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Joseph Lizier

Joseph Lizier


Senior Lecturer

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Complex Systems at The University of Sydney, Australia, in the Complex Systems Research Group and Centre for Complex Systems, and am teaching in our Master of Complex Systems and Project Management programs.
I am studying information processing in biological and bio-inspired complex networks, including in the computational neuroscience domain.

PhD scholarships available!

Contact Details

Office 338A
Building J05
Faculty of Engineering and IT
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006

E-mail: joseph dot lizier at sydney dot edu dot au
Mobile: +61 408 186 901


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Research Interests

Employment/Research History

The University of Sydney

Senior Lecturer, 2015-present
I am investigating the relationship between complex network structure and computational capabilities, with applications to computational neuroscience, and examining the relationship between information-theoretic and thermodynamic quantities.

CSIRO Digital Productivity Flagship

2012-2015 (Research Scientist, 2014-2015; Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2014)
Working in the Adaptive Systems / Data Mining teams, I untertook machine learning in biological data sets and continuing to investigate the relationship between complex network structure and computational capabilities.

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2010-2012
Working in the Complex Structures in Biology and Cognition research group of Prof. Juergen Jost, I investigated the information dynamics of computation in complex networks.

CSIRO ICT Centre and School of Information Technologies at The University of Sydney

Ph.D. student / Researcher, 2006-2010
I developed a framework for quantifying the information dynamics of distributed computation in complex systems.

Seeker Wireless

Senior Research Engineer, 2006-2010.
I worked part-time in the applet development team at Seeker, assisting in development of our client-side SIM toolkit applet and investigating handset compatibility issues.

Telstra Research Laboratories

2001-2006 (Senior Research Technologist, 2004-2006; Research Technologist 2001-2004).
At Telstra, I worked on a variety of projects and technologies, including anomaly detection in network and service metrics, online identity management, mobile applications development, web service development, and online trading technologies.

Professional Memberships

Professional Qualifications


PhD opportunities

Please contact me regarding PhD projects in complex systems. At the moment, I have a number of PhD scholarships available in conjunction with my ARC DECRA project, to start on or before Semester 1 2017:

  1. "Inferring information network structure from dynamics", and
  2. "Describing network and information processing co-development".
Please contact me for further details if you are interested in applying.

Résumé/ CV

Full curriculum vitae available here.