Group Members


Prof. Dr. Toby Walsh (Scientia Professor of AI)

Professor Toby Walsh is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW and Data61. He is also a guest professor at TU Berlin.

He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, of the Association for the Advancement of AI, and of the European Association for AI. He has won numerous awards including the prestigious Humboldt research award. He has previously held research positions in Australia, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

He regularly appears in the media talking about the impact of AI and robotics. His work has appeared in the New Scientist, American Scientist, Le Scienze, Cosmos and The Best Writing in Mathematics. His twitter account, @TobyWalsh has been voted one of the top ten to follow to keep abreast of developments in AI. He often gives talks at public and trade events like TEDx, World Knowledge Forum (Asia’s Davos), The Next Big Thing Summit, and PauseFest. He has played a key role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (also known as “killer robots”).

Dr. Haris Aziz (Team Leader ADT)

Haris Aziz is a contributed senior research scientist at Data61 and  a senior lecturer and Scientia Fellow at UNSW. His research interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence, theoretical computer science, and economics—especially computational social choice and algorithmic game theory.

Haris is a recipient of the CORE 2017 Chris Wallace Award and the Julius Career Award (2016 – 2018). In 2016, he was selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for the AI 10 to Watch List. He was also selected for the Early Career Spotlight list at IJCAI 2016. His research has been covered by media outlets such as Scientific American, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Quanta Magazine, Die Zeit, and Inside Science.

Haris completed his PhD from University of Warwick, MSc from University of Oxford and his BSc (Honours) from  Lahore University of Management Sciences. He undertook postdoctoral research at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Technical University of Munich in Germany.

Dr. Serge Gaspers

Serge Gaspers is an ARC Future Fellow and a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales). At UNSW, he leads the Algorithms Group and is a member of the Artificial Intelligence, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. He is also part of the Agora Centre for Market Design and the Centre on Impact of AI and Robotics.

Serge is part-time contributed as a Senior Researcher to Data61, CSIRO where he is a member of the Algorithmic Decision Theory group within Decision Sciences.

Before joining UNSW and Data61 (as NICTA) in 2012 as an ARC DECRA fellow, Serge obtained a PhD from the University of Bergen in 2008 and did postdoctoral research at the University of Montpellier 2, the University of Chile, and TU Wien.


Dr. Simon Mackenzie



Research Students

Alexander Lam

Barton Lee

Edward Lee

Ayda Orang

Zhaohong Sun



Martin Aleksandrov (subsequently postdoc at TU Berlin)

Kamran Najeebullah (subsequently postdoc at CSIRO)

Nicholas Mattei (subsequently researcher at  IBM TJ Watson Research Laboratory)

Nina Narodytska (subsequently researcher at Samsung Research)

Stefan Rümmele