Department of Computing

Department of Computing

We are committed to excellence in teaching, research and industry collaborations. Our goal is to apply computational methods to solve real problems through technology.

Our Centre for Language Technology is Australasia’s largest and longest-standing hub of researchers working in natural language processing, computation linguistics and language technology.

Macquarie encourages an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research. Our collaborations include the co-badged Introduction to Video Games unit (COMP111/MAS111), as well as our work across our research centres and groups.

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Head of Department

Professor Michael Sheng

Dr Michael Sheng is a full Professor and Head of Department of Computing at Macquarie University. Before moving to Macquarie, Michael spent 10 years at School of Computer Science, the University of Adelaide. Michael holds a PhD degree in computer science from the University of New South Wales and did his post-doc as a research scientist at CSIRO ICT Centre. From 1999 to 2001, Michael also worked at UNSW as a visiting research fellow. Prior to that, he spent 6 years as a senior software engineer in industries.

Michael has more than 280 publications, and is the recipient of the ARC Future Fellowship (2014), Chris Wallace Award for Outstanding Research Contribution (2012), and Microsoft Research Fellowship (2003). He is a member of the IEEE and the ACM.

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Contact the Department

Melina Chan, Executive Office – Team leader
E6A 361 , 75 Talavera Road, Macquarie University NSW 2109
T: +61 2 9850 9510

Sylvian Chow, Department administrator
E6A 360, 75 Talavera Road, Macquarie University NSW 2109
T: +61 2 9850 9105


Our areas of research excellence include:

  • Language technology
  • Cryptography
  • Security
  • Programming languages and advanced systems engineering
  • Knowledge systems
  • Category theory
  • Machine learning.

Research areas

Cyber security

We focus on fundamental advances in security techniques to enable secure and trustworthy systems. This includes research projects on networking, cloud computing, trusted computing, software systems security, large-scale data security, mobile and wireless, Internet of Things, formal security models and cryptography.

Data science

Our data science research is focused on developing methods for extracting, manipulating and analysing information from various kinds of data sets. This includes research into machine learning techniques and data mining.

Virtual reality

Our department’s analysis of virtual reality takes a human-centred approach. Working at Macquarie’s Simulation Hub, we investigate design and development of pervasive interfaces, motion tracking, training simulations, collaborative and immersive environments and video games.

Research centres and groups

We are involved in several research centres and groups, including the:

  • multi-University Centre for Ultrahigh-Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS)
  • Advanced Cyber Security Research Centre
  • Centre for Advanced Computing – Algorithms and Cryptography
  • Centre for Language Technology

Our research groups include the CSIRO-Macquarie University Chair in Wireless Communications, the Programming Languages Research Group, The Intelligent Systems Group and the Verification Lab.

Research funding support

The Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Office can help you with research-related questions, and should be your first point of contact. Further information can be found on Macquarie’s research web pages, including information on grants and funding.

If you have travel requirements for your research, Macquarie does offer travel support.

In addition, when it comes time to present your research, our marketing and communications team can help you understand our brand and media engagement guidelines.

Engage with us

If you are interested in getting involved with our research, contact the Faculty of Science Research Office ( Or for more information on how to partner with us, contact our Research Partnerships Manager:

Mark Berlage

Employee support

Macquarie wants to ensure that all staff enjoy a safe, happy, productive working environment. We offer support to get you started and are transparent about our employee benefits It is important to be aware of our Safety at work policies, as well as the University’s wellbeing services that range from employment support to childcare.


Building E6A, Room 360, Macquarie University
North Ryde, Sydney, Australia

+61 (2) 9850 9514

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