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Andrew Melatos


Andrew Melatos is a theoretical physicist with research interests in astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and non-equilibrium systems. He received his PhD from the University of Sydney, held postdoctoral research fellowships at the California Institute of Technology and University of California at Berkeley, and now works at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the team that made the historic first direct detection of Einstein’s gravitational waves in 2015.

Melatos is deeply interested in the interplay between art and science and is active in public outreach. He collaborates closely with visual artist Briony Barr on the Drawing on Complexity project, a sequence of participatory, rule-based, expanded drawings – and undrawings – whose rules are inspired by the principles of non-equilibrium systems. He has served as a scientific consultant for the art-science collaborative Scale Free Network and for contemporary dance productions by the Australian Dance Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company. He co-supervises PhD projects in the art-science domain with academics at the Victorian College of the Arts.