Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimization (CIAO)

Faculty of Science and Technology

Research projects

Australian Research Council grants

Discovery projects

  • DP160100854 Stability of Generalised Equations and Variational Systems (2016 – 2018)
    Chief Investigator: Alex Kruger
    Partner Investigators: Jiří Outrata (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic), Asen Dontchev (Mathematical Reviews and University of Michigan, USA), Michel Théra (University of Limoges, France), Marco López Cerdá (University of Alicante, Spain), René Henrion (Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, Germany)
  • DP140103213 Exploring and exploiting structures in nonsmooth and global optimization problems (2014 – 2016) $270K
    Chief Investigator: Adil Bagirov
    Partner Investigators: Juan Enrique Martinez Legaz (Autonomous University of Barcelona) , Emilio Carrizosa (University of Seville)
  • DP140100047 Enhancing and supporting deliberations within multidisciplinary decision teams (Monash University, 2014 – 2016)
    Chief Investigators: Andrew Stranieri, John Yearwood, Frada Burstein (Monash University)
    Partner Investigators: James Warren (The University of Auckland), Alan Wolff (Wimmera Healthcare Group)
  • DP110102011 Stationarity and regularity in variational analysis with applications to optimization (2011 – 2015)
    Chief Investigator: Alex Kruger
    Partner Investigators: Marco López Cerdá (University of Alicante, Spain), Michel Théra (University of Limoges, France), Jíři Outrata (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
  • DP0771709 Filled function methods for global optimization and  their applications (2007 – 2009) $231k
    Chief Investigator: Zhiyou Wu
  • DP0666061 Derivative free algorithms for large scale nonsmooth and global optimization and their applications (2006 – 2010) $466,200
    Chief Investigator: Adil Bagirov
  • DP0450151 Necessary and sufficient conditions for global minimum in multi-extremal global continuous optimization (University of New South Wales, 2004 – 2006) $282,474
    Chief Investigators: Alex Rubinov, Vaithilingam Jeyakummar
  • DP0343998 Operations research without convexity (2003 – 2007) $335k
    Chief Investigator: Alex Rubinov
  • DP0344039 Approximate bundle methods in nonsmooth optimisation and their applications in some complex systems (2003 – 2005) $174k
    Chief Investigator: Adil Bagirov
  • DP0211866 Mapping argumentation structures to narrative for eCommerce dialogue support (2002 – 2006) $321,658K
    Chief Investigators: John Yearwood, Andrew Stranieri

Linkage projects

  • An experimental evaluation of the usefulness of computer-supported argumentation to improve occupational health and safety in construction design LP120100587 (RMIT University, 2012 – 2014)
    Investigators: Andrew Stranieri, Nick G Blismas (RMIT University), Helen C Lingard (RMIT University)
  • Integrating dynamic and optimization models for efficient pipeline system operations in an evolving water and energy market LP0990908 (2009 – 2012) $180k
    Investigators: Adil Bagirov, John Yearwood, William Moran, Andrew Barton (GWM Water)
  • Using global optimization technique to determine the most efficient use of building/floor space to accommodate a given office design – Kann Finch LP0669752 (2006 – 2009) $156k
    Investigators: Alex Rubinov, Musa Mammadov, Paul Bondin, Kann Finch, Tom Montague, AMSI, Phil Broadbridge, AMSI
  • Knowledge discovery in discretionary legal domains LP0349288 (Victoria University of Technology  (2003 – 2006) $70k
    Investigators: Andrew Stranieri, John Zeleznikow, Tania Sourdin
    Partners: Justsys Pty Ltd, Victoria Legal Aid, Victoria University
  • Enhancing mathematics achievement and engagement by using technology to support real problem solving and lessons of high cognitive demand LP0533701 (University of Melbourne, 2004 – 2006) $277,063 (CIAO $65k)
    Investigators: Kay Stacey, Gloria Stillman, Robyn Pierce
    Partners: Texas Instruments Australia, Ballarat Secondary College, Luther College, Mount Clear College, Westbourne Grammar School, Canterbury Girls Secondary College, Preston Girls Secondary College
  • Applying the lessons of the virtual battlefield to financial modelling - investigating innovative use of distributed simulation LP0347758 (2003 – 2005)
    Investigators: Philip Smith, David Stratton, John Wharington, Hossein Zadeh, Shawn Parr
    Partners: Calytrix Technologies Pty Ltd, DSTO, RMIT

