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

Business and Operations Manager
OPTIMA

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 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

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

Adam McGregor

Deakin University

Ahmad Amiruddin

Monash University

Allen Zhong

Monash University

Amin Karimi

University of Melbourne

Amir Fayaz Heidari

University of Melbourne

Anna Lena-Sachs

Lancaster University

Anna Vitali

University of Bologna

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

The University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Marcus Brazil

University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Marcus Gallagher

University of Queensland

Assoc. Professor Roberto Amadini

University of Bologna

Assoc. Professor Nir Lipovetzky

The University of Melbourne

Barry O’Sullivan

University College Cork

Behzad Moradi

Behzad Moradi

University of Melbourne

Bhagya Rupasinghe

Monash University

Braden Kidd

Monash University

Canchen Jiang

Monash University

Chris Beck

University of Toronto

Daniel Bustos

University of Melbourne

David Scerri

Biarri

Dr Alexander Ek

University of Melbourne

Dr Anna-Lena Sachs

Partner Investigator
The University of Lancaster, UK

Dr Asef Nazari

Deakin University

Dr Buser Say

Monash University

Dr Charlotte Hurry

Business and Operations Manager
OPTIMA

Dr Christoph Bergmeir

Monash University

Dr Danial Yazdani

University of Technology Sydney

Dr Edward Lam

Monash University

Dr Ellie Hajizadeh

University of Melbourne

Dr Estefania Yap

University of Melbourne

Dr Felipe Atenas

Monash University

Dr Fotios Mourdoukoutas

The University of Hong Kong

Dr Francis Norman

Centre of Decommissioning Australia (CODA)

Dr Frits de Nijs

Monash University

Dr Gleb Belov

Monash University

Dr Hadi Akbarzadeh Khorshidi

University of Melbourne

Dr Hamid Rezatofighi

Monash University

Dr Hao Wang

Monash University

Dr Hossein Alipour

University of Melbourne

Dr Ilankaikone Senthooran

Monash University

Dr Jeffrey Christiansen

University of Melbourne

Dr Jessica Leung

Monash University

Dr Jip J. Dekker

Monash University

Dr João Luiz Junho Pereira

Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA)

Dr John Betts

Monash University

Dr Lachlan Andrew

University of Melbourne

Dr Lele (Joyce) Zhang

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Dr Long Nguyen

Monash University

Dr Mansoureh Maadi

University of Melbourne

Dr Maria Vrakopoulou

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 Sergey Polyakovskiy

Deakin University

Dr Simon Bowly

Monash University

Dr Terrence Mak

University of Melbourne

Dr Vera Somers

University of Melbourne

Dr Wathsala Karunarathne

University of Adelaide

Dr William Umboh

Dr William Umboh

University of Melbourne

Dr Xiaoqian Wang

Monash University

Dr Ye Pu

University of Melbourne

Dr Yuan Sun

La Trobe University

Drew Mitchell

Monash University

Emely Pierau

Monash University

Gonzalo Hernandez Garzon

Gonzalo Hernandez Garzon

Monash University

Hajar Sadegh Zadeh

University of Melbourne

Hanan Alsouly

University of Melbourne

Heather St John

Innovation and Enterprise at University of Melbourne

Helani Wickramaarachchilage

University of Melbourne

Helen Allison

Education and Outreach Officer
OPTIMA

Hendrik ‘Henk” Bierlee

Monash University

Hongjie Xu

RMIT University

Hritika Gupta

University of Melbourne

Ifrah Saeed

The University of Melbourne

Jae Lee

University of Melbourne

Jalal Abdolahi

University of Melbourne

Jason Nguyen

Software Developer
OPTIMA

Jinqiang Yu

Monash University

Joanna Batstone

Monash University

Kelvin Davis

Monash University

Kelvin Liu

University of Melbourne

Lakshan Bernard

Monash University

Lei Qin

University of Melbourne

Leilah Taouk

University of Melbourne

Len Sciacca

Defence Technologies Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Melbourne

Liam Timms

University of Melbourne

Luc Vinet

IVADO

Luxin Fang

University of Melbourne

Mary Kolyaei

University of Melbourne

Micheal Brear

Melbourne Energy Institute

Milad Dehghan

Deakin University

Nico Andrés-Thió

University of Melbourne

Nuwani Palihawadana

Monash University

Pengyuan (Py) Ding

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 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

