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David Kernot

PhD student

Dip (BMgt) (UniSA); BTech (CompSt) (RMIT); GradCert (PubSectMgt) (Flinders Uni); MPhil (IT) (UNSW)

Toshiya Takahashi

David commenced his doctoral studies at the NSC in June 2014 after completing a Master of Philosophy from the University of New South Wales (Information Technology). He also holds a Diploma of Business Management from the University of South Australia, a Bachelor of Technology in Computing Studies from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Flinders University.

Research interests

David’s research interests include:

  • Australia’s Defence capabilities
  • emerging technologies
  • the application of computational linguistics for Defence related operations research
  • cyber data mining
  • quantitative approaches to predictive thematic analysis.

Thesis topic

David’s thesis work at the NSC is focussed on the sensory and gender based processing of unstructured data to develop a signature of an author’s writing style and predict the likelihood of events occurring. It draws on the hidden linguistic aspects of a person’s writing style.


The Identification of Authors using Cross Document Co-Referencing, Master of Philosophy thesis, University of New South Wales, Nov 2013.

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