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Professor Matthew Bailes

Director, Data Science Research Institue


Professor Matthew Bailes is an Australian research Council Laureate Fellow and the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGRav). He is a world leader in the discovery and timing of millisecond pulsars and has made pivotal contributions to the discovery of the Fast Radio Bursts – enigmatic millisecond-duration bursts of radio waves that strike the Earth many thousands of times per day and are of unknown origin.

Professor Bailes’ research mainly concerns developing instrumentation for time domain astrophysics and using it for pulsar and FRB discovery in conjunction with collaborators in Australia, Europe and the US. He is the Australian Champion of the Breakthrough Listen project with the Parkes 64m radio telescope. This project aimed to search (intelligently) for the existence of Extra-Terrestrial life with the Parkes 64m radio telescope in collaboration with the CSIRO and Berkeley. From 2017 he will lead the MeerTIME project that will use the new MeerKAT telescope to time radio pulsars as part of an international collaboration.

Professor Bailes founded the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne in 1998 and served as its Director for the first 12 years. His team developed a supercomputer for the 50 year-old Molonglo telescope to transform it into a pulsar timing and FRB discovery machine as part of the UTMOST project.

Research interests

Pulsars; Square Kilometre Array; Astronomy

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Galactic Astronomy - 510104
  • General Relativity And Gravitational Waves - 510105
  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy - 510103

Further information



Also published as: Bailes, Matthew; Bailes, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Constructing the SKA Pulsar Timing Processor PI14 *; FOURIERSPACE_FS
  • 2022: Constructing the SKA Pulsar Timing Processor PI15 *; FOURIERSPACE_FS
  • 2022: Constructing the SKA Pulsar Timing Processor PI16 *; FOURIERSPACE_FS
  • 2022: Illuminating the cosmic web with Fast Radio Bursts *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2021: Australian Partnership in Advanced LIGO+: continuation *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2021: Constructing the SKA pulsar timing processor PI13 *; FOURIERSPACE_FS
  • 2021: CSIRO CryoPAF GPU Backend Design *; FOURIERSPACE_FS
  • 2021: Irukandji FPGA Firmware Research and Development *; FOURIERSPACE_FS
  • 2021: Project Schedule No.8 ARDC Data Retention Project Phase 2 - GWDC *; Astronomy Australia Limited
  • 2021: Woiwurrung named supercomputing facility (OzSTAR Upgrade) *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2019: Lexus Commercial Transmission *; M&C Saatchi
  • 2017: ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme
  • 2017: Completing the pulsar timing sub-element design for the Square Kilometre Array *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2017: Supplementation of CoE grant CE170100004 *; ARC Centre of Excellence Supplementary Funds
  • 2017: Swinburne University contribution to Breakthrough Listen Project *; University of California Berkeley USA Fund Scheme
  • 2016: Expanding our view of the Universe with the Murchison Widefield Array *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2016: Pulsar Hunting with Fast Folding Algorithms *; UA-DAAD (Universities Australia-Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)
  • 2011: ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme
  • 2011: Deep investigations of galaxies and pulsars *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2008: Development of the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope for pulsar astrophysics and Square Kilometre Array demonstration *; Australia-India Strategic Research Fund

* Chief Investigator

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