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Adjunct Professor and Industry Fellow, UNSW Sydney

Professor Paul X. McCarthy is an author and research leader focused on data science and its role in accelerating innovation in research and industry. He leads a number of collaborative computational social science research initiatives at the intersections of economics, computer science, psychology and history.

McCarthy is CEO and co-founder of League of Scholars a global research analytics service and CEO of Online Gravity Consulting a strategic technology incubator. He is also adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales School of Computer Science and Engineering, Honorary Fellow at Western Sydney University and Industry Fellow at the UTS Data Science Institute.

Previously McCarthy was the non-executive chairman of The Studio — a new Australian mediatech hub based in Sydney and an adviser to CSIRO's Data61—Australia’s National Science Agency and the inventors of Wi-Fi. McCarthy is also co-founder of several innovative enterprises for IBM, NSW Government and SIRCA the inventors of the worlds first financial markets tick archive — Thomson Reuters Tick History a service now used by most major banks, hedge funds and regulators worldwide.

McCarthy received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Graduate DipArts in Fine Arts both from the University of Sydney, where he won the Ian Langham Memorial Prize in History and Philosophy of Science, his Master of Design in Digital Media from the University of Western Sydney and his MBA from Macquarie University, where he won the MGSM Award for Advertising and Marketing.


  • 2018–present
    Honorary Fellow, Western Sydney University
  • 2013–present
    Adjunct Professor, UNSW Sydney
  • 2022–present
    Industry Fellow, UTS
  • 2015–2019
    Research Leader, CSIRO Data61


  • 2000 
    Macquarie Graduate School of Management, MBA
  • 1994 
    University of Western Sydney, Masters of Design (Digital Media)
  • 1991 
    University of Sydney, Graduate Diploma in Arts (Fine Arts)
  • 1989 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)


  • 2023
    arXiv preprint , The Science of Startups: The Impact of Founder Personalities on Company Success.
  • 2022
    Repec, Occupation-personality fit is associated with higher employee engagement and happiness
  • 2021
    Plos One, Evolution of diversity and dominance of companies in online activity
  • 2019
    PNAS, Social media-predicted personality traits and values can help match people to their ideal jobs
  • 2018
    引力, CITIC Press (Beijing)
  • 2017
    LSE Impact, Towards a momentum-based look at research excellence.
  • 2015
    Online Gravity, Simon & Schuster (Sydney, London & NY)

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Computing Machinery

Research Areas

  • Artificial Intelligence And Image Processing (0801)
  • Natural Language Processing (080107)
  • Economics (14)
  • History Of Ideas (220209)
  • Business And Management (1503)
  • Knowledge Representation And Machine Learning (170203)