Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Simulation and Modelling

Research Area leaders:

Professor Terry Bossomaier Dr Ken Lodge

Professor Terry Bossomaier and Dr Ken Lodge

  • Overview
  • Members
  • Projects
  • Current Students
  • PhD/DBA Topics
  • Honours

Overview

The Simulation and Modelling Research Area (RA) provides a unified focus for research that has long existed within the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, CRiCS (Centre for Research in Complex Systems), and the School of Computing and Mathematics and its antecedents. The area includes research that falls under FoR code 0801, particularly 080110, with some applications of this research being relevant to FoR code 1503.

The interests of the Simulation and Modelling RA are in methodologies and techniques that can be applied to the understanding of systems of various types. Issues include how to model the basic components of a system, how to simulate the functioning of a system, and how to visualise and control the response of a system.

The systems of interest are often complex, including business, environmental and social systems, where agent-based modelling is appropriate. Recent work of the RA here has included simulations of financial markets, of trust in financial planning and of drug use. Current work has added such areas as the simulation of research collaboration and of house prices.

Computer games, both serious and for entertainment, provide systems handled by discrete event simulation. Recent work of the RA here has included simulation of relativistic motion for education and of training scenarios for crisis management. Current work includes adaptive AI for real-time strategy games. Planned applications of serious games methodologies include the training of tele-operators in the mining industry. 

A separate area is the modelling of both static and dynamic physical environments. Planned work here includes applications in the mining industry. Physically based modelling also supports a motion sub-system for computer games and a stand-alone system for studies of complex motion. Current work includes investigations of novel control techniques and of the use of improved algorithms arising from recent advances in robotics.

Studies in the relative merits of molecular mechanics versus high level molecular modelling help to determine systems appropriate for the computationally cheaper molecular mechanics calculations. Past projects here include an investigation of the anomalous complexation of Ag(I) with ammonia.

The areas of interest extend to studies required in support of the simulation and modelling studies. Parameterisation of the various models can vary from being defined by well established laws to heuristic in nature. In the latter case validation of simulations requires data mining, an important part of some projects. For computer games or other purely synthetic systems, the real-time performance of a simulation is an important intrinsic characteristic. Current projects include design studies of the software system architectures needed to obtain good performance.

Members

NameTitle/PositionEmployer if not Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, CSULocation

Terry Bossomaier

Professor

 

Bathurst

Junbin Gao

Adjunct Professor

 

Bathurst

Michael Antolovich

Senior Lecturer

 

Bathurst

Manoranjan Paul

Senior Lecturer

 

Bathurst

Ken Lodge

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

 

Bathurst

Jim Tulip

Lecturer

 

Bathurst

Zahidul Islam

Senior Lecturer

 

Bathurst

Wayne Moore

Adjunct Research Fellow

 

Bathurst

Jeffrey Gosper

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Study Group Australia

Sydney

Ali Syed

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Study Group Australia

Melbourne

Projects

Current Students

NameAwardTopicSupervisor
James Bekkema PhD Distributed Real-Time Interactive Event Simulation

Dr Michael Antolovich
mantolovich@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4388

Dr Ken Lodge
klodge@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4885

Jason Traish PhD Adaptive Al for Real-Time Strategy Games

Professor Terry Bossomaier
tbossomaier@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4683

Jim Tulip
jtulip@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4931

Rohan McAdam PhD Human Movement as a Form of Computation

Dr Michael Antolovich
mantolovich@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4388

Dr Ken Lodge
klodge@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4885

Vaenthan Thiruvarudchelvan PhD Simulation of Energy Efficient Computation

Professor Terry Bossomaier
tbossomaier@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4683

PhD/DBA Topics

SupervisorsTopics

Professor Terry Bossomaier
tbossomaier@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4683

  • Study of tipping points in stock markets around the world
  • Study of the impact of sentiment on financial markets by Twitter mining and information flow metrics
  • Approximation of transfer entropy for systems not entirely stationary
  • Developing new stealth assessment techniques for computer games
  • Simulation of corporate dynamics leading to collapse
  • Modelling trust and team formation