Information for PhD students by Peter Christen


This page contains information for current and future students (those looking for a possible PhD place at the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University), as well as some useful resources for supervisors.


For general information about PhD applications, including requirments, please see the future research student page by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).


Current students
(ordered chronologically)

  • Jingyu Shao (co-supervisor, since 2016)
    Topic: Entity resolution

  • Yichen Hu   (principle supervisor and panel chair, since 2016)
    Topic: Temporal record linkage.

  • Thilina Ranbaduge   (principle supervisor and panel chair, since 2014)
    Topic: Privacy-preserving record linkage on multiple large databases.

  • Jeff Fisher   (principle supervisor and panel chair, since 2013)
    Topic: Graph and network mining, and collective entity resolution

Graduated students
(ordered chronologically)

  • Dr Banda Ramadan   (principle supervisor and panel chair, 2012 to 2016)
    Topic: Indexing techniques for real-time entity resolution.

  • Dr Minkyoung Kim   (panel chair and co-supervisor, 2011 to 2015)
    Topic: Dynamics of information diffusion

  • Dr Charith Perera   (panel chair and co-supervisor, 2011 to 2015)
    Topic: Dynamic configuration for sensing as a service model in the internet of things paradigm

  • Dr Khoi Nguyen Tran   (principle supervisor and panel chair, 2010 to 2015)
    Topic: Detecting vandalism on Wikipedia across multiple languages

  • Dr Dinusha Vatsalan   (principle supervisor and panel chair, 2011 to 2014)
    Topic: Scalable and approximate privacy-preserving record linkage

  • Dr Zhichun (Sally) Fu   (principle supervisor and panel chair, 2010 to 2014)
    Topic: Linking historical census data across time

  • Dr Denny   (principle supervisor and panel chair, graduated 2013)
    Topic: Visual exploration of temporal cluster changes using self-organizing maps

  • Dr Warren Armstrong   (co-supervisor, graduated 2012)
    Topic: Swift: a flexible framework for runtime performance tuning

  • Dr Lan Du   (co-supervisor, graduated 2012)
    Topic: Non-parametric Bayesian methods for structured topic models

  • Dr Amir Hadad   (co-supervisor, graduated 2011)
    Topic: CFM: comprehensive fuzzy logic-based modelling algorithm in breast cancer prognosis

  • Dr Paul Thomas   (co-supervisor, graduated 2008)
    Topic: Server characterisation and selection for personal metasearch


Information and resources for future students

The following links are for students looking to start a PhD. Some of these are specific to the ANU while others are more general advice.

There are many more relevant sites on the Internet that can be a useful set of resources when trying to make a decision about pursuing a PhD or not. A search for "PhD advice" on your favourite Internet search engine will give you a long list of sites with both good, but maybe also some bad, advice.

Another helpful tip before contacting a potential supervisor is to first contact some of her/his students and ask them about their supervisor's approach to supervision.


Finally, some fun stuff:


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