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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 was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2015 and his numerous awards include the inaugural Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science (2017).

He was editor in chief of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery from 2005 to 2014. 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 competitive grants totalling more than $24 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.

 

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University

Award Date: 1 Nov 1987

Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), La Trobe University

Award Date: 1 May 1982

Research area keywords

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

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Projects

Research Output

A novel selective naïve Bayes algorithm

Chen, S., Webb, G. I., Liu, L. & Ma, X., 15 Mar 2020, In : Knowledge-Based Systems. 192, 12 p., 105361.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

DeepCleave: a deep learning predictor for caspase and matrix metalloprotease substrates and cleavage sites

Li, F., Chen, J., Leier, A., Marquez-Lago, T., Liu, Q., Wang, Y., Revote, J., Smith, A. I., Akutsu, T., Webb, G. I., Kurgan, L. & Song, J., 15 Feb 2020, In : Bioinformatics. 36, 4, p. 1057-1065 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

FastEE: fast Ensembles of Elastic Distances for time series classification

Tan, C. W., Petitjean, F. & Webb, G. I., Jan 2020, In : Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery. 34, 1, p. 231-272 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

iLearn: an integrated platform and meta-learner for feature engineering, machine-learning analysis and modeling of DNA, RNA and protein sequence data

Chen, Z., Zhao, P., Li, F., Marquez-Lago, T. T., Leier, A., Revote, J., Zhu, Y., Powell, D. R., Akutsu, T., Webb, G. I., Chou, K-C., Smith, A. I., Daly, R. J., Li, J. & Song, J., 21 May 2020, In : Briefings in Bioinformatics. 21, 3, p. 1047-1057 11 p., bbz041.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

14 Citations (Scopus)

PCA-based drift and shift quantification framework for multidimensional data

Goldenberg, I. & Webb, G. I., 6 Feb 2020, In : Knowledge and Information Systems. 62, p. 2835-2854 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Australasian Artificial Intelligence Distinguished Research Contributions Award

Webb, Geoff (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award

Webb, Geoff (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science

Webb, Geoff (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ICT Researcher of the Year Award

Webb, Geoff (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

IEEE Fellow

Webb, Geoff (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

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

Member - Earth Observation Australia

Geoff Webb (Member)

2018 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Fellow - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Geoff Webb (Fellow)

2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Member - Faculty Research Committee - Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University

Geoff Webb (Member)

2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Member - American Association for Artificial Intelligence

Geoff Webb (Member)

2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Member - Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Geoff Webb (Member)

2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body