Prof James Bailey

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 Manuel Iori

Partner Investigator
UNIMORE, IT

Professor Maria Garcia de la Banda

Chief Investigator
Monash University

Professor Mark Fackrell

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

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

Professor Xiaodong Li

RMIT University

Qian Wan

Monash University

Qingyang Li

University of Melbourne

Rehan Mendis

Monash University

Sameela Wijesundara

Monash University

Sebastian Pokutta

Zib Digital

Sekar Sakti

University of Melbourne

Septiana Septiana

University of Melbourne

Seyed (Sina) Mohri

University of Melbourne

Shahrzad Valizadeh

RMIT University

Shiraz (Yi) Zhen

University of Melbourne

Simone Gazza

University of Bologna

Soobok Yoon

Monash University

Vaughn Grey

University of Melbourne

Vincent Barbosa Vaz

University of Melbourne

Vivek Katial

University of Melbourne

Xia Zhou

Monash University

Xinyu (Adam) Liang

Monash University

Zahra Namazian

Monash University

Zhe Chen

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

Adam McGregor

Deakin University

Ahmad Amiruddin

Monash University

Allen Zhong

Monash University

Amin Karimi

University of Melbourne

Amir Fayaz Heidari

University of Melbourne

Anna Lena-Sachs

Lancaster University

Anna Vitali

University of Bologna

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

The University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Marcus Brazil

University of Melbourne

Assoc. Professor Marcus Gallagher

University of Queensland

Assoc. Professor Roberto Amadini

University of Bologna

Assoc. Professor Nir Lipovetzky

The University of Melbourne

Barry O’Sullivan

University College Cork

Behzad Moradi

Behzad Moradi

University of Melbourne

Bhagya Rupasinghe

Monash University

Braden Kidd

Monash University

Canchen Jiang

Monash University

Chris Beck

University of Toronto

Daniel Bustos

University of Melbourne

David Scerri

Biarri

Dr Alexander Ek

University of Melbourne

Dr Anna-Lena Sachs

Partner Investigator
The University of Lancaster, UK

Dr Asef Nazari

Deakin University

Dr Buser Say

Monash University

Dr Charlotte Hurry

Business and Operations Manager
OPTIMA

Dr Christoph Bergmeir

Monash University

Dr Danial Yazdani

University of Technology Sydney

Dr Edward Lam

Monash University

Dr Ellie Hajizadeh

University of Melbourne

Dr Estefania Yap

University of Melbourne

Dr Felipe Atenas

Monash University

Dr Fotios Mourdoukoutas

The University of Hong Kong

Dr Francis Norman

Centre of Decommissioning Australia (CODA)

Dr Frits de Nijs

Monash University

Dr Gleb Belov

Monash University

Dr Hadi Akbarzadeh Khorshidi

University of Melbourne

Dr Hamid Rezatofighi

Monash University

Dr Hao Wang

Monash University

Dr Hossein Alipour

University of Melbourne

Dr Ilankaikone Senthooran

Monash University

Dr Jeffrey Christiansen

University of Melbourne

Dr Jessica Leung

Monash University

Dr Jip J. Dekker

Monash University

Dr João Luiz Junho Pereira

Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA)

