PROF Kate Smith-Miles

PROF Kate Smith-Miles


  • Optimisation and Operations Research



  • Kate Smith-Miles is a Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Melbourne, and holds a five year Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. She is also President of the Australian Mathematical Society, and a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts from 2017-2019. Prior to joining The University of Melbourne in September 2017, she was Professor of Applied Mathematics at Monash University, where she was also Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences (2009-2014), and inaugural Director of the Monash Academy for Cross & Interdisciplinary Mathematical Applications (MAXIMA) from 2013-2017. She was also previously Head of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Deakin University (2006-2009) with a Chair in Engineering. She obtained her first Professorship in Information Technology at Monash University, where she worked from 1996-2006. Professorships in three disciplines (mathematics, engineering, and information technology) has given her an interdisciplinary breadth reflected in much of her research.

    Kate obtained a B.Sc(Hons) in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, both from The University of Melbourne. Commencing her academic career in 1996, she has published 2 books on neural networks and data mining, and over 240 refereed journal and international conference papers in the areas of neural networks, optimisation, data mining, and various applied mathematics topics. She has supervised to completion 22 PhD students, and has been awarded over AUD$12 million in competitive grants, including 12 Australian Research Council grants and industry awards.

    Kate was elected Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) in 2006, and Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society (FAustMS) in 2008. Awards include: the Australian Mathematical Society Medal in 2010 for distinguished research; the EO Tuck Medal from ANZIAM in 2   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1996
  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne 1993

Awards and honors

  • E.O. Tuck Medal, Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Society (ANZIAM), 2017
  • Australian Mathematical Society, 2010
  • Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society, 2008
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Australia, 2006


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I have supervised to completion 24 PhD students, and my current and past students are listed here:

    I was winner of the 2012 Monash University Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision: