J. Shane Culpepper

Shane and Miette


I am a Vice-Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow and Associate Professor (Reader in the UK, Full Professor in North America) at RMIT University in the School of Science (Computer Science). I run the Information Discovery Lab, and I am a member of the Information Storage and Retrieval (ISAR) Research Group.

In 2018, Fernando Diaz and I co-organized the Third Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval in Lorne (SWIRL), where we will discuss the future of IR research. Our primary goal is to revise the IR research manifesto developed at SWIRL2. A preprint of the report can be found here.


My current work focuses on designing and evaluating efficient and effective algorithms and data structures for a wide variety of information storage and retrieval problems. Broadly speaking my research interests include information retrieval, text indexing, data compression, system evaluation, information discovery, learning to rank, natural language processing, algorithm engineering, and scalable distributed/parallel computing. See my research overview and publications pages for more information.

Potential Students and Postdocs

If you are interested in the work we do and wish to pursue a research career, please read the information included on my Phd and Postdoc recruiting page to find out more about current opportunites and selection criteria.

I am interested in taking on an Honours student in 2018 to work on Learning-to-Rank (Deep Learning), Search Algorithms and Data Structures, or Data Compression. An Honours scholarship may be available for suitably qualifed students working in my group. Honours students routinely qualify for PhD scholarships (APA, RTSP, and Vice-Chancellor Scholarships) after completing an Honours degree in my group. So, if you're interested in learning more about this research opportunity, please contact me by email so that we can find a time to meet and discuss it further.

Current PhD Students

  1. Binsheng Liu
  2. Rodger Benham
  3. Shixun Huang
  4. Hui Luo
  5. Luke Gallagher
  6. Sheng Wang
  7. Joel Mackenzie
  8. Bhagya Wickramasinghe
  9. Tadele Tedla Damessie

Past PhD Students

  1. Xiaolu Lu (submitted)
  2. Farhana Murtaza Choudhury(completed PhD in 2017)
  3. Gaya Jayasinghe (completed PhD in 2014)
  4. Matthias Petri (completed PhD in 2013)

Current Honours Thesis Students

  1. TBD


I completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2008 under the venerable Alistair Moffat. I currently reside in lovely Melbourne, Australia. Before entering academia, I spent several years in various technical roles in industry. For more details, refer to my curriculum vitae.

My Thesis Wordle

Wordle: JSC Thesis
Last Update: 30 December 2017