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Dr Stephen Petrie

Data Scientist
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, Australia; Master of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Melbourne, Australia


Steve is a Data Scientist with experience in data analysis, neural networks, astrophysics, mathematical biology, image processing, computer vision, and evolutionary optimisation. He is an inter-disciplinary researcher who has collaborated with economists, biologists, computer scientists, physicists, clinicians, and government policy makers.

Steve's background is in physics; he has an MPhil in theoretical cosmology and a PhD in infectious disease modelling. His PhD involved modelling influenza infection dynamics within the respiratory tract, in order to assess the fitness of drug-resistant strains of influenza. He currently holds a dual position at Swinburne as a Data Scientist with the Centre for Transformative Innovation (CTI) and the Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub). He also has extensive experience implementing projects on high performance computing infrastructure, including supercomputers run by Swinburne University, Melbourne University, and Melbourne Bioinformatics, and cloud computation services run by Amazon and the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (Nectar).

Centre for Transformative Innovation (CTI)
Steve has contributed to a number of projects at CTI in collaboration with economists and government policy makers. He currently teaches a postgraduate unit called Data Science Fundamentals (INF80054). He was also Swinburne's lead developer of the "TM-Link" worldwide trademark database, a collaborative project with IP Australia which included the development of a neural network-based linking algorithm capable of identifying similar trademarks across different countries. The TM-Link database is an open database that is used by researchers and policy makers to research how trademark activity can provide insight into exporting and international branding dynamics (

Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub)
Steve's primary role at the AIR Hub is to develop an online technology landscaping platform. The platform enables researchers to discover patents and academic papers related to their novel research ideas, and to examine trends over time and similarity networks in those related technologies. The tech landscaping platform is currently in a prototype stage of development.

Research interests

Advanced Statistics and Big Data; Data Visualisation; Database Systems

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Data Engineering And Data Science - 460501
  • Data Mining And Knowledge Discovery - 460502
  • Database Systems - 460505

Teaching areas

Advanced Statistics and Big Data;Data Visualisation;Database Systems

Further information


Also published as: Petrie, Stephen; Petrie, S.; Petrie, Stephen M.; Petrie, Steve
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: AI and Remote Sensing for Water Leak Detection *; EY Business Solutions Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Branding activities and trade opportunities between Vietnam and Australia *; Australia-Vietnam Enhanced Economic Engagement Grant (AVEG)
  • 2021: RFQ: Trade Index Model *; Austrade
  • 2020: Bionic Vision Technologies *; Bionic Vision Technologies Ltd Pty (BVT)
  • 2020: IP Australia Updates to TMLink *; IP Australia

* Chief Investigator

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