Dr Simon Dunstall

Research Director, Decision Sciences Program, Data61

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Simon Dunstall leads the Decision Sciences program in CSIRO Data61.

Data61's mission is to promote a flourishing national ecosystem of researchers, developers and innovators in digital technologies and data-driven businesses. The Decision Sciences program has 100 staff members and a much larger network of collaborators, and has foci including social media analytics, information systems engineering, natural hazard risk modelling, optimisation, and finance and superannuation research.

Simon is a researcher in analytics and optimisation. His recent work includes the development of infrastructure network planning systems and the development of methods for quantifying and managing the bushfire-related risks posed by powerlines in Australia. In addition to his role at CSIRO, Simon is the current national president of the Australian Society for Operations Research (ASOR).

Fields of Research

Current Roles

  • Member
    Data61 Executive Team

  • Research Director
    Decision Sciences

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000

    PhD (Eng Sci)

  • 1994

    B.E. (Mech and Manufacturing)

Other highlights

  • 2012-present

    RMIT School of Mathematics and Geosciences External Advisory Committee

  • 2016-present

    UTS School of Mathematics External Advisory Committee

  • 2012-2014

    Member of the CSIRO Future Grid Forum modelling team

  • 2014-2016

    Organising and program committee, ASOR/MODSIM/DORS national conferences

  • 2010-2011

    Organising Committee, IFORS Conference, Melbourne 2011

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2010-present

    ASOR Melbourne Chapter and ASOR National Committee Member

  • 2013-2016

    ASOR National President

  • 2011-2014

    Logistics Association of Australia National Committee