Advanced Modelling Team

Prof. Turner is a Professor of Mathematics at Queensland University of Technology. His multidisciplinary research highlights the applicability of computational and applied mathematics to important environmental problems such as drying, saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers, and the prediction of gas composition in a coal seam gas field. Professor Turner’s research demonstrates a strong interaction with industry, having worked with drying engineers at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), and hydrologists and computational modellers at the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. He has also collaborated widely with various local industries and government organisations (for example CSIRO, DNRM and DAF) through commercial research opportunities and ARC Linkage grants.


A/Prof Karim is an Associate Professor of the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering at QUT. His research is directed towards solving acute food industry problems by advanced multiscale and multiphase food drying models of cellular water using theoretical/computational and experimental methodologies. He is also a leader in innovative application of ‘Lean Manufacturing’ concepts in hospital emergency departments to reduce long waiting times and optimize resources. Currently he is leading research projects with two local (RBWH and RCH) and two international hospitals. A/Prof Karim has authored over 184 peer-reviewed articles, including 95 high quality Journal Papers, four books and 13 book chapters. His papers have attracted more than 3000 citations with h-index of 29. He is the editor/board member of six reputed journals including Drying Technology and Nature Scientific Reports. He has been awarded 16 research grants amounting A$3.2 million and won multiple international awards for his outstanding contributions in multidisciplinary fields.

Prof Yuantong Gu is a Professor, a prestigious ARC Future Fellow and a head of school of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering at QUT. His research interests include: biomechanics; nanomaterials; computational mechanics; and mechanical engineering. He has secured more than $5million in research funding and authored more than 150 refereed journal publications. His expertise has been acknowledged through appointments as Editor-in-Chief for 2 international journals including Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Editor for 2 prestigious international journals including Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, and an Editorial Board Member for another 2 international journals.

Prof. Simpson is a Professor of Mathematics at Queensland University of Technology. His primary area of expertise is the use of computational techniques for solving differential equations and studying interacting random walk models. Using computation, together with a range of techniques from applied mathematics, Professor Simpson studies several physical and biological processes. His previous research has involved studying flow and transport processes in porous media, salt water intrusion, the design and analysis of efficient methods for solving reaction diffusion equations and the implementation of high performance shock capturing schemes to study chemotactic travelling waves. Professor Simpson has produced more than 150 refereed journal articles, the majority of which are in the leading journals in their field. He has been awarded $2M in external funding, including 4 ARC Discovery Grants, 3 as lead Chief Investigator, an ARC Future Fellowship, an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.


Fawang Liu is a Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology. He is an international recognised expert and a leading researcher in the field of numerical methods and theoretical analysis for fractional dynamical systems. He has published over 285 papers in these fields. In 2012, Professor Liu won the prestigious Mittag-Leffler Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of Fractional Derivatives and their Applications. He has also received the Vice Chancellor Performance Award at Queensland University of Technology in 2014 and 2017. He has established strong collaborative links with a number of key researchers at prestigious universities in China working in the field of fractional calculus.

A/Prof. Emilie Sauret is currently Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical, Medical & Process Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and an elected council member of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society. Her current research focusses on the development of advanced computational techniques to accurately simulate complex non-ideal fluid flow behaviours that are critical for the rational design and robust optimisation of engineering applications, in particular in the field of energy and biomedical engineering.  She has produced over 80 publications, attracted $8M in research funding and established collaborations across the globe. In 2019, an Endeavour Leadership Fellowship supported her visiting position at MIT and in 2020, Dr. Sauret was awarded an ARC-Future Fellowship to uncover fundamental microscale physics, pioneering research on computational microfluidics.