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Professor Damien Hicks

ARC Future Fellow
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States; MS, Stanford University, United States; BS, Stanford Unviersity, United States


I received my BS (1993) and MS (1993) from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering and my PhD (1999) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Applied Plasma Physics. From 2000-2014 I was a post-doc then staff physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where my research focused on high density plasmas and condensed matter physics. I also led a team at the National Ignition Facility pursuing laser-driven thermonuclear ignition. I began my Australian Research Council Future Fellowship at the Centre for Micro-Photonics at Swinburne in 2015 where I lead the Complex Dynamic Systems group. My primary area of research now is in developing methods of inference for learning the rules of complex systems from data. For more details see:

Research interests

Neuroscience; Computational Biology; Applied Statistics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Data-Driven Computational Modelling: PhD scholarships are available for students interested in data-driven computational modelling. Students will apply machine learning techniques to tackle specific problems in the dynamics of living systems. Current projects involve statistical inference on branching processes, and the analysis of brain dynamics using physiological models.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle And Plasma Physics - 020200

Teaching areas

Statistical Mechanics;Classical Mechanics


Also published as: Hicks, Damien; Hicks, D.; Hicks, D. G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2014: Ultrafast Photonic Electron Microscopy: Visualising dynamics at the nanoscale *; ARC Future Fellowships

* Chief Investigator

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