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Professor Matthew Bailes

Professor Matthew Bailes is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and the leader of the Pulsar and Fast Radio Burst (FRB) research group at Swinburne and is the theme leader of the Dynamic Universe as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence CAASTRO. He founded the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne in 1998 and served as its Director for the first 12 years. His research mainly concerns developing instrumentation for time domain astrophysics and using it for pulsar and FRB discovery in conjunction with his many collaborators in Australia, Europe and the USA. He is the Australian lead of the 100M Breakthrough Listen project to search (intelligently) for the existence of Extra-Terrestrial life with the Parkes 64m radio telescope in collaboration with the CSIRO and Berkeley. From 2017 he will lead the MeerTIME project that will use the new MeerKAT telescope to time radio pulsars as part of an international collaboration. His team developed a supercomputer for the 50 year-old Molonglo telescope to transform it into a pulsar timing and FRB discovery machine as part of the UTMOST project.

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