Project Analytics

Need for Skills in Project Analytics
There are opportunities to improve major projects through data science. This program will develop the data scientists in Australia that are needed to improve project success. The novel forms of data analytics that they develop will give project leaders greater oversight and enable them to make informed decisions.

Proposed PhD Cohort
The John Grill Institute for Project Leadership is proposing to train a cohort of 10 PhD and Msc students in project analytics at the University of Sydney, in collaboration with the Center for AI Industrial Research & Innovation at RMIT University and Data61, with international connections, e.g. the UK’s National Institute for Data Science and AI, the Turing Institute. These students will be co-supervised by a project scholar and a data scientist.


Proposed Themes
With a focus on the application of data science to projects, the cohort will work on projects of strategic interest to industry partners, around the themes:
•Data-driven decision-making, e.g. Decision support systems and production control rooms; Prospective identification of systems interfaces in digital engineering data; Constraint modelling in scheduling and project controls.
• Resilient projects, e.g. Modelling of carbon in recycling and clean energy projects; Modelling resilience building and disaster management projects.
• Understanding project stakeholders, e.g. Analyses of stakeholder engagement strategies in complex projects; Visualisation and monitoring of sub-contractor performance.

Value of Being an Industry Partner
The benefits are a connected cluster of ten PhD researchers working with their supervisors on data science related problems or opportunities you can define. It includes a 6-month internship working within your organisation, access to the broader cohort, and connections with the University and Institute research and graduates. Bringing your industry partners into this opportunity will improve the outcome and share the investment as you together define the areas of most applicable research interest. This flagship program aims to develop new data science capability applying techniques such as machine learning and network analyses to the latest challenges in projects and project-based organizations (for background on the call see Next Generation Graduates Programs – CSIRO).
Organisation previously participating in Next Generation programs include Amazon Web Services, ARUP. Aurecon, Bluescope, State and Federal government agencies, smaller tech firms.

What do we need from Industry Partners?
Industry partners need to bring real world problems and work with sponsored students in the cohort. The industry partner covers 37% of the cost of the PhD student, CSIRO covers 63% of the cost and the tuition fees are covered by the university (appx. $60k in total contribution from the industry partner, leveraged by $106k from CSIRO, and the tuition waived by the university can be up to $171K of value).

Who to contact?
Please contact Professor Jennifer Whyte Jennifer.Whyte@sydney.edu.au or mobile 481 455 064 (Director of the Institute); Margaret Gardoll Margaret.Gardoll@sydney.edu.au (Institute Manager) and/or Dr Nader Naderpajouh Nader.Naderpajouh@sydney.edu.au (Director of Research Education in the School of Project Management).