Dr Charlotte Hurry

Executive Committee

Charlotte is a project manager, researcher, and higher education professional with 20 experience working in universities, including in the project teams of two ARC Centre’s of Excellence at Monash University. Her experience includes operational and strategic management, research administration, financial management, KPI and financial reporting, research project development, event management, industry engagement, outreach, communications, equity, diversity and inclusion, governance, project management and delivery. She is highly experienced in developing training programs for students and early career researchers. In 2009, Charlotte graduated with a first-class honours in population genetics and conservation biology from Monash University in Melbourne. In 2016, Charlotte completed a PhD at Griffith University, Queensland, in the population genetics, systematics and freshwater ecology of freshwater mountain crayfish.

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Professor Rob J Hyndman

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Rob is the Head of the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics. From 2005-18 he was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Forecasting and a Director of the International Institute of Forecasters. Rob is the author of over 200 research papers and five books in statistical science. He is an elected Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. In 2007, he received the Moran medal from the Australian Academy of Science for his contributions to statistical research, especially in statistical forecasting. For over 30 years, Rob has maintained an active consulting practice, assisting hundreds of companies and organisations worldwide. He has won awards for his research, teaching, consulting and graduate supervision.

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Professor Peter Taylor

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Peter received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Adelaide in 1987. In 2002 he commenced at the University of Melbourne, shortly after becoming the inaugural Professor of Operations Research. He was Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics 2005-10. Peter is the Editor-in-Chief of the Applied Probability Trust Journals Journal of Applied Probability and Advances in Applied Probability and was the Editor-in-Chief of Stochastic Models 2002-18. He is also a member of the editorial board of Queueing Systems.

Peter has held several high-ranking positions, including in 2016, he became Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS). In 2017, he was awarded the Ren Potts Medal by the Australian Society for Operations Research, in 2018 the George Szekeres Medal by the Australian Mathematical Society and in 2019 the ANZIAM Medal.

Peter’s research interests lie in stochastic modelling and applied probability, with particular emphasis on applications in telecommunications, biological modelling, healthcare, economics and disaster management.

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Professor Adrian Pearce

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Adrian researches automated planning and scheduling, and he has contributed to research on reasoning about actions within artificial intelligence. His research has improved the efficiency and robustness of a range of applications, including production scheduling, trusted autonomous systems for cognitive robotics, supply chain management, logistics and air traffic management. Adrian has made fundamental breakthroughs with his colleagues, which facilitate collaborative constraint and resource optimisation for autonomous systems and over complex supply chain networks. This involves satisfying constraints, such as resource or processing capacities, while meeting temporally extended goals, such as maintenance constraints.

Adrian is the theme leader in the research theme UPTAKE

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Professor Andreas Ernst

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Andreas has worked in real-world applications of optimisation for over 25 years, including in supply chains, logistics, mining, services (rostering) and energy.  Recent work includes rail planning and scheduling for Pacific National through a Linkage grant and methods using machine learning to improve the performance of optimisation algorithms as part of a ARC Discovery Project with RMIT. Andreas is a Senior Fellow with the Australia Indonesia Centre leading the research on Transport and Logistics in the PAIR program. His research is focused on methods for solving large-scale integer programming problems, including decomposition methods and matheuristics that combine mathematical programming approaches with metaheuristic search.

Andreas is the joint lead in the research theme ADVANCE

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Professor Doreen Thomas

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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

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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 Peter Stuckey

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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

Executive Committee

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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