J. Shane Culpepper

Shane and Miette


I am an ARC DECRA Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at RMIT University in the Department of Computer Science & Information Technology. I run the Search Algorithms Lab (SAL) which is closely affiliated with the Information Storage and Retrieval (ISAR) Research Group ran by Professor Mark Sanderson.


My current work focuses on how to design and evaluate 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, learning to rank, natural language processing, experimental algorithmics, 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.

Postgraduate Students

  1. Sheng Wang
  2. Joel Mackenzie
  3. Tadele Tedla Damessie
  4. Xiaolu Lu
  5. Farhana Murtaza Choudhury
  6. Gaya Jayasinghe (completed PhD in 2014)
  7. Matthias Petri (completed PhD in 2013)

Undergraduate/Minor Thesis Students

  1. Luke Gallagher


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: 25 April 2015