Michael Siers, PhD

Michael Siers, PhD

Data Scientist

Machine Learning Engineer

About Me

Data Explorer, Lover of Code, Learning Adict

I'm Chief Data Scientist @ Black Book

My endless love for everything software and data led me to Data Science in 2013. My skills have since crossed the Aussie-state line three times: working for NSW Health, a multi-million dollar FinTech in Melbourne, and completing my data science PhD in Brisbane.

I'm constantly looking for new technologies to learn, datasets to explore, and avenues for applying machine learning. I have a soft spot for notebook based EDA and knowledge-visualisation.


What I Do


Insight Analysis Reporting

Focus on state-of-the-art knowledge discovery using genetic clustering and decision forests.


Design Data-Driven Subsystems

To enhance currently existing software using machine learning.


Machine Learning Engineering

Using Python with SKLearn, R with Caret, Java with Weka and more.

Responsive Design

Design and Document Big Data Strategies

Documented analysis of where a business can benefit most from their data.

Who I've Worked With



5.5 Years in the Data Science Space


2015 - 2019

PhD in Data Science

Charles Sturt University

Thesis: "Data Science for Class Imbalanced and Cost-Sensitive Data". Available here.


Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)

Charles Sturt University

GPA: 7.0/7.0, Thesis: "The Application of Cost-Sensitive Data Mining to Software Defect Prediction"

2010 - 2013

Bachelor of Computer Science

Charles Sturt University

GPA: 5.4/7.0, Included linear algebra, AI, database systems, discrete maths, C++, Java, application development and more.


Since September 2018

Data Scientist

Flight Centre Travel Group

As part of the Centralised Insights and Analytics team, I work on a large variety of projects.

March 2017 - May 2018

Data Scientist (Contract)

Credit Clear

The data-driven features I designed here are championed publicly to sell this multi-million dollar FinTech product.

July 2015 - April 2017

Research Officer (Data Science)

Charles Sturt University

Worked with what is now known as the Data Science Research Unit. Clients spanned both industry and government.

Fundamental Skills

Algorithm Design

Exploratory Data Analysis

Statistical Hypothesis Testing

Coding Skills

Python, Pandas, SciKitLearn

R, Tidyverse, caret, rpart

DAX (Power BI)

SQL (SQL Server, MySQL)

Git (GitHub, GitLab)

Microsoft Excel

Documentation (roxygen, sphinx)


My thoughts on 0s and 1s


Get in Touch

Get in Touch

Talk data to me.

Brisbane, Australia
0435 608 521
Freelance: Available

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