Professor Graham Williams

Professor Graham Williams
Chief Scientist, Software Innovation Institute
Cluster Lead, Data Science & Analytics


Graham leads teams of developers and researchers delivering innovative and cutting edge Data Science solutions utilising AI and Machine Learning to target important business use cases. He has a focus on developing technology for good and sharing through open source software practices.

Graham served in a number of senior roles across different sectors. He was Director of Data Science with Microsoft, mentoring researchers across industries. As an executive with the Australian Taxation Office and the Whole of Government Data Analytics Centre of Excellence he guided government departments in setting up their Data Science capabilities. At the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) he initiated the first Data Mining research group in Australia. He is the author of books and open source software widely used in teaching.

Graham has a PhD in Computer Science (Machine Learning) from the ANU and BSc Hons (Maths) (First Class) University of Adelaide.

If you are interested in proposing a research project across any of these areas, review the relevant links, develop a proposal, then contact me with the proposal.

  • Democratising AI, Machine Learning, and Data Science (;
  • Privacy and Data Analysis over massively distributed data (;
  • Reasoning over Knowledge Graphs, entity resolution and link discovery;
  • Open source software for data science (;
  • New Approaches to Teaching Data Science - Teaching Hospital
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  • Special Achievement Award for service to the Pacific Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 2020.
  • Distinguished Contribution Award for research and teaching from the Pacific Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 2011
  • Commisioner's Award for Innovation, Australian Taxation Office, 2010
  • Australia Day Medallion, Australian Taxation Office, 2007
  • Most Innovative Award, High Performance Computing Challenge, Super Computing, Orlando, Florida 1998
  • Best Student Paper Award, International Conference on Expert Systems, Avignon, France, 1986 - Capturing Aboriginal Knowledge for Bush Fire Management in Kakadu National Park

PAKDD Distinguished Contribution Award

Graham Williams received the PAKDD Distinguished Contribution Award in 2011.

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