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Professor Alan Duffy

Program Leader, SpaceTech applications

Head and shoulders image of Alan DuffyProfessor Alan Duffy is an internationally renowned astrophysicist specializing in large-scale supercomputer simulations to model the growth of our Universe. Through advanced analytical techniques and image processing these simulated universes are compared to the vast datasets from the world’s largest telescopes.

As an Associate Investigator in two ARC Centres of Excellence – Alan is exploring the synthesis of observation and modelling to understand our universe with ASTRO3D and pursuing new statistical and machine learning techniques to explore the gravitational wave universe with OzGrav. He is also a member of SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere to be placed in the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.

Alan attained a PhD in astrophysics at the University of Manchester, and undertook postdoctoral research positions at the University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne before accepting a Research Fellowship at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne in 2014. His efforts bridging the latest science and communicating that to the broader community and industry have seen him be awarded the Victorian Tall Poppy Award and the national Eureka prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science.

You can contact Alan on aduffy@swinburne.edu.au.