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Chief Investigators

Queensland University of Technology

Prof Prasad YarlagaddaProf Prasad Yarlagadda

Professor Yarlagadda worked as an academic and researcher in industry and universities for over 27 years in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He is a fellow of professional organisations such as the Institution of Engineers, Australia (FIEAust), World Academy of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering (Poland), Institution of Engineers, India (FIE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers, USA, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, USA, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK and Society of Professional Engineers (M.S.P.E), PNG. Prof. Yarlagadda has published more than 250 quality papers in high quality international journals and conference proceedings. He is Deputy Editor-In Chief of International Journal of Advances in Manufacturing and Materials Engineering and was also guest editor to a number of international journals. He has received a significant amount of research funding in the order of A$7 Million from various government and industrial organisations. He is currently supervising 17 HDR students in his field of expertise. Prof. Yarlagadda was Director of Manufacturing Systems Engineering Research Concentration and Founding Director of Smart Systems Research theme in QUT. At present he is Project Director for the Airports of the Future project.

Prof Sridha SridharanProf Sridha Sridharan

Professor Sridha Sridharan has a BSc (Electrical Engineering) degree and obtained a MSc (Communication Engineering) degree from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK and a PhD degree in the area of Signal Processing from University of New South Wales, Australia. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers - IEEE (USA). He is currently with the Queensland University of Technology where he is a full Professor in the School of Engineering Systems. Professor Sridharan is the Deputy Director of the Information Security Institute and the Leader of the Research Program in Speech, Audio, Image and Video Technologies at QUT. He has published over 300 papers consisting of publications in journals and in refereed international conferences in the areas of Image and Speech technologies during the period 1990-2009. During this period he has also graduated 20 PhD students as their Principal Supervisor in the areas of Image and Speech technologies. Prof Sridharan has received a number of research grants from various funding bodies including commonwealth competitive funding schemes such the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Security Science and Technology (NSST) unit. Several of his research outcomes have been commercialised.

Prof Kerrie MengersenProf Kerrie Mengersen

Professor Kerrie Mengersen is a statistician with expertise in fundamental statistical research and its applications to complex applied problems. Her methodological interests are in Bayesian statistics, mixture models, hierarchical modelling and meta-analysis. She is an Accredited Member of the Statistical Society of Australia (2001), an elected Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (2004), an elected Fellow of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (2005), Managing Editor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics, co-Editor for Journal of Bayesian Analysis and Book Review Editor for Biometrics. Prof Mengersen’s national and international reputation in statistics research and its application is supported by invitations to present at international conference presentations (15 invited, four keynote in the last five years), publication of externally refereed journal papers (224 papers, 71.87 citations/year), attraction of large research grants (five three-year ARC Discovery and CoE grants, seven three-year ARC Linkage grants, numerous industry grants) and successful supervision of postgraduate students (currently supervising 9 PhD students, co-supervising 5 PhD students). She is Program Director for Bayesian Learning in an ARC Centre of Excellence in Complex Dynamic Systems and Control, in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, and an investigator with three CRCs.

Prof Michael RosemannProf Michael Rosemann

Dr Michael Rosemann is Professor and Head of the Information Systems School, Science and Engineering Faculty, QUT, Brisbane, Australia. QUT’s Information Systems School received a ranking of ‘above world class’ in this area of research in Australia (ERA 2012) and includes QUT’s Business Process Management Discipline, one of the largest BPM research groups in the world.

Michael is the author/editor of seven books, more than 200 refereed papers, Editorial Board member of ten international journals and co-inventor of two US patents. His recently edited ‘Handbook of Business Process Management’ is the most comprehensive consolidation of global BPM thought leaders. His publications have been translated into German, Russian, Portuguese and Mandarin.

