Senior Principal Researcher, Data61

Dr Mark Staples is Senior Principal Researcher at Data61 and a Conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW with the School of Computer Science and Engineering. His research is in software engineering, software architecture, blockchain, and philosophy of engineering. He is Data61’s representative on Australia’s standardization committee on blockchain and DLT (IT-041), under Australia’s leadership of the Secretariat of the International Technical Committee for blockchain and DLT standards (ISO/TC 307).

Previously at Data61 and at NICTA he has been a research group leader, founding leader of the Fraunhofer Project Centre in Transport and Logistics at NICTA, and led the creation of the Future Logistics Living Lab. He has also worked in industry in Australia, on implantable medical devices, electronic payments systems, and distributed industrial control systems.


  • –present
    Conjoint Associate Professor, UNSW
  • –present
    Principal Researcher in Software Systems, Data61, CSIRO


  • 1998 
    University of Cambridge, PhD in Computer Science
  • 1993 
    University of Queensland, BInfTech (Hons)
  • 1992 
    University of Queensland, BSc in Cognitive Science and Computer Science
  • 1992 
    University of Queensland, BInfTech