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Dr Vassili Kitsios is a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Environment. He undertakes research on data assimilation, parameter estimation, and ensemble forecasting methods for improved multi-year climate forecasting. In an effort to better quantify climate induced risk, Dr Kitsios also leads an initiative to use these forecasts alongside latest machine learning approaches to quantify and predict the influence that climate variability and change has on the intensification of food security induced social unrest and conflict.

Dr Kitsios undertook post-doctoral research with CSIRO and Monash University, on the numerical simulation and parameterisation of atmospheric, oceanic and boundary layer processes. His PhD was with the University of Melbourne and the Université de Poitiers on numerical simulation and model reduction of canonical turbulent flows. His PhD involved research stays at Stanford University and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He has also held industrial positions in applied computational fluid dynamics, quantitative finance and machine learning.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2010

    Cotutelle PhD in Fluid Dynamics
    University of Melbourne & l'Université de Poitiers

  • 2002

    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, First Class Honours
    The University of Western Australia

  • 2002

    Bachelor of Commerce, Finance and Strategic Management
    The University of Western Australia