Modelling and Optimisation Leader
Louis Caccetta (BSc, PhD (UWA), FTICA, FAustMS) holds a Personal Chair as Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Curtin University. He completed his Undergraduate and Post Graduate studies in Mathematics at the University of Western Australia. On completion of his PhD he joined the Department of Combinatorics and optimization at the University of Waterloo, Canada. At Waterloo he completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship under WT Tutte and then continued as a Lecturer until returning to Australia. He joined Curtin University as Lecturer in Operations Research in 1981 and progressed through the ranks obtaining a Personal Chair in 1992, becoming Curtin’s first Professor of Mathematics.
He has served for 15 years (1989-1990, 1994-2004; 2010-2014) as Head of Mathematics and Statistics at Curtin. He established, with WA Government funding, the Western Australian Centre of Excellence in Industrial Optimisation (WACEIO) in 2001 and has been its Director since this date. WACEIO undertakes industry focused R & D and is a recognised provider of cutting edge Industrial Optimisation Technology. In 2007, he established Curtin Industrial Modelling and Optimisation as a Tier 2 Centre which continued until the establishment of Curtin Institute of Computation. He was Director of this Centre. He is a member of a number of national and international professional affiliations and has served as President/Chairman of many of these. In particular, as Chair of the Australian Mathematical Sciences, I represented the Mathematics Discipline as a Board Member of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies 2004-2007. He won the Deans Medallion for Distinguished Research, Faculty of Science, Curtin University in 2000, is a recipient of the Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence and has been a Scholar in the Scientist-in-Residence Program sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences.
His research interests include: Computational Algorithms, Combinatorial Mathematics (Graph Theory and Network Optimization), Combinatorial Optimisation, Industrial Modelling and Optimisation and Operations Research. His research projects are very broad and span theory, methods and applications. He has developed and implemented a number of optimisation methods for solving large scale industrial problems. He is on the Editorial Board of 13 journals and is a Reviewer and Referee for a number of journals and funding agencies. He has supervised to completion 37 PhD’s and 7 Masters. He has organised a number of conferences/workshops. He has published some 290 refereed papers and has won a number of competitive research grants. He has extensive experience in contract R&D and industrial consultancy. He currently has a number of R&D projects in the mining industry. During his time at Curtin he has nurtured strong Collaborative partnerships with local, national and international research groups and industries.