Position: Associate Professor
  School of Computing and Information Systems
  Melbourne School of Engineering
  The University of Melbourne
Contact details: Room 6.08, Doug McDonell Building
 Ph: +61 3 8344 1401
  Email: mkirley@unimelb.edu.au
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Research interests

My research is focussed on understanding complex adaptive systems, where the overarching goal is to develop an interdisciplinary synthesis describing evolutionary processes in both natural and artificial systems. My main scientific contributions are in three areas:

I am a member of the A.I. and Autonomy Lab in the School of Computing and Information Systems and the Complex Human Data Hub in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. In semester 2 2018, I visited the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology as part of my sabbatical.

Current research project

An up-to-date list of my publications describing outcomes for these projects (and previous projects) is now available. My Google Scholar and DBLP listing (Computer Science Bibliography) are also available.


Research student supervision

I am always on the "look out" for new postgraduate students. If you are interesting in one of the projects listed above (or a related project in the evolutionary computation / multi-agent systems domains), and have strong programming and algorithms skills, please send me an email with your resume. You should also consult the Graduate Research Opportunities guide for scholarship and application information.

Research staff

Professional Activites



At the University of Melbourne, my teaching responsibilities have included the following subjects:

Teaching Administration

In the period 2004-2007, I was the coordinator of the Tutor and Demonstrator Support (TADS) program in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. The major objective of this program was to foster the development of quality teaching skills for casual staff members - approximately 70 tutors and laboratory demonstrators per semester.

Research and Teaching Awards