In 2019, a unique partnership between ASD and ANU was formed to accelerate the transfer of knowledge and cutting-edge expertise with joint collaboration activities.

The goals of our partnership are:

  • Promote research collaboration in areas of mutual interest to ASD and ANU
  • Facilitate education and training activities and opportunities for ASD staff and ANU students
  • Identify and foster talented students working in areas related to ASD
  • Provide a focal point and meeting place for STEM outreach initiatives to grow Australia's STEM pool.

Introducing the Co-Lab team

In addition to academics and technologists from diverse backgrounds, the Co-Lab team includes professional staff from both ASD and ANU.

Strategic Relationship Manager


Jan Shaddock is the Co-lab Strategic Relationship Manager. She is a project and program manager with experience in higher education fundraising, relationship management and research management. 


Co-Lab Program Director


Jamie Harwood is the Co-Lab Program Director. Jamie was formerly a Director in ASD’s Data Science and Engineering branch, and has been a long-time friend of the Co-Lab.

Director of Research


Dirk Pattinson is the Co-Lab Director of Research. He is a mathematician turned computer scientist. His research interests are Logic, Category Theory and Artificial Intelligence. 

Communications and Outreach Coordinator


Macarena Rojas is the Co-Lab Communications and Outreach Coordinator. She is an experienced marketing and communications professional with a passion for STEM Outreach. 

Assistant Director


David is the Co-Lab Assistant Director. He works to convey ASD's interests to ANU students and academics any way he can. When he isn't at the Co-Lab (and sometimes when he is) he's playing boardgames and making logic puzzles.  

Business Manager


Vi Le is the Co-Lab Business Manager. She manages the day to day operations at the Co-Lab, including access to the facility and security clearance for staff and students involved in the ASD-ANU collaboration.

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