Our People

Our People

Professor Michael Sheng

Head of Department

Professor Michael Sheng

Dr. Michael Sheng is a full Professor and Head of Department of Computing at Macquarie University. Before moving to Macquarie, Michael spent 10 years at School of Computer Science, the University of Adelaide (UoA). Michael holds a PhD degree in computer science from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and did his post-doc as a research scientist at CSIRO ICT Centre. From 1999 to 2001, Sheng also worked at UNSW as a visiting research fellow. Prior to that, he spent 6 years as a senior software engineer in industries.

The Executives of the Department

Academic Name Executive Role Areas of Interests
Dr Len Hamey
Deputy Head of Department Pattern Recognition,Computer Vision,Machine Learning,Image Processing,Artificial Neural Networks
A/Prof Steve Cassidy

Director of Teaching

Data Science, Language Resources and Semantic Web.
Dr. Malcolm Ryan
Deputy Director of TeachingArtificial Intelligence, Planning, Knowledge Representation, Deep Learning,
Game Design - Ethical engagement, Crowd Simulation, Serious games.
Dr. Young Choon Lee
MRes ConvenorDistributed Systems, Cloud and Edge Computing, Data-Intensive Computing.
A/Prof Mark Dras
Director of Higher Degree Research Data Science, Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Machine Learning.
Prof Jian Yang
Director of Research Big data analytics, Social Networks, Information Trust, Data Fusion, Service Computing, Business Process Management
Prof Deborah Richards

Director of Industry and External Relations

Virtual Humans, Agent-based Simulations,Virtual Reality and Simulations,Knowledge Acquisition,Serious Games (education, training and health)
Prof Dali Kaafar
Scientific Director of Cyber Security HubPrivacy-Preserving Technologies, Web Security and Malware Detection, Human Identification, Next Generation Authentication systems, Networks Measurement and Modelling.
Dr. James Xi Zheng
International Engagement CoordinatorInternet of Things, Service-oriented Computing, Pervasive Computing, Sensor Networks, Cyber-Physical Systems, Software Testing and Verification, Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics.
Last updated, 20 January 2020

Teaching Program Leaders

Undergraduate Programme Leaders

LeaderProgramEmail address
Dr Malcolm Ryan
Bachelor of Information Technologymalcolm.ryan@mq.edu.au
Prof Annabelle McIver
Bachelor of Advanced Information Technologyannabelle.mciver@mq.edu.au
Dr Xuyun Zhang
Bachelor of Cyber Securityxuyun.zhang@mq.edu.au
Dr Malcolm Ryan
Bachelor of Game Design and Developmentmalcolm.ryan@mq.edu.au
Dr Xuyun Zhang
Bachelor of Information Technology with a Major in Cyber Securityxuyun.zhang@mq.edu.au
Dr Diego Molla-Aliod
Bachelor of Information Technology with a Major in Data Sciencediego.molla-aliod@mq.edu.au
Dr Malcolm Ryan
Bachelor of Information Technology with a Major in Game Developmentmalcolm.ryan@mq.edu.au
Prof Deborah Richards
Bachelor of Information Technology with a Major Information Systems and Business Analysisdeborah.richards@mq.edu.au
Assoc Prof Tony Sloane
Bachelor of Information Technology with a Major in Software Technologyanthony.sloane@mq.edu.au
Assoc Prof Steve Cassidy
Bachelor of Information Technology with a Major in Web and Mobile App Developmentsteve.cassidy@mq.edu.au
Prof Michael Johnson
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a stream in Software Engineeringmichael.johnson@mq.edu.au
Dr Malcolm Ryan
Bachelor of Science with a Major in Computingmalcolm.ryan@mq.edu.au

Postgraduate Courses

LeaderProgramEmail address
Dr Peter Busch
Master of Information Systems Managementpeter.busch@mq.edu.au
Dr Alireza Jolfaei
Master of Information Technology in Cyber Securityalireza.jolfaei@mq.edu.au
Dr Rajan Shankaran
Master of Information Technology in Networkingrajan.shankaran@mq.edu.au
Assoc Prof Steve Cassidy
Master of Data Sciencesteve.cassidy@mq.edu.au
Assoc Prof Steve Cassidy
Master of Science Innovation in Information Technologysteve.cassidy@mq.edu.au
Dr Guanfeng Liu
Masters of Research Year 1 and Year 2guanfeng.liu@mq.edu.au
Last updated, 30 March 2020

Academic staff

Academic NamePositionAreas of Interests
Dr. Hassan AsgharLecturer in Computer Science Data Privacy, Authentication, Cryptography and Information Security.

Dr. Peter Busch

Senior LecturerInformation Systems - Knowledge Management, Organisational Learning,
Knowledge Flows, Business Processes, Social Network Analysis.
Dr. Amin BeheshtiSenior Lecturer in Data Science
Deputy Director of Industry & External Relations

Data Science, Big-Data/Data/Process Analytics, Service/Social/Cognitive Computing, Case/Business-Process Management.

A/Prof Steve Cassidy Associate Professor
Director of Teaching
Data Science, Language Resources and Semantic Web.
A/Prof Mark DrasAssociate Professor
HDR Director
Data Science, Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics,
Machine Learning.
Dr Gaurav GuptaLecturer
Student Liaison Officer
Algorithms, Cryptography, Data Security, Graph Theory
Dr Len Hamey Senior Lecturer
Deputy Head of Department
Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Image Processing,
Artificial Neural Networks.
A/Prof Michael Hitchens Associate Professor
FSE A/Dean of Quality & Standards
Computer Security, Videogames, Roleplaying Games, Player/Avatar Interaction.
Dr. Muhammad IkramLecturerCybersecurity, privacy, censorship-measurement, vulnerability-analysis, and applied machine learning
Dr. Alireza JolfaeiLecturer Cyber Security, Cyber-Physical Systems Security, IoT Security, Cryptography, Cryptanalysis and AI and Machine Learning for Cyber Security.
Prof Mark Johnson Professor Data Science, Machine Learning, Computational Linguistics, Statistical Models.
Prof Michael Johnson Professor
RPL Officer
Cyber Security, Category Theory.
Prof Dali KaafarProfessor, Scientific Director of Cyber Security Hub

Privacy-Preserving Technologies, Web Security and Malware Detection, Human Identification, Next Generation Authentication systems, Networks Measurement and Modelling.

A/Prof Manolya Kavakli Associate ProfessorVirtual Reality, Computer Games, Human-Computer Interaction,
Information Processing and Cognitive Modelling.
Dr. Young Choon Lee Senior Lecturer
MRes Convenor      
(OSP S1, 2020)
Distributed Systems, Cloud and Edge Computing, Data-Intensive Computing.
Dr. Guanfeng LiuLecturer
Acting MRes Convenor in 2020 S1
Machine Learning, Graph Mining, Trust Management and Security
Prof Bernard MansProfessor
FSE Interim Executive Dean
Algorithms and Complexity, Graphs, Mobile & Wireless Computing.
Dr. Mitchell McEwanLecturerGame Design and Production, Human-Computer Interaction, Player and User Experience, Natural User Interfaces, Applied Gaming, Interaction Design for Children, Intuitive Interaction.
Prof Annabelle McIver ProfessorFormal Verification and Modelling of Probabilistic Systems, Quantitative Logics, Quantitative Information Flow for Security.
Dr. Diego Molla AliodSenior Lecturer
RPL Officer
Computational Linguistics, Machine Learning, Bio-medicine.
A/Prof Abhaya Nayak Associate Professor Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation.

Prof Mehmet Orgun

Deputy Director of Research
Artificial Intelligence,Trust & Security,Intelligent Agents.
Dr. Matthew Roberts Senior Lecturer Programming Languages, Type Systems.
Dr. Malcolm Ryan Senior Lecturer        Artificial Intelligence, Planning, Knowledge Representation, Deep Learning,
Game Design - Ethical engagement, Crowd Simulation, Serious games.