Michael’s PhD students won the Australian award for the best PhD thesis in Information Systems in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He has been the Chair of the first International Conference on Business Process Management outside Europe (BPM 2007) and Co-Chair of the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2010).Michael delivered among others the invited keynote at the International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2008 – Milan, Italy), the South-American BPM Conference (Santiago, Chile, 2012), at Gartner BPM Summits (2011, 2012, 2013, Sydney; 2013, London) and many others.

His research projects received funding from industry partners such as Accenture, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Ergon Energy, Infosys, Rio Tinto, Queensland Government, SAP, Suncorp, Water Corporation and Woolworths. As Head of School, he has established the Woolworths Chair for Retail Innovation and the Brisbane Airport Corporation Chair in Airport Innovation within QUT’s Information Systems School. Michael regularly provides advice related to performance, innovation and process management to organisations and their executives from diverse industries including telco, banking, insurance, utility, retail, public sector, logistics and the film industry.


Prof Ed DawsonProf Ed Dawson

Professor Dawson is a Professor Emeritus in the Institute for Future Environments at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Prior to this he was the Research Director of the Information Security Institute and has been a member of the academic staff at QUT since 1974. Professor Dawson has extensive research experience in many aspects of cryptology and its applications. He has published over 250 refereed research papers, supervised 30 PhD students to completion, and received numerous research grants. He is on the editorial board of several journals and has chaired several conferences on various aspects of information security. Professor Dawson served as Vice President of the International Association of Cryptologic Research (IACR) from 2008-2010

Dr Clinton FookesAssociate Prof Clinton Fookes

Clinton Fookes is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science in the Science & Engineering Faculty of the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He holds a BEng (Aerospace/Avionics), an MBA and a PhD in the field of computer vision. Clinton actively researches in the fields of computer vision and pattern recognition including biometrics, intelligent surveillance, airport security and operations. Clinton has attracted over $11.5M of cash funding for fundamental and applied research from external competitive sources and has published over 110 internationally peer-reviewed articles. He is a member of professional organisations including the IEEE. He is also an Australian Institute of Policy and Science Young Tall Poppy and an Australian Museum Eureka Prize winner.


Prof Vesna PopovicProf Vesna Popovic

Prof Vesna Popovic has made an international contribution to product design research where she has integrated knowledge from other related areas and applied to the artifact design (e.g. human factors/ergonomics, product usability, design and cognition, human expertise, design computing or applied design research.) in order to support and construct design applications. She has successfully integrated the industrial (product) design research agenda with diverse disciplines such as medicine, science, engineering, humanities and information technologies in order to enhance or change their practices. In particular, she has been a forerunner of human-centred design research and founder of People and Systems Lab, QUT (www.paslab.com.au ). The impacts of Prof Popovic's research lie the cross-fertilisation of knowledge across humanities and technologies to design humanised artifacts/ systems by facilitating the understanding of diverse expertise and experience. Prof Popovic is a Fellow of the Design Research Society (UK) and IATA adviser for Security Screening Check-point of the Future. She is a recipient of three ARC grants. Within the Airports of the Future project she is responsible for Human Systems Program.


Dr Paul BarnesDr Paul Barnes

Dr Paul Barnes is Coordinator of the Infrastructure Program in the Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management and a Senior Lecturer within the School of Public Health at QUT, Brisbane. His professional and research interests include resilience in critical infrastructure systems and organisational vulnerability, as well as analyses of broader socio-technical threats. He has completed projects for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies on trade security and gaps in counter terrorism capability and capacity planning, and the Office of the National Security Adviser (Dept of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Australia) on options for developing national risk assessment processes. Before returning to academia he held a number of public sector roles including: Manager, State Public Safety Unit (Queensland Fire & Rescue Service); Corporate Risk Manager (Queensland Department of Primary Industries); and Director of Security Policy Development within the Defence Security Authority, Dept of Defence, Canberra.