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)

  • High Performance Computing Infrastructure Upgrade LE0346856 (2003) $950k
    Investigators: M Bailes, WF Appelbe, DA Abramson, K Ramamohanaro, TS Dillon, IK Snook, S Morris
    Partners: Swinburne, Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing Monash University, University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, RMIT University

Special research initiatives

  • Magic NetworkSR0354727 (University of South Australia, 2003-2004) $20k
    Investigators: Adil Bagirov,, Philip Howlett, Peter Taylor, Nigen Bean, Stephen Lucas, Harvinder Sidu, Antoinette Tordesillas, Natashio Boland, Louis Caccetta, Derek Chan, Lawrence Forbes, N Fowkes, Peter Hall, Graeme Hocking, Kerry Landman, Tim Marchant, Vladmimir Gaitsgory, Charles Pearce, Hugh Possingham, Alexander Rubinov, Yvonne Stokes, Michael Taylor, Elliot Tonkes, Rodney Weber, William Whiten, Joachim Rubenstein, Jerzy Filar, John Yearwood, Andrew Eberhard, March Hochman
  • SR0354623 (University of New South Wales, 2003 – 2004) $20kInvestigators: Joseph Lai; Hussein Abbass; John Arnold; Anthony Bergin; John Bradley; Michael Brooks; Donald Fraser; David Green; Peter Hall; Warren Harch; Rikard Heslehurst; Wayne Hutchison; Andrew Lambert; Adam Lawrence; Christopher Lennard; Peter Lindsay; Frances Miley; Peter Mottram; Jie Pan; John Richards; Catherine Robinson; Alexander Rubinov; Glen Stewart; Branka Vucetic; Rodney Weber; Graham Williams; Roxanne Zolin; Katherine Davey; Mary Beers-Deeble; James Walsh

Research networks

  • RN0459557 (University of Melbourne 2004 – 2008) $1950,000k
    Investigators: Alex Rubinov, Priyan Mendis, Joseph Lai, Edward Dawson, Hussein Abass, Atif Ahmad, Lynn Batten, Ian Bennetts, Mark Bradford, Michael Brooks, Norbert Burman, William Caelli, Colin Duffield, Donald Fraser, Sam Gragomeni, Matthew Garratt, David Green, Raphael Grzebieta, Saman Halgamuge, Hong Hao, Mareels, Robert Melchers, Frances Miley, Bijan Mojarrabi, Jie Pan, Josef Pieprzyk, Ian Peterson, Reihaneh Safavi-Naini, John Schneider, Jennifer Seberry, Supriya Sing, Sridha Sridharan, Mark Stewart, Michael Taylor, Jannie Van Deventer, Vijay Varadharajan, Matthew Warren, Rodney Weber, Clive Williams, John Wilson, Yi-Min (Mike) Xie, Xiao-Ling Zhao
    Partners: University of Ballarat, University of NSW, QUT, University of QLD, Griffith University, Engineers Australia, NR Rommunications, Dept of Premier & Cabinet, SET Unit, Monash University, University of Adelaide, University of Sydney, Emergency Management of Australia, Swinburne University of Technology, Macquarie University, University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong, RMIT, Victoria University of Technology, Edith Cowan University, University of South Australia, ANU, CSIRO – Manufacturing and Infrastructure Technology, Australian Federal Police, Geoscience Australia DSTO, Deakin University, The University of Western Australia, Australian Customs Servies, Dept of Foreign Affairs & Trade.
  • · RN0459979 (University of Melbourne, 2004 – 2008) $2,250,000
    Investigators: Alex Rubinov, Marimuttu Palaniswami, Adrian Baddeley, Peter Bartlett, Natashio Boland, Abdesselam Bouzerdoum, Rajkumar Buyya, Subhash Challa, Guanrong  Chen, Ian Clarkson, Stuart Crozier, Subhrakanti Dey, Gamini Dissanayake, Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Robin Evans, Muralidhar Ghantasala, Douglas Gray, Erol Harvey, Clifford Hooker, S Lyengar, Lindsay Kleeman, Ramamohanarao Kotagiri, Mohan Krishnamoorthy, Vikram Krishnamurthy, Dinesh Kuman, Steven Low, Ivan Mareels, William Moran, David O-Caroll, Ian Petersen Hemanshu Pota, Daniel Ralph, Predrag, Rapajic, Andrey Savkin, Leonardo Sciacca,     Aruna Seneviratne, Kate Smith, Dinesh Sood, Arcot, Sowmya, Mandayam, Srinivasan, Mandyam Srinivasan, David Suter, David Tay, Svetha Venkatesh Brijesh Verma, Geoffrey  West, Langford White, Abdelhak Zoubir, Moshe Zukerman, Yianni Attikiouzel.
    Partners: Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO); The University of New South Wales; University of Technology, Sydney; Curtin University of Technology; Edith Cowan University; CSSIP; University of Ballarat; MiniFAB; University of Southern California, USA; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; City University of Hong Kong; Raytheon, USA; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Central Queensland University; University of California, Berkeley, USA; Monash University; University of British Columbia, Canada; National ICT Australia; The University of Adelaide; La Trobe University; Compumedics Limited; Darmstadt University of Technology.