Prof Deborah Richards

Director of Industry & External Relations
Virtual Humans, Agent-based Simulations, Virtual Reality and Simulations, Knowledge Acquisition, Serious Games (education, training and health).

Dr. Rolf Schwitter

Senior Lecturer
RPL Officer
Artificial Intelligence, Computational Linguistics, Data Science.
Dr. Rajan ShankaranSenior LecturerCyber Security, Mobile and Wireless Networks Security,
Trust in Mobile Networks.
Prof Michael Sheng Professor
Head of Department
Web of Things, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Web Science, Service-oriented Computing, Pervasive Computing, Sensor Networks.
A/Prof Anthony Sloane Associate ProfessorProgramming Languages, Software Language Engineering.
Dr. Stephen Smith Lecturer
RPL Officer
Department WH&S Representative
Information Systems, Green IS, IS Security, Emergency Management, eGovernment.
Dr. Zhu SunLecturer Recommender systems, deep learning and data mining.
Prof Dominic VerityProfessor Category Theory, Programming Languages, Semantics and Type Theory.
Prof Yan Wang ProfessorTrust Management, Recommendation Systems, Services Computing, Social Networks, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence.
Dr. Jia WuLecturer in Data Science
Deputy Director of HDR
Data Mining, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics.
Prof Jian Yang Professor
Director of Research
Big data analytics, Social Networks, Information Trust, Data Fusion, Service Computing, Business Process Management
Dr Xuyun ZhangSenior Lecturer in Cyber SecurityBig Data, Privacy-Preserving Technology and Cyber Security, Anomaly Detection from Big Data, Scalable Machine Learning and Cloud/Edge/Service Computing.
Dr. James Xi ZhengLecturer in Software Engineering
International Engagement Coordinator

Internet of Things, Service-oriented Computing, Pervasive Computing, Sensor Networks, Cyber-Physical Systems, Software Testing and Verification, Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics.

Dr. Yipeng ZhouLecturer in Computer ScienceMultimedia Systems, Social Multimedia, Video Recommendation, Data Mining, Internet Content Distribution and Vehicular Networks.
Last updated, 2 March

Professional staff

NamePosition Contact Details

Jo Aboud

Admin and Outreach CoordinatorOffice:  4 Research Park Drive, 232
Phone: 9850 6331
Email:  jo.aboud@mq.edu.au

Melina Chan

Department Manager Office:  4 Research Park Drive, 234
Phone: 9850 9510
Email:  melina.chan@mq.edu.au

Sylvian Chow

Administrator Academic Office:  4 Research Park Drive, 232
Phone: 9850 9105
Email:  sylvian.chow@mq.edu.au

Karen Leung

Administrative AssistantOffice:  4 Research Park Drive, 230
Phone: 9850 9563
Email:  karen.leung@mq.edu.au

Jackie Walsh

Administrative Assistant Office:  4 Research Park Drive, 230
Phone: 9850 9514
Email:  jackie.walsh@mq.edu.au

Grace Zhao

Administrator Finance and StaffOffice:  4 Research Park Drive, 235
Phone: 9850 9526
Email:  grace.zhao@mq.edu.au

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Name Contact Details Areas of Interests
Dr. Tarique AnwarOffice: 4 Research Park Drive Level 2
Email: tarique.anwar@mq.edu.au
Data Science, Social Networks, Spatial Database, Transportation, Big Data Analytics
Dr. Amir MarashiOffice: 4 Research Park Drive  Level 2
Email: amir.marashi@mq.edu.au
Health data science, Predictive modelling in health and Machine learning
Dr. Tham NguyenOffice: 4 Research Park Drive Level 2
Email: tham.nguyen@mq.edu.au
Privacy Preserving Technologies, IoT Trust and Security
Dr. Ali PourmiriOffice: 4 Research Park Drive Level 2
Email: ali.pourmiri@mq.edu.au
Design and Analysis of Randomised Algorithms, Distributed Computing, Theoretical Computer Science.
Dr. Tahiry RabehajaOffice:  4 Research Park Drive Level 2
Email:  tahiry.rabehaja@mq.edu.au

Program Verification and Security Analysis.

