Sondoss El Sawah

PG Systems Engineering Program Coordinator & Associate Professor -Engineering Management
Associate Professor

Most of the contemporary persistent issues that we (as individuals, organizations and societies) grapple with (e.g. climate change, risks to national security, resource degradation) are caused by our limited capacity to foresee the delayed and cumulative impacts (e.g. socio-economic, security, environmental) of our decisions and policies. To deal with these challenges, we need to liberate ourselves from conventional ways of thinking focused around narrowly defined sub-problems leading to short-term solutions and unintended consequences. Instead, we need to hone our abilities to see connections, develop big-pictures, and formulate systemic solutions. In other words, we need to become systems thinkers. Systems thinking is an interdisciplinary research field, concerned with drawing on multiple scientific areas (e.g. learning science, decision science, operations research) to support problem solving and decision making in situations featured by complexity, uncertainty, and plurality of views.

I have focused my research and teaching programs on advancing the science and practice of systems thinking, and especially its applications in public policy, engineering, and education. I have ventured on developing methods, tools, and applications to challenge and stretch the boundaries of conventional mental models beyond immediate and direct outcomes to understand the long-term and system-wide effects created by these mental models.

Research Impact

I have produced over 90 academic publications including articles in reputable journals, a diverse range of book chapters, conference papers, reports, blogs, and edited collections. My publications include journal articles recognized by the Web of Science to be high impact articles in computer science. My research has been recognized by 8 awards from national and international bodies, including the prestigious Research Award by the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (2018). I am also the first female recipient of the Australian Operations Research Society Rising Star Award (2016). Both awards are devoted to recognize science talents and academic excellence.

Through a series of ARC and industry funded projects, I have led and worked in several projects that pursue high stake public policy issues, such as: climate change adaptation, risk assessment of the cumulative impacts of mining on ecological and social assets, sustainable management of Australia’s groundwater resource, and policy design with consideration of food-environment-water-energy nexus.

The policy impact of my research program has been recognized by the prestigious Peter Cullen Trust (PCT) fellowship award (outstanding fellow of the year; 2014). This fellowship recognizes leaders in science and policy who have an impact in bridging the science-policy gap.

Since I joined UNSW Canberra in 2014, I focused my attention on broadening the impact of my research program by extending the application of systems thinking to defence and asset management applications. Part of this focus is the transference of the research on systems thinking into practical and accessible tools that can be used to promote systems thinking in decision areas related to Australia’s future force design and securing the sustainability of our strategic assets. These efforts have led to the set up of the systems modelling program at the Capability Systems Center. As a part of my role as a deputy director of the Capability Systems Center, I coordinate and lead large scale industry funded research projects, and building research capabilities for systems thinking and modelling.

Recently, I have been a chief investigator on ARC Discovery Project on "Machine-education methodologies and algorithms for designing trusted multi-skilled evolutionary learners". This is an exciting project where I explore the novel interactions between AI, education, and systems thinking methodologies as a knowledge co-design framework.

I am also recognized for my strong collaborative projects in Australia and internationally. For example, I hold an honorary Associate Professor affiliation at the Australian National University. I am also an inaugural Associate of the ANU Institute for Water Futures. 

I have research peer esteem being ARC assessor for grant applications, as well as organising committee or invited/keynote speaker for a number of international conferences.

Education Impact

Promoting systems thinking is not only about the development of methods and tools, but more importantly about schooling our minds to see the world in a different way.  I strongly believe that equipping our students with these knowledge and skillsets is essential for building their capacity to deal with future challenges. Therefore, since I joined UNSW Canberra I have focused my teaching efforts on reinvigorating the education of systems thinking and modelling at UNSW. 

Because of its strong learning-orientated and inquiry-based nature, the field of systems thinking/modelling lies in the research-education nexus. I have focused some of my efforts into adopting a research-led approach for my teaching. For example, I have a successful research grant from the US National Science Foundation on identifying and codifying the core modelling practices to promote sharing of knowledge and experience for both research and education purposes. The grant has resulted in several publications that serve as educational material for both teachers and students.

I have worked on the design of a curriculum for systems thinking focused on leadership development and capacity building for decision makers in public policy. The learning objective of the curriculum is to provide practical methods and practices to help participants develop a holistic view on the problems they face in their organization, and recognize the role of their own perceptions and attitudes in creating delays and undesirable consequences.

These efforts resulted in peer-reviewed publications, (invited) conference presentations, and workshops. For example, in 2019, I was invited to teach in the leading European Summer School on decision making and policy design. The summer school, an EU initiative, brought together authorities in the area of decision analysis to create momentum around various decision support approaches. 

Outreach Activities

To augment my research and teaching efforts, I have worked on building a community of practice to promote systems thinking in the research and practice of public policy. This led to the creation of the IEEE Systems modelling conference in 2017, as an annual event to provide practitioners and researchers with forum to exchange knowledge and expertise around systems thinking applications.