Dr John Betts

Monash University

Dr Lachlan Andrew

University of Melbourne

Dr Lele (Joyce) Zhang

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Dr Long Nguyen

Monash University

Dr Mansoureh Maadi

University of Melbourne

Dr Maria Vrakopoulou

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 Sergey Polyakovskiy

Deakin University

Dr Simon Bowly

Monash University

Dr Terrence Mak

University of Melbourne

Dr Vera Somers

University of Melbourne

Dr Wathsala Karunarathne

University of Adelaide

Dr William Umboh

Dr William Umboh

University of Melbourne

Dr Xiaoqian Wang

Monash University

Dr Ye Pu

University of Melbourne

Dr Yuan Sun

La Trobe University

Drew Mitchell

Monash University

Emely Pierau

Monash University

Gonzalo Hernandez Garzon

Gonzalo Hernandez Garzon

Monash University

Hajar Sadegh Zadeh

University of Melbourne

Hanan Alsouly

University of Melbourne

Heather St John

Innovation and Enterprise at University of Melbourne

Helani Wickramaarachchilage

University of Melbourne

Helen Allison

Education and Outreach Officer
OPTIMA

Hendrik ‘Henk” Bierlee

Monash University

Hongjie Xu

RMIT University

Hritika Gupta

University of Melbourne

Ifrah Saeed

The University of Melbourne

Jae Lee

University of Melbourne

Jalal Abdolahi

University of Melbourne

Jason Nguyen

Software Developer
OPTIMA

Jinqiang Yu

Monash University

Joanna Batstone

Monash University

Kelvin Davis

Monash University

Kelvin Liu

University of Melbourne

Lakshan Bernard

Monash University

Lei Qin

University of Melbourne

Leilah Taouk

University of Melbourne

Len Sciacca

Defence Technologies Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Melbourne

Liam Timms

University of Melbourne

Luc Vinet

IVADO

Luxin Fang

University of Melbourne

Mary Kolyaei

University of Melbourne

Micheal Brear

Melbourne Energy Institute

Milad Dehghan

Deakin University

Nico Andrés-Thió

University of Melbourne

Nuwani Palihawadana

Monash University

Pengyuan (Py) Ding

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 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

Prof James Bailey

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 Manuel Iori

Partner Investigator
UNIMORE, IT

Professor Maria Garcia de la Banda

Chief Investigator
Monash University

Professor Mark Fackrell

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

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

Professor Xiaodong Li

RMIT University

Qian Wan

Monash University

Qingyang Li

University of Melbourne

Rehan Mendis

Monash University

Sameela Wijesundara

Monash University

Sebastian Pokutta

Zib Digital

Sekar Sakti

University of Melbourne

Septiana Septiana

University of Melbourne

Seyed (Sina) Mohri

University of Melbourne

Shahrzad Valizadeh

RMIT University

Shiraz (Yi) Zhen

University of Melbourne

Simone Gazza

University of Bologna

Soobok Yoon

Monash University

Vaughn Grey

University of Melbourne

Vincent Barbosa Vaz

University of Melbourne

Vivek Katial

University of Melbourne

Xia Zhou

Monash University

Xinyu (Adam) Liang

Monash University

Zahra Namazian

Monash University

Zhe Chen

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.

Dr Hadi Akbarzadeh Khorshidi

University of Melbourne

Dr Jessica Leung

Monash University

Dr Mario Andrés Muñoz

University of Melbourne

Dr Wathsala Karunarathne

University of Adelaide

Helen Allison

Education and Outreach Officer
OPTIMA

Hritika Gupta

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 Mark Fackrell

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Professor Peter Stuckey

Deputy Director
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. Our EDI policy is available here.

Assoc. Professor Guido Tack

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Integrate Theme Leader

Dr Charlotte Hurry

Business and Operations Manager
OPTIMA

Dr Jip J. Dekker

Monash University

Dr Lele (Joyce) Zhang

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Helen Allison

Education and Outreach Officer
OPTIMA

Liam Timms

University of Melbourne

Soobok Yoon

Monash University

Vivek Katial

University of Melbourne

Zahra Namazian

Monash University

Zhuo Wei

Monash University

Outreach sub-committee

OPTIMA’s Outreach Sub-Committee identifies opportunities for OPTIMA members to contribute to outreach, through community, schools or industry related activities, events, and media liaison. It designs, promotes, delivers and evaluates an annual series of outreach activities to ensure the work of OPTIMA is known in the wider community.

Dr Hossein Alipour

University of Melbourne

Dr Jip J. Dekker

Monash University

Dr Matthew Burns

University of Melbourne

Dr Vera Somers

University of Melbourne

Helen Allison

Education and Outreach Officer
OPTIMA

Professor Michael Kirley

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Integrate Theme Leader

Professor Tansu Alpcan

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne

Theme Leaders

OPTIMA’s Theme Leaders drive the strategic direction of the three key themes: Integrate, Advance and Uptake.

Assoc. Professor Alysson M. Costa

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Advance Theme Leader

Assoc. Professor Guido Tack

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Integrate Theme Leader

Professor Andreas Ernst

Chief Investigator
Monash University
Advance Theme Leader

Professor Michael Kirley

Chief Investigator
The University of Melbourne
Integrate Theme Leader