PROF Kate Smith-Miles

PROF Kate Smith-Miles


  • Algorithm Performance Analysis
  • Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • 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 a former President of the Australian Mathematical Society (2016-2018), 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) have 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 250 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 24 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   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship (2014-2019), "Stress-testing algorithms: generating new test instances to elicit insights" Chief Investigator in ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (2017-2021) ARC Linkage Project (2016-2019), "Intruder alert! detecting and classifying events in noisy time series" ARC Linkage Project (2014-2019), "Faster, cheaper, better: mathematical advances to support improved pathology testing" ARC Linkage Project (2012-2017), "Optimising experimental design for robust product development: a case study for high-efficiency energy generation" ARC Discovery Project (2012-2016), "Footprints in instance space: visualising the suitability of optimisation algorithms" ARC Discovery Project (2009-2012), "Automatic Human Age Estimation Based on Visual Information"    


Education and training

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

Awards and honors

  • Awarded for outstanding research and distinguished service in applied mathematics, E.O. Tuck Medal, Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Society (ANZIAM), 2017
  • Awarded for distinguished research in mathematics, Australian Mathematical Society Medal, 2010
  • Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society, 2008
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Australia, 2006


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Kate Smith-Miles has supervised to completion 24 PhD students, and her current and past students are listed here:

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