Professor Mike Ryan

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Professor Michael Ryan is the Director of the Capability Systems Centre (CSC), University of New South Wales (UNSW), at Canberra. He holds bachelor, masters and doctor of philosophy degrees in engineering. In addition, he has completed two years formal engineering management training in the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in electrical, ITEE and systems engineering colleges, a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML). He has 40 years of experience in communications engineering, systems engineering, project management, and management.  Since joining UNSW, he has lectured in a range of subjects including communications and information systems, systems engineering, requirements engineering and project management and he regularly consults in those fields. He is the author/co-author of 12 books, three book chapters, and over a 300 refereed journal and conference papers.

The Capability Systems Centre (CSC) is UNSW’s only Industry Centre, which undertakes research and education in a range of disciplinary areas relevant to the delivery of capability systems and systems acquisition: systems science, systems thinking, complex systems, system of systems, systems engineering, requirements engineering, and project management.  The Centre currently has 14 staff members and 12 post-doctoral researchers.

Professor Ryan’s research is recognised internationally in a number of domains and has attracted over $10 million in external research grants and over $800 thousand in teaching grants. His role as a research supervisor was recognised in 2015 with an ARC Postgraduate Council Supervisor Award. He has acted as reviewer for a number of international journals and conferences and was the Editor-in-Chief of an international refereed journal (ERA2010 C), for 18 years. Over the last 14 years, he has been the conference chair of 21 major international conferences.

Professor Ryan’s teaching has involved the development and delivery of six undergraduate courses, nine postgraduate courses and five postgraduate programs. His teaching has been recognised by a Faculty commendation for teaching excellence in 2008, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015.  He has a Category 1 teaching grant for over $670K for the development of a tertiary education program in satellite systems engineering.

He regularly delivers/co-delivers professional development courses in basic communications principles; satellite communications; project management; systems engineering; requirements practice; capability development; and addressing complex problems. Prof Ryan co-delivers UNSW’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)—Introduction to Systems Engineering—which is a great success with over 90,000 enrolments. He also delivers the Requirements Writing MOOC, which has been in continuous offering since 2017.

Since 2012, Professor Ryan has been a Chair of the Requirements Working Group (RWG) of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). INCOSE has approximately 17,000 members in 62 countries and is the single international body with oversight of systems engineering and its constituent disciplines. The RWG is responsible for defining the body of knowledge of requirements engineering, which is perhaps the most important aspect of systems engineering. As Chair of the RWG, Professor Ryan has been the principal driver, and co-author, of the Guide for Writing Requirements which now represents the international guidance by which requirements are written and stored in requirements management tools. As Chair of the RWG, he has also contributed to the INCOSE efforts in rewriting the international standards ISO/IEC/IEEE15288 and ISO/IEC/IEEE 29148, Chapter 4 of the INCOSE Handbook, and the online SE Body of Knowledge (SEBoK). During his tenure as chair, the RWG has received three INCOSE awards (in 2012, 2015 and 2018) for sustained performance.


Ryan M, 2017, Requirements Practice, Argos Press, Canberra,

Ryan MJ; Faulconbridge RI, 2014, Systems Engineering Practice, 1, Argos Press, Canberra,

Ryan MJ; Frater MR; Pickering MR, 2011, Fundamentals of Communications and Information Systems, Original, Argos Press, Canberra

Ryan MJ; Frater MR, 2007, Battlefield Communications Systems, Original, Argos Press, Canberra

Benson CR; Frater MR; Ryan MJ, 2007, Tactical Electronic Warfare, Original, Argos Press, Canberra, ACT Australia

Ryan MJ; Faulconbridge RI, 2005, Engineering a System: Managing Complex Technical Projects, Original, Argos Press, Canberra

Ryan MJ, 2004, Principles of Satellite Communications, Original, Argos Press, Canberra

Ryan MJ; Frater MR, 2002, Communications and Information Systems, Original, Argos Press, Canberra

Ryan MJ; Frater MR, 2002, Tactical Communications Systems for the Digitized Battlefield, Original, Artech House, Boston

Faulconbridge I; Ryan MJ, 2002, Managing Complex Technical Projects: A Systems Engineering Approach, 1st, Artech House, Boston, Mass, USA

