Associate Professor Babak Abedin



Associate Professor Babak Abedin is interim Head of the Department of Actuarial Studies and Business Analytics at Macquarie Business School. He is also an adjunct fellow at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

He has a multidisciplinary background in business, statistical modelling, and computer science. Prior to academia, he used to work in IT and management consulting.

Abedin’s research is inspired by problems in practice and is rooted in behavioural and managerial theories. His research examines the positive and negative aspects of business analytics and information systems at organisational and individual levels. In particular, he is interested in the transformational effects of health analytics, social analytics and artificial intelligence.

Abedin has received funding from several industry partners and has supervised 10 HDR students toward completion. He has published more than 80 publications in key outlets in Business Analytics and Information Systems and has written for The Conversation, The Lighthouse and other professional media outlets.

He is a member of the editorial board of Electronic Markets and Australasian Journal of Information Systems and has guest-edited special issues in human-AI interactions for Information Systems Frontiers and Electronic Markets.

He co-chaired the 2021 Australasian Conference in Information Systems and has been the founding co-chair of the Explainable Artificial Intelligence mini-track at the Hawaiian Conference on Computer Science since 2019.

Among other teaching awards, Abedin won the UTS Learning and Teaching Citation (2019) and Macquarie University’s Faculty of Business teaching award (2010).

He is a member of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Association for Information Systems (AIS) and Australian Computer Society (ACS).


  • PhD, Information Systems, UNSW Business School