Zachari Swiecki is a Lecturer of Learning Analytics in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. He received his master's and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a member of the Epistemic Analytics lab. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Physics. He has played a central role in the development and dissemination of Quantitative Ethnography, an emerging methodology that combines qualitative analysis, statistics, and data science into a single framework.
Zachari's current work focuses on learning analytics—the application of data science techniques to learning contexts—with an emphasis on collaborative settings. This work includes developing novel techniques for modelling collaborative processes, applying these models in domains such as engineering design, medicine, and the military, and designing real-time systems for monitoring teams. Past projects include the research and development of innovative educational simulations, automated assessment techniques, and simulation authoring tools for educators.