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.

Jan de GierProf. Jan de Gier, Chair (University of Melbourne), MATRIX Director (Strategy)
Jan is co-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.

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David WoodProf. David Wood (Monash University), MATRIX Director (Publications)
David is co-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.
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Andrews_picProf. 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.

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Prof. Darren Crowdy 37847696(Imperial College London)
Darren holds a Chair in Applied Mathematics and has been on the faculty of the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Natural Sciences  since 1999.

Research Interests: Darren’s interests are broad but centre on the application of methods of complex analysis to problems arising in the physical sciences, applied mathematics and mathematical physics. He has special interests in the field of fluid dynamics.
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DeSterck-200x300Prof. Hans De Sterck (Monash University)
Hans is a Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, doing research in numerical methods for computational science and data science at Monash University’s School of Mathematical Sciences.

Research Interests: (1) Numerical methods for scientific computing: numerical linear algebra, numerical optimization, numerical methods for PDEs, multilevel methods, hyperbolic conservation laws, parallel computing. Applications in computational fluid dynamics, space physics, image analysis, Markov chains. (2) Data science: social network analysis, social media, tensor decomposition, algorithms for distributed big data analytics, cloud computing, recommendation, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, computational social science, health science.
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Alison-19Prof. 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.
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face_bwProf. Gary Froyland (University of New South Wales)
Gary is a Professor at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales.

Research Interests: Gary’s research spans two areas:  Dynamical Systems and Optimisation.  Dynamical Systems studies processes that change over time and optimisation concerns the mathematics of decision-making.  Gary’s research ranges from pure mathematics through to computation and application to industry and other scientific disciplines.
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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.

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image00Prof. 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.
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Prof. Ole Warnaar (University of Queensland)SOW
Ole is Chair and Professor in Pure Mathematics at the University of Queensland, 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.
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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.

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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.
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