Dr David Robertson

Lecturer in Mathematics - School of Science and Technology

David Robertson

Phone: +61 2 6773 1967

Email: David.Robertson@une.edu.au


I studied mathematics at the University of Newcastle, where I graduated with honours in 2007. In 2011 I obtained a PhD from the University of Southern Denmark under the supervision of Dr Wojciech Szymanski. The topic of my thesis was the application of Cuntz-Pimsner algebras to the study of non-commutative geometry. Since then I have held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Wollongong and the University of Newcastle. I was appointed as a lecturer at UNE in January 2020.


B.Math(Hons), University of Newcastle.

Ph.D, University of Southern Denmark

Teaching Areas


Primary Research Area/s

Pure Mathematics; Operator Algebras; Functional Analysis; Topological Group Theory; Category Theory

Research Interests

My interests lie primarily in pure mathematics, specifically operator algebras and functional analysis, topological group theory and category theory.

Much of my research has involved the study and classification of C*-algebras defined using combinatorial data such as directed graphs, groups, semigroups and categories.

Research Supervision Experience

I have supervised one PhD student, and a number of undergraduate research projects and I’m always open to supervising projects related to my research.


Rennie, Adam; Robertson, David; Sims, Aidan Poincaré duality for Cuntz–Pimsner algebras (2019) Advances in Mathematics, 347, pp. 1112-1172.

Robertson, David; Rout, James; Sims, Aidan KMS states on generalised Bunce-Deddens algebras and their Toeplitz extensions. Bull. Malays. Math. Sci. Soc. 41 (2018), no. 1, 123–157.

Rennie, Adam; Robertson, David; Sims, Aidan Groupoid Fell bundles for product systems over quasi-lattice ordered groups. Math. Proc. Cambridge Philos. Soc. 163 (2017), no. 3, 561–580.

Brownlowe, Nathan; Pask, David; Ramagge, Jacqui; Robertson, David; Whittaker, Michael F. Zappa-Szép product groupoids and C∗-blends. Semigroup Forum 94 (2017), no. 3, 500–519.

Rennie, Adam; Robertson, David; Sims, Aidan Groupoid algebras as Cuntz-Pimsner algebras. Math. Scand. 120 (2017), no. 1, 115–123.