Professor Jerzy Filar

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Tonsley (4.14)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Jerzy Filar is Professor of Applied Mathematics, and Director, Centre for Applications in Natural Resource Mathematics, School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at Flinders University.

Jerzy Filar is a broadly trained applied mathematician with research interests spanning a spectrum of both theoretical and applied topics in Operations Research, Optimisation, Game Theory, Applied Probability and Environmental Modelling. Professor Filar co-authored a research level text book 'Competitive Markov Decision Process' published by Springer in 1996. He authored or co-authored approximately 100 refereed research papers. Professor Filar has a record of research grants/contracts with agencies and research institutes such as NSF, ARC, US EPA, World Resources Institute, DSTO and the Sir Keith and Sir Ross Smith Foundation. He is editor-in-chief of Environmental Modelling and Assessment and serves on editorial boards of Operations Research, JMAA and a number of other journals. Professor Filar is a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society. He has supervised 18 PhD students. Jerzy's Erdos Number is 3 (see details, below).


1972   B.Sc.(Hons) Mathematical Statistics University of Melbourne, Australia.

1975   M.Sc.Statistics, Monash University, Australia.

1977   M.A. Mathematics, University of Illinois, Chicago.

1980   Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Honours, awards and grants

1968-72   Commonwealth Tertiary Scholarship, University of Melbourne, Australia.

1973-74   Graduate Scholarship, Monash University, Australia.

1976,78   University Fellowship, University of Illinois, Chicago. USA.

1981   Award for the best paper published in OPSEARCH in 1981.

1985   Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship, from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA.

1989/90   Guest Professor, Department of Mathematics at Rijksuniversiteit Limburg, The Netherlands.

1997   Visiting Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Ulm, Germany.

1998   Visiting Professor, Department of Systems Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong .

1998   Visiting Professor, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France.

1999   Guest Professor, Institute for Econometrics and Operations Research, Technical University of Vienna, Austria.

2002   Visiting Professor; Department of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, USA and in INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France.

2003   Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society.

2005   Ren Potts Medal of the Australian Society for Operations Research.

2006   Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship 2006-2010.

2007   South Australian Science Excellence Award: Science Leadership and Management Category.

Research Grants and Contracts (see details, in CV attached below)

Jerzy Filar has an established record of research grants and contracts with government agencies and research funding organizations such as NSF, ARC, US EPA, World Resources Institute, DSTO and the Sir Keith and Sir Ross Smith Foundation.

Research expertise
Applied mathematics
Operations Research
Stochastic Modelling
Research interests
Stochastic Modelling, Optimization and Operations Research with emphasis on Markov Decision Processes; Theory of Games; Ennvironmental Modelling; Optimal Control; Linear and Nonlinear Programming, and the applications of the above in engineering and economics. In recent years, Jerzy Filar devoted much effort to the analysis of the famous Hamiltonian Cycle Problem (HCP), from a stochastic perspective. 
Supervisory interests
Game theory
Operations research
Stochastic modelling
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Energy Systems (1), Stochastic Modelling and Optimization (3)
Associate supervisor: Statistics (2), Stochastic Modelling and Optimization (2)
Further information
Jerzy Filar's Mathematical Genealogy (see math genealogy tree) . From N. Tartaglia Fontana in 16th century Italy, through Galileo Galilei, I.Newton, A. Cayley, R.A. Fisher, C.R. Rao, T.E.S. Raghavan and many others to A. Eshragh Jahromi 2011, Australia.

Curriculum Vitae (doc)

Jerzy Filar's Erdos Number (doc)

Math genealogy (pdf)