Key People

Professor Mikhail Prokopenko



Professor Mikhail Prokopenko
Director, Complex Systems Research Group;
Leader of Research Cluster on Complex Systems


Professor Prokopenko analyses, models and predicts critical phenomena. His research aims to improve robustness and resilience in a range of complex self-organising systems during technological, sociological and socioeconomic crises. His approach is motivated by the search for a fundamental theory of non-equilibrium information thermodynamics in systems capable of complex computation.

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Professor Albert Zomaya


Professor Albert Zomaya
Director, Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing

Professor Albert Zomaya is currently the Chair Professor of High Performance Computing & Networking in the School of Information Technologies, The University of Sydney. Professor Zomaya published more than 500 scientific papers and articles and is author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books. Professor Zomaya’s research interests are in the areas of parallel and distributed computing and complex systems. In relation to complex systems, he is interested in the study of non-linear systems (self-repair, self-optimization, self-organization), evolutionary computation, synchrony, and network theory.

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Professor Ian Wilkinson


Professor Ian Wilkinson

Professor Ian Wilkinson is an Honorary Professor of Marketing at the University of Sydney and is also a Professor in the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management at the University of Southern Denmark. He has held academic posts at various American, European as well as Australian universities, including: University of California at Berkeley, University of Bath, University of Cincinnati, Temple University, Lancaster University, Stockholm School of Economics, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, University of Western Sydney, Helsinki School of Economics, and was awarded the Distinguished Researcher of the Year Award by the Australia New Zealand Marketing Academy in 2005. His current work focuses on the development and management of business relations and networks as complex adaptive systems.

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Dr Alejandro Montoya


Dr Alejandro Montoya
Postgraduate Research Director
Combustion, Energy and Chemical Process Systems Group

Dr Montoya research is distinctive in its application of molecular modelling techniques such as first principle and dynamic molecular approaches to identify the fundamental properties of reactive materials for process innovation. His predictive theoretical approaches have been applied to various engineering areas, including microkinetic analysis of heterogeneous surface processes, biomass liquefaction to fuels and chemicals, mineral carbonation and coal oxidation.

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Dr. Michael Harré


Dr. Michael Harré
Coordinator for "Complexity, Criticality and Computation" (C³) Lab
Complex Systems Research Group

Dr. Michael Harré's research is in socio-economic phase transitions, the sudden disruptive changes that occur in financial markets, complex social interactions and whole economic “ecologies”. Dr Harré's aims to enhance our understanding of the drivers and triggers of such innovative changes and how we can harness the positives while mitigating the negatives.

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Dr. Joseph Lizier


Dr. Joseph Lizier
ARC DECRA Fellow
Complex Systems Research Group

Dr. Joseph Lizier studies information processing in biological and bio-inspired complex networks. He uses tools from information theory to reveal when and where information is being stored, transferred and modified in a complex system. Dr Lizier’s research has produced fundamental theoretical insights into the nature of information processing, in particular regarding the role of emergent structures in cellular automata and relating information processing capabilities to phase transitions in dynamics. His research has been applied to a number of domains, including computational neuroscience where it has revealed directed information structure in the brain from neural recordings.

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Dr. Mahendra Piraveenan


Dr. Mahendra Piraveenan
Postgraduate Coordinator for Master of Complex Systems (MCXS)
Complex Systems Research Group

Dr. Mahendra Piraveenan models and analyses the emergence of selfishness in socio-ecological systems using a complex network approach. He uses game theory to model the cognitive behaviour, including decision making under uncertainty, of people and other sentient entities which make up such systems. Dr Piraveenan’s particular interest is in how the topological structure of such systems or societies could affect the emergent cognitive behaviour of their members. In addition to using existing topological metrics, Dr. Piraveenan has developed a range of his own topological metrics which could be used in all areas of network analysis.

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Dr Ramil Nigmatullin


Dr Ramil Nigmatullin

Dr Ramil Nigmatullin uses computational and analytic techniques to study complex systems near criticality and far from equilibrium. He seeks connections between seemingly disparate complex phenomena using the notion of statistical mechanical universality. He is also interested in quantum technologies, in particular, in the questions of robustness and scalability of quantum computers.

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Dr Richard Spinney


Dr Richard Spinney

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