Frater MR; Ryan MJ, 2001, Electronic Warfare for the Digitized Battlefield, 1st, Artech House Inc, 685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA, 02062, USA

Ryan MJ, 2000, Battlefield Command Systems, Original, Brassey's, London

Book Chapters

Ryan MJ; Pickering MR, 2006, 'An Architecture for the Compression of Hyperspectral Imagery', in Motto G; Rizzo F; Storer JA (ed.), Hyperspectral Data Compression, Springer Science and Business Media, Inc., USA, pp. 1 - 34,

Ryan MJ; Frater MR, 2002, 'Military Information Systems Security: Challenges and Vulnerabilities', in Jain LC; Ichalkaranje NS; Tonfoni G (ed.), Advances in Intelligent Systems for Defence, edn. Original, World Scientific Publishing Company

Ryan MJ, 2002, 'Satellite-based Mobile Communications”', in Handbook on Antennas in Mobile Communications, edn. Original, CRC Press, Boca Raton

Journal articles

Turan HH; Atmis M; Kosanoglu F; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'A risk-averse simulation-based approach for a joint optimization of workforce capacity, spare part stocks and scheduling priorities in maintenance planning', Reliability Engineering and System Safety, vol. 204, pp. 107199 - 107199,

Ali I; Sallam K; Moustafa N; Chakrabortty R; Ryan M; Choo K-KR, 2020, 'An Automated Task Scheduling Model using Non-Dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm II for Fog-Cloud Systems', IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing

Abdel-Basset M; El-Shahat D; Chakrabortty R; Ryan M, 2020, 'Parameter Estimation of Photovoltaic Models Using an Improved Marine Predators Algorithm', Energy Conversion and Management

Abdel-Basset M; Hawash H; Elhoseney M; Chakrabortty R; Ryan M, 2020, 'DeepH-DTA: Deep Learning for Predicting Drug-Target Interactions: A Case Study of COVID-19 Drug Repurposing', IEEE Access,

Elsawah S; Hamilton SH; Jakeman AJ; Rothman D; Schweizer V; Trutnevyte E; Carlsen H; Drakes C; Frame B; Fu B; Guivarch C; Haasnoot M; Kemp-Benedict E; Kok K; Kosow H; Ryan M; van Delden H, 2020, 'Scenario processes for socio-environmental systems analysis of futures: A review of recent efforts and a salient research agenda for supporting decision making', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 729, pp. 138393 - 138393,

Guan L; Liu Q; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Developing a comprehensive risk assessment model based on fuzzy Bayesian belief network (FBBN)', Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, vol. 26, pp. 614 - 634,

Sallam KM; Chakrabortty RK; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'A two-stage multi-operator differential evolution algorithm for solving Resource Constrained Project Scheduling problems', Future Generation Computer Systems, vol. 108, pp. 432 - 444,

Guan L; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Analyzing green building project risk interdependencies using Interpretive Structural Modeling', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 256, pp. 120372 - 120372,

Turan HH; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'A long-term fleet renewal problem under uncertainty: A simulation-based optimization approach', Expert Systems with Applications, vol. 145, pp. 113158 - 113158,

Hammad M; Abbasi A; Chakrabortty RK; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Predicting the critical path changes using sensitivity analysis: a delay analysis approach', International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, vol. 13, pp. 1097 - 1119,

Moallemi EA; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Robust decision making and Epoch–Era analysis: A comparison of two robustness frameworks for decision-making under uncertainty', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 151,

Chakrabortty RK; Rahman MHF; Ryan M, 2020, 'Efficient Priority Rules for Project Scheduling under dynamic environments: A Heuristic approach', Computers and Industrial Engineering, vol. 140, pp. 1 - 18,

Moallemi EA; Zare F; Reed PM; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ; Bryan BA, 2020, 'Structuring and evaluating decision support processes to enhance the robustness of complex human–natural systems', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 123,

Chakrabortty RK; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Multi-mode resource-constrained project scheduling using modified variable neighborhood search heuristic', International Transactions in Operational Research, vol. 27, pp. 138 - 167,

Mathew M; Chakrabortty RK; Ryan M, 2020, 'A novel approach integrating AHP and TOPSIS under spherical fuzzy sets for advanced manufacturing system selection', Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, vol. 96, pp. 103988 - 103988,

Pervez I; Pervez A; Tariq M; Sarwar A; Chakrabortty RK; Ryan M, 2020, 'Rapid and Robust Adaptive Jaya (Ajaya) based Maximum Power Point Tracking of a PV-based Generation System', IEEE Access, pp. 1 - 1,

Abdel-Basset M; Gamal A; Chakrabortty RK; Ryan M, 2020, 'A New Hybrid Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Approach for Location Selection of Sustainable Offshore Wind Energy Stations: A Case Study', Journal of Cleaner Production, pp. 124462 - 124462,

Abdel-Basset M; Mohamed R; Mirjalili S; Chakrabortty RK; Ryan M, 2020, 'Solar photovoltaic parameter estimation using an improved equilibrium optimizer', Solar Energy, vol. 209, pp. 694 - 708,

Abdel-Basset M; Chang V; Hawash H; Chakrabortty RK; Ryan M, 2020, 'Deep-IFS: Intrusion Detection Approach for IIoT Traffic in Fog Environment', IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, pp. 1 - 1,

Lodi KA; Ali M; Tariq M; Meraj M; Iqbal A; Chakrabortty RK; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Modulation with Metaheuristic Approach for Cascaded-MPUC49 Asymmetrical Inverter with Boosted Output', IEEE Access, pp. 1 - 12,

Abdel-Basset M; Mohamed R; Elhoseny M; Chakrabortty RK; Ryan M, 2020, 'A hybrid COVID-19 detection model using an improved marine predators algorithm and a ranking-based diversity reduction strategy', IEEE Access, pp. 1 - 1,

Mathew M; Chakrabortty RK; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Selection of an Optimal Maintenance Strategy Under Uncertain Conditions: An Interval Type-2 Fuzzy AHP-TOPSIS Method', IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, pp. 1 - 14,

Rahman MHF; Chakrabortty R; Ryan M, 2019, 'Memetic Algorithm for Solving Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problems', Automation in Construction, vol. 111, pp. 1 - 18,

Chakrabortty RK; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2019, 'A Risk Assessment Framework for Scheduling Projects With Resource and Duration Uncertainties', IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, pp. 1 - 15,

Efatmaneshnik M; Ryan MJ, 2019, 'On the Definitions of Sufficiency and Elegance in Systems Design', IEEE Systems Journal, vol. 13, pp. 2077 - 2088,

Singh HK; Islam MM; Ray T; Ryan M, 2019, 'Nested evolutionary algorithms for computationally expensive bilevel optimization problems: Variants and their systematic analysis', Swarm and Evolutionary Computation, vol. 48, pp. 329 - 344,

Moallemi EA; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2019, 'Strengthening ‘good’ modelling practices in robust decision support: A reporting guideline for combining multiple model-based methods', Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, vol. 175, pp. 3 - 24,

Moallemi EA; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2018, 'An agent-monitored framework for the output-oriented design of experiments in exploratory modelling', Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, vol. 89, pp. 48 - 63,

Moallemi E; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2018, 'Model-based multi-objective decision making under deep uncertainty from a multi-method design lens', Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, vol. 84, pp. 232 - 250,

Hammad MW; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2018, 'Developing a Novel Framework to Manage Schedule Contingency Using Theory of Constraints and Earned Schedule Method', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, vol. 144,

Danesh D; Ryan MJ; Abbasi A, 2018, 'Multi-criteria decision-making methods for project portfolio management: A literature review', International Journal of Management and Decision Making, vol. 17, pp. 75 - 94,

Rehman OU; Ryan M, 2018, 'A Framework for Design for Sustainable Future-Proofing', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 170, pp. 715 - 726,

Bhattacharjee KS; Singh HK; Ryan M; Ray T, 2017, 'Bridging the gap: Many-objective optimization and informed decision-making', IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, vol. 21, pp. 813 - 820,

Jnitova V; Elsawah S; Ryan M, 2017, 'Review of simulation models in military workforce planning and management context', Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, vol. 14, pp. 447 - 463,

Shafi K; Elsayed S; Sarker R; Ryan M, 2017, 'Scenario-based multi-period program optimization for capability-based planning using evolutionary algorithms', Applied Soft Computing Journal, vol. 56, pp. 717 - 729,

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