Our Team

Staff Members


Dr. Manuel Cebrian (team leader)

Dr. Manuel Cebrian is principal research scientist with the Data61 Unit at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Melbourne, Australia; and a founding member of Scalable Cooperation, an MIT Media Lab research group.

Cebrian earned a PhD in computer science from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, where his thesis received the dissertation of the year award for his work on plagiarism networks. Cebrian’s work lies at the intersection of the computer and social sciences. His primary interest is understanding how social networking can make it easier to find people and solve real-world problems. His work is best illustrated by his victories in the DARPA Network Challenge and the Department of State Tag Challenge, and most importantly, his brutal defeat in the DARPA Shredder Challenge, the first case of large-scale crowdsourcing sabotage ever studied. Visit his personal website to know more about him.

After graduating with BSc in Physics from Belarusian State University Yury has held research positions at Heat and Mass Transfer Institute (National Academy of Sciences, Belarus) and NTLab, a fabless microelectronics design company.

Yury proceeded to obtain his PhD in Physics from Monash University, working at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals. His thesis on autocatalysis in Al-Cu alloys was recognised with a 2nd place in the Centre’s Best Thesis competition in 2012.

Yury joined DATA61@CSIRO in 2012 and contributes to disaster management projects within Environmental and Societal Resilience team of ORG, and Computational Social Science research of Human Dynamics group. His latest research titled ‘Rapid assessment of disaster damage using social media activity,’ was published in Science Advances and featured by Science Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Michigan Daily, Die Welt,Deutschlandfunk, Dagens Nyheter, Science News, El Pais, La Vanguardia, Altmetric. Visit his scholar page to have a full list of his publications.

Caron holds a BSE degree in Computer Science from Shantou University, an MSc in Geographical Information Science from Sun Yat-sen University and a PhD in Geomatics (now Infrastructure Engineering) from the University of Melbourne.

Before joining DATA61@CSIRO, Caron and a fellow PhD student launched a startup, Nearbyr, and an app of the same name designed to help restaurants attract customers. Nearbyr enjoyed early success, but Caron and his partner quickly ran out of funds, and Caron joined the Human Dynamics team with eager to know more about crowds.

Based on the concept of a friendship paradox, Caron and his fellows has developed a prototype iOS application (DOX) that detects when a particular topic exhibits a lead time in popularity amongst “sensor” individuals and as such uncovers emergent trends before they become well publicised.

Caron also works closely with his colleagues from Sun Yat-sen University to study China’s urban problems. They participated in the Shanghai Open Data Application competition and won the Excellence Prize in November 2015 for a draft master plan for bicycle infrastructure to complement existing public transport networks in the inner Shanghai. Visit his scholar page to have a full list of his publications.

Contributed Researchers

Gerardo is an assistant professor at the Melbourne Business School, affiliated to the University of Melbourne. His research interests include transportation problems, pricing optimization problems involving game theory, and more recently, the analysis of quantitative models of consumer behaviour under social influence.

Peter has been an Associate Professor in Information Technology at Federation University Australia since its formation in January 2014. Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ballarat since December 2005, originally with the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, and then in the School of Science, Information Technology and Engineering. Previously Peter was a lecturer within the computing discipline at the University of Tasmania from 1991-2005. His research interests lie primarily in the field of artificial intelligence, particularly reinforcement learning, neural networks and evolutionary computation. Peter is currently researching variations on reinforcement learning algorithms for multi-objective problems.

Since March 2016, Andrei is a Research Fellow with the College of Engineering and Computer Science at theAustralian National University in Canberra. He is equally affiliated with the Data61 unit of CSIRO, in the Decision Sciences team.


Melanie is a research student of Federation University, Australia. Her research interests include:

Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, and Programming Language

Felipe is a PhD student of ANU, Australia. His research interests include:

Game Theory, Discrete Choice Models, Social Network Analysis. Stochastic Approximation Algorithms and Dynamical Systems

Alvaro is a PhD student of ANU, Australia.

Andres is a PhD student of the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include:

Algorithms, Complexity, and Game Theory

Yalong is a PhD Candidate at Caulfield School of Information Technology, Monash University, VIC, Australia. He is working at Immersive Analytics Initiative and MArVL: Monash Adaptive Visualisation Lab under the supervision of Dr. Tim Dwyer, Prof. Kim Marriott, Dr Caron (Haohui) Chen from Data61, CSIRO and Dr. Sarah Goodwin.

His research topic is Visualising Spatial Flow Data.