Associate Professor Oliver Obst


Associate Professor in Data Science

Roles / Position Responsibilities

Director for Research, Quality, and Innovation (School of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics)


Dr Oliver Obst is Associate Professor in Data Science at Western Sydney University, in Parramatta, Sydney, Australia, and the Director of Research, Quality, and Innovation for the School of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics. Previously, he was team leader of the Data Mining Team at CSIRO (Data61), where he worked from Aug 2007 to Jan 2016, a lecturer at the University of Newcastle (2006/07), and a Post-doc at the University of Bremen, Germany (2006). He received a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (2006), and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Koblenz-Landau, in Koblenz, Germany.

Oliver's research interests include machine learning, neural networks and information theoretic approaches. He has experience in data analytics with applications in sensor networks, energy, astronomy, and robotics. He is an a member of the board of trustees of the RoboCup federation (an organisation to foster research and education in AI), and served as a PC member of scientific conferences such as NIPS, IJCAI, and AIStats.

Research Interests

  • Recurrent Neural networks and Deep Learning
  • Information Theory
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Intelligent Systems and Artificial Intelligence

Qualifications & Honours

  • PhD Artificial Intelligence (Computer Science), University of Koblenz, Germany


For a full listing of my publications, please see my personal publications page.(opens in a new window)

Contact NAME

Phone +61 2 9685 9429
Location Western Sydney University Parramatta campus
Room EN.1.34