Associate Professor Mike Ryan

Associate Professor
School of Engineering and Information Technology
+61 2 6268 8200
+61 2 6268 8443


Room 231 Ground Floor
Building 21
UNSW Canberra
Northcott Drive, Canberra ACT 2600


A/Prof 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 over 35 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 250 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 11 staff members and six post-doctoral researchers.

A/Prof Ryan’s research is recognised internationally in a number of domains and has attracted over $7.5 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 13 years, he has been the conference chair of 21 major international conferences.

A/Prof 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. A/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, A/Prof 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, A/Prof 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

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,

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

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,

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

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,

Mabrok MA; Efatmaneshnik M; Ryan MJ, 2017, 'Integrating Nonfunctional Requirements Into Axiomatic Design Methodology.', IEEE Systems Journal, vol. 11, pp. 2204 - 2214,

Danesh D; Ryan MJ; Abbasi A, 2017, 'A Novel Integrated Strategic Portfolio Decision-Making Model', International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 44,

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,

Danesh D; Ryan MJ; Abbasi A, 2017, 'A systematic comparison of multi-criteria decision making methods for the improvement of project portfolio management in complex organisations', International Journal of Management and Decision Making, vol. 16, pp. 280 - 320,

Ryan MJ; Wheatcraft LS, 2017, 'On a Cohesive Set of Requirements Engineering Terms', Systems Engineering, vol. 20, pp. 118 - 130,

Qiao L; Efatmaneshnik M; Ryan M; Shoval S, 2017, 'Product modular analysis with design structure matrix using a hybrid approach based on MDS and clustering', Journal of Engineering Design, vol. 28, pp. 1 - 1,

Mabrok MA; Ryan MJ, 2017, 'Category theory as a formal mathematical foundation for model-based systems engineering', Applied Mathematics and Information Sciences, vol. 11, pp. 43 - 51,

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,

Wheatcraft LS; Ryan MJ; Dick J, 2016, 'On the Use of Attributes to Manage Requirements', Systems Engineering, vol. 19, pp. 448 - 458,

Efatmaneshnik M; Joseph Bradely JB; Ryan MJ, 2016, 'Complexity and Fragility in System of Systems', International Journal of System of Systems Engineering, vol. 7, pp. 294 - 312,


Hammad MW; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2016, 'Allocation and Management of Cost Contingency in Projects', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 32,

Shoval SS; Efatmaneshnik ME; Ryan MJ, 2016, 'Assembly sequence planning for processes with heterogeneous reliabilities', International Journal of Production Research, vol. 55, pp. 2204 - 2214,

Efatmaneshnik M; Ryan MJ, 2016, 'A general framework for measuring system complexity', Complexity, vol. 21, pp. 533 - 546,

Thompson MA; Ryan MJ; Slay J; McLucas AC, 2016, 'Harmonized taxonomies for security and resilience', Information Security Journal, vol. 25, pp. 54 - 67,

Danesh D; Ryan MJ; Abbasi A, 2015, 'Using Analytic Hierarchy Process as a Decision-Making Tool in Project Portfolio Management', International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, vol. 9, pp. 3770 - 3780,

Mabrok MA; Elsayed S; Ryan MJ, 2015, 'Mathematical framework for recursive model-based system design', Nonlinear Dynamics, vol. 84, pp. 223 - 236,

Mabrok MA; Efatmaneshnik M; Ryan MJ, 2015, 'Integrating nonfunctional requirements into axiomatic design methodology', IEEE Systems Journal, vol. PP,

Efatmaneshnik M; Ryan MJ, 2015, 'On optimal modularity for system construction', Complexity, vol. 21, pp. 176 - 189,

Ryan MJ, 2014, 'Design for system retirement', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 70, pp. 203 - 210,

Mamun M; Jia X; Ryan MJ, 2014, 'Nonlinear elastic model for flexible prediction of remotely sensed multitemporal images', IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, vol. 11, pp. 1005 - 1009,