Advisory Board

The MATRIX Advisory Board consists of the following senior mathematical scientists and industry representatives.  
  • Prof. Tony Guttmann
    (University of Melbourne)

    Tony holds a Personal Chair in mathematics at The University of Melbourne. He was the Interim Director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute at the time of its creation, and was Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Mathematics and Statistics of Complex systems (MASCOS) from its inception in 2002 until 2017.

    Research Interests: Tony’s research interests are in equilibrium statistical mechanics in general, and more particularly in discrete models of phase transitions. As these are often equivalent to a combinatorial problem, he is equally interested in the relevant combinatorics, and the connection between the two. Additionally, he is regularly looking for new ways to count the underlying graphs efficiently leading to a study of algorithmic complexity.

  • Prof. Jan de Gier
    Director MATRIX
    (University of Melbourne)

    Jan is the Director of MATRIX and Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. He is also Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers.

    Research Interests: Jan’s main research areas are mathematical physics, statistical mechanics, interacting particle systems, solvable lattice models, representation theory and multivariable polynomials. He also studies applications of stochastic particle systems to real world traffic modelling.

  • Prof. Peter Bouwknegt
    Deputy Director MATRIX
    (Australian National University)

    Peter is Deputy Director of MATRIX and a Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is a former director of the Mathematical Sciences Institute at the ANU and has served both on the ARC College of Experts and the ARC ERA Research Evaluations Committee.

    Research Interests: Peter is a Mathematical Physicist. His research interests center around the mathematical foundations of String Theory, Quantum Field Theory and Condensed Matter Theory.

  • Prof. David Wood
    Deputy Director MATRIX
    (Monash University)

    David is Deputy Director of MATRIX, and Professor in the Discrete Mathematics Research Group of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

    Research Interests: David’s research interests are in discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science, especially structural graph theory, extremal graph theory, geometric graph theory, graph colouring, and combinatorial geometry.

  • Dr Mark Aarons
    (VFMC and Monash University)

    Mark is the Head of Investment Risk at Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC) and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University in the Centre for Quantitative Finance and Investment Strategies. Previously, he was the global head of FICC Structuring at National Australia Bank for over 7 years, leading the team that provided tailored derivatives to financial institutions and large corporate clients. He has over 14 years’ financial markets experience in Australia and the UK, across both Front Office and quantitative Market Risk roles. He obtained a PhD in Mathematics at the Max Planck Institute / Free University Berlin and has bachelor degrees in Law and Science (both with Honours) from Monash University.

  • Prof. Hélène Barcelo 
    (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute)

    Hélène is the Deputy Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, a position she has held since July 1, 2008. As Deputy Director, she is in charge of overseeing all scientific activities at the Institute. She received the Wexler Award (ASU) for distinguished teaching, and 4 doctoral and 8 master students completed their degree under her direction. She has held visiting positions at numerous universities and research institutes around the world.

    Research Interests: Hélène’s research interests lie in algebraic combinatorics; more specifically, combinatorial representation theory and homotopy theories in relation to subspace arrangements.

  • Prof. Joe Grotowski
    (University of Queensland)

    Joe has been Head of School at the University of Queensland since May, 2014, having served as Head of Mathematics from January 2010 until April 2014.

    Research Interests: Joe’s research is mainly in geometric and nonlinear analysis, in particular in geometric evolution equations. In recent years he has also become involved in a number of more applied projects.

  • Prof. Bruce Henry 
    (UNSW, Sydney)

    Bruce is the Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW, Sydney, and currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Council for Heads of Mathematical Sciences.

    Research Interests: Bruce’s research interests are in continuous time random walks, anomalous diffusion, fractional calculus, pattern formation, applications of chaos and fractals, mathematical modelling, nonlinear lattice dynamics and statistical mechanics.

  • Prof. Aleks Owczarek
    (University of Melbourne)

    Aleks is the Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne.

    Research Interests: Aleks’ research areas include: integrable systems, mathematical physics, enumerative combinatorics, and statistical mechanics.

  • Prof. Cheryl Praeger
    (University of Western Australia)

    Cheryl is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Western Australia. She is also the Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science (2014-2018). She is a former ARC Federation Fellow and was the inaugural Director of the UWA Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation.

    Research Interests: Cheryl’s research has focussed on the theory of group actions and their applications in Algebraic Graph Theory and for Combinatorial Designs; and algorithms for group computation including questions in statistical group theory and algorithmic complexity.

  • Prof. Jessica Purcell
    (Monash University)

    Jessica Purcell is a Professor of Mathematics at Monash University. She is also the Chair of the Women in Mathematical Sciences Special Interest Group (WIMSIG) of the Australian Mathematical Society. Before arriving at Monash, she held positions at Brigham Young University, Oxford University, and the University of Texas at Austin, and visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study and Melbourne University. She received her PhD in mathematics from Stanford University in 2004.

    Research Interests: Jessica’s research interests are in low-dimensional topology and geometry, especially 3-manifolds, hyperbolic geometry, and their relation to knot theory.

  • Prof. Stephen Roberts
    (Mathematical Sciences Institute, Australian National University)

    Stephen Roberts is currently the Interim Director of the Mathematical Sciences Institute at the Austrailan National University. From 2006-2012 he was Head of the Department of Mathematics at the ANU and in 2003-2006 he was the national coordinator of the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) Education, Outreach and Training program.

    Research Interests: Stephen’s centres on the development of efficient and robust numerical methods for the solution of partial differential equations.
    Particular applications include the modelling of Tsunami and Flood events and the development of multi-fidelity methods for the Quantification of Uncertainty in environmental modelling.

  • Ms Brigitte Smith
    (GBS Venture Partners)

    Brigitte has twenty years’ experience in venture capital, business strategy and start-up company operations. She has been investing and managing investments for GBS’s $450m of life science specialised venture capital funds since 1998. Brigitte has a B. Chem Eng (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, and as a Fulbright Scholar completed a MBA (Honours) from the Harvard Business School and a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, both in Boston, USA

  • Prof. Peter Taylor
    ((Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS), University of Melbourne))

    Peter is an Australian Laureate Fellow and Director of ACEMS.

    Research Interests: Peter’s research interests lie in the fields of stochastic modelling and applied probability, with particular emphasis on applications in telecommunications, biological modelling, mechanism design, epidemiology, healthcare and disaster management. Recently he has become interested in the interaction of stochastic modelling with optimisation and optimal control under conditions of uncertainty.

  • Prof. Ole Warnaar
    (AustMS/University of Queensland)

    Ole is Chair and Professor in Pure Mathematics at the University of Queensland, President of the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS), and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

    Research Interests: Ole’s research interest include algebraic combinatorics, basic and elliptic hypergeometric series, representation theory, and special functions.

  • Prof. Warwick Tucker
    (Monash University)

    Warwick has been Head of School at Monash University since July, 2020, having previously (2014-2020) served as Head of the Department of Mathematics at Uppsala University (Sweden). Warwick received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Uppsala University in 1998. Since then he has had research positions at IMPA (Brazil), Cornell University (USA), University of Bergen (Norway), ENS-Lyon (France), and Uppsala University. Before joining Monash University, Warwick was part of the Swedish $1bn research initiative WASP acting as the chair of the national graduate school in Artificial Intelligence.

    Research Interests: Warwick’s research is mainly in dynamical systems, chaos theory, computer-assisted proofs, and artificial intelligence.