Associate Professor Cameron Graham Walker

BA, BSc, MA, MOR,MSc, PhD, Certificate in University Learning and Teaching

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I came to the Department of Engineering Science in 1998, after completing my PhD in Mathematics. I was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. My research interests are Network Optimization, Simulation and Statistical Modeling. I am a member of ORUA (Operations Research union Analytics), inside the Operations Research Group at The University of Auckland.

My area of research is computational analytics. I specialise in building models that make use of system measurements to understand the dynamics of those systems, and in many cases incorporate optimisation techniques to help decision makers improve the system performance. The models I build in my research include:

  • Models for data analysis, (such as Generalised Linear Models);
  • Discrete event Simulation Models for capturing the detail of complex systems;
  • Mixed-Integer Programming Models (for optimising complex decisions).

 I have significant ongoing collaborative research programmes with:

  • Researchers at the Centre for Research into Environmental and Ecological Modelling at the University of St Andrews, Scotland (techniques for spatial modelling via regression splines);
  • The Orthopaedics Group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Starship Hospital (Statistical Modelling to evaluate effectiveness of technological innovation);
  • Computational analytics researchers at the University of Auckland (improving the efficiency of complex, resource-constrained systems – in particular, Cloud Computing and Health Delivery).


PhD in Mathematics, The University of Auckland

MSc, the University of Auckland
MOR, The University of Auckland
MA in Mathematics with 1st Class Honours, The University of Auckland
BSc in Statistics, The University of Auckland
BA in Mathematics and English, The University of Auckland
Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, The University of Auckland

Research | Current

  • Healthcare delivery optimisation.
  • Orchestration of Cloud Computing.
  • Optimal knot placement in regression splines.
  • Statistical modeling for orthopaedic surgeons.

Research groups

Teaching | Current


  • ENGSCI 111 - Mathematical Modelling 1
  • ENGSCI 211 - Mathematical Modelling 2
  • ENGSCI 213 - Mathematical Modelling 2SE
  • ENGSCI 313 - Mathematical Modelling 3ECE

Postgraduate supervision


  1. Antony Phillips, Optimization based models and methods for the university course timetabling problem. (2016)
  2. Jericho Omagbon, Uncertainty in predictions from geothermal models (2018)
  3. Isaac Hamling, Intelligent Tiering for Cloud Storage (2019)
  4. Kanokporn Pongjetanapong, Integrating Optimisation and Simulation to Improve Health Delivery Services (2019)
  5. Tim Harton, Building Adaptive Clouds (2013 - )
  6. June Lau, Improving Efficiency at CV-ICU (2015 -)
  7. Seyedhamid Moghammad, A predictive system for computing clouds (2015 - )
  8. Kian Wee Sian, Simulation  Healthcare (2016 - )
  9. Thomas Adams, Robust Rostering in Healthcare (2016 - )
  10. Ashkan Naraghi, Hybrid Simulation Models for Construction (2016 - )
  11. Mohammed Abdelmegid, Conceptual Modelling in Construction Simulation (2016 - )
  12. Avinesh Pillai, Predictive Models for Social Investment (2017 - )
  13. Toya Shaw, Innovative modelling for Hospital Emergency Departments (2017 -)
  14. An Yu, Casemix for Social Investment (2017 - )
  15. Miriam James-Scotter, An investigation into the benefit of implementing a staff wellbeing measurement tool in a surgical setting. (2017 - 



  1. Kevin Jia, Modelling length of Stay for General Medicine (2015)
  2. Alex Donaldson, New Approaches to Activation in Deep Learning (2015)
  3. Shahrzad Shahbazi, Automatic Tiering in Ceph for Cloud Computing (2014)
  4. Chrislyn Braganza, Estimation of Travel Times in Transport Networks (2013)
  5. Tim Harton, Prototyping Innovative Data Storage (2013)
  6. Elizabeth Theakston, Stochastic modelling of Myofibril and Mitochondrion Patterns in cardiac Myocytes (2011).
  7. Evan Blumgart, Spatial and Functional Modelling of Cardiac Cell ECC Proteins (2011).
  8. Dakshai Soni, Simplifying the Simulation of Computer Switches using Regression (2007).
  9. Yelena Li, Optimal Diamond Cutting (2006)
  10. Timothy Thompson, Optimal Core-Edge Storage Area Network Design (2004)
  11. Mihiriyani Elangasinghe, Simulation of Network Switches (2004)
  12.   Matthew Gordon, Optimal Knot Location in Regression Splines (2004)