Prof Robin DrogemullerProf Robin Drogemuller

Robin Drogemuller is Professor of Digital Design within the School of Design at QUT. He has been involved in research into the digital representation of buildings for over 20 years. The digital representation work has supported the development of a range of building and urban analysis software. The development of the Airport Information Model (AIM) is a specialization of the Building Information Model (BIM) work that has been a core part of his research for the last 20 years. This has included participation in the development of international standards in this area. Robin has been engaged in the development of BIM-based software to support parametric design, environmental design, estimating, construction planning and facilities management. Aspects of this work are informed by his experience as an architect, participation in Facility Management related research projects and experience managing built asset portfolios.

University of Technology Sydney

Prof Massimo PiccardiProf Massimo Piccardi

Massimo Piccardi (M.Eng. EE, University of Bologna, Italy; Ph.D. CE/CS, University of Bologna, Italy) is a Professor of Computer Systems with the Faculty of Engineering and IT at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia. At UTS, he serves as a Co-Director of theiNEXT Research Centreand conducts a research program in video surveillance and pattern recognition. His main research interests are in the areas of: pattern recognition, computer vision, image and video analysis, video surveillance and multimedia. He has been the author or co-author of more than a hundred scientific papers and has been the first chief investigator of several research projects including two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects and a Linkage Project. Prof Piccardi is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of IAPR.


Edith Cowan University

Prof Nara SrinivasanProf Nara Srinivasan

The University of Melbourne

Prof Priyan Mendis

Research Staff

Queensland University of Technology

Research Fellow Dr Vikas ReddyDr Vikas Reddy

Vikas Reddy is a Research Fellow in the Science and Engineering Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. Vikas received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication from Visvesvaraya Technological University (India) in 2003. He has worked in the signal processing industry for about 5 years where he was involved in the implementation of multimedia compression standards, such as MPEG4, MP3, H263 on Texas Instrument’s OMAP/DSP platforms. The IP has been licensed and shipped in numerous mobile handsets around the world including N93, N95,and N82. He received his PhD from The University of Queensland in 2012. While doing his PhD, he also worked as a graduate researcher at Queensland Research Laboratory, NICTA. His research interests include computer vision, image understanding, intelligent video surveillance, video compression and embedded systems.

Research Fellow Dr Ben KraalDr Ben Kraal

Ben Kraal is a Research Fellow in the school of design at the Queensland University of Technology. During the last four years he has made significant contributions to the fields of usability and interface design research. Dr Kraal's approach adapts rich sociological techniques to investigate the complex interplay between people, the tools they use and the environment in which they work, allowing the identification of the essential elements of the work practice in question, making it clear where technology and design interventions are able to achieve the greatest positive impact.


Research Fellow Dr Farzad SalimDr Farzad Salim

Dr Farzad Salim is a Research Fellow and a PhD candidate in the Science and Engineering Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. Before joining QUT, Salim was an Associate Research Fellow at the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Wollongong. His research interests and experience has focussed on three broad categories, Access Control, Privacy Enhancing Technologies, and applications of techniques from the field of Economics to Information Security. Salim has received multiple scholarships and awards, most recently the best student paper award at the Australasian Information Security Conference (AISC'10) and the best paper award at the Availability, Reliability and Security Conference (ARES'11).



Dr Simon DenmanDr Simon Denman

Dr. Simon Denman is a research fellow within the Intelligent Surveillance stream of the Airports of the Future project. He completed his PhD in the area of image processing for surveillance applications with the Speech, Audio, Image and Video Technologies (SAIVT) laboratory at the Queensland University of Technology. His doctoral research focused on object tracking, and the sub problems of motion segmentation and particle filtering, and he has developed a novel technique for the simultaneous computation of multi-layer motion segmentation and optical flow, and a novel extension to the mixture particle filter to allow for variable numbers of particles and variables numbers and types of features. Since completing his PhD, Dr Denman has been performing collaborative research with QUT staff and students and external partners in computer vision areas such as intelligent surveillance, object tracking, soft biometrics and airport security.

