Simon Reay Atkinson
BSc, MPhil, PhD (to be conferred 2012) (Cantab), Postdoc (CUED)
Complex Civil Systems Research Group and Project Management Programme
School of Civil Engineering, Room 319
Phone: +61 2 9351 5216
Fax: +61 2 9351 8642
2011-2012 UK Chief of Defence Staff [Systems] Liaison Officer to the Australian Defence Forces, Capability Development Group, Canberra; UK Naval Staff Strategic Defence and Security Review Systems Adviser, Ministry of Defence, London; 2007-2012 Hudson Naval PhD Research Fellow Cambridge University, Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering; 2008-2009 co-Lead General David Petraeus Command and Control and Knowledge Management Cell, Joint Strategic Assessment Team (Middle East and South West Asia); 2006-2010 Senior Research Fellow and Asymmetrics Cluster Director, Advanced Research Assessment Group, UK Defence Academy.
My area of expertise is Complex Adaptive Systems, networks and socio-techno; techno-socio; info-techno-socio; socio-info-techno (Cyber-) systems and System Identification specifically with regard to how people, technology and institutions are gradated, work and are best applied.
As a systems practitioner, I have applied expertise and experience as a system designer engineer and strategic and operational level command systems adviser; including on systems identification / detection and self / collective defence. I took the UK Aircraft Carrier HMS OCEAN from build to operational status as its first systems engineering officer and Head of Department. My PhD in dynamic social networks and engineering design adaptation considered the essential existential and interstitial dynamic balancing between influence and shared awareness and control and bandwidth in complex adaptive systems.
Twice mentioned in despatches, I am married with a son at school.
I have managed $M dollar programmes and developed / contributed to grant submissions to the EPSRC, ESRC and ERC, including with Cambridge (Engineering), Edinburgh (Medicine), Loughborough (Systems Engineering) and St Andrews (Social Sciences) Universities on a collaborative research programme into ‘radicalisation as a natural network phenomena (not an ethnic or religious phenomena) within teenage populations when minds are most “plastic” and as a “social good” to be understood, guided and influenced’.
Research Interests and Current Research Projects
- Dynamic Social Networks (DSNs) and Adaptive Programme Management (APM)
- Application, scaling and composing of Complex Adaptive Systems
- System and Weak Signal Identification in Influence and Control DSNs
- Socio-Info-Techno / Info-Techno-Socio (Cyber-) Systems Design and Management of Knowledge
- Global / Macro and Local / Micro level Political Sûreté Economic Systems Modelling
- Reflect, Adapt, Design and Engineer (RADER) Dynamic System Modelling and Application.
- Reay Atkinson, S., Goodger, A., Caldwell, N.H.M., and Hossain, L., (Apr / May 2012) How Lean the Machine; How Agile the Mind?, in The Learning Organisation.
- Donnelly, C.N., Reay Atkinson, S., and Lyndley-French, J., (2012) Ch. 34. The British Case on Defence Economics in the Oxford Handbook of War, edited by Lyndley-French, J., and Boyer, Y., OUP.
- Reay Atkinson, S., Maier, A., Caldwell, N.H.M., and Clarkson, P.J. (2011) Collaborative Trust Networks in Engineering Design Adaptation, ICED 2011, Technical University of Denmark.
- Reay Atkinson, S., Hassall, I., Caldwell, N.H.M.C., Romilly, M., and Golding, R. Versatile modular systems (VMS) designs for a versatile modular fleet (VMF), EAWWIV Conference, Greenwich (2011).
- Urwin, E.N., Gunton, D.J, Reay Atkinson, S., Daw, A.J., and Henshaw, M.J.deC., (2011) Through-Life NEC Scenario Development, IEEE Systems Journal, Vol.5 No.3, September.
- Reay Atkinson, S. (2010). Returning Science to the Social, Shrivenham Paper, UK Defence Academy.
- Reay Atkinson, S. (2009); Cyber-: Envisaging New Frontiers of Possibility, unpublished, ARAG Occasional, UK Defence Academy.
- Book: ‘The Agile Organisation’, Reay Atkinson and Moffat, CCRP (2005).
- PMGT5891 Project Risk Management
Professional Service and Memberships
Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (previously IEE), European Engineer (Eur Ing, FEANI).