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1998 …2024

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Research interests

Artificial Life, Ecological Modelling, Insect-plant interaction and simulation, Biologically-inspired electronic media art, Generative art, History of technology

Supervision interests

Artificial Life, Ecological modelling, Biologically-inspired electronic media art, Generative art

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Alan Dorin has experience as the Chief Examiner and Lecturer for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT2083 Research and Innovation in Computer Science
  • FIT2105 Creative computing: understanding art, science and technology
  • FIT3036 Computer science project
  • FIT3094 AI for gaming


Alan Dorin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. He researches the ways in which technology assists discovery in the ecological sciences and in human creativity. Through his work in Artificial Life and ecological simulation, Alan explores the key attributes of organisms that enable them to live in complex environments. This knowledge is used to improve agriculture and horticulture, and to assist us in maintaining natural ecosystems. Alan promotes an understanding of the relationships between technology and human endeavour by nurturing curiosity and encouraging students to form their own bridges between disciplines.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999

Animation and Interactive Media, Postgraduate Diploma of animation and Interactive Multimedia, RMIT University

Award Date: 1 Oct 1995

Computer Science, Bachelor of Computer Science, Monash University

Award Date: 1 Oct 1992

Applied Mathematics, Bachelor of Science, Monash University

Award Date: 1 Oct 1991

Research area keywords

  • Artificial Life
  • Ecosystem Simulation
  • Agent Based Modelling
  • Insect-plant interaction
  • Pollination
  • Biodiversity
  • Electronic Art
  • Generative Art
  • Computer Arts
  • Computer Music

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