Human Dymensions - Dr Chris Barnes

Researcher/modeller/data mining

PhD., BSc (Hons)

Dr Chris Barnes received his PHD in Applied Mathematics from the Australian National University (ANU) in 1975. He has worked as a mathematical modeller and researcher/manager for various Government organisations, including CSIRO, the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Dr Barnes has presented numerous scientific papers at international scientific meetings, and is the author of over one hundred book chapters, scientific papers, technical and consulting reports. He received jointly the International Association of Hydro-geologists (Australian chapter) prize for the best paper of 1992.  He also has experience as the managing director of several private companies and trusts, including a consulting company (Complex Systems Solutions), and a retail company (WH Harris). Analytical techniques and methodologies that he has developed for estimation of resources have been adopted in a number of areas by the ATO, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), and DAFF.

Currently he is a data miner/analyst for the Australian Institute of Sport, discovering and developing new knowledge and methodologies to assist in the development of elite athletes. This has included extensive systems analysis for Cricket Australia and direct work at the 2008 Olympics in Bejing.

Dr Barnes has worked as a consultant for numerous organisations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Spanish Geoscience Agency, Telstra, the Murray Darling Basin Commission (MDBC) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

He has carried out fieldwork in every State and Territory in Australia, as well as in a diverse range of foreign countries (including Spain, Morocco, Ethiopia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea).

Dr Barnes has been a member of, or contributed to, a range of international organisations, including: the UN Commission on Ethics (COMEST) sub committee on the Ethics of Fresh Water; the International Association of Hydrologists (IASH) (committee member for the International Commission on Tracers, and the International Committee on Water Quality); as well as a team leader for the Agricultural Meteorology Program for the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

He has also spoken at a large number of international forums, and been an invited speaker at several of these.

Clients include

  • Australian Institute Of Sport
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Cricket Australia
  • Telstra
  • Australian Animal Health Laboratories (Aahl) Csiro
  • Department of Finance
  • Baulderstone
  • West Gate Freeway Alliance
  • Beaconsfield Gold
  • Archdiocese Canberra and Goulburn