Our People

Our 170+ members conduct globally competitive research and development in machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision and deep learning.

If you are a journalist looking for expert commentary, information or opinions on artificial intelligence, machine learning or computer vision, please contact AIML. For help outside of these research themes, search the University’s Media Expertise Directory.

Our director

Simon Lucey Headshot

Professor Simon Lucey. Photo: AIML / Josh Geelen

Professor Simon Lucey

Simon Lucey PhD is the director of the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) and a professor in the University of Adelaide's School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

Before joining AIML in 2020 he was an associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Professor Lucey has received various career awards, including an ARC Future Fellowship (2009-2013). His research interests span computer vision, machine learning, and robotics. He enjoys drawing inspiration from AI researchers of the past to attempt to unlock computational and mathematical models that underlie the processes of visual perception.

Our members

AIML members are at the heart of our institute. They comprise a wide variety of skill sets and career levels — from senior academics, experienced researchers and engineers, students, and professional staff. 


Leaders in their field, AIML academics support research and teaching across all areas of machine learning. 


Our researchers undertake highly innovative and challenging research to achieve international standing and lead advancements in the field of machine learning. 


AIML supports a cohort of more than 70 PhD and master degree students, each supervised by our leading academics and senior researchers. 


The engineering team works with our researchers and industry to develop innovative industrial AI solutions for our various clients and partners. 

Professional staff

Our professional team manages the operational, business, and administrative needs of the institute to support our academics, researchers, engineers and students in their work. 

Governance and leadership

AIML’s advisory board provides objective advice and input into our strategic planning and business operations, as well as insight into market trends and opportunities. Board members assist in the engagement of key stakeholders and help promote AIML in spheres of influence. 

  • AIML advisory board

    Name Role
    Board chair
    Professor Laura Parry
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Excellence)
    Professor Katrina Falkner Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
    Ms Lusia Guthrie Independent business consultant; Chair, BioMelbourne Network; Chair, Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre 
    Mr Adam Reid Chief Executive Officer, Department for Innovation and Skills 
    Dr Tony Lindsay Director, STELaRLab, Lockheed Martin Australia  


  • Early career research committee

    Mr Matthew Howe - Chair   

    Dr Rafael Felix Alves  

    Mr James Paul Bockman 

    Dr Tong He  

    Mr Michael Mogford 

    Mr Mahdi Kazemi Moghaddam  

    Mr Adrian Orenstein  

    Ms Violetta Shevchenko  

    Mr Thomas Martin Walker  

    Mr Yang Zao 

    Dr Huangying Zhan