Government agencies drew on my modelling experience several times. For example, I have contributed to a commissioned review of the current practices for employing models for decision support by the State Government in QLD. As a result of this effort, I have co-authored a report to the QLD State Government on the good modelling practices for guiding model-based decision-making (2018). I have been commissioned by the Department of Defence for delivering several professional educational courses on the use of systems models for problem solving and decision-making.

Research topics

  • Systems thinking and modelling
  • Development of multi-method modelling processes and methods
  • Pedagogy of systems and participatory modelling
  • Learning and decision making 
  • Complex socio-environmental-technical problems
  • Interaction between system thinking, modelling, and AI

 

Professional Services

 

 

Book Chapters
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Alan M; El Sawah S, 2020, 'System Dynamics Modeling to Inform Defense Strategic Decision-Making', in Meyers RA (ed.), Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science, Springer, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27737-5_657-1
2020
Patrick MJ; Elsawah S; Burgher I; Jakeman AJ, 2016, 'Australian water security: A water-food-environment-energy nexus perspective', in Handbook on Water Security, pp. 232 - 358
2016
El Sawah SA, 2016, 'Incorporating Human Aspects into Groundwater Research and Policy Making: A Soft and Critical Systems Thinking Approach', in Integrated Groundwater Management, pp. 619 - 637, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23576-9_24
2016
Holley C; Jakeman A; Kelly (nee Letcher) R; Ticehurst J; Blakers R; Croke B; Curtis A; Fu B; El Sawah S; Gardner A; Guillame J; Hartley M; Hutchings P; Pannell D; Ross A; Sharp E; Sinclair D; Wilson A, 2013, 'Modelling for Managing the Complex Issue of Catchment-Scale Surface and Groundwater Allocation', in Obaidat MS; Filipe J; Kacprzyk J; Pina N (ed.), Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, Springer Science & Business Media, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-03581-9_2
2013
Conference Papers
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Ali I; Turan H; Chakrabortty R; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2021, 'An Integrated Differential Evolution-based Heuristic Approach for Product Family Design Problem', IEEE, Krakow, Poland, presented at 2021 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC), Krakow, Poland, 28 June 2021 - 01 July 2021
2021
Hussein A; Elsawah S; Abbass HA, 2020, 'Towards Trust-Aware Human-Automation Interaction: An Overview of the Potential of Computational Trust Models', in Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, USA, presented at Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, USA, 07 January 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.24251/hicss.2020.047
2020
Hussein A; ELsawah S; Abbass H, 2020, 'A System Dynamics Model for Human Trust in Automation under Speed and Accuracy Requirements', in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society ... Annual Meeting Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Annual Meeting, SAGE Publications, Seattle, Washington, USA, presented at 63rd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Seattle, Washington, USA, 28 October 2020 - 01 November 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1071181319631167
2020
Hussein A; Elsawah S; Abbass H, 2020, 'Investigating Gender Differences in Human Interactions with a Transparent Swarm', in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society ... Annual Meeting Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Annual Meeting, SAGE Publications, SAGE Publications Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA, pp. 853 - 857, presented at 63rd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, SAGE Publications Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA, 28 October 2020 - 01 November 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1071181319631009
2020
Hossain MA; Chakrabortty R; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2020, 'Hybrid Deep Learning Model for Ultra-short-term Wind Power Forecasting', in IEEE 2020 International Conference on Applied Superconductivity and Electromagnetic Devices (ASEMD2020), IEEE, China, pp. 1 - 12, presented at IEEE 2020 International Conference on Applied Superconductivity and Electromagnetic Devices (ASEMD2020), China, 16 October 2020 - 18 October 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ASEMD49065.2020.9276090
2020
Hussein A; Elsawah S; Abbass HA, 2020, 'Swarm collective wisdom: A fuzzy-based consensus approach for evaluating agents confidence in global states', in IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/FUZZ48607.2020.9177680
2020
Sallam K; Turan H; Chakrabortty R; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2020, 'A Differential Evolution Algorithm for Military Workforce Planning Problems: A Simulation-Optimization Approach', in IEEE SYMPOSIUM SERIES ON COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, IEEE, Canberra, Australia, pp. 2504 - 2509, presented at 2020 IEEE SYMPOSIUM SERIES ON COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, Canberra, Australia, 01 December 2020 - 04 December 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SSCI47803.2020.9308566.
2020
Turan H; El Sawah S; Jalalvand F; Ryan M, 2020, 'Solving Strategic Military Workforce Planning Problems with Simulation-Optimization', Canberra, Australia, presented at IEEE SYMPOSIUM SERIES ON COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, Canberra, Australia, 01 December 2020 - 04 September 2020
2020
Jalalvand F; Turan H; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2020, 'A multi-objective risk-averse workforce planning under uncertainty', Canberra, Australia, presented at IEEE SYMPOSIUM SERIES ON COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, Canberra, Australia, 01 December 2020 - 04 December 2020
2020
Sallam KM; Turan HH; Chakrabortty RK; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'A Differential Evolution Algorithm for Military Workforce Planning Problems: A Simulation-Optimization Approach', in 2020 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, SSCI 2020, pp. 2504 - 2509, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SSCI47803.2020.9308566
