Personal profile


Professor Mark Wallace works in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University and is Associate Dean (Research).

Professor Wallace graduated from Oxford University in Mathematics and Philosophy. He worked for the UK computer company ICL for a total of 21 years, in between completing a Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence at the University of London and a PhD sponsored by ICL at Southampton University. For his PhD, he designed a natural language processing system which ICL turned into a product. He moved to Imperial College in 2002, taking a Chair at Monash University in 2004.

His focus both in industry and University has been on application-driven research and development, where industry funding is essential both to ensure research impact and to support sufficient research effort to build software systems that are robust enough for application developers to actually use.

He lead the team who developed the ECLiPSe constraint programming platform, which was bought by Cisco Systems in 2004. After moving to Australia he co-founded the research team developing a novel hybrid optimisation software platform called G12, and is currently involved in a commercialisation of this platform.

His research interests span different techniques and algorithms for optimisation and their integration and application to solving complex resource planning and scheduling problems. He was a co-founder of the hybrid algorithms research area and is a leader in the research areas of Constraint Programming (CP) and hybrid techniques (CPAIOR). The outcomes of his research in these areas include practical applications in transport optimisation

In collaboration with the Melbourne-based software company Constraint Technologies International, Professor Wallace has developed algorithms for airline and rail optimisation. He has also developed transport planning algorithms for VicRoads, and is a consultant for Melbourne Operations Research (MORe). Within Monash he is currently collaborating with the Institute for Railway Technology, and the Institute for Transport Studies, and leads the Monash node in a Collaborative Research Network with several Victorian Universities.

Monash teaching commitment

Professor Mark Wallace has experience as the Lecturer for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT5057 Project management
  • FIT2006 Business process modelling and workflow
  • FIT3022 Intelligent decision support systems
  • FIT4010 Advanced topics in algorithms and discrete structures


  • Constraint Programming
  • Hybrid Techniques
  • Optimisation
  • Problem Modelling And Solving
  • Transport Applications

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Projects 2004 2020

Research Output 1984 2017

Scenario-based learning for stochastic combinatorial optimisation

Hemmi, D., Tack, G. & Wallace, M. 2017 Integration of AI and OR Techniques in Constraint Programming : 14th International Conference, CPAIOR 2017, Padua, Italy, June 5–8, 2017, Proceedings. Salvagnin, D. & Lombardi, M. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, p. 277-292 16 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 10335 )

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference Paper

Bicycle lane priority: Promoting bicycle as a green mode even in congested urban area

Bagloee, S. A., Sarvi, M. & Wallace, M. 1 May 2016 In : Transportation Research, Part A: Policy and Practice. 87, p. 102-121 20 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Improved linearization of constraint programming models

Belov, G., Stuckey, P. J., Tack, G. & Wallace, M. 2016 Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming: 22nd International Conference, CP 2016, Toulouse, France, September 5-9, 2016, Proceedings. Rueher, M. (ed.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 49-65 17 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 9892)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference Paper

Land use, transport, and population health: Estimating the health benefits of compact cities

Stevenson, M., Thompson, J., de Sá, T. H., Ewing, R., Mohan, D., McClure, R., Roberts, I., Tiwari, G., Giles-Corti, B., Sun, X., Wallace, M. & Woodcock, J. 10 Dec 2016 In : The Lancet. 388, 10062, p. 2925-2935 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Activities 2010 2016

  • 3 Committees and working groups
  • 2 External research organisation, centre or institute

Associate Dean (Research) - Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University

Wallace, M. (Executive Member)

Activity: Committees and working groups

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

Wallace, M. (Chair/ Co-Chair)
2016 → …

Activity: Committees and working groups

Research Centre Director - CTI-Monash Centre for Optimisation in Travel, Transport and Logistics

Wallace, M. (Chair/ Co-Chair)
1 Jan 201131 Dec 2012

Activity: External research organisation, centre or institute

Fellow - National ICT Australia (NICTA)

Wallace, M. (Fellow)
1 Jan 201031 Dec 2014

Activity: External research organisation, centre or institute