J. Shane Culpepper

J. Shane Culpepper


I am currently a Vice-Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow, Director of the Centre for Information Discovery and Data Analytics, and Associate Professor (Reader in the UK, Full Professor in North America) at RMIT University in the School of Science (Computer Science).


I am a researcher in the area of Information Retrieval. My current research focuses on developing new approaches to effectively and efficiently search massive data collections, and understanding how to measure the quality of the answers found. Research interests include efficient and scalable algorithm design, machine learning in information retrieval, and system evaluation.

See my research overview and publications pages for more information.

In 2018, Fernando Diaz and I co-organized the Third Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval in Lorne (SWIRL), where we discussed the future of IR research. Our primary goal was to revise the IR research manifesto developed at SWIRL2. A preprint of our findings can be found here.

Potential Students and Postdocs

If you are interested in the work we do and wish to pursue a research career, please read the information included on my Phd and Postdoc recruiting page to find out more about current opportunites and selection criteria.

I am interested in taking on an Honours student in 2018/2019 to work on Learning-to-Rank (Deep Learning), Search Algorithms, Data Structures for Search, or Data Compression. An Honours scholarship may be available for suitably qualifed students working in my group. Honours students routinely qualify for PhD scholarships (APA, RTSP, and Vice-Chancellor Scholarships) after completing an Honours degree in my group. So, if you're interested in learning more about this research opportunity, please contact me by email so that we can find a time to meet and discuss it further.

Current PhD Students

  1. Binsheng Liu
  2. Rodger Benham
  3. Shixun Huang
  4. Hui Luo
  5. Luke Gallagher
  6. Joel Mackenzie

Past PhD Students

  1. Sheng Wang (submitted PhD in 2019)
  2. Tadele Tedla Damessie (completed PhD in 2019)
  3. Xiaolu Lu (completed PhD in 2018)
  4. Farhana Murtaza Choudhury (completed PhD in 2017)
  5. Gaya Jayasinghe (completed PhD in 2014)
  6. Matthias Petri (completed PhD in 2013)

Current Honours Thesis Students

  1. Robert Tirtasentana


I completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2008 under the venerable Alistair Moffat. I currently reside in lovely Melbourne, Australia. Before entering academia, I spent several years in various technical roles in industry. For more details, refer to my curriculum vitae.

My Thesis Wordle

Wordle: JSC Thesis
Last Update: 15 April 2018