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Associate Professor Christopher Fluke

Associate Professor


Associate Professor Christopher Fluke is an astronomer and astronomy communicator at Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. His primary research interests are in techniques for 3D visualisation with applications in astronomy and biomaterials, and the use of graphics processing units (GPUs) to accelerate the rate of astronomical discovery.

Currently, Dr Fluke is examining opportunities for using GPU-computing clusters to solve the visualisation and data analysis challenges of the petascale data era.

Dr Fluke is the inaugural Director of the Advanced Visualisation Laboratory within the Digital Innovation Capability Platform, and was awarded an Innovation Fellowship to work with Swinburne’s Innovation Precinct.

Research interests

GPU and advanced HPC algorithms; Astronomy Visualisation; Scientific Visualisation; Gravitational Lensing

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Astronomical And Space Instrumentation - 020102
  • Virtual Reality And Related Simulation - 080111
  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy - 020103

Teaching areas

3D Astronomy Animations and Movies;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

  • 2019: AstroMedical Innovation: Astronomy-inspired, data-driven approaches for medical imaging and diagnosis *; CASS Foundation Science and Medicine Grants
  • 2019: Gravitational Wave Data Centre *; Astronomy Australia Limited
  • 2019: Industry Engagement Seed Grant: Astro-medical Innovation *; Astronomy Australia Limited
  • 2019: Installation of YandaSoft on the OzSTAR supercomputer *; 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 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 Operationsof gSTAR) *; Astronomy Australia Limited

* Chief Investigator