Dr William Chivers

Dr William Chivers

Lecturer

School of Design Communication and IT (Information Technology)

Career Summary

Biography

I am an early career researcher with a passion for both computer science and biology. After completing a degree in zoology in the 1970s I worked in the IT industry as a computer programmer then taught in secondary schools and NSW TAFE before returning to academia.

In my research I now combine my two academic interests by applying my computer science experience to biology, mainly ecology.

In my PhD research I used individual-based models to explore predator-prey dynamics, applying my models to the Canadian Lynx-Hare system and the Fennoscandian mustelid-microtine system. 

My research now involves collaboration with practising ecologists: I am using individual-based models to explore optimal foraging theory in collaboration with UTS, Sydney and I am applying data mining/analysis techniques to explore the effect of climate change on marine plankton in collaboration with Deakin University and the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, Plymouth, United Kingdom.

I have completed two higher degrees, both of which earned research awards: 1. PhD: (2010) Generalised, parsimonious, individual-based computer models of ecological systems. University of Newcastle, Australia. 2. Research masters: (1998) The effect of a constructivist teaching approach and the use of the computer programming language logo on the reconstruction of science beliefs of junior high school students. Research masters thesis, Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Research Expertise
I am an early-career researcher whose work involves the application of computer programming, data mining and data analysis to research questions in ecology. In my PhD research I built two generalised and parsimonious models in the tradition of classical ecological modelling and applied these models to exclusive mammalian predator-prey systems and grazing herbivore systems.
My research now involved the development of further individual-based models and the data mining/analysis of large datasets in ecology (see above).

Teaching Expertise
I am a Lecturer in Applied IT - I have developed and delivered courses at tertiary level in agent-based modelling, computer programming (C, C++, Java, C#, VB, PHP, Python, Perl, Bullant, SQL, Logo, NetLogo), relational database, web development (HTML, CSS, LAMP, Django), system and network administration (FreeBSD, Linux, Netware and WinNT), systems analysis and design, computer architecture and most recently data mining and analysis using the R statistical language.

Administrative Expertise
- Student Academic Conduct Officer (SACO) 2012-current.
- Member of various committees including Teaching and Learning, Student Recruitment and Student Retention.
- Acting head teacher in secondary schools and TAFE colleges, - Coordinator of university courses with up to 800 students

Collaborations (external to UoN)
Current
- Professor Graeme Hays, Deakin University, Warrnambool.
- Dr Anthony Walne, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, Plymouth, United Kingdom.
- Professor Graham Pyke, UTS, Sydney.
Past
- Professor William Gladstone, UTS, Sydney
- Dr Michael Fuller, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Education, University of New England
  • Master of Education (Honours), Charles Sturt University
  • Bachelor of Science, University of New South Wales

Keywords

  • Agent-based modelling
  • Climate change
  • Computer programming
  • Computer-based modeling
  • Data Mining
  • Data analysis
  • Database programming
  • Ecological modeling
  • Individual-based modeling
  • Information technology
  • Linux
  • Marine ecology
  • Natural resource modeling
  • Open source software
  • Operating systems
  • Plankton ecology
  • Population dynamics
  • Predator-prey modeling
  • R
  • UNIX

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) 50
060207 Population Ecology 25
060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/1999 - 1/07/1999 Lecturer in Education - part-time University of Western Sydney
School of Education
Australia
1/07/1990 - 1/12/2001 Lecturer in IT - part-time University of Western Sydney
Information Technology
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
10/06/2007 -  Board member The Resource Modeling Association (USA)
United States
1/01/2004 -  Membership - The Resource Modeling Association (USA) The Resource Modeling Association (USA)
United States

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
2/07/1978 - 1/06/1984 Programmer/Analyst IBM Australia
Computing
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
2/01/1994 - 1/02/2001 Teacher of IT TAFE NSW
Information Technology
Australia
2/06/1984 - 1/12/1993 Secondary Teacher NSW Department of Education
Science and Infomation Technology
Australia
2/06/1984 - 1/12/1993 Secondary Teacher Independant Schools
Science and Information Technology
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2009 Outstanding Postgraduate (Research) Student Achievement
University of Newcastle
1999 Award for Outstanding Educational Research
NSW Institute for Educational Research Inc
1998 Outstanding Thesis Prize
Charles Sturt University