International Science Linkage FAST-French Australian Science & Technology program

Networks, graphs and communications FR080068 (2008) $22k
Investigators: Mirka Miller, Joe Ryan, (UB) Evelyne Flandrin, Universite Paris-Sud, France

International grants

Jacques Hadamard Mathematics Foundation (FMJH) France

Optimization & stability of stochastic unit-commitment problems (2016 – 2018)
Investigators: Alex Kruger, Michel Théra (University of Limoges, France), Claudia Sagastizábal (Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Brazil), René Henrion (Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, Germany), Wim van Ackooij (EDF R&D OSIRIS, France), Welington de Oliveira (Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) USA

  • Canonical Duality Theory and Algorithm for Solving ‘NP-Hard Problems’ in Decision Science and Complex Systems (2017 – 2020) US$445,815
    Investigators: David Gao, Ning Ruan
  • Canonical Duality Theory and Algorithms for Solving Some Challenging Problems in Global Optimization and Decision Science (2010 – 2015) US$300k
    Investigator: David Gao

Asian Office of Aerospace Research Development (AOARD) Japan

    A Breakthrough Theory and Algorithm for Solving Chaotic Dynamics and NP-Hard Problems in Mathematical Physics and Complex Systems (2016 - 2017) US$120k
    Investigator: David Gao

Australia India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) India

Solar bio-fuel and carbon sequestration with cyanobacteria: role of genetic networks (2010 – 2015) $625k
Australian Lead Chief Investigator and Project Manager: Madhu Chetty
Australian Chief Investigator: Ross Coppel (Monash University and Victorian Bioinformatics consortium)
Indian Chief Investigator and Project Manager: Pramod Wangikar (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)

Council for Australian Arab Relations (CAAR) Jordan

Jordan- Australia Tele-health collaboration (2012 – 2013) $23k
Investigator: Andrew Stranieri

Industry and other grants

Capital Market Collaborative Research Cooperative (CMCRC)

Investigators: Andrew Stranieri, Julien Ugon (2015 – 2019)
Partners: CMCRC, Medibank & TAC

Sub projects:

  • Provider Network Analysis
    Investigator: Guillermo Pineda-Villavicencio, Daniel Morales Silva (PhD Student)
    Partner: Medibank Private
  • Client Pathway Analysis
    Investigator: Musa Mammadov, Julien Ugon
    Partner: TAC

State government

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victoria

SummerTECH Live Student Project (2017) $11k
Investigator: Grant Meredith
Partner: Anidra Tech

Department of State Development and Business Innovation

Technology Voucher Program (TVP) Load Optimisation for the Data Enterprise (2014) $63k
Investigators: Robert Layton, Yi Chen
Partner: The Data Exchange

Department of the Environment and Heritage

Solar Cities Project (2007 – 2013) $3.1m
Investigators: Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA), Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimisation (CIAO) and Centre for Regional Innovation and Competitiveness (CRIC) including J Yearwood, C Lynton-Moll, A Bani-Mustafa, P Martin

Department of Business Innovation

HD3D Telemedicine Project (2011 – 2013)
Investigators: Andrew Stranieri, M Graymore

