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Professor of Information Technology, Monash University

David Green is Professor of Information Technology at Monash University. His research concerns complex systems, both the underlying theory and its impact on real-world problems. In the course of his research into complexity he has investigated problems as diverse as forest ecology, evolution, proteins, geographic information and social networks. His many articles and publications include several books directed at a general audience, including The Serendipity Machine (2004), and Patterns in the Sand (1998). His most recent book, Of Ants and Men (2014), deals with unexpected events, why they happen, how they cascade to cause accidents and disasters, and how they impact on society.


  • –present
    Professor of Information Technology, Monash University


  • 1977 
    Dalhousie Unieversity, PhD


  • 2014
    Of Ants and Men, Springer
  • 2014
    Dual Phase Evolution, Springer
  • 2006
    Complexity in Landscape Ecology, Springer
  • 2004
    The Serendipity Machine, Allen and Unwin
  • 2002
    Online Geographic Information, Taylor & Francis
  • 2000
    Complex Systems, Cambridge
  • 1998
    Patterns in the Sand, Allen and Unwin

Research Areas

  • Artificial Intelligence And Image Processing (0801)
  • Computation Theory And Mathematics (0802)
  • Ecology (0602)
  • Evolutionary Biology (0603)
  • Social Change (160805)
  • Social And Community Psychology (170113)