MCDS Doctoral Academy

A campus wide multi-disciplinary program for PhD students using
data science in their work.

About the program

The MCDS Doctoral Academy aims to bring together a campus wide multi-disciplinary cohort of PhD students (MCDS Doctoral Academy Fellows) to share their research, domain challenges and thoughts around the use, implementation and application of data science in their fields.

The Academy will support the Fellows through peer-learning opportunities, masterclasses, workshops, discussions, opportunities for presentations and more. Such a mixed environment will expose students to different disciplinary perspectives and stimulate the development of new approaches to the ways in which data science is incorporated in research.

The program is ideal for students who:

  • Enjoy engaging in cross-disciplinary research skills development and desire to build practical skills
  • Seek to explore ways that data science methodologies can be used and advanced within their research
  • Appreciate building a community of young researchers who consider data science matters in their field at the University of Melbourne

2023 Doctoral Academy Fellows

  • Alexander Borowiak
    Alexander Borowiak

    Research: Detectability of Climate Change Signals in Observations and Models
    Supervisors:  Dr Andrew King, Dr Josephine Brown, and A/Prof Ed Hawkins
    School/Faculty: School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty of Science

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    Xindi Fang

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  • Dorsa Fatourechchi
    Dorsa Fatourehchi

    ResearchHuman-Building Interaction Model for Energy Use of University Student Accommodation in Melbourne
    Supervisors:  A/Prof Christhina Candido and  A/Prof Hemanta Doloi
    School/Faculty: School of Architecture, Building and Planning - Melbourne School of Design

  • Rena (Wei) Gao

    ResearchInteraction Matters: Automated Evaluation and Socing of Interactive Ability in Second Language Dialogue
    Supervisors:  Prof Carsten Roever, Dr Jey Han Lau
    Schools/Faculty: School of Languages and Linguistics & School of Computing and Information Systems -Natural Language Processing Group

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    Deshani Geethika Poddenige

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    Vaughn Grey

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    Jonathan Januar

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  • Benjamin Metha
    Benjamin Metha

    Research: Galactic Astronomy
    Supervisor: Prof Michele Trenti
    School/Faculty: School of Physics, Faculty of Science

  • Bipul Neupane

    Research: Earth observation and AI for urban building footprint extraction
    Supervisors: A/Prof Jagannath Aryal and Prof Abbas Rajabifard
    School/Faculty: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

  • Roben Delos Reyes
    Roben Delos Reyes

    ResearchModelling the impact of mass casualty incidents on the provision and utilisation of emergency department services
    Supervisors: A/Prof Nic Geard, Dr Daniel Capurro
    School/Faculty: School of Computing and Information Systems, Faculty of Engineering and IT

  • Subharthe Samandra

    Research: Optimising the Laser Direct Infra-Red (LDIR) Chemical Imaging System for microplastics Analysis of environmental and biological samples
    Supervisors: Dr Brad Clarke and Professor Amanda Ellis
    School/Faculty: Faculty of Science, Chemistry, Australian Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants

  • Mona Taouk
    Mona Taouk

    Research: Modelling the transmission and evolution of emerging and re-emerging sexually transmissible pathogens
    Supervisors: Deborah Williamson, Ben Howden and George Taiaroa
    School/Faculty: Department of Infectious Diseases - Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

  • Isobel Todd
    Isobel Todd

    ResearchPrenatal, birth and early childhood risk and protective factors for infections in children
    Supervisors: Prof David Burgner, Dr Jessica Miller, Prof Lars Henning Pedersen, Dr Maria Magnus
    School/Faculty: Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

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    Guannan Yang

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  • Fiona Zhou
    Fiona Zhou

    ResearchThe role of motivational factors, coping, and psychological wellbeing on preservice teachers’ commitment to the teaching profession
    Supervisors: A/Prof. Gavin Slemp, Prof. Dianne Vella-Brodrick
    School/Faculty: Centre for Wellbeing Science, Faculty of Education

2022 Doctoral Academy Fellows

  • Andrew Brown
    Andrew Brown

    Research: Severe convective winds in Australia and their sensitivity to climate change
    Supervisor: Prof Todd Lane
    School/Faculty: School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty of Science

  • Sagrika Chugh
    Sagrika Chugh

    Research: Developing and benchmarking methods for multi-omics single-cell quantitative trait locus mapping in complex diseases
    Supervisors: Dr Davis McCarthy and Dr Heejung Shim
    School/Faculty: School of Mathematics and Statistics - Biosciences, Faculty of Science

  • Zheng Fan
    Zheng Fan

    ResearchA Hierarchical Markov-switching Model for Bull and Bear Markets
    Supervisors: Dr Yong Song and A/Prof Ole Maneesoonthorn
    School/Faculty: Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics

  • Saoirse Kelleher

    ResearchImproving practical applications of dynamic occupancy models
    Supervisors: Dr Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita and Dr Natalie Briscoe
    School/Faculty: School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences, Faculty of Science

  • Thao Le
    Thao Le

    Research: Explaining the Uncertainty in AI-Assisted Decision Making
    Supervisors: Prof Tim Miller, Prof Liz Sonenberg and Dr Ronal Singh
    School/Faculty: School of Computing and Information Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