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Professionals, whether they are working in the sciences, business, engineering, information technology, health or education, typically work in teams to complete projects. This course introduces and examines the technical and socio-cultural dimensions of Project Management. Students experience all aspects of the Project Life Cycle through the completion of integrated unifying exercises. A conceptual framework underpinning Project Management is presented in the context of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). These professional standards are supported by the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) and their international counterparts.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/05/2015 - 31/08/2015
INFT3007 The Information Resource
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Investigates data representation and data retrieval, and update and archival mechanisms for a range of information types. Integration and connectivity issues associated with different information resource architectures are also explored. Concepts are illustrated using current Data Base Management System (DBMS) platforms.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/01/2014 - 30/06/2014
INFT4010 Information Technology Honours II: Directed Readings
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Students examine contemporary literature relevant to their proposed research topic, focusing on theoretical perspectives and methodological assumptions. Students will undertake a subsequent literature review in order to develop a conceptual understanding of contemporary approaches to their field of information technology research.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/01/2014 - 30/06/2014
INFT3930 Information Technology Project
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
After an introduction to the appropriate skills and tools, students form groups, each of which works on a major IT project for the semester. Projects typically involve database design and implementation, programming, interface design, and writing and reporting, and individual group members will contribute as appropriate to these tasks. Students are encouraged to find and develop real projects with industry partners. The written project report is complemented with an oral presentation.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2014 - 31/12/2014
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Professionals, whether they are working in the sciences, business, engineering, information technology, health or education, typically work in teams to complete projects. This course introduces and examines the technical and socio-cultural dimensions of Project Management. Students experience all aspects of the Project Life Cycle through the completion of integrated unifying exercises. A conceptual framework underpinning Project Management is presented in the context of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). These professional standards are supported by the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) and their international counterparts.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2014 - 31/12/2014
INFT3940 Information Technology Applications
The University of Newcastle, Singapore
Expands and integrates students' information technology skills and knowledge through the investigation of specific information technology applications. Considers how a range of information technology components is combined in solving relevant problems. Integrates students' information technology knowledge and skills with their knowledge in application domains.
Quality Assurance, Coordinator (UoNS course) 1/01/2013 - 30/04/2013
INFT4010 Information Technology Honours II: Directed Readings
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Students examine contemporary literature relevant to their proposed research topic, focusing on theoretical perspectives and methodological assumptions. Students will undertake a subsequent literature review in order to develop a conceptual understanding of contemporary approaches to their field of information technology research.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/01/2013 - 30/06/2013
INFT3920 Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
This course investigates a number of contemporary issues in the rapidly changing information technology environment. Considers social and ethical issues in information technology. It also investigates in depth a number of topical theoretical issues and practical information technology tools and broadens students' perspective and skills.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/01/2012 - 30/06/2012
INFT3940 Information Technology Applications
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Expands and integrates students' information technology skills and knowledge through the investigation of specific information technology applications. Considers how a range of information technology components is combined in solving relevant problems. Integrates students' information technology knowledge and skills with their knowledge in application domains.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2012 - 31/12/2012
INFT3940 Information Technology Applications
The University of Newcastle, Singapore
Expands and integrates students' information technology skills and knowledge through the investigation of specific information technology applications. Considers how a range of information technology components is combined in solving relevant problems. Integrates students' information technology knowledge and skills with their knowledge in application domains.
Quality Assurance, Coordinator (UoNS course) 1/05/2012 - 31/08/2012
INFT4010 Information Technology Honours II: Directed Readings
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Students examine contemporary literature relevant to their proposed research topic, focusing on theoretical perspectives and methodological assumptions. Students will undertake a subsequent literature review in order to develop a conceptual understanding of contemporary approaches to their field of information technology research.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/01/2012 - 30/06/2012
INFT2031 Systems & Network Administration
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Provides students with theoretical knowledge of computer operating systems and practical experience in the installation and maintenance of a popular operating system on personal computers. Introduces the theoretical basis of computer networks and provides practical experience in the installation and administration of a small network of personal computers.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2015 - 31/12/2015
INFT3007 The Information Resource
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Investigates data representation and data retrieval, and update and archival mechanisms for a range of information types. Integration and connectivity issues associated with different information resource architectures are also explored. Concepts are illustrated using current Data Base Management System (DBMS) platforms.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/01/2015 - 30/06/2015
INFT3007 The Information Resource
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Investigates data representation and data retrieval, and update and archival mechanisms for a range of information types. Integration and connectivity issues associated with different information resource architectures are also explored. Concepts are illustrated using current Data Base Management System (DBMS) platforms.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/01/2016 - 30/06/2016
INFT2031 Systems & Network Administration
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Provides students with theoretical knowledge of computer operating systems and practical experience in the installation and maintenance of a popular operating system on personal computers. Introduces the theoretical basis of computer networks and provides practical experience in the installation and administration of a small network of personal computers.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2014 - 31/12/2014
INFT3970 IT Major Project
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
