Team Members and collaborators

CSIRO’s Data61

Dr Vincent Lemiale

Group Leader, Natural Hazards

  • Dr Vincent Lemiale is a senior research scientist and group leader in the CSIRO Data61 business unit. His expertise lies in computational modelling, with extensive experience in computational solid mechanics and physics-based modelling.Since joining CSIRO in 2007 he has been involved in numerous multi-disciplinary projects across CSIRO. As a result he has developed a broad range of research interests including computational modelling of natural hazards such as bushfires and landslides, evacuation modelling along with development and applications of advanced computational methods in the field of solid mechanics.

Principle Research Scientist, Natural Systems Modelling

  • Dr Dhirendra Singh is a Principle Research Scientist at CSIRO Data61. He previously worked as an Associate Professor at RMIT University and a visiting scientist at Data61. His expertise lies in the area of agent-based modelling and simulation, cognitive modelling, and agent-oriented programming, with substantial industry experience as a Software Engineer.
Dr Leorey Marquez

Senior Research Scientist, Natural Systems Analytics

  • Dr. Leorey Marquez is a Senior Research Scientist with Data61. He has specialist expertise in mathematical modelling and land-use transport environment modelling. He received degrees in Statistics and Operations Research from the University of the Philippines and a Ph.D. in Communications and Information Science from the University of Hawaii. His areas of research include land use-transport-environment modelling, network optimisation, expert systems, and object-oriented analysis and design.

Software Engineer, Natural Systems Modelling

  • Pawan Deegoda Gamage is a software engineer at Data61. Pawan obtained his Master of Information Technology degree from Swinburne University of Technology and Bachelor of Science (Software Engineering) degree from Curtin University. He has been building web based decision support systems for bushfire evacuation in Australia.

Research Assistant, Natural Systems Modelling

  • Stanley Wirian is a research assistant at Data61. He has been supporting the development and utility of the state wide evacuation capability.
Dr Mahesh Prakash

Sector Lead, Environment, Agriculture and Natural Hazards

  • Dr Mahesh Prakash is a senior principal research scientist and sector lead for Environment, Agriculture and Natural Hazards. His key research interests include the application of computational methods to natural hazards phenomenon, integration of modelling, analytics and GIS to improve disaster preparedness and the exploration of new modelling approaches to developing mitigation strategies against natural hazards.


  • Erica Kuligowski – RMIT University.

  • Justin Halliday – Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC).
  • Trevor J Dess – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
  • Rory J Mckenzie – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

  • Peter Ashton – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Former Members

  • Callum Fairnie – Project Manager – Emergency Management Victoria (EMV).
  • Steve Cameron – Emergency Management Victoria (EMV).
  • Joel Robertson – Honours Student, RMIT University.
  • Benjamin Bidaut – Undergraduate student, Ecole des Mines d’Ales (France).
  • Nick Forbes-Smith – Software Engineer, Data61.
  • Rajesh Subramanian – Senior Software Engineer, Data61.
  • Stephen Taylor – Software Engineer, Data61.
  • Chaminda Bulumulla – Postdoctoral Researcher, Data61/RMIT University.
  • James Hilton – Principal Research Scientist, Data61.