Dr. Mark Read

Research Fellow, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney
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About Me

I am a research fellow at the Charles Perkins Centre in the University of Sydney. Research covers the application of computer science to solving biological problems, and solving computer science problems by taking inspiration from biology. For more information about what I do, see the Research page.

Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

Email: mark (dot) read (at) sydney (dot) edu (dot) au


Employment History

  • September 2013 – current: Research Fellow, Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney. My research at Sydney covers a variety of projects, all centred on using computational modelling, simulation and data analysis techniques to investigate biological systems. As part of the Integrated Systems Lab, my job entails a lot of collaboration building; myself and 3 others have been brought into the Charles Perkins Centre to provide a computational analysis perspective to the biological research performed here.
  • April 2011 – August 2013: Research Associate, Department of Electronics, the University of York. I am employed on the EU-funded CoCoRo project. Collective Cognitive Robots (CoCoRo) is an underwater swarm robotics project researching the technologies required for a swarm to perform task such as search and rescue, environmental monitoring, ecological monitoring, and exploring. My responsibilities include developing and maintaining an underwater simulation, investigating immunology though modelling and simulation, and providing in CoCoRo robots fault tolerance and cognitive functions based on immune system principles.
  • Oct 2007 – Feb 2012: PhD in Computer Science, the University of York. My PhD concerned the modelling and simulation of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. My work had a specific focus on establishing confidence that results are representative of the biology being simulated. This is typically overlooked in simulation where the implications of unknown aspects of the biology, unknown parameters, or particular assumptions or implementations of the biology can influence results. This work was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Jon Timmis, and with invaluable input from Dr. Vipin Kumar.
  • June 2004 – June 2005: Industrial Trainee, IBM Hursley Labs. A sandwich year in industry conducted as part of my undergraduate degree. I secured a placement at IBM, where I worked as a developer on the Websphere project.
  • Oct 2002 – June 2007: MEng in Computer Systems and Software Engineering, the University of York. My undergraduate degree, an integrated Masters, conducted at the Department of Computer Science.



There is life beyond work. When I’m not researching, I spend my time playing squash, playing guitar, or seeing my lovely wife.

I took up yoga (well, a mix of yoga and circuit training) several years ago in an attempt to cure pain in my lower back. It worked!

I’m a great fan of cooking, and have a signature bolognese dish that I’ll post the recipe of eventually…


Amusing/Humbling/Interesting Quotes

Quotes that I like, for whatever reason.

  • “An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.” – Niels Bohr
  • “If we knew what it was we were doing, it wouldn’t be called ‘research’, would it?” – Albert Einstein
  • “Now, like all my great plans, my strategy is so simple an idiot could have devised it.” – Zapp Brannigan