2020
Moallemi E; Turan H; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2019, 'Comparing Implications of ‘Robustness’ and ‘Optimality’ for Decision Support under Uncertainty', in 29th Annual International INCOSE Symposium, Orlando, presented at 29th Annual International INCOSE Symposium, Orlando, 20 July 2019 - 25 July 2019
2019
El Sawah S; Danesh D; Ryan M, 2019, 'Strategic Asset Planning Decision Analysis: An Integrated System Dynamics and Multi-criteria Decision-making Method', in 29th Annual International INCOSE Symposium, Orlando, presented at 29th Annual International INCOSE Symposium, Orlando, 20 July 2019 - 25 July 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.2334-5837.2019.00635.x
2019
Turan HH; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2019, 'Simulation-based analysis of military workforce planning strategies', in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, ACM Press, pp. 68 - 75, presented at the 2019 International Conference, 24 May 2019 - 26 May 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3335550.3335568
2019
Turan H; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2019, 'Repair priorities in repairable spare part supply systems: a simulation-optimization approach', Canberra, ACT, Australia, presented at 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 01 December 2019 - 06 December 2019
2019
Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2019, 'Systems Thinking Course for Postgradudate Systems Engineering', in Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018, pp. 1183 - 1184, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TALE.2018.8615449
2019
Abbass HA; El Sawah S; Petraki E; Hunjet R, 2019, 'Machine Education: Designing semantically ordered and ontologically guided modular neural networks', in IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, Xiamen, China, presented at IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, Xiamen, China, 06 December 2019 - 09 December 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SSCI44817.2019.9003051
2019
Abbass HA; Elsawah S; Petraki E; Hunjet R, 2019, 'Machine Education: Designing semantically ordered and ontologically guided modular neural networks', in 2019 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, SSCI 2019, pp. 948 - 955, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SSCI44817.2019.9003083
2019
El Sawah S; Gordon L; Ryan M; Harris R, 2018, 'Model-based Assessment of the Submarine Support System', in 28th Annual International INCOSE Symposium, 28th Annual International INCOSE Symposium, Washington DC, presented at 28th Annual International INCOSE Symposium, Washington DC, 07 July 2018 - 12 July 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.2334-5837.2018.00489.x
2018
Moallemi EA; El Sawah S; Turan H; Ryan M, 2018, 'Multi-Objective Decision Making in Multi-Period Acquisition Planning Under Deep Uncertainty', in Proceedings of the 2018 Winter Simulation Conference, Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2018), Gothenburg, Sweden, pp. 1334 - 1345, presented at Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2018), Gothenburg, Sweden, 09 December 2018 - 12 December 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/WSC.2018.8632316
2018
Lai S; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2018, 'A Prototype Model for Evaluating Decision Options for Recruitment and Employment of Women in Defence', in Systems Engineering / Test and Evaluation Conference, Engineers Australia, Sydney, pp. 311 - 324, presented at Systems Evaluation Test and Evaluation Conference 2018: Unlocking the Future Through Systems Engineering: SETE 2018, Sydney, 30 April 2018 - 01 May 2018, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=631370989119569;res=IELENG
2018
Moallemi EA; Ryan MJ; El Sawah S, 2018, 'Towards An Analytical Framework for Experimental Design in Exploratory Modeling', in 2018 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), IEEE, Gothenburg, Sweden, pp. 455 - 466, presented at Winter Simulation Conference 2018 (WSC 2018), Gothenburg, Sweden, 09 December 2018 - 12 December 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/WSC.2018.8632229
2018
Moallemi E; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2018, 'Towards an Integrated Approach for Multi-objective Decision Making Under Uncertainty', in Towards an Integrated Approach for Multi-objective Decision Making Under Uncertainty, Engineers Australia, Sydney, pp. 119 - 133, presented at Systems Engineering / Test and Evaluation Conference SETE2018, Sydney, 30 April 2018 - 02 May 2018, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=631091494550696;res=IELENG
2018
Turan H; El sawah S; Moallemi E; Ryan M, 2018, 'Optimizing acquisition strategies for high-value assets via simulation-based genetic algorithm', in Systems Engineering / Test and Evaluation Conference, Engineers Australia, Sydney, pp. 301 - 310, presented at Systems Engineering / Test and Evaluation Conference (SETE2018), Sydney, 30 April 2018 - 02 May 2018, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=631352356148311;res=IELENG
2018
Moallemi E; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2018, 'Informing the Delineation of Input Uncertainty Space in Exploratory Modelling using a Heuristic Approach', in 28th Annual International INCOSE Symposium, 28th Annual International INCOSE Symposium, Washington DC, presented at 28th Annual International INCOSE Symposium, Washington DC, 07 July 2018 - 12 July 2018
2018
Turan H; Moallemi E; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2018, 'A simulation-based optimisation for a military fleet-transition problem', in CIE48 Proceedings, 2-5 December 2018, The University of Auckland, INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, Auckland, New Zealand, presented at INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, Auckland, New Zealand, 02 December 2018 - 05 December 2018
2018
Joshua Bowers ; El Sawah SA; Ryan M, 2017, 'Reusable Modules to Support Rapid Model Building: A Case Study of Defence Force Design', in Proceedings of INCOSE International Symposium, INCOSE International Symposium, Adelaide, presented at INCOSE International Symposium, Adelaide, 15 July 2017 - 20 July 2017
2017
