The School is engaged in research of national and international standing in the areas of complex systems, IT-enabled innovation, engineering management, and energy policy.
The Design and Modelling of Complex Systems cluster researchers work on collaboration and structured team work for improving business systems design in complex environments. The School is engaged in interdisciplinary, cross-Faculty, and collaborative research in many areas including:
- Design and analysis of increasingly complex systems
- IT management and leadership
- Project, program, and portfolio management
- Service innovation
- Communications and social structures needed for innovation
- Design thinking methods to foster innovation in system design
- Engineering and IT practice
- Operations and risk management
- Planning systems theory and practice.
- Energy policy
The above programs are closely coupled to applications in various industry projects that SML researchers are engaged in. These include delivery of energy, health information systems, disaster management, supply chain management, social media applications and others. SML research is organised under five Research Clusters:
Digital Transformation Management
The rise of digital technologies (such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things -Industry 4.0-, augmented reality, machine learning, 3D printing) provide diverse platforms and avenues to further innovate business models in dealing with global challenges.
Analytics in Complex Human Systems
The Analytics in Complex Human Systems research group focuses on the emerging research and practical challenges created by various applications of advanced analytics (such as predictive analytics, algorithmic decision-making, AI) in today’s complex socio-technical and socio-material systems, beyond widely-discussed business environments.
Advanced Geospatial Information Systems
The Advanced Geospatial Information Systems group develops and applies innovative information technologies related research, focusing on Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), Sensor, Visualization, and Numerical Modelling in Earth Observation, Disaster Management, and Earth Resources Management.
Centre on Persuasive Systems for Wise Adaptive Living
In many cases it is not that the science is uncertain or unknown, it is more that the public prefers to ignore it because the change is unwelcome and is against prevailing biases, beliefs, norms, traditions and values. These can and sometimes should change. The Centre is developing persuasive technologies and methods for social innovation that can help humanity to move toward sustainable, wise, adaptive living, realizing that our well-being and prosperity are very much dependent upon the Earth life-support system.