PGM Group

Professor Javen Qinfeng Shi

National Lead, 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

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.


I am leading the PGM group at the School of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide. I am also with the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (formly The Australian Centre for Visual Technologies). I was an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow between 2012-2014 (awarded in 2011). I received a PhD in computer science in 2011 at The Australian National University (ANU) in Machine Learning. At ANU, I was under the supervision of Alex J. Smola (primary advisor, Now in CMU, Marianas Labs and Amazon), Jack Yu (Now in Bocom), S. V. N. Vishwanathan (Now in UCSC), Li Cheng (Now in A-Star), Tiberio Caetano (principle advisor, ANU and NICTA), Richard Hartley (Panel, ANU and NICTA). Before that, I completed Bachelor and Master study in computer science and Technology in 2003 and 2006 at The Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) under the supervision of Yanning Zhang.