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Professor Christopher Fluke

SmartSat Professorial Chair


Professor Christopher Fluke is the SmartSat Profesorial Chair in space system real-time data fusion, integration and cognition, undertaking research and development activities to help grow Australia's Space Industry. Prof Fluke holds an academic position with Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, and was the foundation Director of Swinburne's Advanced Visualisation Laboratory (Digital Research Innovation Capability Platform).   His primary research interests are in the use of advanced visualisation (hardware and software) to accelerate discovery in data-driven contexts.  A particular emphasis has been addressing the data-intensive challenges of next-generation petabyte and exabyte-scale astronomy projects.  Outside of astronomy, he has applied his visualisation expertise to advances in knowledge of biomaterials and nanostructured surfaces. Prof Fluke co-leads the AstroMedical Innovation project, translating astronomy-inspired problem-solving techniques to medical research to address data-intensive challenges in public health.

Research interests

GPU and advanced HPC algorithms; Scientific Computing and Visualisation; Cyber-human discovery systems; Earth Observation Data Analytics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Teaching areas

Advanced Statistics and Big Data;Scientific Computing and Visualisation;Data Visualisation


  • 2018, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Innovation - Digital Innovation Precinct Team, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2015, National, David Allen Prize - Swinburne Astronomy Productions, Astronomical Society of Australia
  • 2012, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Higher Education) - SAO Core Team, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2012, National, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - SAO Core Team, Office for Learning & Teaching
  • 2006, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship - Swinburne Spaceworks Team, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2000, Other, Victoria Fellowship, Victorian State Government
  • 1995, Other, Laby Prize, Australian Institute of Physics


Also published as: Fluke, Christopher; Fluke, C.; Fluke, C. J.; Fluke, Chris; Fluke, Chris J.; Fluke, Christopher J.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Assessing and enhancing multi-spacecraft mission simulation and visualisation *; SMARTSATCRC_FS
  • 2021: Artificial Intelligence as the Most Valuable Player: Enabling cyber-human teams to achieve decision superiority *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2020: Professorial Chair in Space system real-time data fusion, integration and cognition *; SmartSat CRC Fund Scheme
  • 2020: Understanding human and artificial intelligence collaboration on time-critical decision-making *; Next Generation Technologies Fund
  • 2019: AstroMedical Innovation: Astronomy-inspired, data-driven approaches for medical imaging and diagnosis *; CASS Foundation Science and Medicine Grants
  • 2019: Industry Engagement Seed Grant: Astro-medical Innovation *; Astronomy Australia Limited
  • 2018: Developing and using VR, AR or Mixed reality for the management of chronic pain *; Medibank Private Limited Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Intelligent visualisation for Risk Management *; Appearition
  • 2017: Media art as urban storytelling: Australian opportunities for data-driven content on large format screens *; MIRVAC Funding Scheme
  • 2017: Project to support the Astronomy Data and Computing Services under the Astronomy NCRIS Program *; Astronomy Australia Limited
  • 2016: gSTAR Data Management and Collaboration Platform (Variation 2 to Support Operations of gSTAR) *; Astronomy Australia Limited
  • 2006: The Commonwealth Cosmology Initiative: From the First Objects to the Cosmic Web *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator