Justin Zobel



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 ...

Research interests ...

A list of my publications 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 diagnostic data. 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 possible treatments.

(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 practical setting. 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 ...

Graduates ...

Here are some vaguely useful sites. There is also a page of useful resources, and a guide to running an academic conference.


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But wait, there's more. On the page still awaiting a funny recursive acronym about photographs. And my webpage of some paintings by Eugen von Kahler (hosted offsite).


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This website was created by Justin Zobel. All views expressed herein are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of the School, NICTA, or the University.