Ivan Maksymov

Ivan Maksymov

Principal Research Fellow, Physics and Machine Learning Lead

MSc, PhD, Electronic Engineering; Doctor of Philosophy - PhD, Theoretical and Mathematical Physics


Dr Ivan Maksymov studied in Kharkiv (Ukraine) physics school founded by the Nobel prize laureate Lev Landau and at the leading optics and photonics research centre in Tarragona, Spain. Ivan was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow from 2018 to 2022 and now he is a Principal Research Fellow at the AI and Cyber Futures Institute of Charles Sturt University, where he conducts both theoretical and experimental research on physical foundations of AI.

He made significant contributions in the fields of electron devices, plasma physics, optics and nanophotonics, nanomagnetism, acoustics, fluid mechanics, biophysics, and brain-computer interfaces. His famous experiment involving living sedated earthworms vibrated on a subwoofer in his backyard in Seymour, VIC earned him global popularity after the award of the Ig Nobel prize in 2020.

As a former national level cyclist and basketball player, in his free time he rides a road bike and plays tennis. He also learns playing euphonium and enjoys eating very hot chilli peppers. He is a dual citizen of Australia and Ukraine.


Ivan is an enthusiastic theoretical and experimental physicist with expertise in:

  • Nonlinear optics and nanophotonics.
  • Solid state physics.
  • Magnetism and magneto-optics.
  • Acoustics and photoacoustics.
  • Fluid and continuum mechanics.
  • Biophysics.
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow from 2018 to 2022.
  • Recipient of Ig Nobel prize in 2020.
  • Recognized scholar in reservoir computing.
  • Developer of the liquid analogue microchip.