Personal profile

Biography

Geoff Webb is Director of the Monash University Centre for Data Science. He is a leading data scientist and the only Australian to have been Program Committee Chair of the two leading Data Mining conferences, ACM SIGKDD and IEEE ICDM. He received the 2016 Australian Computer Society's ICT Researcher of the Year Award, the 2016 Australasian Artificial Intelligence Distinguished Research Contributions Award, a 2014 Australian Research Council Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award and the 2013 IEEE ICDM Service Award and was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2015.

He was editor in chief of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery from 2005 to 2014. He has been Program Committee Chair of both ACM SIGKDD and IEEE ICDM, as well as General Chair of IEEE ICDM. He is a Technical Advisor to BigML Inc, who have incorporated his best of class association discovery software, Magnum Opus, as a core component of their cloud-based Machine Learning service. He developed many of the key mechanisms of support-confidence association discovery in the 1980s. His OPUS search algorithm remains the state-of-the-art in rule search. He pioneered multiple research areas as diverse as black-box user modelling, interactive data analytics and statistically-sound pattern discovery. He has developed many useful machine learning algorithms that are widely deployed.

Research interests

Professor Webb has published more than 200 scientific papers. He is the author of the Magnum Opus commercial data mining software package, a system that embodies many of his research contributions in the area of data mining and has contributed many components to the popular Weka machine learning workbench.

He has been a chief investigator on national competitive grants totaling more than $6 million.

 

Supervision interests

Opportunities exists for outstanding Computer Science research candidates to undertake a PhD in the areas of Machine Learning and Data Mining under my supervision. For an indication of potential areas of research see my Research Programs. For application procedures see here.

 

Monash teaching commitment

Professor Geoff Webb has experience as the Chief Examiner for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT2004 Algorithms and data structures

Geoff has experience as the Lecturer for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT2004 Algorithms and data structures

Keywords

  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational Biology
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Data mining
  • Knowledge Acquisition
  • Machine Learning
  • User modelling

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Projects 2001 2018

Research Output 2000 2017

A fast trust-region Newton method for softmax logistic regression

Zaidi, N. & Webb, G. I. 2017 Proceedings of the 17th SIAM International Conference on Data Mining: Houston, Texas, USA, 27 – 29 April , 2017. Chawla, N. & Wang, W. (eds.). Philadelphia, PA: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics SIAM Publications, p. 705-713 9 p.

Research output: ResearchConference Paper

Comprehensive assessment and performance improvement of effector protein predictors for bacterial secretion systems III, IV and VI

An, Y., Wang, J., Li, C., Leier, A., Marquez-Lago, T., Wilksch, J., Zhang, Y., Webb, G. I., Song, J. & Lithgow, T. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Briefings in Bioinformatics. p. 1 - 14 14 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Critical evaluation of bioinformatics tools for the prediction of protein crystallization propensity

Wang, H., Feng, L., Webb, G. I., Kurgan, L., Song, J. & Lin, D. 27 Feb 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Briefings in Bioinformatics. 15 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Efficient parameter learning of Bayesian network classifiers

Zaidi, N. A., Webb, G. I., Carman, M., Petitjean, F., Buntine, W., Hynes, M. & De Sterck, H. 26 Jan 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Machine Learning. p. 1-41 41 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Indexing and classifying gigabytes of time series under time warping

Tan, C. W., Webb, G. I. & Petitjean, F. 1 Jan 2017 Proceedings of the 17th SIAM International Conference on Data Mining: Houston, Texas, USA, 27 – 29 April , 2017. Chawla, N. & Wang, W. (eds.). Philadelphia, PA: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics SIAM Publications, p. 282-290 9 p.

Research output: ResearchConference Paper

Prizes

Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science

Geoffrey Ian Bawtree Webb (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ICT Researcher of the Year Award

Geoffrey Ian Bawtree Webb (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

IEEE Fellow

Geoffrey Ian Bawtree Webb (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

IEEE ICDM Service Award

Geoffrey Ian Bawtree Webb (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2016

  • 7 Professional association or peak discipline body
  • 1 Committees and working groups

Fellow - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Webb, G. I. B. (Fellow)
2016

Activity: Professional association or peak discipline body

Member - American Association for Artificial Intelligence

Webb, G. I. B. (Member)
2016

Activity: Professional association or peak discipline body

Member - IEEE Computer Society

Webb, G. I. B. (Member)
2016

Activity: Professional association or peak discipline body

Member - Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Webb, G. I. B. (Member)
2016

Activity: Professional association or peak discipline body