Dr Fariborz SobhanmaneshOffice:  4 Research Park Drive Level 3
Email: fariborz.sobhanmanesh@mq.edu.au
Data Science, Machine Learning, Statistical Modeling and Business Process Analytics.  
Dr. Alireza TabeboardbarOffice: 4 Research Park Drive Level 3
Email: alireza.tabeboardbar@mq.edu.au
Data Curation, Data Understanding, Information Retrieval, Human-Computer-Interaction.
Dr. Gioacchino TangariOffice:  4 Research Park Drive  Level 2
Email:  gioacchino.tangari@mq.edu.au
Privacy-enhancing technologies, Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis.
Dr. Shan Emma XueOffice: 4 Research Park Drive Level 2
Email: emma.xue@mq.edu.au
Data Science, Graph Analysis, Business Intelligence,
Machine Learning.
Dr. Shoujin WangOffice: 4 Research Park Drive Level 3
Email: shoujin.wang@mq.edu.au

Data mining, machine learning and recommender systems.

Dr. Ian WoodOffice: 4 Research Park Drive Level 2
Email: ian.wood@mq.edu.au
Computational Linguistics, Emotion in Language, Neural Network Models and Memory for Neural Network Models
Last updated, 16 April 2020

PhD Candidates

ameEmailPrincipal Supervisor
Mrs Amal Abdulrahmanamal.abdulrahman@students.mq.edu.auProf Deborah Richards
Mr Md Taimur Ahadmd-taimur.ahad@students.mq.edu.auDr. Peter Busch
Mr Abdulwahab Aljubairyabdulwahab.aljubairy@students.mq.edu.auProf. Michael Sheng
Mr Hamed Saleh D Alqahtanihamed-saleh-d.alqahtani@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof Manolya Kavakli
Mr Majed Alrowailymajed.alrowaily@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof Manolya Kavakli
Mr Hasan Alyamanihasan.alyamani@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof Manolya Kavakli
Mr Farshid Anvarifarshid.anvari@students.mq.edu.auProf. Deborah Richards
Ms Ava Assadi Abolvardiava.assadi-abolvardi@students.mq.edu.auDr. Len Hamey
Mr Muhammad Baigmuhammad.baig@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Manolya Kavakli
Mr Scott Buckleyscott.buckley@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Anthony Sloane
Ms Anuva Chowdhuryanuva.chowdhury1@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Manolya Kavakli
Mr Samundra Deepsamundra.deep@students.mq.edu.auDr. James Zheng
Mr Leonardo dos Santos Pinheiroleonardo.dossantospinheiro@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof Mark Dras
Mr Andrew Edwardsandrew.edwards2@students.mq.edu.auDr. Stephen Smith
Ms Adeline Fanxinyu.fan@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof Jian Yang
Ms Xiu Fangxiu.fang@students.mq.edu.auProf. Michael Sheng
Ms Natasha Fernandesnatasha.fernandes@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof Annabelle McIver
Mr Seyed Mohssen Ghafariseyed-mohssen.ghafari@students.mq.edu.auDr. Amin Beheshti
Ms Samira Ghodratnamasamira.ghodratnama@students.mq.edu.auDr. Amin Beheshti
Mr Jonas Groschwitzjonas.groschwitz@students.mq.edu.auProf. Mark Johnson
Mrs Salma Abdalla Ibrahim Mahmoudsalma-abdalla-ibrahim-mah.h@students.mq.edu.auProf. Michael Sheng