Kristy Hudson ; El Sawah S; Ryan MJ, 2017, 'A prototype simulation model for army logistics training', in Proceedings of the INCOSE International Symposium, INCOSE International Symposium, Adelaide, presented at INCOSE International Symposium, Adelaide, 15 July 2017 - 20 July 2017
2017
Zare F; Bagheri A; Elsawah S, 2017, 'Using system archetypes for problem framing and a qualitative analysis: A case study in Iranian water resource management', in Proceedings - 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, MODSIM 2017, pp. 1433 - 1439
2017
Jnitova VICTORIA; El Sawah SA; Ryan MJ, 2017, 'Towards a modular System Dynamics approach for modelling military workforce planning problems', in Towards a modular System Dynamics approach for modelling military workforce planning problems, INCOSE International Symposium, Adelaide, Australia, presented at INCOSE International Symposium, Adelaide, Australia, 15 July 2017 - 20 July 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.2334-5837.2017.00388.x/abstract
2017
Moallemi E; El Sawah S; Ryan MJ, 2017, 'Dynamic modelling of complex systems under deep uncertainty using an exploratory multi-method approach', in Syme G; Hatton MacDonald D; Fulton B; Piantadosi J (eds.), MODSIM 2017: Managing cumulative risks through model-based processes, The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc, Hobart, Australia, presented at 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2017), Hobart, Australia, 03 December 2017 - 08 December 2017, https://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2017/documents/MODSIM2017_book_abstracts.pdf
2017
Mouthaan RA; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2017, 'A Conceptual Model for the Identification of Suitable Personnel to Operate in High-risk, Physically Demanding Environments', in 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2017), 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2017), Hobart, presented at 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2017), Hobart, 04 December 2017 - 08 December 2017
2017
El Sawah SA; Ryan M, 2016, 'A modular and approach to dynamic modelling approach for capability planning', in Australasian Simulation Congress SimTect 2016, Australasian Simulation Congress SimTect 2016, Melbourne, presented at Australasian Simulation Congress SimTect 2016, Melbourne, 26 September 2016 - 29 September 2016
2016
Jnitova V; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2016, 'Modelling the Complexity of RAN Training Pipelines: A System Dynamics Approach', in Modelling the Complexity of RAN Training Pipelines: A System Dynamics Approach, Australasian Simulation Congress SimTect, Melbourne, presented at Australasian Simulation Congress SimTect, Melbourne, 26 September 2016 - 29 September 2016
2016
Guillaume JHA; El Sawah S; Jakeman AJ; Kummu M, 2015, 'Communicating uncertainty: Design patterns for framing model results in scientific publications', in Proceedings - 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, MODSIM 2015, pp. 1972 - 1978
2015
Ticehurst JL; El Sawah S; Richardson L, 2015, 'An approach to consider the impact of co-designed science: Case study of Bayesian networks to set NRM targets', in Proceedings - 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, MODSIM 2015, pp. 1958 - 1964
2015
El Sawah S; McLucas A; Ryan M, 2015, 'Generic and reusable structure in systems dynamics modelling: roadmap of literature and future research questions', in Chichakly K; Saeed K (ed.), Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, presented at Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 19 July 2015 - 23 July 2015, http://www.systemdynamics.org/conferences/2015/proceed/index.html
2015
Ryan MJ; El Sawah ; McLucas , 2015, 'On the Issues of Model (Re)usability in Systems Engineering: Some Reminders', in Systems Engineering / Test and Evaluation Conference SETE2015, Systems Engineering / Test and Evaluation Conference SETE2015, Canberra, presented at Systems Engineering / Test and Evaluation Conference SETE2015, Canberra, 27 April 2015 - 29 April 2015
2015
Abdelbari H; el sawah S; Shafi K, 2015, 'Model learning using genetic programming under full and partial system information conditions', in Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, presented at 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 19 July 2015 - 23 July 2015
2015
El Sawah SA; Ryan MJ; McLucas AC, 2015, 'Beyond why to what and how: the use of systems thinking to support problem formulation in systems engineering applications', in Proceedings of the 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2015),, he 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2015), Gold Coast, Australia, presented at he 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2015), Gold Coast, Australia, 29 November 2015 - 04 December 2015
2015
Croke BFW; Blakers RS; El Sawah S; Fu B; Guillaume JHA; Kelly RA; Patrick MJ; Ross A; Ticehurst J; Barthel R; Jakeman AJ, 2014, 'Marrying Hydrological Modelling and Integrated Assessment for the needs of Water Resource Management', in IAHS-AISH Proceedings and Reports, pp. 351 - 356, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/piahs-364-351-2014
2014
El Sawah S; Kelly RA; Beverly C; Stott K; Patrick MJ; Kath J; Croke BFW; Qureshi ME; Courtney-Barrer B; Asher MJ; Roberts A; Jakeman AJ, 2013, 'An integrated model to examine the effects of Sustainable Diversion Limits: A case study in the Lower Campaspe catchment', in Piantadosi J; Anderssen RS; Boland J (eds.), Proceedings - 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, MODSIM 2013, MODELLING & SIMULATION SOC AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND INC, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA, pp. 2131 - 2137, presented at 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM), Adelaide, AUSTRALIA, 01 December 2013 - 06 December 2013, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000357105902025&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2013
Hamilton SH; Guillaume JHA; ElSawah S, 2013, 'Modelling groundwater dependent ecosystems in the Willunga Basin, South Australia', in Piantadosi J; Anderssen RS; Boland J (eds.), Proceedings - 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, MODSIM 2013, MODELLING & SIMULATION SOC AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND INC, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA, pp. 2945 - 2951, presented at 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM), Adelaide, AUSTRALIA, 01 December 2013 - 06 December 2013, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000357105902141&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2013
