"If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." Abraham Maslow (1908-1972)

Dr Ali Eshragh
Senior Lecturer in Data Science


School of Information and Physical Sciences
The University of Newcastle
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308




(+61) (2) 4921 5127


(+61) (2) 4921 6898

In 2001, I finished my Bachelor degree in industrial engineering at Sharif University of Technology as the top ranked student. I continued my graduate studies at Sharif University and completed my Master degree majoring in 'Statistical Modelling and Stochastic Optimization' in 2004.

In 2008, I was awarded an Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship by the Australian Government to start my PhD in Applied Mathematics majoring in 'Stochastic Operations Research' at the University of South Australia. Because of the nature of my PhD research, I have been exposed to a very broad range of concepts and techniques spanning not only optimization, applied probability and statistical modelling, but also graph theory, complexity theory and polyhedral theory.

In 2011, following submission of my PhD thesis, I was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The University of Adelaide. I worked on an ARC-funded research project in which we developed new stochastic models and optimization algorithms to find an optimal experimental design of a growing population with incomplete information.

In 2013, after successfully completing my Postdoc research project, I was appointed as a Lecturer in Operations Research in the School of Mathematical Sciences, the University of Adelaide.

In 2014, I was offered a continuing lecturing position in the School of Information and Physical Sciences, the University of Newcastle. In 2017, I was promoted to Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Tenured Associate Professor in the U.S. system). Currently, I am a senior lecturer in Data Science at the University of Newcastle.

Since January 2019, I have been appointed as the Leader of the Data Science research group within the Priority Research Centre for Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

I am an Associate Investigator in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS), Australia.

I am an Affiliated Researcher in the Big Data Group in the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

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News: I have been awarded $383,000 by the Australian Research Council (ARC, equivalent to NSF in the US) to lead an ARC-Discovery Project entitled Large Markov decision processes and combinatorial optimisation over the next three years (2022-2024).

News: Our paper on developing an efficient algorithm for the analysis of big time series data has been accepted for publication in Journal of Machine Learning Research.