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I am a Research Team Leader in the Natural Systems Modelling group at Data61.

My expertise lies in computational modelling, with extensive experience in computational solid mechanics and physics-based modelling. I am currently leading two main research portfolios in the team:

  • Evacuation modelling. Firstly, I have been leading the development of software with applications to crowd dynamics and evacuation, PiXIE. Details on this scientific platform can be found here. Secondly, since I have been leading commercial projects on bushfire evacuation modelling which has led to the development of an award-winning Decision Support System. This work has been carried out in collaboration with Emergency Management Victoria, RMIT, Surf Coast Shire with financial support from the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Secondly, I am the lead scientist of the CSIRO software for crowd dynamics and evacuation, PiXIE.

  • Computational Modelling of landslides. This is a work in collaboration with two Australian Universities, Monash University and La Trobe University and involves the development of both analytical and numerical approaches to study the mechanics of landslides.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    PhD, engineering sciences
    University of Franche Comte (France)

Professional Experiences

  • 2013-present

    Senior Research Scientist
    Data61, CSIRO

  • 2011-2013

    Research Scientist
    Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics, CSIRO

  • 2007-2010

    OCE Post doctoral Fellow
    Process, Science and Engineering, CSIRO

  • 2005-2007

    Research Fellow
    School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-2019

    VIC iAwards Merit Recipient, Infrastructure and Platforms Innovation of the Year

  • 2019-2019

    VIC iAwards Merit Recipient, Community Services Markets category

  • 2019-2019

    VIC iAwards Merit Recipient, Research and Development Project of the Year

  • 2018-2018

    Digital, National Facilities and Collection Customer First Award

  • 2018-2018

    Team Performance Award
    Data61 CSIRO

Other highlights

  • 2019-2019

    Guest editor for the Springer journal International Journal of Disaster Risk Science

  • 2018-2018

    Conference co-chair at the 9th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management

  • 2017-2017

    Keynote speaker at 8th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2015-2017

    Location Leader - DP at Clayton

  • 2014-2015

    Staff Representative - Reward Review Committee

  • 2011-2013

    Lab lunch seminar series coordinator

  • 2009-2013

    Fire Warden