PROF Andrew Turpin

PROF Andrew Turpin


  • Computational problems in optometry and ophthalmology (human vision, modelling, simulation)
  • Text compression and search (pattern search, data compression, string search)



  • Professor Andrew Turpin is Deputy Head (Engagement) Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.

    Research interests 

    Computational problems in human vision
    Open Perimetry Interface
    Algorithms for testing visual acuity (eye charts)
    Classification of glaucoma patients
    Psypad , an iPad app for visual psychophysics
    Data compression and string searching
    Performance of IR systems with real users
    How do people use snippets in Web search result lists?
    What does it mean to judge a document relevant to a query?


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2017 ARC Discovery (3 years): J. Lewis, A. Turpin, E Baekkeskov, A. Carson and R Foa. "Understanding political debate and policy decisions using big data." $350K
    2016 Department of Veterans Affairs, USA: M. Wall and A. Turpin. "New perimetric tests for the far periphery." $35K
    2015 Google Research award: F. Scholer and A. Turpin. "Magnitude Estimation for the Evaluation of Search Systems." $US 55523.
    2015. ARC Linkage (3 years). A. Turpin, A.M. McKendrick, P. Artes and S. Zysset. LP150100815 "Next Generation Vision Testing: Combining Kinetic and Static Stimuli." $250K
    2013. ARC Linkage (3 years). A. Turpin, A.M. McKendrick, C. Hazelbank and G. Zinser. LP130100055 "Exploiting high resolution images of the retina to customise vision tests." $300K
    2012. ARC Discovery (3 years). M.A. Sanderson, F.N Scholer, A. Turpin, B. Croft and J. Callan. DP130104007 "Sub-collection retrieval: understanding and improving search engines". $310K
    2012. Melbourne University Research Collaboration Grant. J. Denniss and A. Turpin. "Enabling clinical testing of perimetric research" $20K.
    Consultant for Haag-Streit (Switzerland) and CenterVue (Italy).   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1998
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 1994
  • BCom, University of Melbourne 1990

Awards and honors

  • ARC Future Fellowship 2010-2013, Australian Research Council (ARC), 2010
  • Best Paper Award, Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC) 2008, 2008
  • Best Paper Award, International Perimetric Society (Japan), 2008



Available for supervision

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