Dr Paul WuDr Paul Wu

Dr. Paul Wu is a research associate within the Complex Systems stream of the Airports of the Future project. In 2009, he received his PhD from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for his thesis on Multi-Objective Mission Flight Planning in Civil Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). He completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical &Complex Engineering) as part of the Dean's Scholars program at QUT in 2005 and was awarded the QUT University Medal. He has previously completed projects in the modelling of risk presented to people on the ground due to the over-flight of aircraft (for the Australian Defence Force), and delivery of multimedia content to mobile phones, for which he was awarded the Engineers Australia Queensland Division J H Curtis Award.


PhD Student Ivano BongiovanniIvano Bongiovanni

Ivano Bongiovanni is a PhD student with the School of Management. He is involved in the Business Continuity & Emergency Response Management Program of Airports of the Future. He received his Bachelor of Political Science at Turin University (Italy) and holds Masters Degrees in International Security (Sciences-Po, Paris, France) and in Economy and Management of Public Administration and International Organizations (Bocconi University, Milan, Italy). Ivano has also experience working as a Police Officer, a Venue Security Manager (Turin 2006 Winter Olympics) and a Lecturer (Bocconi University). His PhD focuses on the assessment of organisational factors impacting on airport vulnerability. Intended outcomes are frameworks for understanding how organisational culture in airports can impact Safety and Security performance.

The University of Melbourne

Research Fellow Tuan Duc NgoDr Tuan Duc Ngo

Dr Tuan Ngo is a Research Director of the Advanced Protective Technology of Engineering Structures (APTES) Group at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Research Manager of the ARC Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA). Tuan has made a significant contribution to research in vulnerability modelling of critical infrastructure, particularly in the area of assessment of the effects of natural and technical hazards on buildings and infrastructure. Dr Ngo has attracted over $4M of research funding from government agencies and industry. He has published over 80 journal and conference papers and more than 100 research reports for external funding bodies.



Project Staff

Project Coordinator Ruth White Ruth White

Ruth White is the Airports of the Future Project Coordinator. Ruth has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and History) from the University of Tasmania. She has over 15 years experience in communications and administration, particularly in the not-for-profit and higher education sector. Ruth has worked in the the Faculty of Science and Engineering at QUT for nearly 4 years. She is responsible for coordinating and administering the Airports of the Future Project including In Plane Terms and project events.


Yi Shen

Yi is a Project Support Officer for Airports of the Future. Yi has an engineering degree from China and a Master of Business Administration from QUT. She initially worked in the International Students Administration and Academic Credit for QUT Business School.  In recent years, Yi has worked in the Research Project area and has been primarily responsible for Financial Administrative aspects within this area.

Research Students

Queensland University of Technology

Pdh Student Khalid AlissaKhalid Alissa (PhD Student)

Khalid Alissa received his Master degree in Information Technology (Information Security) in 2009 from QUT. Khalid is currently a PhD student within both the Airports of the Future project and the Information Security Institute. Based on his background on both Information Security and Business Process Management. Khalid's PhD research focuses on "Integrating Identity and Access Management in Business Processes in an Airport Environment". His research aims to formalize identity and access management policies, and then to integrate these formal rules in to the airport business processes.

Marisa CamastralMarisa Camastral (PhD Student)

Marisa Camastral received her Bachelor of Business (International Business) in 2008 and Bachelor of Business (Honours) in 2009, with both degrees completed at QUT. Marisa is currently a PhD student within both the Airports of the Future project and the School of Management. Her PhD research expands on that of her Honours thesis, considering the role of Business Continuity Management in regional Australian airports, which allows for the continued functionality of these infrastructures following a crisis event, as well as an expedited return to normal operations.

A CAve photo Andrew Cave (PhD Student)

Andrew Cave, in his PhD, has examined how passengers find their way through airport terminals. Andrew is exploring this by using eye tracking technology and examining what prior knowledge and familiarity passengers have of airport terminals. This research could create airports of the future that ensure passengers can find their way quickly and easily. Previously, Andrew has completed two degrees, a Bachelor of Industrial Design (Queensland University of Technology) and a Bachelor of Science (University of Queensland). Prior to starting his PhD, Andrew was a recipient of the Airports of the Futures Summer Scholarship, in which he worked with the Human Systems team to examine the activities passengers undertook while passing through airport security.


PhD Student Anna Harrison Anna Harrison (PhD Student)

Anna Harrison graduated with a University Medal from The University of Queensland in 1995. Following a career in product design in London, New York and San Francisco, Anna has shifted gears into the architectural and service design spaces. In her role at the People and Systems Lab at QUT, she is working on developing design principles to revolutionise the way passengers experience the airport terminal. Research insights at inPLANEterms.com | @inPLANEterms

PhD student Phil KirkPhilip Kirk (PhD Student)

Philip Kirk recently completed his PhD researching the experience of passengers at airports, providing a novel understanding of the experience and models of the various activities passengers carried out while at the airport. Philip Kirk completed his Bachelor (Hons) degree in Biology and Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, UK, in 1999, and completed a higher certificate in Civil Engineering at Edinburgh’s Telford College, UK, in 2004. Phil was previously a Senior Research Assistant for the Airports of the Future Project investigating Passenger Experience. He has also worked for the CRC for Construction Innovation (CRCCI) where he helped develop a tool to use on construction sites to measure Health and Safety techniques. He has worked on various animal behaviour projects around the world.



PhD Student Philip KirkAlison Livingstone (PhD Student)

Alison Livingstone completed her Bachelor of Design, majoring in Industrial Design in 2009, at QUT. She is currently a PhD student with the Airports of the Future project, with her PhD research focussing on passenger experience within airport retail environments. Her research aims to understand and model the activities and interactions undertaken by passengers within airport retail environments.


Phd Student Wenbo MaWenbo Ma (PhD Student)

Wenbo Ma received his Bachelor degree in Automotive Engineering in 2006, and Master degree in Electrical and signal processing in 2009 at Hefei University of Technology, P.R.China. Wenbo also has working experience in an Engineering R&D company, Antonov plc., UK. He is now a QUT & China Scholarship Council joint programme recipient. His PhD will develop an agent-based simulation tool to model passenger flows through check-in (includes baggage sorting), security control, border control to boarding at airport passenger buildings, to help optimise building layout design and analyse processing delay problems.

Phd Student Nimal SkandhakumarNimal Skandhakumar (PhD Student)

Nimal Skandhakumar received his Bachelor (Honours) degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 2009 at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Nimalaprakasan also has experience in Software Engineering working on products and solutions for mobile telecommunication operators. He is a PhD student at QUT and his research focuses on creating an authorisation framework using building information models.


Phd Student Michael DevineMichael Devine (PhD Student)

Michael Devine is a PhD student with the School of Public Health working in the BCM/IRM group in the Airports of the Future Project. He completed his Bachelors degree in Business and holds Masters degrees in Integrated Marketing (Coursework) and Organisational Identity Dynamics (Research).  Michael has been a staff member at QUT for 8 years and has lectured both integrated marketing communications and risk management for QUT Business School.  His PhD project is focuses on risk management systems and high reliability development in Australian Airports.  The key components of his study address the crisis modeling processes, the presence of high reliability traits aviation, and the development of systems to enhance resilience for airport organisations.  Outcomes to date include publications in the crisis, high reliability, and agility literature streams.


Phd Student Michael DevineJingxin Xu (PhD Student)

Jingxin Xu received his Bachelor degree of Telecommunications Engineering from Xidian University in 2008, China, and his Master degree of Information Technology (IT43) from Faculty of Science and Technology, QUT, in 2010. After that, he commenced his PhD course in July 2010 in Faculty of Built, Environment & Engineering, QUT. Jingxin's PhD research focuses on anomalous event detection in crowded environments. This project aims to develop techniques to detect emergencies and suspicious activities in the airport. It is anticipated that the techniques that are developed will be applicable to many different applications, such as sports event detection and event detection in traffic surveillance.