After an introductory session students form groups, each of which works on a major IT project for the semester. Projects will refine and deepen the knowledge and skills acquired by students in the BIT Core courses and also in courses that have formed their major. Students also complete an individual task within the course on a topic related directly to their major. Students are encouraged to find and develop real projects with industry partners. The written project reports and documentation are complemented with an oral presentation and regular project group meetings.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2015 - 31/12/2015
INFT3940 Information Technology Applications
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Expands and integrates students' information technology skills and knowledge through the investigation of specific information technology applications. Considers how a range of information technology components is combined in solving relevant problems. Integrates students' information technology knowledge and skills with their knowledge in application domains.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2014 - 31/12/2014
INFT3970 IT Major Project
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
After an introductory session students form groups, each of which works on a major IT project for the semester. Projects will refine and deepen the knowledge and skills acquired by students in the BIT Core courses and also in courses that have formed their major. Students also complete an individual task within the course on a topic related directly to their major. Students are encouraged to find and develop real projects with industry partners. The written project reports and documentation are complemented with an oral presentation and regular project group meetings.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2014 - 31/12/2014
INFT3920 Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Singapore
This course investigates a number of contemporary issues in the rapidly changing information technology environment. Considers social and ethical issues in information technology. It also investigates in depth a number of topical theoretical issues and practical information technology tools and broadens students' perspective and skills.
Quality Assurance, Coordinator (UoNS course) 1/01/2012 - 30/04/2012
INFT3007 The Information Resource
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Investigates data representation and data retrieval, and update and archival mechanisms for a range of information types. Integration and connectivity issues associated with different information resource architectures are also explored. Concepts are illustrated using current Data Base Management System (DBMS) platforms.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2013 - 31/12/2013
INFT3920 Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
This course investigates a number of contemporary issues in the rapidly changing information technology environment. Considers social and ethical issues in information technology. It also investigates in depth a number of topical theoretical issues and practical information technology tools and broadens students' perspective and skills.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/01/2013 - 30/06/2013
INFT3920 Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Singapore
This course investigates a number of contemporary issues in the rapidly changing information technology environment. Considers social and ethical issues in information technology. It also investigates in depth a number of topical theoretical issues and practical information technology tools and broadens students' perspective and skills.
Quality Assurance, Coordinator (UoNS course) 1/01/2013 - 30/04/2013
INFT3920 Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Singapore
This course investigates a number of contemporary issues in the rapidly changing information technology environment. Considers social and ethical issues in information technology. It also investigates in depth a number of topical theoretical issues and practical information technology tools and broadens students' perspective and skills.
Quality Assurance, Coordinator (UoNS course) 1/09/2013 - 31/12/2013
INFT3930 Information Technology Project
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
After an introduction to the appropriate skills and tools, students form groups, each of which works on a major IT project for the semester. Projects typically involve database design and implementation, programming, interface design, and writing and reporting, and individual group members will contribute as appropriate to these tasks. Students are encouraged to find and develop real projects with industry partners. The written project report is complemented with an oral presentation.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2013 - 31/12/2013
INFT3940 Information Technology Applications
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Expands and integrates students' information technology skills and knowledge through the investigation of specific information technology applications. Considers how a range of information technology components is combined in solving relevant problems. Integrates students' information technology knowledge and skills with their knowledge in application domains.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/01/2013 - 30/06/2013
INFT3007 The Information Resource
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Investigates data representation and data retrieval, and update and archival mechanisms for a range of information types. Integration and connectivity issues associated with different information resource architectures are also explored. Concepts are illustrated using current Data Base Management System (DBMS) platforms.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2012 - 31/12/2012
INFT3920 Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Singapore
This course investigates a number of contemporary issues in the rapidly changing information technology environment. Considers social and ethical issues in information technology. It also investigates in depth a number of topical theoretical issues and practical information technology tools and broadens students' perspective and skills.
Quality Assurance, Coordinator (UoNS course) 1/09/2012 - 31/12/2012
INFT3930 Information Technology Project
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
After an introduction to the appropriate skills and tools, students form groups, each of which works on a major IT project for the semester. Projects typically involve database design and implementation, programming, interface design, and writing and reporting, and individual group members will contribute as appropriate to these tasks. Students are encouraged to find and develop real projects with industry partners. The written project report is complemented with an oral presentation.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2012 - 31/12/2012
INFT3100 Project Management
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Professionals, whether they are working in the sciences, business, engineering, information technology, health or education, typically work in teams to complete projects. This course introduces and examines the technical and socio-cultural dimensions of Project Management. It will provide understanding and skills in project and team management and integrate these with the student’s existing domain expertise. Students experience all aspects of the Project Life Cycle through the completion of integrated unifying exercises.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/01/2015 - 30/06/2015
INFT3940 Information Technology Applications
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Expands and integrates students' information technology skills and knowledge through the investigation of specific information technology applications. Considers how a range of information technology components is combined in solving relevant problems. Integrates students' information technology knowledge and skills with their knowledge in application domains.
Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor 1/07/2015 - 31/12/2015
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2001 Ware P, Chivers WJ, Cheleski P, Information Processes and Technology, Jacaranda, Sydney (2001) [A1]

