Complex System Analysis

The Teletraffic Research Centre (TRC) has expertise in modelling and analysing real-life complex systems, with multiple interacting components.

Complex System Analysis

These complex systems range from social networks and financial markets, to urban development, plant structures and even galaxies.

We specialise in:

  • advanced statistical techniques
  • linear and non-linear programming
  • integer programming
  • stochastic dynamic programming
  • simulation.

We help organisations understand both their internal and external operational environments, and identify opportunities for more efficient processes and capital investment.

Our work has broad industry relevance, with applications in defence, infrastructure and transport, to trade, management and manufacturing. Some notable examples include:

  • combat system modelling for the Defence Science and Technology Group, including risk identification and fitness-for-purpose evaluations
  • timetable optimisation for the University of Adelaide
  • risk analysis of medical evacuation infrastructure in the mining industry, and equipment failures in trains
  • developing algorithms to optimise polyurethane foam product manufacturing for Dunlop Foams Group
  • creating software for a major automobile manufacturer to analyse their end-to-end manufacturing process and predict artificial limitations in capacity
  • developing software for a major asphalt producer to analyse historical order data and profile likely demand by mix type and day of week.

Consulting services

We advise on, and lead, projects relating to:

  • technical reporting
  • requirements specification
  • software tools and prototypes
  • standards representation
  • education.


We collaborate with various industry and government organisations, including the Maritime Division, Defence Science and Technology Group.