  1. Tyler White - Data Visualisation for Kami (2019)
  2. Riki Guernier - Project Duration Prediction for Housing New Zealand (2019)
  3. Hrishi Kodthuguli - Multicriterion Portfolio Optimisation for Housing New Zealand (2019)
  4. William Cameron - Optimal Staffing Models for the institute of Environmental Research (2019)
  5. Daniel Easton - Simulation of Workflow for the Institute of Environmental Research (2019)
  6. Logan Wu - Bayesian Modelling of the Wirakei Geothermal Surface Network (2018)
  7. Vida Fox - The Steamfield Configuration Model (2018)
  8. Tim Bennetts – Supply Chain Modelling for BBBYO (2017).
  9. Tim Hight – Predictive modeling for ConQA (2017).
  10. Charlie Norton – Improving the booking process for radiology at North Shore Hospital (2017).
  11. Christina Lin - Analysis of Bellbird song data via Social network Analysis (2017).
  12. Brendan Ross – developing costing models for Construction (2017).
  13. Muyang Gao – Orderly transit Modelling at North Shore Hospital (2017).
  14. Oleg Barbin – Modelling Cost in Water resource Planning (2017).
  15. Cheryl Jiang – Managing Asset Maintenance for Auckland City Council (2017).
  16. Jung Shaan Lee, Applying New Analytics Techniques to Youth Mental Health Data (2016)
  17. Todd Zhu, Modelling of Radiology Services at North Shore Hospital (2016)         
  18. Daniel Kim, Dynamic Network Shaping for Cloud Environments    (2016)
  19. Danielle Benitez, Patient Flow Modelling at Midcentral DHB (2016)         
  20. Mayan Salama, Integrated Bed Modelling (2016)    
  21. Lucy Whitelock-Bell,  Improving Solution Speed for Water Resources Planning Models (2016)          
  22. Vivek Katial,   Optimising Complex Interconnected Pumping Systems (2016)       
  23. Belinda Pedersen , Benchmarking Acute Surgery Scheduling (2015)
  24. Thomas Adams, Speeding Up Cyclic Roster Generation at Waitemata DHB (2015)          
  25. Isaac Cleland , Benchmarking the Allocation of Virtual Machines (2015)
  26. Thomas Hargreaves, Benchmarking Virtualisation Approaches to Computer Labs (2015)
  27. Daniel Hay , Uncovering Meaningful Patterns in Longitudinal BigData (2015)
  28. Prutha Pradan ,Predicting Acute Surgery Duration (2015)
  29. Karl Zhu , Structuring Data for Injury Prediction in Professional Sport (2015)
  30. Tian Gong.Experimentation with Dropout in Neural Networks (2014)
  31. Sophie Kincaid. Estimation of Bryde’s Whale Abundance (2014)
  32. Naomi Carter Understanding Congestion in Transport Networks (2014)
  33. James Han. Early Detection of Students at Risk. (2014)
  34. Ben Goodger. Online Optimisation of Apple Batching.(2014)
  35. Fergus Basset, Improving orderly transit simulation at Auckland City Hospital (2013)
  36. Alex Donaldson, Design and implementation of an exploitative computer poker player using the miximax search algorithm (2013)
  37. Georgia Gilmour, Optimising Resource Scheduling in Virtualised Environments (2013)
  38. Neil Moraes, Finding Optimal Vehicle Schedules (2013)
  39. Elizabeth Morgan-Coakle, Finding efficient CDO portfolios (2013)
  40. Jarrad Newman, Design and Implementation of a Monte Carlo Player using Directed Acyclic Graphs (2013)
  41. So Young Park, Insurance planning for 1-in-200 year events (2013)
  42. Prince Siddharth, Optimising Geothermal Steam Field Design (2013)
  43. Isaac Hamling, Optimisation of Cloud Infrastructure (2012)
  44. Tom Brearley, Optimisation of Collateralised Debt Obligation Portfolios (2012)
  45. Alex Campbell, Simulation of Cytology Workloads (2012)
  46. Audrey Tandiono, Investigating priorities for emergency department at Auckland Hospital (2012)
  47. Ula Alward, Optimisation Models for Cloud Based Energy Auditing (2012)
  48. Morgan Schishka, Optimal Timetabling for (2012)
  49. Amelia White, Simulating General Medicine Rosters (2011)
  50. Hanieh Sanei, Optimising General Medicine Rosters (2011)
  51. Jonathan Munden, Modeling Patient Length Of Stay (2011)
  52. Paolo Edgerton, CDO Portfolio Optimisation (2011)
  53. Prash Khwaounjoo, Modeling Diabetic Cardiac Myocytes (2011)
  54. Candice Zhou, Modeling Shape in Cardiac Cells (2010)
  55. Gemma Mattheison, Improving Service Delivery at Student Health (2010)
  56. Allen Crimmins, Evaluating Busways via Simulation (2010)
  57. John Han, Dynamic Traffic Management via Simulation (2010)
  58. Ethan Choi, Optimising CDO Portfolios (2010)
  59. Douglas Mason, Multivariate Statistical Control of Reduction Cells (2009)
  60. Elizabeth Theakston, The Heart under the Mathematical Microscope (2009)
  61. Henry Cheuh, Analysing Storage Network Behaviour (2009)
  62. Kathryn Trevor, Simulating the Student Health Centre (2009)
  63. Leon Qiao, Simulating Ramp Signals (2009)
  64. Pratik Upadhyay, Evaluating Incident Management via Simulation (2009)
  65. Michael Leon, Better Traffic Data Collection (2009)
  66. Tong Zhang, Evaluate Transport Initiatives via Simulation (2009)
  67. Pablo Montenegro, Predicting High Accident Locations for Ambulance Moveup (2008)
  68. Fadi Feddo, Modeling Cardiac Cleavage Planes (2007)
  69. Colm Hartigan, Support Tools for Fault-Response Dispatch (2007)
  70. Varun Prasad, Simulating LANs (2007)
  71. Jennifer Hsu, Simulation of Computer Switches (2007)
  72. June Lau, Generating Computer Tests using DP (2006)
  73. Matthew MacCormick, Properties of Myocytes within the Myocardium (2006)
  74. Vladimir Brkovic, Supply Boat Routing for Statoil (2005)
  75. Oliver Tomkins, Optimal Models to Plan Development of Hunua Quarry (2005)
  76. Josh Koh, Optimal Traffic Light Control with pedestrians (2005)
  77. Jimin Hong, Optimal Traffic Light Control using ARENA (2004)
  78. Alina Longstaff, Optimal Diamond Cutting (2004)
  79. Ben Carpenter, Portfolio Optimisation Using DP (2004)
  80. Tim Thompson, Optimal Fibre-Optic Cable layout using Integer Programming
  81. Cindy Shum, Optimisation of IMRT Treatment Times (2003)
  82. Kristy Edwards, Optimal Elevator Control (2003)
  83. Dany Lee, Inventory Solutions for Online Stores (2002)
  84. Cameron Mellor, Stability of beta for CAPM in the New Zealand setting. (2002)
  85. Bobby Matthews, Management with Dynamic Programming (2002)
  86. Bin-na Kim, Multi-criterion Grant Allocations (2002)
  87. James Allard, Generating Multi-hubs for Computer Networks (2002)
  88. Mihiriyani Elangasinghe, Production Planning at Winstones Aggregates (2001)


International Interns

  1. Andreas Krassnitzer - Graz University of technology. Machine Learning to Improve hearing Aids (2019)
  2. Aina Verdaguer – University of Twente. Evaluating Staffing PODs in the Emergency Department at Auckland City Hospital via Simulation (2019)
  3. Nick Willems - Eindhoven University of Technology. ICU resourcing analysis at NSH (2018)
  4. Stijn Dingenen - Eindhoven University of Technology. Path discovery for surgery patients at NSH (2018)
  5. Remco Lemmen - Eindhoven University of Technology,  Simulation of Improvements to the Acute Surgery Process at North Shore Hospital (2017)
  6. Philip Santner – Graz University of Technology, Simulation of Logistics for Construction Management (2017)
  7. Stan Raaijmakers – Eindhoven University of Technology, Simulation of Automated Guided Vehicles in the North Shore Hospital (2017)
  8. Simon Riezebos - Eindhoven University of Technology, Modeling, simulating and optimizing patient transit (2016)
  9.  Tjeu van Hout - Eindhoven University of Technology, Modelling effect of changes to Gall Bladder procedure in acute surgery at North Shore Hospital (2015)
  10. Jasper van Boggelen - Eindhoven University of Technology, Optimal scheduling for acute surgery at North Shore Hospital (2015)
  11. Laurens Penners – Eindhoven University of Technology, Linking Optimisation to the Orderly Transit Simulation (2012)
  12. Udit Agarwal – IIT Guwahati, Evaluating Storage Management Software for Cloud Computing (2012)
  13. Benjamin Fouquet – ENSIACET Toulouse, Data Processing for the Orderly Transit Simulation (2012)
  14. David Jambois – ENSTA Paris Tech, Removal of Symmetry in the Solution of Optimization Problems (2012)
  15. Rajdeep Barua - Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Simulation of Cytology Workload (2011)
  16. Jordi Timmermans – Eindhoven University of Technology, Extending Patient Transit Simulation (2011)
  17. Ivo Matthijssen – Eindhoven University of Technology, Patient Transit Simulation (2010)
  18. Jenny Yan - Spatial statistics modelling for cardiac organelles (UC San Diego) (2010)
  19. Joep Geurts – Eindhoven University of Technology, Simulation of Distributed Storage using OMNET++  (2010)
  20. Craig D’Souza - Indian Institute of Science, Deploying Genetic Algorithms on a Grid (2010)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Abdelmegid, M. A., González VA, O'Sullivan M, Walker, C. G., Poshdar, M., & Ying, F. (2020). The roles of conceptual modelling in improving construction simulation studies: A comprehensive review. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 46.10.1016/j.aei.2020.101175
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael O'Sullivan, Mohammed Adel Abdelmegid, Vicente Gonzalez
  • Yeung, S., Fernandez, J. W., Handsfield, G. G., Walker, C., Besier, T. F., & Zhang, J. (2020). Rapid muscle volume prediction using anthropometric measurements and population-derived statistical models. Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology, 19 (4), 1239-1249. 10.1007/s10237-019-01243-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ju Zhang, Justin Fernandez, Geoffrey Handsfield, Thor Besier
  • Moghaddam, S. M., O'Sullivan M, Walker, C., Piraghaj, S. F., & Unsworth, C. P. (2020). Embedding individualized machine learning prediction models for energy efficient VM consolidation within Cloud data centers. FUTURE GENERATION COMPUTER SYSTEMS-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ESCIENCE, 106, 221-233. 10.1016/j.future.2020.01.008
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael O'Sullivan
  • Abdelmegid, M. A., Gonzalez, V. A., Poshdar, M., O'Sullivan M, Walker, C. G., & Ying, F. (2020). Barriers to adopting simulation modelling in construction industry. AUTOMATION IN CONSTRUCTION, 11110.1016/j.autcon.2019.103046
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vicente Gonzalez, Michael O'Sullivan, Mohammed Adel Abdelmegid
  • Soh, K. W., Walker, C., O'Sullivan M, & Wallace, J. (2020). An Evaluation of the Hybrid Model for Predicting Surgery Duration. Journal of medical systems, 44 (2)10.1007/s10916-019-1501-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kian Wee Soh, Michael O'Sullivan
  • Soh, K. W., Walker, C., O'Sullivan M, Wallace, J., & Grayson, D. (2020). Case study of the prediction of elective surgery durations in a New Zealand teaching hospital. International Journal of Health Planning and Management10.1002/hpm.3046
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael O'Sullivan, Kian Wee Soh
  • James-Scotter, M. S., Jiang, L., & Walker, C. (2020). A daily measure of job satisfaction in the operating room: Investigating its value and viability. Journal of Perioperative Nursing, 33 (3).10.26550/2209-1092.1082
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lixin Jiang
  • Abdelmegid, M. A., González VA, O'Sullivan M, Walker, C. G., Poshdar, M., & Alarcón LF (2020). Establishing a link between the last planner system and simulation: A conceptual framework. 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2019. 10.24928/2019/0200
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael O'Sullivan, Vicente Gonzalez, Mohammed Adel Abdelmegid


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