Dr Paul Wu


  • PhD, Avionics, Queensland University of Technology
  • MEngSc(Comp&Comm)
  • BEng(Elec&Comp)

Research Interests

  • Complex Systems modelling
  • Ecosystem modelling
  • Bayesian Networks and Dynamic Bayesian Networks
  • Agent based modelling
  • Search and optimisation algorithms
  • Multi-criteria decision making
  • Fuzzy logic

Project Description

I am a research fellow working on a range of projects relating mostly to statistical complex systems modelling in multi-stakeholder environments involving government, industry and scientists. Current projects include:

  • Marine ecosystem modelling – a collaborative project between the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).
  • Healthy waterways project, supporting the design of policy and advice for safe use of public swim sites such as beaches, estuaries and lakes. This is for city councils in the region south-east Queensland region.
  • Airport operations decision support for passenger facilitation management, a project in the Air Transport Innovation Centre.


Selected publications (for more, please see here):

Wu, Paul P., Fookes, Clinton, Pitchforth, Jegar, & Mengersen, Kerrie (2015) A Framework for Model Integration and Holistic Modelling of Socio-Technical Systems. Decision Support Systems, accepted.

Wu, Paul P., Pitchforth, Jegar, Mengersen, Kerrie (2014) A Hybrid Queue-based Bayesian Network framework for passenger facilitation modelling. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 46, pp. 247-260.

Pitchforth, Jegar, Wu, Paul P., & Mengersen, Kerrie (2014) Applying a validation framework to a working airport terminal model. Expert Systems with Applications, 41(9), pp. 4388-4400.

Wu, Paul P. & Mengersen, Kerrie (2013) A review of models and model usage scenarios for an airport complex system. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 47, pp. 124-140.

Wu, Paul P., Campbell, Duncan A., & Merz, Torsten (2011) Multi-objective four-dimensional vehicle motion planning in large dynamic environments. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part B: Cybernetics, 41(3), pp. 621-634.

Contact Details



Since 2010, I have worked on the development and application of Bayesian Network (BN) and other statistical and simulation based tools (such as agent based modelling) to an array of industry problems. These include developing tools, models and analysis for decision support in airport operations and in the management of dredging operations. In 2009, I received my PhD from QUT for my thesis on Multi-Objective Mission Flight Planning in Civil Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Some projects I have worked on include the modelling of risk presented to population centres from overflight of aircraft, and delivery of multimedia content to mobile phones, for which I was awarded the Engineers Australia Queensland Division J H Curtis Award.

Past Projects

  • Finding environmental windows for dredging for seagrass ecosystems (with AIMS, QUT, ECU, UWA, WAMSI)
  • Online decision support for managers and decision makers in the airport environment for passenger facilitation (part of the Airports of the Future linkage project with Customs and Border Protection, Brisbane Airport and others)
  • Modelling of risk presented to people on the ground due to overflight of unmanned aircraft (for the DSTO)


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