Phd Student Michael DevineCharisse Farr (PhD Student)

Charisse Farr graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2001 with a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Mathematics. She has a diverse background in applied mathematics research, project management and administration. Prior to starting a PhD with the Airports of the Future project, Charisse worked with The World Bank and the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society at the University of New South Wales on epidemiological projects including the modelling of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines – work which has contributed to a Masters in Medicine. Her PhD research involves developing Complex Systems models and visualisations that provide insight to the factors contributing to effective wayfinding in airports.



Masters student Jegar PitchforthJegar Pitchforth (PhD Student)

Jegar is a PhD student studying Bayesian statistical modelling of complex systems. He has worked in such diverse areas as psychology, business, criminology and education, applying Bayesian analytical techniques to difficult questions. He is the current Assistant Chair for the Social Statistics section of the Statistical Society of Australia, and has published works in decision support, education and conservation journals as well as work in Bayesian meta-analysis. Jegar works with Australian airports and border agencies to quantify the performance of international inbound passenger facilitation, producing statistical models to interpret airport operations as a complex system.


PhD student Levi SwannLevi Swann (PhD Student)

Levi Swann received his Bachelor of Design, majoring in Industrial design in 2009 from Queensland University of Technology. Prior to commencing his PhD, Levi has been involved with consumer product design and graphic design projects locally and overseas. His PhD research will investigate the processes and knowledge utilised by airport security x-ray screeners, with the aim to understand the role of intuitive expertise in this context.

David Ryan (PhD Student)

David Ryan received the B. Eng (Electrical and Computer) from QUT in 2008. He submitted his Ph.D thesis for examination at QUT in the area of crowd monitoring using computer vision in 2013. He is currently employed as a researcher in the SAIVT group at QUT. His research interests include automated crowd counting, crow flow monitoring and anomaly detection using computer vision technologies.


Masters student Ankith KondaAnkith Konda (Masters Student)

Ankith is currently a Masters student at QUT. He has received his Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Design at The University of Queensland in 2011. His interests are in Natural User Interfaces (NUI) and Ubiquitous computing. In the final year of his undergraduate program, Ankith was involved in an award winning project, ‘Blueprint’ He has also received national attention due to his innovative work Virtual Interior Design


Masters student Lin ChengLin Cheng (Masters Student)

Lin Cheng completed his Bachelor at South China University of Technology in 2011, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Automation. He also received his Master degree in Engineering in 2012 at the University of Queensland. He is currently a Research Masters student with the Airports of the Future Project. His research aims to build a agent-based model of passengers flow in the airport terminals focusing on the group dynamics of passengers. His goal is to provide a more realistic model and help better management in airport terminals.

The University of Melbourne

Phd student Sam AmirebrahmiSam Amirebrahimi (PhD Student)

Sam Amirebrahimi is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne. He is working on the integration of multi-scale environments to create a comprehensive impact assessment of explosion events, as the result of terrorist attacks in complex facilities, such as airports. He commenced his PhD in September 2011. Sam received his bachelor’s degree in computer science (software engineering) from IAU University and completed his Masters in Business Administration in MMU, Malaysia.
Sam has worked for number of companies in the IT industry as consultant, system analyst, software architect, and developer. He has years of experience providing and developing web solutions for small and medium size businesses using variety of proprietary and open source technologies. Before commencing his PhD in 2011, Sam received an additional Masters degree in Geographic Information Technology and won the Victoria's best post-graduate student award in Surveying and Spatial Sciences in 2011.

