Our People

Our School is home to award-winning academics and researchers whose cutting-edge discoveries and insights are driving innovation in the fields of Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

Our achievements span Laureate Fellowships to Medals from the Australian Mathematical Society. 


Emeritus Professor Michael Liebelt

Emeritus Professor Michael Liebelt

Interim Head of School, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Michael Liebelt was appointed as a lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide in 1989. He was the Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from 2001 until 2010 and was the Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Computer and Mathematical Sciences from July 2010 until May 2016. He held the position of Interim Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences between September 2017 and October 2018. He was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operations) and Dean of Graduate Studies from November 2017 until the end of 2021 when he stepped in as interim Head of School for Computer and Mathematical Sciences.  

Michael has wide experience as a member of academic boards and boards of directors of several education providers, research commercialization ventures and private companies. His research interests are in computer architecture, particularly asynchronous digital systems and parallel architectures for the implementation of artificial general intelligence. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery. 

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    Associate Professor Nickolas Falkner

    Associate Professor Nickolas Falkner

    Associate Professor Falkner has been at the University of Adelaide since 2017 and is the Director of the Australian Smart Cities Consortium as well as a member of the Computer Science Education Research Group.

    Nickolas is an award-winning teacher and conducts research into a number of areas: computer network design and development, network security, privacy preservation, blockchain technologies, the Internet of Things and educational research, with a focus on increasing student participation, retention, and enthusiasm. He works extensively in education beyond the traditional borders of the University and is heavily involved in the University’s AdX initiative, as well as the Computer Science Educational Research centre’s series of Digital Technologies MOOCs to support teachers across Australia.

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    Dr Mingyu Guo

    Associate Head, International

    Associate Professor Claudia Szabo

    Associate Head, Learning and Teaching

    Dr Wei Zhang

    Associate Head, People and Culture

    Dr Luke Bennetts

    Associate Head, Research

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    School Business Manager

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