Mr Mamud Hasanmahmud.hasan@students.mq.edu.auProf. Mehmet Orgun
Mr Saad Hashmisaad.hashmi@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Christophe Doche
Mr Bayzid Ashik Hossainbayzid-ashik.hossain@students.mq.edu.auDr. Rolf Schwitter
Mr Zawar Hussainzawar.hussain@students.mq.edu.auProf. Michael Sheng
Ms Paria Jamshid Louparia.jamshid-lou@students.mq.edu.auProf. Michael Johnson
Mr Fan Jinfan.jin@students.mq.edu.auProf. Vijay Varadharajan
Mr Anish Kumaranish.kumar@students.mq.edu.auProf. Michael Johnson
Ms Peiyao Lipeiyao.li@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Jian Yang
Ms Xiaoshuai Lixiaoshuai.li@students.mq.edu.auDr. Rajan Shankaran
Mr Yitao Liuyitao.liu@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Mark Dras
Mr Charles Liucharles.liu@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Manolya Kavakli
Mr Adnan Mahmoodadnan.mahmood@students.mq.edu.auProf. Michael Sheng
Mr Omid Mohamad Nezamiomid.mohamad-nezami@students.mq.edu.auProf. Deborah Richards
Ms Thi Vanh Khuyen Nguyenthi-vanh-khuyen.nguyen@students.mq.edu.auProf. Michael Sheng
Mr Robertus Nugrohorobertus.nugroho@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Jian Yang
Mr Shantanu Palshantanu.pal@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Michael Hitchens
Ms Serena Purdyserena.purdy@students.mq.edu.auDr. Peter Busch
Ms Hedieh Ranjbartabarhedieh.ranjbartabar@students.mq.edu.auProf. Deborah Richards
Ms Chakaveh Saedichakaveh.saedi1@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Mark Dras
Mr Jandson Santos Ribeiro Santosjandson.santos-ribeiro-sant@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Abhaya Nayak
Ms Maryam Shahpasandmaryam.shahpasand@students.mq.edu.auDr. Len Hamey
Mr Nazim Uddin Sheikhnazim-uddin.sheikh@students.mq.edu.auProf. Dali Kaafar
Mr Ali Siahvashiali.siahvashi@students.mq.edu.auProf. Mehmet Orgun
Mr Sonit Singhsonit.singh@students.mq.edu.auDr. Len Hamey
Mr Guohao Sunguohao.sun@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Yan Wang
Mr Pongsak Suvanpongpongsak.suvanpong@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Anthony Sloane
Mr Dai Hoang Trandai-hoang.tran@students.mq.edu.auProf. Michael Sheng
Mr David Walkerdavid.walker1@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Manolya Kavakli
Ms Di Wangdi.wang18@students.mq.edu.auProf. Deborah Richards
Ms Qi Wangqi.wang20@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Yan Wang
Ms Qianli Xingqianli.xing@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Yan Wang
Mr Pengbo Xiupengbo.xiu@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Jian Yang
Ms Shahpar Yakhchishahpar.yakhchi@students.mq.edu.auDr. Amin Beheshti
Mr Bin Yebin.ye@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof Yan Wang
Mr Mahmood Yousefiazarmahmood.yousefiazar@students.mq.edu.auProf. Vijay Varadharajan
Ms Zizhu Zhangzizhu.zhang@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Jian Yang
Mr Feng Zhufeng.zhu3@students.mq.edu.auA/Prof. Yan Wang

