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. He is a former Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Melbourne and was the inaugural Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Association for Mathematical Physics. Jan is 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. Uri Onn
    Deputy Director MATRIX
    (Australian National University)

    Uri is acting Deputy Director of MATRIX and a Professor of Mathematics at the Australian National University.

    Research Interests: Representation theory and related zeta functions, asymptotic groups theory, special functions and their role in representation theory, and the Local Langlands correspondence.

  • Prof. Joe Grotowski
    Deputy Director MATRIX
    (University of Queensland)

    Joe is Deputy Director of MATRIX. He 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. 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.

  • A/Prof. Yanan Fan
    (University of New South Wales)

    Yanan is an Associate Professor of Statistics at the school of Mathematics and statistics, UNSW Sydney. Her area of expertise include Bayesian analysis, Markov chain, Monte Carlo methods, Approximate Bayesian computation Computational statistics, quantile and ordinal regression, computational methods for large spatial data arising from medical images; and various applications of Bayesian methodology to real world problems.

    Research Interests: Yanan research is focused primarily on the development of Bayesian models and computational methodology to solve real world problems.

  • A/Prof. 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. Ngamta Thamwattana (Natalie)
    (University of Newcastle)

    Natalie is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the School of Information and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia. Currently, she is a Chair of ANZIAM (Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics), Vice-Chair for the Hunter Branch of the Royal Society of New South Wales, and a member of the ARC College of Experts.

    Research Interests: Applied mathematical and computational modelling for problems in engineering, science and technology.

  • 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.