Kees van Gool

Dr Kees van Gool is a Deputy Director and Associate Professor at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at UTS. He has extensive experience in international, national and regional health policy research. He is part of a leading team working on the financing and economics of primary care. Kees has previously contributed to and managed a variety of projects including work conducted for the Commonwealth Department of Health, MBF and the Australian Senate. He was a lead investigator in two independent reviews of the Extended Medicare Safety Net conducted for the Australian Government. He is currently a chief investigator at the Centre for Research Excellence on the Financing and Economics of Primary Care (REFinE), funded by the Australian Primary Health Care Institute (APHCRI) . He has worked extensively on cancer care, screening, cystic fibrosis and policy evaluation. He has quantitative skills in micro-economic modelling and has established a track record in using linked data. In 2011 he completed his PhD at the University of Technology Sydney, looking at the out-of-pocket costs faced by patients under Australia’s Medicare system. Kees has previously worked at the Department of Health, NSW Health and the OECD where he led a project on international health system performance and policy analysis on cardiovascular disease care and outcomes.
Areas of expertise: health / health research / primary care / cancer care / screening / cystic fibrosis /
policy evaluation

Kathy Tannous LinkedIn


Dr Kathy Tannous is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Research at Western Sydney University. Her current research areas include the evaluation of Fire and Rescue New South Wales Home Fire Safety Checks Program from the firefighters’ perspective.She is a senior lecturer in the School of Business with an active research program in aspects of health economics, economic evaluation studies, and community care. Lecturing experience spans over 18 years and across a number of tertiary institutions in areas of Economics, Finance, and Management. Publication record includes three books, twenty-two refereed publications and over forty research and consultancy reports. Has worked as an economic consultant with macroeconomic forecasting firm Canada (Infometrica), financial economist with Commonwealth Bank, asset consultant with IPAC Securities and Consultant with Coopers and Lybrand. In addition, has undertaken a number of consultancies with the Australian aid agency (AusAID), United Nations Fund for Women, and the World Bank in the Pacific Islands, Lao PDR and Yemen. Currently undertaking an Evaluation of the Home Fire Safety Checks program with Fire and Rescue New South Wales. Is a fellow of Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA), member of Economic Society of Australia and International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).

Areas of expertise: Firesafety / aboriginal fire safety / insurance / health / finance

Musa Mammadov (Mamedov)


Musa Mammadov (Mamedov) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Federation University Australia. He is a member of the Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimization (CIAO). Dr Mammdov holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and Ph.D. in Mathematics & IT from the Federation University Australia. His main research interests are in the areas of optimal control theory (asymptotic stability of solutions) and optimization (theory and numerical methods) with a strong emphasis on practical applications including biological and medical systems.

Dr Mammdov has been the author or co-author of over a hundred scientific papers in international journals and on conference proceedings and several book chapters. He has been a chief investigator of many research projects including an ARC Discovery Project and an ARC Linkage Project. He serves as an Associate Editor for journals Optimization Letters (since 2007) and Annals of Data Science (since 2013).

Homepage: schools/faculty-of- science-and- technology/staff-profiles/mathematics/musa-mammadov

Areas of expertise: Optimization and Optimal Control Theory / Dynamical Systems / Data Mining

Evan Atlantis

Dr Evan Atlantis is a Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University (WSU), and Affiliate Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Medicine at The University of Adelaide. He is a research leader with over 12 years’ professional experience in obesity, diabetes, depression or anxiety and health promotion research based on large observational studies, randomised controlled trials (RCT), and systematic reviews (first authored 36 peer-reviewed papers in these areas to date). He has been awarded major National Health and Medical Research Council project funding totalling >$1.85 million, and a South West Sydney Local Health District Academic Research Unit New Unit Grant amount of $2.25 million. He has published (or in press) 50 peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters (36 first authored and two monographs) which have received about 2200 citations (6 articles cited over 100 times and an overall H-index of 23 in Google Scholar). His publications have received more than 300 citations per year since 2014, and this number has been increasing exponentially in the last 5 years.


Areas of expertise: obesity / diabetes / depression / anxiety / health

Julien Ugon

Julien Ugon is from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Federation University of Australia. He holds a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Ballarat (Australia), received in 2005. Julien’s research interests include nonsmooth optimization and applications, telecommunications and data analysis.
Areas of expertise: Data Mining / nonsmooth optimization and applications / telecommunications and data analysis.

Guillermo Pineda-Villavicencio


Dr Guillermo Pineda-Villavicencio currently researches the theory and application of Discrete Mathematics. Within Discrete Mathematics, I am mainly interested in the areas of Combinatorics, Permutation Groups and Combinatorial Optimization. However, I have also worked on Computational Geometry and on the design of geographic information systems.

I form part of the Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimization (CIAO) at Federation University Australia, and of the research group Graph Theory and Applications (GTA) at the University of Newcastle (Australia).

I am also a moderator and contributor to the Combinatorics Wiki project, project aiming to present the latest concepts, results, conjectures and references in various topics of Combinatorics.

Awards and Fellowships

  1. Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013), Skirball Foundation via the Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
  2. FAPESP’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012), University of Sao Paulo, declined.
  3. IBM Faculty Innovation Award. IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Awards 2010. (With Dr Julien Ugon and Dr Nadezda Sukhorukova).


  1. PhD in Mathematics, Federation University Australia, 2009
  2. Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours), University of Oriente (Cuba), 2002
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Areas of expertise: Maths / Data Mining