University of Technology Sydney

Phd Student Ehsan Zare BorzeshiEhsan Zare Borzeshi (PhD Student)

Ehsan Zare Borzeshi received his B.Eng. Computer Hardware Engineering from Sadjad University, Iran in 2006 and his Master of Information Technology (Honours) from University of Newcastle, Australia in 2009. He has been a research assistant in two positions prior to his PhD studies (at University of Newcastle and UTS). He is a PHD student at UTS and his research expands on Automatic Human Action Recognition in Videos.

Other Collaborators

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Prof Robert John HansmanProf Robert John Hansman

R. John Hansman is a Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics MIT, where he is the Director of the MIT International Center for Air Transportation. He conducts research in the application of information technology in operational aerospace systems. Dr. Hansman holds 6 patents and has authored over 250 technical publications. He has over 5300 hours of pilot in-command time in airplanes, helicopters and sailplanes including meteorological, production and engineering flight test experience.  Professor Hansman chairs the US Federal Aviation Administration Research & Development Advisory Committee (REDAC). He is a Fellow of the AIAA and has received numerous awards including the AIAA Dryden Lectureship in Aeronautics Research, the ATCA Kriske Air Traffic Award, a Laurel from Aviation Week & Space Technology, and the FAA Excellence in Aviation Award.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC)

Mr Stephen GoodwinMr Stephen Goodwin has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland, and is a member of AICD. Stephen became a Board Member of the Australian Airports Association and Chair of the Australian Airports Association Queensland Division in 2005. Stephen’s previous experience includes various operational roles in Central Queensland including Comalco (now Rio Tinto) and CEB. Stephen’s career with Dulux spanned 9 years encompassing various roles in Logistics, Manufacturing, Production Planning and HR with the final 3 years responsible for QLD, NSW and the Selleys Group from a HR perspective prior to joining the FAC and then BAC in 1997. Stephen began at BAC in 1997 as BAC’s Manager Human Resources. He remained in this role until April 2002 when he was appointed Manager, Operations. Stephen was appointed to his current position of General Manager Operations in April 2003.


The Airports of the Future Project would like to acknowledge the contributions made by those no longer working on the project.

Prof Ashantha Goonetilleke

Ashantha Goonetilleke has previously held the Professorial Chair in Airport Innovation. He has a strong research interest in sustainability and in particular the application of sustainability principles.

Dr Tristan Kleinschmidt

Tristan Kleinschmidt was Project Officer within the Airports of the Future Project from the beginning of the Project until December 2011. He completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Elec&CompEng) as part of the Dean's Scholars program at QUT in 2005 and was awarded the QUT University Medal. He has completed a Masters of Engineering Science and PhD with the Speech, Audio, Image and Video Technologies at QUT, focussing his doctoral research on noise-robust automatic speech recognition using speech enhancement. During this time, Tristan also attained qualifications in Research Commercialisation and has been an active member of the QUT Built Environment & Engineering Dean’s Scholars Alumni Group executive committee since 2006.

Dr Jason Reid

Dr Jason Reid was formerly a Research Fellow with the Airports of the Future Project. He holds a PhD in the area of trusted computing and distributed systems security. Since 1999, he has worked for the Information Security Institute – Queensland University of Technology where he holds the position of Senior Research Fellow. His research interests and areas of expertise include access control, trusted systems, trusted computing and smart card security as well as the privacy implications of these technologies. His current research focuses on languages and models for attribute-based authorisation and identity management in support of the authorisation function. He has extensive research and consulting experience in such fields as access control, authentication and general network security.

Ms Samia Mazhar

Samia Mazhar was a Senior Researcher with the Business Process Management stream of the Airports of the Future project. Her area of research was how to improve the passenger facilitation process, with a focus on efficiency, security and the passenger experience. Samia’s main areas of interest included process modeling, process analysis, process improvement and knowledge management. Her work was characterised by a strong capability to derive and utilize methodologies and familiarise herself with business practices and needs. In her process consulting projects, she provided analysis and well-received recommendations. Her professional and academic experiences provided a rounded understanding of a range of business processes and technology, particularly Enterprise Systems. This combination helped to provide a balanced approach of theoretical concepts and practical application, and the ability to see both holistic and detailed perspectives.

