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Geoff Webb is Research Director of the Monash University Data Futures Institute. 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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