Partners: VERSI, University of Melbourne ITS, IBES, GRHA, & Clinicials in Northern Health, Wimmera Health Care Group, West Wimmera Health Services, Ballarat District Nursing Service, Ballarat Health Services, Grampians Integrated Cancer Service, Heritage Lakes

Department of Human Services, Victoria

  • Evaluation of the Victorian Nurse Injury Prevention Project (2003) $120k
    Investigators: D Else, P Martin, J Harvey, J Vulvenor, A LaMontagne, J McDonald, W Payne (DHS)
  • Update SCTT 2006 Messaging Specifications (2007) $5k
    Investigators: Chris Lynton-Moll, Jane Gilbert
  • Implement SCTT 2006 specification into AHML (2007) $17K

Department of Regional Development Victoria

Internet Commerce Security Laboratory start-up funding (2007 – 2011) $3.8m
Partners: University of Ballarat, Westpac Banking Corporation, IBM and the State Government Department of Regional Development Victoria

Federal government

Australian Defence Force

Anthropometry Project: Additional project costs for re-run of modelling and re-calculations of mathematical analysis (2007) $30,306k
Investigators: John Yearwood, J Giri, C Turville, D Stratton, P Smith, E Matushka
Partners: University of SA, Australian Sports Commission, Sinclair Knight Merz & SMS Defence Solutions.

Defence and security

Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources

Oceania Cyber Security Centre (2016 – 2019) $3m
Investigator: Iqbal Gondal, ICSL
Partners: Federation University Australia, Deakin University, La Trobe University, Swinburne University, Monash University, RMIT, University of Melbourne, Victoria University, Defence Sciences Institute

Defence Sciences Institute

Modelling Infrastructure ICT Security Risks In Managed Facilities (2015) $25k
Investigators, Robert Layton, Iqbal Gondal, Andrew Stranieri and ICSL team
Partner: DTZ and Cushman and Backman

RedMarker Pty Ltd

  • Prototype for social media parsing project 1 (2014) $7,250
    Investigator: Robert Layton, ICSL
  • Developing a prototype to find issues relating to poor financial advice Project 2 (2014) $15k
    Investigator: Robert Layton, ICSL
  • Further work on issues relating to poor financial advice (2014) $9
    Investigator: Robert Layton, ICSL

Phishlabs

Encryption key detection (2014) $18k
Investigators: Robert Layton, ICSL

Philanthropic trusts

ANZ Trustees

A wireless sensor network based remote healthcare monitoring system for early detection of cardio vascular diseases. (2014) $26,930
Investigators: Venki Balasubramanian, Andrew Stranieri

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

  • Facing the fear: socially simulated environments for people who stutter (2010) $10k
    Investigator: Grant Meredith
  • A Framework for Community Reasoning and Decision Making on Water (2008) $50k
    Investigators: John Yearwood, Andrew Stranieri
    Partners: Water in Dryland Collaborative Research Program (WIDCORP) & NICTA

Telematics Trust

  • Scenari-Kids Empowered for the Future (2015-2016) $25,497
    Investigator: Grant Meredith
  • Supporting aged care nurses to manage residents with challenging behaviours (2013 – 2014)  $30k
    Investigators: , Britt Klein, Andrew Stranieri, R Dazeley, V Balasubramanian
  • Telematics Trust Small Grant (2010) $11,430
    Investigator: Grant Meredith, Hamish Jansen

  • Telematics Trust Small Grant - Stimulating simulation: Bridging barriers and empowering lives (2012-2013) $21k
    Investigator: Grant Meredith
  • ID Thief Program for investigating Facebook Profiles for leaking private information (2012-2013) $30k
    Investigator: Paul Watters

Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI)

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute – (AMSI) and CIAO work with industry in developing relationships for internships for PhD and Masters students.

  • AMSI Internship with ANZ Bank (2017) $29k
    Mentor: Iqbal Gondal, ICSL
  • AMSI Internship with Telstra (2016)$17k
    Mentor: Iqbal Gondal, ICSL
  • AMSI Internship with Telstra (2015) $17k
    Mentor: Iqbal Gondal ICSL
  • AMSI Summer Vacation Student Scholarship (2015) $2750
    Mentor: David Yost
  • AMSI Internship with Universal Site Monitoring, Darwin (2014) $17k
    Mentor: Zari Dzalilov
  • AMSI Internship with Intelligent Energy Systems (2014) 20k
    Mentor: Zari Dzalilov
  • AMSI Internship with Visa Global Logistics (2013) $17k
    Mentor: David Gao
  • AMSI Internship with Victorian Desalination Project (2010) $
    Mentor: Adil Bagirov
  • AMSI Internship with A E Capital (2009) $20k
    Mentor: Andrew Stranieri

