Closed-loop supply chain decisions using game theoretic particle swarm optimization

kalpit-patneBy Mr. Kalpit Patne

Closed loop supply chain management (CLSCM) is a relatively new field in the area of supply chain management and logistics which involves all the reverse logistics activities in addition to the forward logistics, like product acquisition, remanufacturing, redistribution, disposal etc. Continue reading

A heuristic combinatorial optimisation approach to synthesising a population for agent based modelling purposes

NamBy Nam Huynh

Micro-simulations, such as epidemiology models or activity-based models for urban transport demanding forecasting purposes, usually involve a large number of agents representing the real population living in the area being studied. It is however extremely expensive, if not impossible (due to stringent privacy laws in certain countries), to carry out a survey that obtains a fully disaggregated data set to describe the demographics and characteristics of the agents of interest. Continue reading

How resilient are our infrastructure systems?

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Natural hazards have the potential to cause large scale impacts and disruption to all countries and if these events occur in highly populated areas the impacts can be catastrophic. The severity and lasting impact of these hazards are often linked to the resilience of critical infrastructure systems (including: water distribution networks, electrical systems and transportation networks) which underpin our communities and support social and economic development.  Continue reading

Thinking Systems #2: Rethinking the Enlightenment project for the 21st century

Graham Harris v3By Graham Harris

When we try to manage systems of systems with both “hard” engineered aspects and “soft” living components we often have problems in achieving desired outcomes, in obtaining evidence of system change and in getting our act together in the first place – just think of the ongoing debates about climate change! After at least two decades we are still arguing about the predictions of global warming, what the goal might be and the best way to go about emissions control. In such debates science, politics, values and beliefs are completely intertwined. Continue reading

Thinking Systems #1

Graham Harris v3By Graham Harris

Welcome to a new SMART blog topic – all about systems: about what they are, and the ways we think about them, value them, construct them in our minds and in real life, and (try to) manage them. Continue reading

China Trade Expert Visits SMART

A NSW Government trade and investment specialist from China is visiting the Illawarra this week, including UOW’s main campus and Innovation Campus, to explore opportunities for education and research links between NSW and China.

The visit by NSW Trade & Investment Commissioner (South China and Hong Kong), Ms Cher Jones, from Guangzhou in China, will help to further build ties between Guangzhou and Illawarra education and research providers.

She visited SMART Infrastructure to meet staff and discuss how their research capabilities might be applied to building and development projects in China.

Read More in UOW Campus News

SMART Project Selected in Twitter Data Grant Pilot

SMART’s Map Jakarta (petajakarta) project has been selected as one of only six world-wide and the only Australian entry, to receive free datasets in the first ever Twitter #DataGrant project from the social media giant.

Map Jakarta is a web-based platform used to harness the power of social media to gather, sort, and display information about flooding for Jakarta residents in real time. The platform runs on the open source software platform CogniCity – a GeoSocial Intelligence Framework developed at the SMART Infrastructure Facility – which allows data to be collected and disseminated by community members through their location-enabled mobile devices.

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