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Dr Raymond Cohen

Senior Research Scientist


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As the Leader of the Geospatial & Environmental Modelling Team within CSIRO Data61, I oversee talented staff working in important domains such as bushfire spread modelling, future climate modelling, front-end and back-end software system design, multi-hazard climate risk assessment and flood modelling. The team has a track record of developing platform technologies including Spark, CFAST, INDRA and Geostack.

I have been involved in a number of INDRA related research projects including the Future Climate Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Stonnington; Coastal Inundation Adaptation Assessment for the City of Geelong; and Generalised Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment for council assets. Additionally I have been involved in leading technical development of flood modelling technology (CFAST) and applying it to flood adaptation assessment projects for Bunbury (Western Australia), Riverview Caravan Park (Ocean Grove), Copiapó River Basin (Chile) and Port Phillip Bay Coastal Hazard Assessment (Victoria).

My other research interests are in computational modelling of physical systems including biomechanical modelling applied to elite level of Swimming and Diving for the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS); horse racing; workplace health and safety; rehabilitation and elderly care. I am also technical leader for the development of our markerless motion capture system Ergomechanic which uses computer vision machine learning models to track the body non-invasively in real time.

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Academic Qualifications

  • 2009

    Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering
    The University of Melbourne

  • 2003

    Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (first class honours)
    The University of Melbourne

  • 2003

    Bachelor of Computer Science
    The University of Melbourne

Achievements and Awards

  • 2021-

    Won the "SIBA|GITA Award for Environment and Sustainability" for the Decision Support System as part of the Port Phillip Bay Coastal Hazard Assessment project for DELWP
    Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (Victoria)

  • 2019-

    Won the "The Customer First Award" for work developing flood modelling software for the project "Flood modelling and analysis for the Copiapó basin Chile"
    CSIRO Digital, National Facilities & Collections

  • 2017-

    Victorian iAwards winner for "Research & Development Project of the Year" award for CSIRO's Data61's Dive Mechanic

  • 2017-

    Recognition Award (“Success”) for Dive Mechanic software delivered to Diving Australia
    Decision Sciences Program, Data61

  • 2014-

    “Highly Commended” Award for Excellence from the journal Engineering Computations for the paper “Prediction of industrial, biophysical and extreme geophysical flows using particle methods”
    Emerald Insight

  • 2011-

    Overall Best Presentation Award at the CMIS Divisional Conference

Other highlights

  • 2015

    From amongst CSIRO applicants, Raymond was selected to participate in the Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP) and spent two weeks interning at four Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) institutions

  • 2014

    Invited keynote speaker at the Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming Conference at AIS in Canberra

  • 2012

    Invited breakfast speaker at the “CSIRO Science for Breakfast” for politicians at Parliament House in Canberra

  • 2012

    Invited after dinner speaker at the Computational and Simulation Sciences Transformational Capability Platform (CSS TCP) Conference in Melbourne