Sojda RS; Chen SH; El Sawah S; Guillaume JHA; Jakeman AJ; Lautenbach S; McIntosh BS; Rizzoli AE; Seppelt R; Struss P; Voinov AA; Volk M, 2012, 'Identifying the decision to be supported: A review of papers from environmental modelling and software', in iEMSs 2012 - Managing Resources of a Limited Planet: Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, pp. 73 - 80
2012
ElSawah S; Haase D; Van Delden H; Pierce S; ElMahdi A; Voinov AA; Jakeman AJ, 2012, 'Using system dynamics for environmental modelling: Lessons learnt from six case studies', in iEMSs 2012 - Managing Resources of a Limited Planet: Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, pp. 1367 - 1374
2012
El Sawah S; Hicks A; Manger P; Athanasiadis IN; Croke BFW; Jakeman AJ, 2011, 'A web-based platform for integrated groundwater data management', in MODSIM 2011 - 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation - Sustaining Our Future: Understanding and Living with Uncertainty, pp. 3141 - 3147
2011
Dyer F; El Sawah S; Harrison E; Broad S; Croke B; Norris R; Jakeman A, 2011, 'Predicting water quality responses to a changing climate: Building an integrated modelling framework', in IAHS-AISH Publication, pp. 178 - 183
2011
Jakeman AJ; El Sawah S; Guillaume JHA; Pierce SA, 2011, 'Making progress in integrated modelling and environmental decision support', in IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp. 15 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-22285-6_2
2011
El Sawah S; Guillaume HA; Mitchell M, 2011, 'Using participatory rapid appraisal and DPSIR approaches for participatory modelling: A case study for groundwater management in South Australia', in MODSIM 2011 - 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation - Sustaining Our Future: Understanding and Living with Uncertainty, pp. 2873 - 2879
2011
Ryan MJ; Mclucas A; El Sawah SA, 2010, 'Communicating about Water Issues: From Cognitive Maps to Dynamic Models', in Requirements Engineering Conference (RE), 2010 18th IEEE International, IEEE, Sydney, NSW, pp. 357 - 363, presented at 18th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, Sydney, 27 September 2010 - 01 October 2010, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/RE.2010.51
2010
El Sawah SA; Mclucas A; Ryan MJ, 2010, 'Communicating the Relationship Between Supply and Demand in the Management of the ACT’s Water', in Proceedings SETE 2010 Conference, SESA, Adelaide, presented at SETE 2010, Adelaide, 03 May 2010 - 05 May 2010, http://www.systemdynamics.org/conferences/2009/proceed/papers/P1136.pdf
2010
El Sawah SA; Mclucas A; Ryan MJ, 2010, 'Using cognitive mapping to elicit modelling requirements: An overview', in Proceedings of the 2010 18th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE2010, IEEE, Sydney, NSW, pp. 357 - 363, presented at 2010 18th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE2010, Sydney, NSW, 27 September 2010 - 01 October 2010, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/RE.2010.51
2010
El Sawah S; McLucas A; Ryan M, 2010, 'Understanding the complex system dynamics of managing water security', in 20th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2010, pp. 339 - 353
2010
Ryan MJ; El Sawah SA; Mclucas A, 2010, 'Understanding the Complex System Dynamics of Managing Water Security', in 20th Anniversary International INCOSE Symposium, INCOSE, Chicago, pp. 1 - 15, presented at 20th Anniversary International INCOSE Symposium, Chicago, 12 July 2010 - 15 July 2010, http://www.incose.org/ProductsPubs/incosestore.aspx
2010
El Sawah SA; Mclucas A, 2008, 'ACT Water Management: A System Dynamics Based Learning Intervention', in Proc: International System Dynamics Conference, System Dynamics Society, 2008 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Athens, Greece, presented at 2008 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Athens, Greece, 20 July 2008 - 24 July 2008
2008
Journal articles
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Hossain MS; Chakrabortty R; El Sawah S; Ryan M, 2021, 'Sustainable Modular Product Architecture Design by Bi-level Leader-Follower Joint Optimization with Switching-based Meta-heuristic Algorithms', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 306, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.127108
2021
Turan HH; Jalalvand F; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2021, 'A joint problem of strategic workforce planning and fleet renewal: With an application in defense', European Journal of Operational Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2021.04.010
2021
Iwanaga T; Wang HH; Hamilton SH; Grimm V; Koralewski TE; Salado A; Elsawah S; Razavi S; Yang J; Glynn P; Badham J; Voinov A; Chen M; Grant WE; Peterson TR; Frank K; Shenk G; Barton CM; Jakeman AJ; Little JC, 2021, 'Socio-technical scales in socio-environmental modeling: Managing a system-of-systems modeling approach', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 135, pp. 104885 - 104885, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2020.104885
2021
Hossain MA; Chakrabortty R; El Sawah SA; Ryan M, 2021, 'Very Short-term Forecasting of Wind Power Generation using Hybrid Deep Learning Model', Journal of Cleaner Production, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.126564
2021
Zare F; Guillaume JHA; ElSawah S; Croke B; Fu B; Iwanaga T; Merritt W; Partington D; Ticehurst J; Jakeman AJ, 2021, 'A formative and self-reflective approach to monitoring and evaluation of interdisciplinary team research: An integrated water resource modelling application in Australia', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 596, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126070
2021
Turan HH; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'A long-term fleet renewal problem under uncertainty: A simulation-based optimization approach', Expert Systems with Applications, vol. 145, pp. 113158 - 113158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eswa.2019.113158
2020
Turan HH; Atmis M; Kosanoglu F; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'A risk-averse simulation-based approach for a joint optimization of workforce capacity, spare part stocks and scheduling priorities in maintenance planning', Reliability Engineering and System Safety, vol. 204, pp. 107199 - 107199, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ress.2020.107199
2020
Hussein A; Elsawah S; Abbass HA, 2020, 'Trust Mediating Reliability–Reliance Relationship in Supervisory Control of Human–Swarm Interactions', Human Factors, vol. 62, pp. 1237 - 1248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018720819879273
2020
Moallemi EA; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Robust decision making and Epoch–Era analysis: A comparison of two robustness frameworks for decision-making under uncertainty', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2019.119797
2020
Elsawah S; Filatova T; Jakeman AJ; Kettner AJ; Zellner ML; Athanasiadis IN; Hamilton SH; Axtell RL; Brown DG; Gilligan JM; Janssen MA; Robinson DT; Rozenberg J; Ullah IIT; Lade SJ, 2020, 'Eight grand challenges in socio-environmental systems modeling', Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling, vol. 2, pp. 16226 - 16226, http://dx.doi.org/10.18174/sesmo.2020a16226
2020
Elsawah S; Hamilton SH; Jakeman AJ; Rothman D; Schweizer V; Trutnevyte E; Carlsen H; Drakes C; Frame B; Fu B; Guivarch C; Haasnoot M; Kemp-Benedict E; Kok K; Kosow H; Ryan M; van Delden H, 2020, 'Scenario processes for socio-environmental systems analysis of futures: A review of recent efforts and a salient research agenda for supporting decision making', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 729, pp. 138393 - 138393, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138393
2020
Ivanova K; Elsawah S; Fidock J, 2020, 'Technological ecosystems in capability development: A case study in emerging technologies', Systems Engineering, vol. 23, pp. 423 - 435, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sys.21535
2020
Moallemi EA; Zare F; Reed PM; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ; Bryan BA, 2020, 'Structuring and evaluating decision support processes to enhance the robustness of complex human–natural systems', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.104551
2020
Hussein A; Elsawah S; Abbass HA, 2020, 'The reliability and transparency bases of trust in human-swarm interaction: principles and implications', Ergonomics, vol. 63, pp. 1116 - 1132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2020.1764112
2020
Hamilton SH; Fu B; Guillaume JHA; Badham J; Elsawah S; Gober P; Hunt RJ; Iwanaga T; Jakeman AJ; Ames DP; Curtis A; Hill MC; Pierce SA; Zare F, 2019, 'A framework for characterising and evaluating the effectiveness of environmental modelling', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 118, pp. 83 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.04.008
2019
Badham J; Elsawah S; Guillaume JHA; Hamilton SH; Hunt RJ; Jakeman AJ; Pierce SA; Snow VO; Babbar-Sebens M; Fu B; Gober P; Hill MC; Iwanaga T; Loucks DP; Merritt WS; Peckham SD; Richmond AK; Zare F; Ames D; Bammer G, 2019, 'Effective modeling for Integrated Water Resource Management: A guide to contextual practices by phases and steps and future opportunities', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 116, pp. 40 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.02.013
2019
Little JC; Hester ET; Elsawah S; Filz GM; Sandu A; Carey CC; Iwanaga T; Jakeman AJ, 2019, 'A tiered, system-of-systems modeling framework for resolving complex socio-environmental policy issues', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 112, pp. 82 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.11.011
2019
Zare F; Elsawah S; Bagheri A; Nabavi E; Jakeman AJ, 2019, 'Improved integrated water resource modelling by combining DPSIR and system dynamics conceptual modelling techniques', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 246, pp. 27 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.05.033
2019
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, vol. 175, pp. 3 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matcom.2019.05.002
2019
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.simpat.2018.02.009
2018
Voinov A; Jenni K; Gray S; Kolagani N; Glynn PD; Bommel P; Prell C; Zellner M; Paolisso M; Jordan R; Sterling E; Schmitt Olabisi L; Giabbanelli PJ; Sun Z; Le Page C; Elsawah S; BenDor TK; Hubacek K; Laursen BK; Jetter A; Basco-Carrera L; Singer A; Young L; Brunacini J; Smajgl A, 2018, 'Tools and methods in participatory modeling: Selecting the right tool for the job', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 109, pp. 232 - 255, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.08.028
2018
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.simpat.2018.09.008
2018
Guillaume JHA; Helgeson C; Elsawah S; Jakeman AJ; Kummu M, 2017, 'Toward best practice framing of uncertainty in scientific publications: A review of Water Resources Research abstracts', Water Resources Research, vol. 53, pp. 6744 - 6762, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2017WR020609
2017
Elsawah S; McLucas A; Mazanov J, 2017, 'An empirical investigation into the learning effects of management flight simulators: A mental models approach', European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 259, pp. 262 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2016.10.011
2017
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1548512917704525
2017
Merritt WS; Fu B; Ticehurst JL; El Sawah S; Vigiak O; Roberts AM; Dyer F; Pollino CA; Guillaume JHA; Croke BFW; Jakeman AJ, 2017, 'Realizing modelling outcomes: A synthesis of success factors and their use in a retrospective analysis of 15 Australian water resource projects', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 94, pp. 63 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.03.021
2017
Elsawah S; Pierce SA; Hamilton SH; van Delden H; Haase D; Elmahdi A; Jakeman AJ, 2017, 'An overview of the system dynamics process for integrated modelling of socio-ecological systems: Lessons on good modelling practice from five case studies', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 93, pp. 127 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.03.001
2017
Zare F; Elsawah S; Iwanaga T; Jakeman AJ; Pierce SA, 2017, 'Integrated water assessment and modelling: A bibliometric analysis of trends in the water resource sector', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 552, pp. 765 - 778, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.07.031
