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Current team members

Mahesh PrakashMahesh Prakash Dr Mahesh Prakash is a principal research scientist and group leader in the CSIRO Data61 business unit. 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.
Andrew SullivanAndrew Sullivan Dr Andrew Sullivan leads the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship’s Bushfire Behaviour and Risks team. He has been involved in bushfire research since joining CSIRO in 1991.  He has a background in applied physics and computing and completed a PhD in competitive thermokinetics and non-linear bushfire behaviour at the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering in 2008. He has been involved in a wide range of research projects, including the design of fire danger prediction systems and software and the study of the behaviour of forest fires.
imgresVincent Lemiale Dr Vincent Lemiale is a senior research scientist and team leader of the Natural Systems Modelling team in the CSIRO Data61 business unit. 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, along with development and applications of advanced computational methods in the field of solid mechanics.
James HiltonJames Hilton Dr James Hilton is a senior research scientist in the Data61 business unit in CSIRO. He joined CSIRO in 2007 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral researcher working in the Complex Systems group in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His research interests are in the fields of applied computational fluid and solid dynamics. His current projects involve the development of the propagation model within the Spark framework, as well as research into the fundamental behaviour of fire propagation.
Lachlan HethertonLachlan Hetherton Lachlan Hetherton is a software engineer from the Computational Modelling and Simulation Group in CSIRO, where he specialises in developing visualisation capabilities for Workspace. Specifically, he has implemented Workspace’s 3D scene rendering, as well as the recently added NetCDF and GeoSpatial plugins. Prior to joining CSIRO in 2009, Lachlan worked as a consultant for Accenture, designing and developing solutions for a diverse range of projects in the telecommunications space.
Chris RucinskiChris Rucinski Chris Rucinski is a software engineer from the Computational Modelling and Simulation Group in CSIRO. He works on the software team’s core research workflow platform, Workspace, which he has used to develop a diverse range of software tools relating to bushfires, mining and metallurgy. Chris is also the lead designer and engineer for the Amicus bushfire knowledge base.
Photo_of_WillWilliam Swedosh William Swedosh works at CSIRO as a graduate fellow in the Data61 business unit. William obtained his Bachelor’s degrees in Science and Mechanical Engineering from Monash University, during which he completed an honours project on simulating the running of legged robots. Before joining CSIRO in 2015, William worked as an engineer in the offshore and mining industries, developing his skills in modelling and simulation, programming, and software development. William’s current work focuses predominantly around the development and testing of the Spark framework well as working on other bushfire related projects.

Past team members

Claire MillerClaire Miller Claire Miller worked at CSIRO as a graduate fellow in the Digital Productivity flagship. Claire obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Computational Engineering from the University of Adelaide, during which she completed an honours project on the application of a coupled wildfire-atmospheric model. Her work focused predominantly around the development of geospatial and data processing algorithms, as well as development and testing of the Spark framework.
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