Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee approves research program proposals. The Committee consists of outstanding mid-career scientists at the top of their fields. MATRIX aims for the committee’s membership to be balanced in research area, geography and gender.
  • Prof. David Wood
    Chair, 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.

  • 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. Ben Andrews
    (Australian National University)

    Ben is a a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and a Professor and ARC Laureate fellow at the Australian National University, where he is a member of the Applied and Nonlinear Analysis Research Group of the Mathematical Sciences Institute.

    Research Interests: Ben’s research interests include many areas of differential geometry and partial differential equations, ranging from geometric flows to spectral geometry and fully nonlinear elliptic and parabolic PDE.

  • Prof. Santiago Badia
    (Monash University)

    Santiago is Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia).

    Research Interests: Numerical approximation of PDEs, computational science, numerical linear algebra, large scale scientific computing.

  • Prof. Peter Bühlmann
    (ETH Zurich)

    Peter is Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and Director of ETH Foundations of Data Science at ETH Zurich.

    Research Interests: high-dimensional and computational statistics, biostatistics, machine learning, causal inference, and applications in genetics, biology and medicine.

  • Prof. Alison Etheridge
    (University of Oxford)

    Alison is Professor of Probability, Fellow by Special Election, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

    Research Interests: Alison’s research interests can be roughly divided into the three interconnected areas of infinite dimensional stochastic analysis, mathematical ecology and mathematical population genetics.

  • Dr Cecilia González Tokman
    (University of Queensland)

    Cecilia is an associate professor at the University of Queensland. She has held research fellowships from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS). She has been a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers (SNI).

    Research Interests: Cecilia’s research interests include dynamical systems, ergodic theory and related areas. Her recent work focuses on random dynamical systems, transfer operators, Lyapunov exponents and coherent structures.

  • Prof. Frances Kuo
    (UNSW Sydney)

    Frances is a Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW Sydney.

    Research Interests: Theory and applications of high dimensional numerical integration and approximation; Quasi-Monte Carlo methods; Information Based Complexity; Partial differential equations with random coefficients; Uncertainty Quantification.

  • Prof. Joshua Ross
    (University of Adelaide)

    Joshua is an ARC Future Fellow and Director of Research in the School of Mathematical Sciences at The University of Adelaide.

    Research Interests: Modelling in Ecology, Epidemiology and Evolution; Stochastic modelling; Bayesian computational statistics; Operations Research.

  • Prof. Terry Tao
    (University of California Los Angeles)

    Terry is a Professor at the Department of Mathematics, UCLA, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. He was awarded with the Fields Medal in 2006 and the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.

    Research Interests: Terry works in a number of mathematical areas, but primarily in harmonic analysis, PDE, geometric combinatorics,arithmetic combinatorics, analytic number theory, compressed sensing, and algebraic combinatorics.

  • Prof. Geordie Williamson
    (University of Sydney)

    Geordie is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Sydney. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Australian Academy of Science. His work has been recognised with numerous prizes and distinctions.

    Research Interests: Geordie is a specialist in geometric representation theory; his research is often motivated by questions in number theory, topology and algebraic geometry.