PROF Justin Zobel

PROF Justin Zobel


  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Bioinformatics and health informatics
  • Research methods
  • Search engines and information retrieval



  • Professor Justin Zobel is Head of the Department of Computing & Information Systems. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne and for many years was based in the School of CS&IT at RMIT University, where he led the Search Engine group. In 2007-8 he was a Principle Senior Researcher in NICTA, leading the Computing in Health area, and in 2010 and again in 2015 was interim Director of the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative.

    Prof Zobel is an associate editor of the International Journal of Information Retrieval and of and Information Processing & Management, and in 2008-9 was President of the CORE association of Australasian Departments & Schools of Computer Science. In the research community, he is best known for his role in the development of algorithms for efficient text retrieval. He is the author of "Writing for Computer Science", third edition, and co-author of "How to Write a Better Thesis", third edition and "How to Write a Better Minor Thesis". His interests include search, bioinformatics, fundamental data structures, and research methods.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1991
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 1985
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 1983

Awards and honors

  • Elected President in 2008 to 2010, The Australasian Association of Computer Science Departments, 2008



Available for supervision

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