About the school
Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne has been part of the technology revolution for more than fifty years, and is an international leader in both teaching and research.
The history of computing at the University of Melbourne
Academic computing has a long history at the University of Melbourne, beginning in 1956 with CSIRAC, the first computer in the country.
Our alumni work around the world in a diversity of industries and roles. View profiles of some of our recent graduates.
The School of Computing and Information Systems is an international research leader in computer science, information systems and software engineering. We are focused on delivering impact in the following key areas.
Artificial intelligence research is a particular strength in the School of Computing and Information Systems.
Current areas of excellence include programming languages, algorithms, distributed computing, and cybersecurity and cryptography.
The study of the interplay between information technology, its users (people), and the operations (business processes) through which this technology is used.
What influences our experience of information and communication technology? How might we ensure that information technology is usable, useful and satisfying to use? We explore these questions by studying the design and use of digital technologies by people.
Research centres and themes
Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence
Our research capability is focused on key challenges, including detecting attacks in large, complex systems, using formal methods to design platforms that are resilient to attack, designing robust controllers for critical infrastructure, and providing a legal framework for the governance of cyber operations that span a range of jurisdictions.
ARC Training Centre in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies
The Centre is aimed at creating a workforce that is expert in developing, applying and interrogating artificial intelligence applications in data-intensive medical contexts, to facilitate the next generation of data-driven and machine learning-based medical technologies.
Health informatics and digital health are a recurring theme within all the School’s research areas. We specialise in health data analytics; personal technologies; and IT systems processes and management.
Microsoft Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces
Creating and understanding innovative Natural User Interfaces (NUI) that facilitate human communication, collaboration and social interaction.
We collaborate with a wide variety of industry partners, including governments and commercial businesses. We explore fundamental research as well as creating solutions for specific problems.
View a showcase of projects carried out in collaboration with industry partners:
Industry collaboration projects
Industry engagement in teaching
We recognise the value of a curriculum guided by industry. We invite industry members to contribute to the ongoing refinement of our curriculum.
Host a student intern
Host a Masters student within your organisation through our internship programs.
Mentor our students
Host 6–7 short meetings with a group of 4–6 students on a fortnightly basis.
Student industry projects
Engage our students to work on a technical project of relevance to your organisation. These projects are undertaken by Masters students on campus.
Become a guest speaker
An opportunity to share your organisation’s real-world knowledge with our students. We invite interested industry members to contribute their experience of the practical application of our curriculum.
Industry Advisory Group
Our advisory group provides valuable insights on our strategic planning, teaching, and research programs, to ensure they are relevant to industry needs.
We offer five information technology majors with the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Design.These majors provide a deep knowledge of technical material to serve as an entry point to careers in the IT industry, or as a foundation for further graduate-level study.
At the coursework masters level, we have a range of specialist programs, including Computer Science, Data Science, Information Systems, and Software Engineering. Entry requirements vary across this suite of degrees, including some that do not require completion of an IT major at the undergraduate level.
Our graduate research programs — the MPhil and the PhD — are built on world-leading projects and are led by staff with international recognition for their multi-disciplinary research contributions. There is a vast array of research projects underway at Melbourne, working to solve big issues for industry, business, government and society.
Internships and industry-based learning
A unique opportunity to practise technical skills in a real-life work environment, supported by a dedicated workplace and an industry supervisor. Gain practical experience to enhance your employment prospects and networking opportunities.
Prof Uwe Aickelin
Head of School
Deputy Head, Research
Deputy Head, Engagement
Deputy Head, Academic
- Annaliese McPharlin
- Rhonda Smithies, Imbi Neeme and Julie Ireland
- Emma Russo
School Office Administrator
- School Email
Secondary school activities
Information on IT activities for high school students is available on the Melbourne School of Engineering website:
Computer Science for High School (CS4HS)
This is an initiative sponsored by Google to promote Computer Science and Computational Thinking in the secondary curriculum.
CodeMasters computer programming competition
A competition where students are challenged to solve problems using design and computer programming. There are two levels: junior (years 7–9) and senior (years 10–12).
Girl Power in Engineering & IT
A program for female year 9–12 students. It begins with an on-campus camp and offers mentoring, hands on activities, and work experience. For girls with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Hands On Engineering & IT
A one day workshops offering year 10 students with an interest in mathematics, science and technology the opportunity to visit campus and learn about the different concepts and issues in technology and engineering through interactive activities.
NCSS Summer School
The National Computer Science School (NCSS) is a ten-day summer school that brings together talented young people from around Australia for an intensive course of computer programming and website development at university.
Programming Challenge for Girls (PC4G)
A series of workshops introducing Year 9 girls to computer programming with ‘ALICE’. Teams are put to the challenge in a PC4G Finale.
Dr Greg Wadley
Telephone: +61 3 8344 1586
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Machine learning under uncertainty in medical informatics
A call for papers for a special session of IEEE WCCI 2020, organised by Hadi A. Khorshidi, Uwe Aickelin and Goce Ristanoski.News
Collision Commission 2020
Calling all student engineers, scientists, artists, tech-heads, tinkerers, fixers and dreamers.Workshop
The University of Melbourne has become the first university to place a moratorium on the use of the Lena image, a photo from a pornographic magazine which has been used by computer scientists without consent for almost 50 years.Feature
Associate Professor Greg Adamson outlines how human-centric considerations are being embedded into AI to stave off sci-fi scenarios of a futuristic partnership between humans and machines.Feature
A University of Melbourne expert says the Australian Federal Court ruling that the ‘Robodebt’ system is unlawful shines a light on what the law actually says.Feature
Virtual reality won’t make cows happier, but it might help us see them differently
An article written by Research Fellow Sarah Webber for The Conversation.News
Abusing a robot won’t hurt it, but it could make you a crueller person
Robots are becoming more common in our lives. And while they may not have "feelings", perhaps the way we treat them reflects more on our character than we previously thought.News
New report: State of the Art in Data Tracking Technology
This report outlines the technologies used to track, monitor and understand consumers, and describes how these technologies can disadvantage consumers.News
‘Competent’ crim could evade Australia’s encryption laws, researchers say
An article from ComputerWorld about the work of Dr Chris Culnane and Associate Professor Vanessa Teague.News
As the world ‘decarbonises’, one of the key components of the electrification underpinning renewable energy generation is battery technology.Feature
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