My passion is in innovation and leadership.
I am a Professor and the Director of Research of CIAIRI (Center for Industrial AI Research & Innovation) at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
As an active researcher in the field of Intelligent Agent Systems, my interests are in Autonomous Systems Development (how do we build and construct Intelligent Systems), Agent Reasoning (how can programs behave in smart ways), Machine Learning techniques for autonomous entities (how can machines learn behaviours), and more recently in Human/Agent teams (how do we design and build software with the human in and on the loop).
I collaborate with industry partners and researchers both local and international and have managed various aspects of research projects and product development. I am also a member of the IFAAMAS board of directors, an International foundation whose purpose is to promote science and technology in the areas of artificial intelligence, autonomous agents and multi-agent systems.
I strongly believe in applied research and over the last five years I have been part of $4 million in research funding from the government and industrial sectors, including several research contracts with the Defence Science Technology group.
I have over 20+ years experience in teaching IT related courses to undergraduate, postgraduate and industry personnel. In particular, in Java, C, C++, Computing Theory, Agent Oriented Programming and Games and Artificial Intelligence. I also have significant experience in the introduction, enhancement and management of academic programs.
My goal is to continue to be involved in developing smart systems that are not only intellectually challenging but also have practical benefit and impact.