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Lynar T, Simon, Herbert R, Chivers W, 'Clustering obsolete computers to reduce e-waste', Societal Impacts on Information Systems Development and Applications, IGI Global, Hershey, PA, USA (2012)
Co-authors Simon

Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Thornton HR, Delaney JA, Duthie GM, Scott BR, Chivers WJ, Sanctuary CE, Dascombe BJ, 'Predicting Self-Reported Illness for Professional Team-Sport Athletes.', Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 11 543-550 (2016)
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0330
Co-authors Ben Dascombe
2014 Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, Fuller MM, 'Predator-prey systems depend on a prey refuge', Journal of Theoretical Biology, 360 271-278 (2014) [C1]

Models of near-exclusive predator-prey systems such as that of the Canadian lynx and snowshoe hare have included factors such as a second prey species, a Holling Type II predator ... [more]

Models of near-exclusive predator-prey systems such as that of the Canadian lynx and snowshoe hare have included factors such as a second prey species, a Holling Type II predator response and climatic or seasonal effects to reproduce sub-sets of six signature patterns in the empirical data. We present an agent-based model which does not require the factors or constraints of previous models to reproduce all six patterns in persistent populations. Our parsimonious model represents a generalised predator and prey species with a small prey refuge. The lack of the constraints of previous models, considered to be important for those models, casts doubt on the current hypothesised mechanisms of exclusive predator-prey systems. The implication for management of the lynx, a protected species, is that maintenance of an heterogeneous environment offering natural refuge areas for the hare is the most important factor for the conservation of this species. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI 10.1016/j.jtbi.2014.07.016
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2014 Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Programmatic detection of spatial behaviour in an agent-based model.', Information Technology in Industry, 2 38-43 (2014) [C1]
2013 Lynar TM, Simon, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Reducing energy consumption in distributed computing through economic resource allocation', International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 4 231-241 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1504/IJGUC.2013.057117
Co-authors Simon
2011 Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Resource allocation to conserve energy in distributed computing', International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2 1-10 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1504/IJGUC.2011.039976
Citations Scopus - 5
Co-authors Simon
2010 Lewis BG, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Modelling service levels in a call centre with an agent-based model', World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 7 2-12 (2010) [C1]

Emergency services call centres rely on rapid call processing time to provide assistance to the community. The role of the call centre is to gain sufficient and accurate informati... [more]

Emergency services call centres rely on rapid call processing time to provide assistance to the community. The role of the call centre is to gain sufficient and accurate information in a timely manner to pass to the despatch operators to facilitate such a response. This paper is one step in building an agent-based model of a multi-queue emergency services call centre to generate practices that lead to better customer service level performance at reduced costs through more efficient resource allocation. In this paper, the authors model the operation of a single queue call centre and examine the service level performance parameter. The authors' results show the sensitivity of service level as call and agent parameters are varied and that different methods of calculating the service level can lead to differing results. Copyright © 2010 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

DOI 10.1504/WRSTSD.2010.032339
2010 Lynar TM, Simon, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Clustering obsolete computers to reduce e-waste', International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change, 1 1-10 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.4018/jissc.2010092901
Co-authors Simon
2009 Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Implementing an agent based auction model on a cluster of reused workstations', International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 34 230-234 (2009) [C1]

Agent based models are often computationally intensive. Historically, the size and scope of agent based models has been limited by a lack of accessible high performance computing ... [more]

Agent based models are often computationally intensive. Historically, the size and scope of agent based models has been limited by a lack of accessible high performance computing equipment. Clustering techniques allow for the creation of high performance computing environments at a relatively low cost. The low cost of clustering can be further reduced by utilising discarded computer workstations. In this paper, the authors evaluate the implementation of an agent-based model on a cluster of reused workstations. The workstations are reused PCs in a Linux based cluster and the authors concentrate on a Java based clustering and grid solution JavaParty. An existing agent based auction model is used to demonstrate the difference in performance, before and after the implementation of the model on a cluster. The authors compare the performance of the cluster implemented agent based auction model with the existing auction model and compare their execution times. Copyright © 2009 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

DOI 10.1504/IJCAT.2009.024071
Citations Scopus - 2
2008 Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Spatial effects in an individual-based model of producer-herbivore interaction', Natural Resource Modeling, 21 72-92 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1939-7445.2008.00013.x
2007 Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Gladstone W, 'Within-generational and diversity-dependent effects in an individual-based model of predator-prey interaction', Natural Resource Modeling, 20 405-413 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1939-7445.2007.tb00213.x
2003 Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, 'The Effects of Varying Parameter Values and Heterogeneity in an Individual-Based Model of Predator-Prey Interaction', Advances in Complex Systems, 6 441-456 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1142/S0219525903000980
Citations Web of Science - 2
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Conference (23 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert R, Fuller MM, 'Management of an endangered predator requires the maintenance of a prey refuge' (2013)
2010 Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Reducing grid energy consumption through choice of resource allocation method', Proceedings: 24th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium IPDPS 2010 and 24th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, Workshops and Phd Forum IPDPSW (2010) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/IPDPSW.2010.5470911
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Simon
2009 Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Impact of node ranking on outcomes of grid resource allocation', WORLDCOMP 2009: The 2009 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Simon
2009 Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Why decide: Is a user's estimation of job completion time useful in grid resource allocation?', 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Proceedings (2009) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Simon
2009 Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, Simon, 'A grid resource allocation mechanism for heterogeneous e-waste computers', Grid Computing and e-Research 2009: Proceedings of the Seventh Australasian Symposium on Grid Computing and e-Research (AusGrid 2009) (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Simon
2008 Chivers WJ, Fuller MM, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Modeling sub-patterns in the snowshoe hare and Canadian lynx population cycles: An individual-based approach', The 2008 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling (2008) [E3]
2008 Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Implementing an agent based auction model on a cluster of re-used workstations', Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2008) (2008) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2008 Lewis BG, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Modelling service levels in a call centre with an agent-based model', Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2008) (2008) [E1]
2007 Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Resource-driven herding-like behavior in a parsimonious individual-based model of producer-herbivore behavior', 2007 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling. Abstracts (2007) [E3]
2007 Lewis BG, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, Summons PF, 'Agent-based simulation of a multi-queue emergency services call centre to evaluate resource allocation', MODSIM 2007 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Proceedings (2007) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Peter Summons
2007 Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Implementing an agent based auction model on a cluster of inexpensive', Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. Proceedings (2007) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2007 Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Functional issues in modelling interspecies interaction in space', Research Higher Degree Students Congress 2005. Proceedings (2007) [E2]
2006 Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'An Analysis of the Causes of Population Stability in a Generalized Individual-Based Model of Predator-Prey Dynamics', Abstracts 2006 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling (2006) [E3]
2005 Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Spatial effects in an individual-based model of the interaction of species at different trophic levels', MODSIM 2005 (2005) [E1]
2005 Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Spatial effects in an individual-based model of interspecies interaction', 2005 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling (2005) [E3]
2004 Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Gladstone W, 'Simulating Predator-Prey Population Dynamics with an Individual-Based Model', Proceedings of Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2003 (2004) [E2]
2004 Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Gladstone W, 'Individual variability and within-generational time scales in an individual-based model of predator-prey interaction', 2004 World Conference on Natural Resource Modelling (2004) [E2]
2004 Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Gladstone W, 'Population fluctuations and the importance of variation in a generalized individual-based model of predator-prey interaction', 89th Annual Meeting - Ecological Society of America (2004) [E2]
2003 Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Gladstone W, 'Heterogeneous resource partitioning in a generalized individual-based model of multi-species interaction', Integrative Modelling of Biophysical, Social, and Economic Systems for Resource Management Solutions (2003) [E1]
2002 Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, 'Using Individuals to Model Predator-Prey Interaction', Using Individuals to Model Predator-Prey Interaction (2002) [E1]
2002 Chivers WJ, McKinnon DH, 'Can learning a programming language affect metacognitive beliefs and science beliefs of junior high school students?', Can learning a programming language affect metacognitive beliefs and science beliefs of junior high school students? (2002) [E1]
2002 Lewis BG, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'The migration of a call centre to a contact centre', The migration of a call centre to a contact centre. (2002) [E1]
2001 Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Keen S, 'Comparison of Individual-Based and Dynamic Modelling using Bullant', MODSIM 2001 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Proceedings Volume 3: Socioeconomic Systems (2001) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $26,561

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $3,000

Faculty Strategic Small Grant - 2015$3,000

Fund three trips to Deakin University, Warrnambool, VIC to work with my research colleague Professor Graeme Hays.

The research involves collaboration with Prof. Hays and Dr. Anthony Walne of the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS), Plymouth, UK. SAHFOS has used commercial shipping to collect plankton samples in the north Atlantic and North Sea since 1946. 

Our research in 2015 involved using the SAHFOS data to look for the effects of climate change on plankton range movements - are plankton moving with the climate change velocity?

Funding body: FSCIT Strategic Grant

Funding body FSCIT Strategic Grant
Project Team

1. Dr William Chivers, UoN, 2. Professor Graeme Hays, Deakin University, 3. Dr Anthony Walne, SAHFOS, Plymouth, UK.

Scheme Internal
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20091 grants / $5,000

2009 World Conference on Natural Resource Modelling$5,000

The 2009 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling was held in Juneau, Alaska, June 17-19, 2009.

Chivers, William and William Gladstone and Ric Herbert: Generalized, parsimonious, individual-based computer models of ecological systems: their potential for the development of mechanistic understanding.

Abstract

The great majority of individual-based computer models in ecology are written for specific systems. The necessity to realistically describe interactions at a local level make these models complex, often with large numbers of parameters. In this paper we present two generalized, parsimonious individual-based computer models of predator-prey dynamics in ecological systems. Findings include that complex, realistic, non-linear behavior may be simulated using individuals with very minimal behavior; the addition of space to a model is necessary to reproduce some patterns evident in herbivore-producer dynamics and a graphical display reveals important details of system behaviour not evident in population means. In two applications of the models to two specific ecological systems, we find that a) the reproduction of the major and minor patterns in the Canadian lynx and snowshoe hare system by an aspatial model suggests that the underlying mechanism of predator-prey systems may be more simple than is suggested by the literature and b) the formation of herds in a spatial model is driven by the re-growth of resources only, with herbivore maximum move distance per time step the most important factor in determining whether herds form. We suggest that the use of generalized, parsimonious individual-based computer models offers potential for the development of mechanistic understanding of ecological systems. 

Funding body: Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia

Funding body Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
Project Team

1. Dr William Chivers, 2. A.Prof. William Gladstone, 3. Dr Ric Herbert

Scheme Conference Travel Grant (Faculty, School and Singapore QA Funds)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20081 grants / $1,700

2008 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, Warsaw, Poland, 15/6/2008 - 18/6/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor William Chivers
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189112
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $1,700

2007 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, 19/6/2007 - 22/6/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor William Chivers
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187842
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $1,500

2006 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, 25-28 June 2006$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor William Chivers
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186555
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20051 grants / $2,400

2005 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling: Modeling for the Management of Complex Systems, 14-18 June 2005$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor William Chivers
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185498
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $1,165

The 89th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 1-6, 2004$1,165

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor William Chivers
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184200
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20032 grants / $8,488

Selection of test sites for the development and validation of a computer model to support the conservation and sustainable use of the of the sea urchin Centrostephanus rodgersii. $7,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor William Chivers
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183546
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

MODSIM2003:Integrative Modelling of Biophysical, Social and Economic Systems for REsource Management Solutions. Queensland Australia. 14-17 July 2003$988

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor William Chivers
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183292
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20021 grants / $1,117

The 6th International Bi-Annual Conference on Complex Systems (CSO2), Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan 9 - 11 September, 2002$1,117

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor William Chivers
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182245
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20011 grants / $491

MMANZ Conference / Canberra / 10-13 December 2001$491

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor William Chivers
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181622
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current0

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2011 Masters A Parsimonious Agent-Based Emergency Call Centre Model
M Philosophy (InformationTech), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Energy Conservation in Distributed Heterogeneous Computing Environments Using Economic Resource Allocation Mechanisms
PhD (Information Technology), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Dr William Chivers

Position

Lecturer
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Information Technology

Contact Details

Email william.chivers@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4349 4473
Fax (02) 4348 4145

Office

Room SO:E1.45
Building Science Offices
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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