Professor and Head,
School of Computing and Information Systems,
the University of Melbourne
Mail: School of Computing & Information Systems, University
of Melbourne, Parkville 3010, Australia.
Office: Computing & Information Systems, Level 8,
Doug McDonell Building.
Phone: +61 3 8344 1500, email: jzobel ...at... unimelb.edu.au,
fax: +61 3 9349 4596
Some current activities ...
- Recipient, 2017 John Hughes Distinguished Service Award.
- Editorial board member,
Journal of Information Retrieval.
- Associate editor, Information Processing & Retrieval.
- Lecturer, Research
Methods, semester 2 2016.
- Author of the text
How To Write A Better Thesis (Evans, Gruba, and Zobel, third
edition, 2011), published in Australia by
internationally by Springer.
- Author of the text
How To Write A Better Minor Thesis (Gruba and Zobel, 2014).
- Author of the text
Writing for Computer Science
(Zobel, third edition, 2015).
Research interests ...
A list of my
may be a better guide.
I'm involved in algorithmic projects in life sciences.
Paraphrasing our goals, progress in biomedical research is now highly
dependent on advanced computational techniques.
Computer Science plays a central role in devising techniques to search
and interpret the vast quantities of data that are generated by genome
sequencing and other biomedical technologies; to model complex
biological systems; and to make effective use of clinical and
Our research in this field draws on our expertise in knowledge
discovery, algorithms, and other fields.
(To be specific: string matching, compression, search, database algorithms, text
processing, parallelisation and distribution, machine learning, ...)
Like me, many researchers in this field don't have any formal background
in biology or bioinformatics, but nonetheless
the results of our research helps to provide important insights into
biological systems, as well as into the causes of diseases and their
(Listen to this podcast,
episode 122 from UpClose.)
Another area of interest is how to get the greatest impact out of
our research, in particular, how to be sure that our results are correct
and how to accurately predict the behaviour of an algorithm in a
What basis should we have for choosing amongst methods?
What is the computing equivalent to the 'properties of materials' that
are necessary in engineering?
Some of my work is in text search and algorithms, in particular in the
biomedical context (see above) and problems in measurement (see above).
Always open to suggestions!
And ... new research students welcome. Speaking of which:
PhD students ...
- Qingyu Chen, PhD, bioinformatics.
- Miji Choi, PhD, bioinformatics.
- Mohammad Oloomi, PhD, bioinformatics.
- Wan Yu, PhD, bioinformatics.
- Gad Abraham.
PhD, "Scalable Approaches for Analysis of Human Genome-Wide Expression and Genetic
- Halil Ali.
PhD, "Effective Web Crawlers".
- Nikolas Askitis.
PhD, "Disk-Based Data Structures for Strings".
- Dirk Bahle.
PhD, "Phrase Querying and Browsing for Large Text Collections".
- Yaniv Bernstein.
PhD, "Detection and Analysis of Co-Derivatives in Large Text Collections".
- Bodo Billerbeck.
PhD, "Efficient Query Expansion".
- Adam Cannane.
PhD, "Compression for Large Collections".
- Pauline Chou.
PhD, "Efficient Computation and Summarisation of Iceberg Cubes with Bounding".
- Daryl D'Souza.
PhD, "Query Dispatch and Document Retrieval in Distributed Document Systems".
- Jun Jie Foo.
PhD, "Effective and efficient Co-derivative Image Detection".
- Steven Garcia.
PhD, "Access Ordered Indexes".
- Steffen Heinz.
PhD, "Efficient Index Construction for Text Databases".
- Tim Hoad.
PhD, "Video Representations for Effective Retrieval from Large Collections".
- Marcin Kaszkiel.
PhD, "Indexing and Retrieval of Passages in Full-Text Database Systems".
- Shanika Kuruppu.
PhD, "Compression of Large DNA Databases".
- Nick Lester.
PhD, "Efficient Index Maintenance for Text Databases".
- Brian Lowe.
PhD, "A Data Model and Query Language for Structured Document Databases".
- Wayne Jenkins.
PhD, "Robust Learning Algorithms".
- Sara Mukherjee.
MAppSci, "Compression Techniques for Numerical Databases".
- Corinna Ng.
PhD, "Content-Based Retrieval of Speech using Information Retrieval Techniques".
- Van Be Hai Nguyen.
MAppSci, "A Vietnamese Information Retrieval System".
- Andrew Peel.
PhD, "String Hashing For Collection-Based Compression".
- Michael Persin.
MAppSci, "Efficient Implementation of Text Retrieval Techniques".
- Stefan Pohl.
PhD, "Boolean and Ranked Information Retrieval for Biomedical
- Falk Scholer.
PhD, "Query Association for Effective Retrieval".
- Jan Schroeder, PhD, bioinformatics.
- Milad Shokouhi.
PhD, "Distributed Retrieval from Independent Collections".
- Ranjan Sinha.
PhD, "Efficient Sorting of Large Sets of Strings".
- Santha Sumanasakera.
PhD, "Indexing High-Dimensional Data in Image Database Systems".
- Yohannes Tsegay.
PhD, "Compaction and Compression for Efficient Text Retrieval".
- Sandra Uitdenbogerd.
PhD, "Music Information Retrieval".
- Phil Vines.
PhD, "Information Retrieval Systems for Large-Alphabet Languages".
- William Webber.
PhD, "Measurement in Information Retrieval Evaluation".
- Hugh Williams.
PhD, "Indexing and Retrieval for Genomic Databases".
- John Yiannis.
PhD, "Fast Database Query Evaluation with Compression".
- Ying Zhang.
PhD, "Improved Cross-Lingual Retrieval via Vocabulary Discovery and Disambiguation".
- Ying Zhao.
PhD, "Authorship Attribution in Large Text Collections".
Here are some
vaguely useful sites.
There is also
a page of useful
and a guide to
running an academic conference.
But wait, there's more.
On the page still awaiting a funny recursive acronym about
And my webpage of some paintings by
Eugen von Kahler (hosted offsite).
Think global, shop local:
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All views expressed herein are personal and do not necessarily
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