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Prof. Bob

Chief scientist and leader of the Analytics program at Data61.


Professor Bob Williamson is the chief scientist and leader of the Analytics program at Data61 - the largest data innovation group in Australia.

His scientific research focuses upon machine learning, in particular building compositional foundations for Machine Learning, by relating different machine learning problems.

Current work

He is also a Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at the ANU.

He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences. He recently led the creation of a report on Technology and Australia’s Future.

Previous experience

Education: He received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from QUT in 1984 and a Masters of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Queensland in 1986. In 1990 he obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland.

Fellow: He joined ANU as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Systems Engineering in 1990 and held a series of appointments before becoming a professor and head of the Computer Sciences Laboratory, Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering at the Australian National University.

Director: From 2003 to early 2006 Professor Williamson was the Director of NICTA’s Canberra Research Laboratory. In 2006 he was appointed as NICTA’s Scientific Director. From 2011-2015 he lead NICTA's Machine Learning group. He served as interim CEO of NICTA from May to August 2015.

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