PGM Group

Professor Javen Qinfeng Shi

Chief Scientist, Smarter Regions CRC Bid
Director and Founder, Probabilistic Graphical Model Group
Director in Advanced Reasoning and Learning, Australian Institute for Machine Learning
Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide
Lead and Founder, DeepSightX

Email: javen.shi at adelaide.edu.au
Tel: +61-8-8313-0324

" Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk's flight on the empty sky "
— Ursula K. Le Guin (A Wizard of Earthsea)



I am leading a machine learning team developing efficient algorithms and systems that can evolve and learn from massive amounts of data in almost any domain, and be capable of reasoning and decision making with super-human performance.

Our systems are very effective at modelling complex relationships between variables. These might be the relationships between symptoms and diseases, or the relationships between a set of sensor inputs and the state of the system being modelled, or the relationships between cellular metabolic reactions and the genes that encode them, or the relationships between users in a social network about whom we wish to draw inferences.

More specifically, my current research projects involve


Yes, we do consulting too.


Professor Javen Shi is the National Lead and Chief Scientist of Smarter Regions Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) bid (~$160M over 10 years), Director in Advanced Releasing and Learning, Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML), and Founding Director of Probabilistic Graphical Model Group at the University of Adelaide.

He is recognised both locally and internationally for the impact of his work, through an impressive record of publishing in the highest ranked venue in the field of Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition (22 CVPR papers), through an impeccable record of ARC funding (including his DECRA, 2 DP as 1st CI, 3 LP as Co-CI). He has published over 70 peer reviewed papers, over 90% are at ERA [A/A*].

He has transferred his research to many domains ranging from agriculture, mining, sport, manufacturing, automated trades, computer vision, water utility, health, education and others. One of his very recent achievements is that he formed the team DeepSightX recently won 2nd place in a global competition to predict mineral deposits in June 2019. One thousand people from 62 countries had entered. In merely 3 months, his team outperforms professional companies with over 40 years experience in mining. More recently (Sept. 2019), he and his team helped MIDDOL Pty Ltd win the Golden Prize (1st place) at SAIC Volkswagen's Logistics Innovation Day in Shanghai. The prize was for the development of MIDDOL's digital factory, a dashboard that can monitor the processes taking place on the factory floor powered by AI beating VW's suppliers around the global. He is currently leading and developing Smarter Regions Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) bid to empower regional Australia to gain the maximum benefit from the AI revolution. It will transform existing industries and grow a technology sector in and for regional Australia.