Dr Sandra Johnson

Dr Sandra Johnson was a Research Associate with the Discipline of Mathematical Sciences at QUT. She obtained a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Natal, South Africa in 1978. She initially lectured in Statistics before embarking on a career in Information Technology. Recently she returned to full-time study under the supervision of Prof Kerrie Mengersen. She completed her PhD in Environmental Statistics in 2009, which focussed on integrated Bayesian Network (BN) frameworks for modelling complex ecological issues, such as algal blooms and cheetah conservation. Her research interests are primarily in integrated and object oriented BN modelling design applied to environmental issues.

Ms Verena Bevern

Verena Bevern was the Research Assistant within the Business Continuity Program in the Airports of the Future Project. As part of this role, Verena undertook research in Business Continuity Management and Incident Response Management, and collaborated with the research team to develop new research concepts. Verena completed a dual Bachelor degree in Business and Arts at the University of Queensland in 2009 and was awarded the Dean's Honour Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. Verena completed her Master of Business at QUT in December 2010 with her final project focusing on the role of Business Continuity Management in creating High Reliability Organisations.

Shahrzad Roohy Gohar (PhD Student)

Shahrzad Roohy Gohar completed a Masters degree in Information Technology in 2009, focussing on Business Process Modelling. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Computer Engineering (Software) at Azad University. Shahrzad gained valuable experience in Business Process Improvement during time working on a number of projects in the role of BPM Modeller and Analyst for Queensland Government Shared Service Agency. Her PhD research focussed on evidence based reference modelling and evaulation of reference models on airport processes.

Dr Ruan Lakemond

Dr Ruan Lakemond was a researcher with the Image and Video Technologies group within the Science and Engineering Faculty and the Information Security Institute at QUT. He completed an Electrical and Computer Engineering degree in the Dean's Scholars program at QUT. He then completed a PhD with the SAIVT group, focussing on wide baseline matching in difficult scenarios. His research interests include wide baseline matching, automatic calibration of surveillance camera networks, 3D reconstruction from surveillance video and analysis of thermal surveillance imagery.

Dr Farzad Salim

Dr Farzad Salim was a Research Fellow and a PhD candidate in the Science and Engineering Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. Before joining QUT, Farzad was an Associate Research Fellow at the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Wollongong. His research interests and experience has focussed on three broad categories, Access Control, Privacy Enhancing Technologies, and applications of techniques from the field of Economics to Information Security. Farzad has received multiple scholarships and awards, most recently the best student paper award at the Australasian Information Security Conference (AISC'10) and the best paper award at the Availability, Reliability and Security Conference (ARES'11).

Robert Blin

Robert Blin is a Senior Research Assistant for the Business Continuity and Incident Response Management stream of the Airports of the Future (AOTF) project. Robert is a qualified UK Barrister and has extensive experience, both in private practice and in industry, in the areas of Compliance, Legal and Risk Management, Occupational Health and Safety, both within the UK and Australia. He was the former Global Head of Compliance at Deutsche Asset Management where he was a global coordinator  who oversaw, communicated and enforced the Bank's compliance policies and had overall divisional responsibility for the development, implementation and on-going monitoring of the Bank's Risk Management, Compliance  and Anti Money Laundering frameworks.

Wenbo Ma

Wenbo Ma received his Bachelor degree in Automotive Engineering in 2006, and Master degree in Electrical and signal processing in 2009 at Hefei University of Technology, P.R.China. Wenbo also has working experience in an Engineering R&D company, Antonov plc., UK. He is now a QUT & China Scholarship Council joint programme recipient. His PhD will develop an agent-based simulation tool to model passenger flows through check-in (includes baggage sorting), security control, border control to boarding at airport passenger buildings, to help optimise building layout design and analyse processing delay problems.