Andrew Turpin's Brief Bio

Academic Employment History

2021- current

Associate Director, Melbourne Connect. Providing overall academic leadership and strategy until the Executive Director arrives in 2022.

2018- current

Director, Melbourne Data Analytics Platform: MDAP. I helped establish MDAP in late 2018, and we have grown to a team of about 20 brilliant data and computational scientists with backgrounds as diverse as geography, archeology, physics and law.

2018- 2021

Senior Academic Convenor Petascale Campus Initiative. With my fellow academic convenors, we have been helping Central Services build computing infrastructure and workforce to support research at Melbourne. I am winding down my involvement mid 2021 as I take up the Associate Director role in Melbourne Connect.

2015- 2018

Associate Professor and Deputy Head (Engagement), Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne. Teaching, researching, coordinating the department's engagement with business, government and the community.

2010- 2015

Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow, Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne. Four year project working on computational modelling of retinal axon pathways and their connection to the visual field.


Senior Lecturer and ARC QE2 Fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at RMIT University, Melbourne. Research focussed on algorithms for searching large bodies of text. I supervised several PhD students to completion. In the final year I led the Information Storage Analysis and Retrieval Discipline in the group, managing the budget, staff workplans, etc.


Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Curtin University, Perth. I taught many undergraduate courses, including first year Java and second year algorithms to large classes. Managed to get my first ARC Discovery Project on "Smart Algorithms for Visual Field Assesment".


Postdoctoral Fellow at Devers Eye Institute and Oregon Health and Sciences University. Projects included computational problems in glaucoma research. Teaching duties included teaching Networks to medical postgrads.


PhD at Melbourne University entitled "Efficient Prefix Coding".

Competitive Grants

Industry Grants