Chief Investigators

The Melbourne-Monash Consciousness Research network consists of world-leading researchers from diverse disciplines – each hailing from one of  Victoria’s two principal universities: the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

By uniting experts in philosophy, fine arts and music, psychology, physics, cognitive neuroscience, neuro-engineering, and machine learning and IT, we give our research a distinct cross-disciplinary profile – providing translational relevance across industry and clinical settings.

Internationally-recognised, the teams involved have strong relationships with all relevant key institutes and industry. The network members collaborate extensively – they co-author, co-supervise, run joint research projects and share leadership in international networks and scientific associations.

 

MMCR network diagram

Neuroscience

Thomas Andrillon

Dr Thomas Andrillon

Cognitive Neuroscience, Monash University

Thomas’s research is fuelled by a fascination for the human brain and the way in which thoughts emerge from such a small piece of matter. He completed a PhD at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.

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Philosophy

Tim Bayne

Professor Tim Bayne

Philosophy, Monash University

Timothy Bayne is a philosopher of mind and cognitive science with a particular interest in the nature of consciousness. He is Professor of Philosophy at Monash University and ARC future fellow.

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Psychological Sciences

Associate Professor Stefan Bode

Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

Stefan is Head of the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory and Director of Decision Science Hub, at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.

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Biomedical Engineering

Anthony Burkitt

Professor Anthony Burkitt

Biomedical Engineering, University of Melbourne

Anthony (Tony) Burkitt is Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Department of Biomedical Engineering, where he holds the Chair of Bio-Signals and Bio-Systems.

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Ethics

Associate Professor Adrian Carter

Neuroscience, Monash University

Adrian is a leading figure in Neuroethics. He is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Director of Community Engagement and Neuroethics at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University.

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Psychological Sciences

Associate Professor Olivia Carter

Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

Olivia is an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. She heads the Perception and Pharmacology lab.

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Neuroscience

Dr Trevor Chong

Cognitive Neuroscience, Monash University

Trevor is a neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist based at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health.

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Creative Arts

Associate Professor Kate Daw

Head of the School of Arts, VCA

Kate Daw is Head of the School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts. She is also an internationally recognised visual artist.

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Artificial Intelligence

Professor Tom Drummond

Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University

Tom is Head of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash and Chief Investigator ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision.

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Neuroscience

Dr John Gardner

Sociologist, Monash University

John Gardner is a sociologist at the School of Social Sciences at Monash, and science and technology studies (STS) scholar.

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Psychological Sciences

Associate Professor Marta Garrido

Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

Marta Garrido leads the Cognitive Neuroscience and Computational Psychiatry Laboratory at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

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Biomedical Engineering

Professor David Grayden

Biomedical Engineering, University of Melbourne

Professor David Grayden is Clifford Chair of Neural Engineering in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering and the Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering.

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Neuroscience

Professor Anthony Hannan

Neuroscience, University of Melbourne

Tony is a behavioural neuroscientist and medical researcher at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne.

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Psychological Sciences

Dr Hinze Hogendoorn

Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

Hinze is a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne. He is also the founder and principal investigator at the Time in Brain and Behaviour Laboratory.

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Philosophy

Professor Jakob Hohwy

Philosophy, Monash University

Jakob Hohwy is Head of Philosophy at Monash University. He conducts interdisciplinary research on theories of brain function.

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Ethics

Dr Julian Koplin

Biomedical Ethics, University of Melbourne

Julian Koplin is a Research Fellow with the Biomedical Ethics Research Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne.

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Neuroscience

Dr Levin Kuhlmann

Information Technology, Monash University

Levin is a senior lecturer of Data Science and Digital Health in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University.

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Biomedical Engineering

Dr Hamish Meffin

Biomedical Engineering, University of Melbourne

Hamish is a Senior Researcher with the Victorian Research Laboratory of the National Information and Communication Technology Australia (NICTA) in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

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Physics

Dr Kavan Modi

Physics and Astronomy, Monash University

Kavan is a senior lecturer and ARC Future Fellow, at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University.

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Neuroscience

Dr Steven Miller

Neuroscience, Monash University

Steven Miller is a clinician and researcher in clinical neuroscience and psychiatry, visual neuroscience and consciousness science.

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Neuroscience

Associate Professor Lucy Palmer

Neuroscience, University of Melbourne

Lucy Palmer is an Associate Professor and laboratory head of the Neural Networks Laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

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Creative Arts

Mark Pollard

Professor Mark Pollard

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne

Mark is founding Head of Interactive Composition at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.

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Neuroscience

Dr Adeel Razi

Neuroscience, Monash University

Adeel is a Senior Research Fellow, ARC DECRA Fellow and Principal Investigator of the Computational and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory at the Monash Institute of Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience and Monash Biomedical Imaging.

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Creative Arts

Dr David Sequeira

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne

Artist and researcher, Dr David Sequeira is Director, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

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Psychiatry

Professor Suresh Sundram

Psychiatry, Monash

Suresh is Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University, and the Director of Research, Mental Health Program at Monash Health.

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Neuroscience

Professor Trichur Vidyasagar

Neuroscience, University of Melbourne

Trichur Vidyasagar (Sagar) is a neuroscientist with a particular interest in vision. He is a Professor in the Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne and also an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

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Philosophy

Dr Jennifer M Windt

Philosophy, Monash University

Jennifer Windt is a senior research fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Monash University. Her research focuses on philosophy of mind and philosophy of cognitive science.

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Why does consciousness research matter?

An understanding of consciousness, and the mechanisms that create our experience of the world and our place within it, is more important than ever before. Significant to our everyday lives, consciousness research has far reaching implications for: