Keynote speakers


Professor Dursun Delen

Professor Dursun Delen

Regents Professor, Spears and Patterson Chairs, Spears School of Business,

Oklahoma State University, USA







Professor Alexey Voinov

Distinguished Professor Alexey Voinov

School of Information, Systems and Modelling

Director, PERSWADE - Centre on Persuasive Systems for Wise  Adaptive Living

University of Technology Sydney 

Alexey Voinov is a Distinguished Professor at the School of Information, Systems and Modeling at Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Technology Sydney. He is director of the faculty Center on Persuasive Systems for Wise Adaptive Living (PERSWADE). Alexey is also professor at Water Engineering and Management Department at Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands. Before joining UTS, Alexey was professor of Spatio-Temporal Systems Modeling for Sustainability Science at ITC, University of Twente. Prior to that he was coordinating the Chesapeake Research Consortium Community Modeling Program, and was also Principle Research Scientist at John's Hopkins University. He has spent one year with the AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship program working with the Army Corps of Engineers. For over ten years he was with the Institute for Ecological Economics, Univ. of Maryland and Vermont. He has his MSc and PhD from Moscow State University, Russia. He is a keen advocate of stakeholder involvement in modeling and decision making. He wrote a book on "Systems Science and Modeling for Ecological Economics" (Academic Press/Elsevier).

Title of talk: Integrating models in a disintegrated world: from stakeholders to software



Dr Louise Freebairn

Dr Louise Freebairn

Knowledge Translation and Health Outcomes with the Epidemiology Section at ACT Health

Dr Louise Freebairn works in Knowledge Translation and Health Outcomes with the Epidemiology Section at ACT Health. Her research interests include building capacity to mobilise knowledge and better use evidence to guide health policy decision making. She is currently seconded to manage a collaborative program of research with The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre to develop the use of technologies such as dynamic simulation modelling and app-based data collection to explore complex public health issues using co-production and participatory methods. Louise has worked with health services in the ACT and NSW since 1997 in roles including clinical psychology, health services planning and epidemiology.

Title of talk: Challenges and benefits of co-producing knowledge using participatory modelling for complex, health policy questions




Dr Oz Shain

Dr Oz Shain

Griffith Climate Change Response Program and School of Engineering and Built Environment

Griffith University, Australia

Dr Oz Sahin is a Senior Research Fellow at Griffith Climate Change Response Program. He is a systems modeller with specialised expertise in a range of modelling approaches to problems of natural resource management, risk assessment and climate change adaptation. In his current role, he is responsible for developing integrated risk assessment models working with a large team of experts.

Prior to his current role, after completing his PhD in the field of climate change adaptation and vulnerability assessment, he has worked on numerous research projects with a range of large interdisciplinary teams. His research interests include integrated decision support systems using coupled System Dynamics and GIS modelling, BN modelling, multiple criteria decision analysis and operational research methods. Dr Sahin has authored or co-authored more than 120 refereed publication outputs and 16 research/consultancy reports. Dr Sahin is currently mentoring two RFs on two externally funded research projects and supervising 12 HDR students.

Dr Sahin has been an active member of a number of international modelling and simulation societies, including: The International Environmental Modelling & Software Society (iEMSs); the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ); the System Dynamics Society; and the International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES).

Title of talk: Integrated participatory systems approach for modelling socio-ecological systems