  • Kevin Newman
    Kevin Newman

    Research: Optimising and Improving Species Detections
    Supervisors: Prof Mick McCarthy and Dr Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita
    School/Faculty: School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences, Faculty of Science

  • Martin Saint Jalmes
    Martin Saint-Jalmes

    ResearchUsing modern Machine Learning for the probabilistic modelling of dementia
    Supervisors: Dr Victor Fedyashov, Dr Benjamin Goudey, Dr. Daniel Beck and Dr. Pierrick Bourgeat
    School/Faculty: Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences

  • Prabodi Senevirathna
    Prabodi Senevirathna

    School/Faculty: Quantifying and Mitigating Digital Overdiagnosis
    Supervisors: Dr Daniel Capurro and Dr Douglas Pires
    School/Faculty: School of Computing and Information Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

  • Emily Spackman
    Emily Spackman

    ResearchToward better characterisation of restricted and repetitive behaviours in Autistic Youth
    Supervisors: Dr Mirko Uljarevic and A/Prof Luke Smillie
    School/Faculty: Complex Human Data Hub School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

  • Onur Tumturk
    Onur Tumturk

    ResearchA data-driven model of urban form evolution: quantitative analysis of long-term spatial transformation in the city centres of Melbourne, Barcelona and New York
    Supervisors: Prof Justyna Karakiewicz and Dr Fjalar de Haan
    School/Faculty: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

  • Haihang Wu
    Hai-Hang Wu

    ResearchContinual learning by Efficient Neural Network Synthesis
    Supervisors: Prof Saman Halgamuge and Prof Denny Oetomo
    School/Faculty: Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

  • Ye Zhang
    Ye Zhang

    ResearchRisk prediction for metachronous colorectal cancer among colorectal cancer survivors
    Supervisors: Prof Mark Jenkins, A/Prof Aung Ko Win, Dr Amalia Karahalios, and Prof Alex Boussioutas
    School/Faculty: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
    Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences

2021 Doctoral Academy Fellows

  • Kamal Akbari
    Kamal Akbari

    Research: Spatial causal inference analysis
    Supervisors: Dr Martin Tomko and Prof Stephan Winter
    School/Faculty: School of Infrastructure Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

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    Prakrut Chaubal

    Research: Non gaussianity and secondary cosmic microwave background anisotropies in the south pole telescope data
    Supervisor: Dr Christian L. Reichardt
    School/Faculty: School of Physics, Faculty of Science

  • Jean Linis Dinco
    Jean Linis Dinco

    ResearchAnalysis of an ongoing conflict through the lens of media frames
    Supervisors: Prof Robert Hassan and Dr Philip Pond
    School/Faculty: School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts

  • Elliot Gould
    Elliot Gould

    ResearchReproducibility and transparency of model-based research in applied ecology and conservation decision-making
    Supervisors: Dr Libby Rumpff, Prof Fiona Fidler, and Dr Hannah Fraser
    School/Faculty: School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science

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    Kaitlyn Hammond

    ResearchNatural disturbance-based models for silviculture in the Victorian Central Highlands
    Supervisors: Prof Patrick Baker and A/Prof Craig Nitschke
    School/Faculty: School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences, Faculty of Science

  • Vivek Katial
    Vivek Katial

    ResearchInstance space analysis of quantum optimisation algorithms
    Supervisors: Prof Kate Smith-Miles and Dr Charles Hill
    School/Faculty: School of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science

  • Shima Khanehzar
    Shima Khanehzar

    ResearchA data driven model of agenda setting in Australian politics
    Supervisors: Prof Andrew Turpin and Dr Gosia Mikolajczak
    School/Faculty: School of Computing and Information Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

  • Symbol Mokhles
    Sombol Mokhles

    ResearchAn evidence-based approach to climate change experimentation in international city networks
    Supervisors: Dr Kathryn Davidson and Prof Michele Acuto
    School/Faculty: Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

  • Elle Pattenden
    Elle Pattenden

    Research: An examination of the motivations underlying, and consequences of, social network dynamics for the resolution of environmental collective action problems, using "gamified" experiments and simulations (agent-based models)
    Supervisors: Prof Yoshihisa Kashima and A/Prof Andrew Perfors
    School/Faculty: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

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    James Paynter

    ResearchTime domain gravitational lensing
    Supervisor: Prof Rachel Webster
    School/Faculty: School of Physics, Faculty of Science

  • Ifrah Saeed
    Ifrah Saeed

    ResearchModel-based and Hybrid Multiagent Reinforcement Learning in Internet of Things
    Supervisors: Prof Tansu Alpcan and Dr Sarah M. Erfani
    School/Faculty: School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

  • Ann Ann Diana Tay
    Ann Ann Diana Tay

    ResearchExploring embodied values in Singaporean paintings through technical examination and data analysis
    Supervisors: Dr Nicole Tse and Prof Robyn Sloggett
    School/Faculty: Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, Faculty of Arts

  • Zhoufeng Ye
    Zhoufeng Ye

    ResearchUnderstanding breast cancer risk via an automated measure based on mammographic textural features: Cirrus
    Supervisors: Prof John Hopper, Dr Shuai Li, Dr Gillian Dite and Dr Tuong Linh Nguyen
    School/Faculty: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences