Prof Peter TAYLOR

ACEMS Director / Professor / Redmond Barry Professor

School of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Room: 145
  • Building: Peter Hall Building
  • Campus: Parkville

Research Interests

  • Complex Networks
  • Markov decision processes
  • Matrix-analytic methods
  • Mechanism design
  • Optimisation and control
  • Parameter estimation
  • Queueing theory
  • Stochastic modelling of biological/environmental systems, epidemics, telecommunications systems and emergency management systems

Research Groups

Publications, Grants and Awards

You can find all publications, grants and awards on their Find an Expert page.

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Current Postgraduate Supervision

Name Thesis title
Hritika GUPTA
Chenchen XING

Past Postgraduate Supervision

Name Thesis title
Peter BRAUNSTEINS "Extinction in branching processes with countably many types"
Jonathan BUDD "Modelling and Simulation of Credit Card Behaviour"
Timothy HYNDMAN "The Coupling Time for the Ising Heath-Bath Dynamics & Efficient Optimization for Statistical Inference"
Guo JUN "Two problems in stochastic service systems"
Paul KEELER "Stochastic routing models in sensor networks"
Ashwani KUMAR "Intelligent management of elective surgery patient flow."
Alana MOORE "Managing bilological populations in the interface of uncertainty"
Allan MOTYER "Quasi-birth-and-death processes with an infinite phase space"
Ellen MUIR "Hypergeometric Distributions and Efficient Dynamic Market Clearing"
Ana NOVAK "Queuing problems in active probing: an application to a single hop network"
Maya RAMAKRISHNAN "Distributed approaches to capacity reallocation in networks"
Nicholas READ "Bush Escalation Probabilities in the Victorian Landscape"
Yacov SALOMON "Re-examining fundamental concepts and assumptions in conservation and management using mathematical theories of probability"
Kate SAUNDERS "An investigation of Australian rainfall using extreme value theory"
Nikki SONENBERG "Networks of interacting stochastic fluid models"
Jiesen WANG "Strategic Decision Making in Service Systems"
Jason WHYTE "Global a priori identifiability of biomolecular interaction models in flow-cell optical biosensor experiments"
James ZHAO "Hidden Markov models with multiple observation processes"

Current MSc Students

Name Project title

Past Honours & MSc Students

Name Project title
Giles ADAMS "Selfish Networks: Variational Inequalities and the Traffic Equilibrium Problem"
Peter BRAUNSTEINS "Valuing Capacity in Queueing Systems"
Jonathan BUDD
Daphne DO "Formulating and Modelling Robust Decision-Making Problems Under Severe Uncertainty"
Yani GENG "Collaborative Filtering Recommender Systems"
John GILBERTSON "Queues with a Dynamic Schedule"
Yajing GUO "Bidding strategies for generation suppliers in the electricity market"
Hritika GUPTA "Correlated Epidemics Driven by the Same Contact Process"
Clare KITCHING "Return Probabilities for Stochastic Fluid Flows"
Ashwani KUMAR "Bringing Quality to the Healthcare Delivery Process"
Jennifer KUSUMA "Decomposition Approach to Serial Inventory Systems under Uncertainties"
Bing LIU "Mechanism Design in the Presence of Allocative Externalities"
Robert MARSHALL "M/G/1 Priority Queues"
Harry MCARTHUR "Overcoming the Curses of Dimensionality in Markov Decision Processes"
Somya MEHRA "Superinfection and the hypnozoite reservoir for P. vivax"
Ellen MUIR "Mechanism Design and the [N,M] Trade Problem"
Vincent PANG "Final Size Distributions of the Stochastic SIR Model"
Auron SEIKEN "The Branch-and-Cut Methodology for Mixed Integer Programming"
Nikki SONENBERG "Building Stochastic Models of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks"
Ria SZEREDI "A timely solution to the nurse rostering problem: An Operations Research approach"
Edward WEINSTOCK "The Bitcoin P2P Network Topology: a Review of Inference Methods and Machine Learning Approach"
Jinghan XIA "Optimisation of Clinical Trial Recruitment Using Markov Decision Processes"
Chenchen XING "A Simulated Study of a Posted Pricing Problem"
James ZHAO "Hidden Markov Models"

Recent Grant History

Year(s) Source Type Title
2014 - 2016 ARC Centre Of Excellence ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS)
2013 - 2018 ARC ARC Laureate Fellowship New stochastic models for Science, Economics, Social Science and Engineering (Laureate 080069)
2011 - 2013 ARC Discovery New methods for improving active adaptive management in biological systems
2011 - 2013 ARC Discovery Advanced matrix-analytic methods with applications


  • ACEMS Director
  • CEBRA Board


  • Research and Industry Committee