduling methods from mathematical programming, artificial intelligence and metaheuristics.  His research addresses the modelling of complex (real-life) combinatorial problems, mapping these models to different solvers, and enhancing the Monash MiniZinc modelling platform to support new kinds of model and new solving methods.  He has tackled the challenge of automatic high-quality mapping and applications in energy, utilities, and transport.  He is on the Advisory board of the Constraints journal, and he has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Heuristics, Theory and Practice of Logic Programming and Constraint Programming Letters.   He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Constraints. He spent 21 years at the UK computer company ICL.  He studied databases and knowledge management and then discovered the power of constraint programming (CP) for modelling and solving challenging industrial applications. He was offered a Chair at Monash University and founded a 10-year multi-laboratory CP project funded by NICTA.  His industry work continued in Melbourne Operations Research, with organisations including CFA, Hifert and Patricks.  At Monash, he was founding Director of the CTI-Monash Centre for optimisation in travel, transport and logistics.  In 2011 he became the founding CEO of Opturion.

Mark is a deputy theme leader in the research theme UPTAKE

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Assoc. Professor Alysson M. Costa

Chief Investigator

Alysson is an expert in mathematical programming with a focus on mixed-integer programming modelling and decomposition solution algorithms. He has held a Senior Lectureship position since 2017. He obtained PhD in Business Administration (Quantitative Methods) from HEC – University of Montreal. In 2008 he commenced at the Applied Mathematics Department of the University of São Paulo. He has been a chief investigator in several projects funded by CAPES, CNPq and FAPESP, the Spanish Ministry of Education, the European Commission (Marie-Curie Actions) and the ARC. He has 40 journal publications on theory and multidisciplinary applications of optimisation in several applied engineering areas. He has supervised nine PhD students and one post-doc and is the current primary supervisor of three PhD students. Alysson has provided mathematical modelling and algorithmic development input to research on a wide range of application areas, resulting in published outputs with more than 50 co-authors (Scopus).

Alysson is the joint lead in the research theme ADVANCE

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Professor Doreen Thomas

Chief Investigator

Doreen was Head of the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne; Associate Dean Research and Research Training and Adjunct Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.  She holds an MSc and DPhil (Mathematics) from, University of Oxford.  Doreen has applied her fundamental mathematical research in network optimisation to underground mine design, and her research has been supported by both the ARC and the mining industry.  She was a founding director of MineOptima, through which her mining software has been commercialised. She has over 200 international peer-reviewed publications and technical reports. She has been recognised with a national teaching award to contribute to engineering education and mentorship and is a passionate ambassador for women in science and engineering. She is Vice President Membership of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

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Assoc. Professor Guido Tack

Chief Investigator

Guido is an Associate Professor in the Department of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at the Faculty of Information Technology. His research focuses on combinatorial optimisation, in particular architecture and implementation techniques for constraint solvers, translation of constraint modelling languages, and industrial applications. Guido leads the development of the MiniZinc constraint modelling language and toolchain, and he is one of the leading developers of Gecode, a state-of-the-art constraint programming library. Guido’s broader research interests include programming languages and computational logic.

Guido is the joint lead in the research theme INTEGRATE

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Professor Tansu Alpcan

Chief Investigator

Tansu Alpcan obtained his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2006. His research interests include applications of control, optimisation, and game theories, and machine learning to security and resource allocation problems in communications, smart grid, and Internet-of-Things. He chaired or was an Associate Editor, TPC chair, or TPC member of several prestigious IEEE workshops, conferences, and journals. Tansu Alpcan is the (co-)author of more than 150 journal and conference articles as well as the book “Network Security: A Decision and Game-Theoretic Approach” published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) in 2011. He co-edited the book “Mechanisms and Games for Dynamic Spectrum Allocation” published by CUP in 2014. He has worked as a senior research scientist in Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Berlin, Germany (2006-2009), and as Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessur) in Technical University Berlin (2009-2011). He is currently with the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne as a Professor and Reader.

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Dr Lele (Joyce) Zhang

Chief Investigator

Joyce is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. She has received a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Southeast University, China, and a PhD in Operations Research from UoM. Her areas of expertise are broadly mathematical modelling and optimisation, traffic flow theory, Monte Carlo simulation, scheduling theory, Operations Research, City Logistics, and time series analysis. She is an Associate Investigator of ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) and a Chief Investigator of ARC Training Centre in Optimisation Technologies, Integrated Methodologies, and Applications (OPTIMA). She is involved in Physical Internet Lab at UoM. She also has research collaborations with several industries in logistics, transport and healthcare, including Toll, Transport of Victoria, and Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

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Professor Peter Stuckey

Chief Investigator

Peter Stuckey from Monash University has a world-leading research program in constraint programming. He led the G12 project, one of the largest projects at NICTA, peaking at 25 researchers, culminating in the Opturion spinout company, delivering optimisation solutions to commercial customers. He has been involved in 3 ARC Linkage Projects and other industry contract research projects, working in Energy, Security, Resources and Transport. His research expertise in optimisation broadly covers modelling languages and model transformation, solving using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Operations Research (OR) technology, and using machine learning methods in concert with optimisation. For the global influence and uptake of his research, he was awarded the 2010 Google Australia Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science and honoured in 2019 with a Fellowship of the prestigious Association for AI Advancement.

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Professor Kate Smith-Miles

Chief Investigator

Kate Smith-Miles has significant leadership experience that cuts across academic disciplines and extensive industry engagement experience. She has recently been recognised as a Melbourne Laureate Professor of Applied Mathematics. Before becoming the OPTIMA Centre Director, she was foundational Director of the Monash Academy for Cross & Interdisciplinary Mathematical Applications (MAXIMA). She recently concluded a 5-year ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship, which advanced a new methodology known as Instance Space Analysis for rigorously stress-testing algorithms to ensure trust. She has completed 7 ARC Linkage Projects, several other industry contract research projects, and has supervised over 30 PhD students and over 30 postdoctoral fellows.  She has collaborated with industry in manufacturing, energy, security, defence, healthcare, and finance. As Chair of the Advisory Board for the Choose Maths program – a $22m partnership between BHP Billiton Foundation and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute – she has provided leadership to increase female participation in mathematics through mentoring, outreach and training.

Kate will work across the three research themes at OPTIMA

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