Model-Data Fusion


Associate Professor Valentijn Pauwels

Research opportunities

Focus areas

Prediction of extreme events is heavily reliant on numerical models, and such process-based models are important tools in the understanding of physical processes. This research encompasses all techniques related to model-based prediction through model confrontation with data. Studied algorithms include, but are  not limited to, filtering and smoothing techniques, real-time control, uncertainty analysis, and parameter estimation. Domains of application include structural analysis, traffic behaviour, flood and drought management, urban development, etc. Both new algorithm developments and existing models and/or  algorithms used in new and innovative ways for resilient solutions to societal problems is the basis for this thematic area.


To become leaders in innovative data fusion techniques for complex engineering problems.


Building tools to transfer data into knowledge for actions that benefit society.

Research highlights


Awards and Honours

  • A/Prof Valentijn Pauwels has been awarded a Future Fellowship in 2013 from the ARC.


Selected projects

  • Pauwels, V., 2014-2017, A novel and theoretically consistent method for correcting systematic errors in earth observation data and earth system model results, ARC Future Fellowship, AU$608K.
  • Sarvi, M., 2014-2017, Planning and managing road transport systems for extreme events through spatial enablement, ARC Linkage $550K.
  • Walker, J., Rüdiger, C., Jackson, T., Entekhabi, D., De Jeu, R., Merlin, O., Kim, E., Renzullo, L., 2014-2016, MoistureMonitor: A multi-mission soil moisture monitoring system for a water limited future, ARC Discovery, $565k
  • Sarvi, M., 2012-2015, Innovative tools to improve stations design and  management of crowds in emergency and panic conditions, ARC Linkage,  $480K.
  • Pauwels, V., Walker, J., 2014, Improving flood forecast skill using remote sensing data, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, AU$960K.


Academic staff

Dr Colin Caprani
Dr Edoardo Daly
A/Prof David McCarthy
A/Prof Valentijn Pauwels
Dr Chris Rudiger
Dr Meead Saberi
A/Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury
Dr Christian Urich
Prof Jeff Walker
Prof William Young

Research staff

Dr Matteo Camporese
Dr Gift Dumedah
Omid Ejtemai
Dr Stefania Grimaldi
Dr Yuan Li

Postgraduate students

Saeed Asadi
Xiaoying Cao (Shelly)
Antara Dasgupta
Ziyuan Gu
Milad Haghani
Heerbod Jahanbani
Mustafizur Rahaman
Mohammad Sajjad Shafiei
Mahshid Shahrban
Zahra  Shahhoseini
Ashkan Shokri
Ashley Wright
Zeinab Yazdanfar
Mei-Sun Yee

Key facilities

  • The Monash computing facilities