2017
Lucena-Moya P; Brawata R; Kath J; Harrison E; ElSawah S; Dyer F, 2015, 'Discretization of continuous predictor variables in Bayesian networks: An ecological threshold approach', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 66, pp. 36 - 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.12.019
2015
Hamilton SH; ElSawah S; Guillaume JHA; Jakeman AJ; Pierce SA, 2015, 'Integrated assessment and modelling: Overview and synthesis ofsalient dimensions', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 64, pp. 215 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.12.005
2015
Elsawah S; Guillaume JHA; Filatova T; Rook J; Jakeman AJ, 2015, 'A methodology for eliciting, representing, and analysing stakeholder knowledge for decision making on complex socio-ecological systems: From cognitive maps to agent-based models', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 151, pp. 500 - 516, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.11.028
2015
Kath J; Powell S; Reardon-Smith K; El Sawah S; Jakeman AJ; Croke BFW; Dyer FJ, 2015, 'Groundwater salinization intensifies drought impacts in forests and reduces refuge capacity', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 52, pp. 1116 - 1125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12495
2015
ElSawah S; McLucas A; Mazanov J, 2015, 'Communicating About Water Issues in Australia: A Simulation/Gaming Approach', Simulation and Gaming, vol. 46, pp. 713 - 741, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1046878115580410
2015
Guillaume JHA; El Sawah S, 2014, 'Fostering assumption-based stress-test thinking in managing groundwater systems: learning to avoid failures due to basic dynamics', Hydrogeology Journal, vol. 22, pp. 1507 - 1523, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10040-014-1153-x
2014
Dyer F; ElSawah S; Croke B; Griffiths R; Harrison E; Lucena-Moya P; Jakeman A, 2014, 'The effects of climate change on ecologically-relevant flow regime and water quality attributes', Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, vol. 28, pp. 67 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00477-013-0744-8
2014
McLucas A; Mazanov J, 2013, 'Using a Cognitive Mapping Approach to Frame the Perceptions of Water Users About Managing Water Resources: A Case Study in the Australian Capital Territory', Water Resources Management, vol. 27, pp. 3441 - 3456, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11269-013-0357-5
2013
Iwanaga T; El Sawah S; Jakeman A, 2013, 'Design and implementation of a web-based groundwater data management system', Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, vol. 93, pp. 164 - 174, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matcom.2012.11.009
2013
Iwanaga T; El Sawah S; Jakeman A, 2013, 'Design and implementation of a web-based groundwater data management system', Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matcom.2012.11.009
2013
Kelly RA; Jakeman AJ; Barreteau O; Borsuk ME; ElSawah S; Hamilton SH; Henriksen HJ; Kuikka S; Maier HR; Rizzoli AE; van Delden H; Voinov AA, 2013, 'Selecting among five common modelling approaches for integrated environmental assessment and management', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 47, pp. 159 - 181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.05.005
2013
Wang X-J; Zhang J-Y; He R-M; Amgad E; Sondoss E; Shang M-T, 2011, 'A strategy to deal with water crisis under climate change for mainstream in the middle reaches of Yellow River', Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, vol. 16, pp. 555 - 566, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11027-010-9279-1
2011
Wang XJ; Zhang JY; Liu JF; Wang GQ; He RM; Elmahdi A; Elsawah S, 2011, 'Water resources planning and management based on system dynamics: A case study of Yulin city', Environment, Development and Sustainability, vol. 13, pp. 331 - 351, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10668-010-9264-6
2011
McIntosh BS; Ascough JC; Twery M; Chew J; Elmahdi A; Haase D; Harou JJ; Hepting D; Cuddy S; Jakeman AJ; Chen S; Kassahun A; Lautenbach S; Matthews K; Merritt W; Quinn NWT; Rodriguez-Roda I; Sieber S; Stavenga M; Sulis A; Ticehurst J; Volk M; Wrobel M; van Delden H; El-Sawah S; Rizzoli A; Voinov A, 2011, 'Environmental decision support systems (EDSS) development - Challenges and best practices', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 26, pp. 1389 - 1402, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2011.09.009
2011
El Sawah S; El Fattah Tharwat AA; Rasmy MH, 2008, 'A quantitative model to predict the Egyptian ERP implementation success index', Business Process Management Journal, vol. 14, pp. 288 - 306, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14637150810876643
2008
El Sawah SA; Mclucas A; Mazanov J, 2008, 'Water Management in the Australian Capital Territory: Problem Structuring using SODA', ASOR Bulletin, vol. 27, pp. 2 - 12
2008
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Anthony J; El Sawah S; Cuddy S; Robson B; McIntyre N; Cook F, 2018, Queensland Water Modelling Network Good Modelling Practices and Principles, https://science.des.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/81110/qwmn-good-modelling-practice-principles.pdf
2018
El Sawah SA; Dyer FD; Lucena-Moya P; Harrison E; Croke B; Tschierschke A; Griffiths R; Brawata R; Kath J; Reynoldson T; Jakeman AJ, 2013, Predicting water quality and ecological responses, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, https://www.nccarf.edu.au/publications/predicting-water-quality-ecological-responses
2013
  • Best Paper Award by the International Conference of Management Science and Industrial Engineering (2019)
  • The Early Career Research Award by the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (2018)
  • Best Paper Award by the International Council on Systems Engineering (2017)
  • The Australian Society of Operations Research Rising Star Award (2016).
  • Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (biannual) Early Career Research Excellence award (2015).
  • Peter Cullen Trust fellowship award for leadership in bridging science-policy gap (outstanding fellow of the year; 2014)
  • Best Reviewer’s Award from the international Journal of Environmental Modelling and Software (2012)
  • The Australian Water Association (AWA) Award for best postgraduate water research (2010)