MATRIX Mathematics Program

  • Matrix Workshop on Approximation and Optimization (2015-2016) $20k
    Investigators: Alex Kruger, Julien Ugon
    Partners: Federation University, Swinburne University, RMIT University, University of Chile

CSIRO / NICTA / DATA61

CSIRO Flagship Collaborative Fund

Control of Local Storage for Photovoltaic Systems Using Multiobjective Reinforcement Learning (2013) $50k
Investigator: P Vamplew
Partners: D Creighton, Deakin University, A Berry, CSIRO, T Moore, CSIRO

DATA61 Summer Research Scholarship 2016

Remote Patient Monitoring Analytics for Early Warning of Degradation in Health $6k (2016-2017)
Investigator: A Stranieri

DATA61

Applying Machine Learning to Identify Online Sexual Predators (2016-2017) $15,855k
Investigator: P Vamplew, I Gondal, M King

National ICT Australia (NICTA)

  • NICTA Fellowships – 2 PhD Student Scholarships (2011) $150K
  • NICTA Summer Scholarships (2013, 2014, 2015) $5k each year per student

Commercial research projects

State Revenue Office

Tax Migration Project (2016) $8400
Investigators: Cameron Foale

Mondolez International

Process Model of Mondelez Cheese Factory (2015) $11,238
Investigator: Julien Ugon

Grampians Integrated Cancer Service

  • Colorectal Cancer Record Audit (2014) $9k
    Investigator: Andrew Stranieri
  • Colorectal Cancer Record Audit (2) (2014) $4
    Investigator: Andrew Straneri

Optias /SE Water

Data mining in SE Water (2013) $25k
Investigator: Andrew Stranieri

Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (GMW Water)

Northern Mallee Pipeline Optimiaation Project (2008) $84,380
Investigators: John Yearwood, Adil Bagirov, Julien Ugon, Con Nikakis (UB), Andrew Barton (GWM Water), Pam McRae-Williams (Water in Drylands Collaborative Research Program), Gavin Thoms (NICTA)

Road Transport Authority NSW

Transfield Services (2008) -   $30k
Investigators: John Yearwood, Ahmed Bani-Mustafa, Peter Martin, Con Nikakis
Partners: Transfield Services
Investigators: Adil Bagirov, Alex Rubinov

Woodside Energy Ltd

  • Optimization Algorithm Source Code (2007) $16k
  • Application of non-linear optimisation techniques for production optimisation (2003-2006) $158k
    Investigator for both projects: Adil Bagirov

Barwon Division of General Practice

Creating Managed Health Network between three divisions of General Practice (2007) 36k
Investigators: C Lynton Moll

Calytrix Technologies Pty Ltd

JaRTI Open source software integration with ADF applications (200&) $9091k|
Investigators: David Stratton, Lance Burns

Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologiests (RANZR)

Quality Use of Diagnostic Imaging (QDI) Project (2007) $75k
Investigators: Chris Lynton Moll, Jane Gilbert, Evan Dekker

Other Commercial Research Projects:
Shell International

Bluescope Steel, IBM Australia

Melbourne Systems Laboratories (MSL)

Ambulance Victoria

Central Highlands Water

Other grants

NeCTAR MRIO

Analysis Toolbox for the University of Sydney NeCTAR MRIO Virtual Lab ( 2012 – 2014)  $158k
Investigators: Julien Ugon, Dean Webb
Partners: University of Sydney

Deakin University & University of Ballarat Collaboration Fund

  • Footy, Flows, Fields and Families: water allocation and community resilience (2008) $50k
    Investigator: Peter Vamplew
    Partners: Centre for Regional Innovation & Competitiveness (CRIC), Water in Dryland Collaborative Research Program (WIDCORP) and Deakin University.
  • Novel Multiple Classification and Clustering Algorithms for Anti-Phishing (2008) $25k
    Investigators: Paul Watters, John Yearwood, Xinwen Wu
    Partners: M Warren, J Abawajy & L Pan, Deakin University