Information and computing sciences

In ERA 2015, research in information and computing sciences was rated at world standard for the discipline overall. Macquarie also received a rating of 4 out of 5 – ‘performance above world standard’ – for the sub-discipline research area of computation theory and mathematics.

University strengths

Macquarie was one of only seven universities to be ranked above world standard in this field. Research in this area is predominately contributed to by the Department of Computing. The focus in information and computing sciences is research into novel algorithmic and modelling techniques with the aim of developing complex secure systems and protocols. The Department of Computing’s cybersecurity research has been recognised internationally through industry collaborations and awards from bodies such as the National Security Agency.


Our information and computing sciences staff include two leading professors. Professor Vijay Varadharajan is the Microsoft Chair for Innovation in Computing. His contributions to cybersecurity are recognised by Fellowships of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics in both the UK and Australia, and by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Taskforce in India. Professor Mark Johnson was nominated as one of the 17 worldwide fellows of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Macquarie University research centres

Centre for Language Sciences 

  • Associate Professor Rosalind Thornton (Director)

Centre of Australian Category Theory (CoACT) 

  • Dr Steve Lack (Director)
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