I have attracted research grants from Australia and overseas, including:

  • 2020, Chief-investigator, research grant from the Department of Defence (Defence People Group) on the use of a system-of-systems approach for reviewing and re-designing the joint training systems.
  • 2020-2024, Chief-investigator, ARC Discovery Project (AUD 580,000), Machine-education methodologies and algorithms for designing trusted multi-skilled evolutionary learners.
  • 2017-2019, Co-investigator, research grants (AUD 642,178) from the Commonwealth Government to support the development of model-based decision making frameworks to inform the management of strategic Navy assets (e.g. the Future Submarine Program).
  • 2017, Co-investigator, research grant (USD 25,000) from the US National Science Foundation devoted to synthesize knowledge on the state-of-art and challenges in socio-ecological models for actionable science
  • 2016, Co-investigator, research grant (USD 60,000) from the US National Science Foundation devoted to develop practical guidelines on core modelling practices in integrated water management projects.
  • 2013, Co-investigator, a research grant (AUD 90,000) from the local Government to develop a modelling framework to support water conservation efforts at the Condamine region, one of the most iconic and yet water-stressed regions in QLD. 
  • 2011,  Co-investigator, Category 1 research grant (AUD 475,578) by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, from a combined funding source provided by the Government (Commonwealth and State) and industry, to develop a systems modeling framework for assessing climate change impacts on water resource systems, and flow on effects on ecological responses

 

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