MRes Candidates

NameProposed Thesis TitleEmailSupervisor
Abdulwahab AbdulwahabFusion of Blockchain and Machine Learning for Secure Analyticsabdulwahab.alabdulwahab@students.mq.edu.auDr Diego Molla - Aliod
Ashkan YousefiDeveloping an Instrument for the Detection of Moral Sensitivitybenjamin.taylor8@students.mq.edu.auDr Malcolm Ryan
Cameron PappasChecking Dataflow Properties of Programming Languagescameron.pappas@students.mq.edu.auAssoc Prof Anthony Sloane
Dima GalatNews topics discovery through Deep Learning summarisationdima.galat@students.mq.edu.auDr Diego Molla - Aliod
Jeremy KosterPhish Floodingjeremy.koster@students.mq.edu.auProf Dali Kaafar
Jiwei GuanChatbot for Autonomous Drivingjiwei.guan@students.mq.edu.auDr James Zheng
Nicola Di VittorioWorking Synthetically in Higher Categorical Structuresnicola.divittorio@students.mq.edu.auProf Dominic Verity
Prachi ParanjapeAugmented Feedback in Driving Simulatorsprachi.paranjape@students.mq.edu.auAssoc Manolya Kavakli-Thorne
Ravi VythilingamEthics, privacy and algorithmic & data bias concerns in the use of conversational AIravi.vythilingam@students.mq.edu.auProfessor Deborah Richards
Salman MousaeiradDemand Forecasting based on Mathematical Models and Big Data Analytics in Banking Industrysalman.mousaeirad@students.mq.edu.auDr Amin Beheshti
Sam Khadivi ZandTowards Understanding and Analysing Business Raw Datashahabodin.khadivi-zand@students.mq.edu.auDr Amin Beheshti
Timothy ChardImproving the Robustness of Neural Networkstimothy.chard@students.mq.edu.auAssoc Prof Mark Dras
Urvashi KhannaDeep learning and reinforcement learning for question answeringurvashi.khanna@students.mq.edu.auDr Diego Molla - Aliod
Usman ShahbazTowards Automating the Recruitment Processusman.shahbaz@students.mq.edu.auDr Amin Beheshti
Virginia WhitehouseTransgender players, avatars and the performance of gendervirginia.whitehouse@students.mq.edu.auAssoc  Michael Hitchens
Xiaoxiao MaDevelopment and Evaluation of a Three-layered System Architecture to Support Biomedical Researchxiaoxiao.ma2@students.mq.edu.auProf Jian Yang
Yupeng JiangSybil Attacks on Differential Privacy based Federated Learningyupeng.jiang@students.mq.edu.auDr James Zheng
Updated 7 May 2020

Honorary Staff Appointments

Name and Appointment TitleContact
Dr Mohammad Allah Bakhsh
Honorary Research Fellow
Assoc Professor Shlomo Berkovsky
Honorary Professor
Assoc Professor Franck Cassez
Honorary Associate Professor
Professor Robert Dale
Honorary Professor
Professor Schahram Dustdar
Honorary Professor
Professor Zhiyong Feng
Honorary Professor
Professor Song Guo
Honorary Professor
Dr Peter Hoefner
Honorary Senior Research
Dr Hamid Karimi-Rouzbahani
Honorary Research Fellow
Professor Marta Kwiatkowska
Honorary Professor
Dr Dung Le
Honorary Research Fellow
Assoc Professor Leszek Maciaszek
Honorary Research Fellow
Mr Shervin Malmasi
Honorary Research Fellow
Dr Scott McCallum
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Dr Surya Nepal
Honorary Professor
Professor Michael Papazoglou
Honorary Professor
Dr Cecile Paris
Honorary Professor
Professor Josef Pieprzyk
Honorary Professor
Professor John Power
Honorary Professor
Assoc Professor Gunther Rossmanith
Honorary Fellow
Dr Md Shahzamal
Honorary Postdoctoral Associate
Prof Igor Shparlinski
Honorary Professor
Prof Jianwen Su
Honorary Professor
Dr Udaya Tupakula
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Professor Vijay Varadharajan
Honorary Professor
Assoc Prof Renata Wassermann
Honorary Associate Professor
Professor Di Wu
Honorary Professor
Professor Xindong Wu
Honorary Professor
Dr Minhui Xue
Honorary Lecturer
Dr Wei Zhang
Honorary Lecturer
Dr Weiliang Zhao
Honorary Research Fellow
Dr Liming Zhu
Honorary Professor
Last updated: 8 April 2020

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