J. Shane Culpepper

Shane and Miette


I am a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at RMIT University in the School of Science (Computer Science). I run the Information Discovery Research Group which is closely affiliated with the Information Storage and Retrieval (ISAR) Research Group ran by Professor Mark Sanderson.


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.

Current PhD Students

  1. Shixun Huang
  2. Hui Luo
  3. Luke Gallagher
  4. Sheng Wang
  5. Joel Mackenzie
  6. Tadele Tedla Damessie
  7. Xiaolu Lu

Past PhD Students

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

Current Honours Thesis Students

  1. Rodger Benham


I completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2008 under the venerable Alistair Moffat. I am a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia and 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: 23 December 2016