The Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex
(MASCOS) was established in
through a grant of $10.9 million from the Australian Research Council,
as well as support from the Queensland and New South Wales State
Governments, and from each of the seven collaborating institutions:
University of Melbourne, Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute,
Australian National University, University of New South Wales, La Trobe
University, and University of Queensland.
Our vision is to be one of the world's leading centres in the mathematical
and statistical analysis, design and optimisation of complex systems, and
to apply that research for scientific, economic, social and environmental
Our objectives are:
To conduct fundamental research in the areas of critical phenomena,
dynamical systems, risk analysis and complex networks, leading to the
solution of three flagship applications:
(i) accurate assessment of financial risk,
(ii) improved security of large engineering grids and
(iii) the control of emerging pests, diseases and pathogens.
To establish international linkages with
similar centres, thus providing enhanced research opportunities for
all researchers, as well as the opportunity to offer joint workshops
To lay the scientific groundwork for the
commercialisation of relevant research.
To engage in national and international industry
in research and development, with the goal of enhancing the appreciation
of what the mathematical sciences can offer industry, thus providing
enhanced employment opportunities for mathematical sciences graduates.
To attract, train and graduate the best research
students, thus providing a highly trained resource to academia,
government and industry. At the same time, to provide high quality
training in complex systems and their applications to undergraduates,
graduates and industry.
To increase community awareness and understanding of the
technical, economic and social benefits of complex systems science and
its applications, and to promote interest in these areas in schools.
MASCOS is part of COSNet.
Our group includes research staff, post-graduate students,
honours students, visiting fellows
scholars. Please contact our Director
if you would like to become involved.
PhD scholarships are no longer available.
However, support will be provided for student conference travel or short
study trips in Australia or abroad, computer equipment and software, or
other approved study-related expenses.
In 2004 the Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of
Complex Systems was established as a School Centre in the (then) School of
Physical Sciences within the (then) Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences
and Architecture, with Prof. Phil Pollett as its Director.
MASCOS Qld has been supported by the Queensland State Government through its