Professor Melanie Johnston-Hollitt is an internationally prominent Australian radio astronomer working in the space between astrophysics, computer science and big data. She is the Director of the Curtin Institute for Computation and the Australian Space Data Analysis Facility. Professor Johnston-Hollitt leads two multi-disciplinary teams investigating how to best meet the increasing demand for computational modelling, data analytics, and visualisation, working closely with SMEs and researchers to tackle problems that are both fundamental in nature as well as industry-focused. A former member of the board of both the MWA and SKA telescopes, she has received over 35 million in funding, published 285 papers, and mentored over 50 students and early-career researchers, many of whom have gone on to win awards themselves.
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