Dr Peter Ryan

Dr Peter Ryan

Director, Ryan Watson Consulting Pty Ltd
Honorary Fellow, Defence Science & Technology Group

Peter was born in Melbourne and studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Melbourne. He earned a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honors) and a PhD in Nuclear Physics at that University. His PhD research was in the field of photonuclear physics. Part of his PhD research was conducted at the University of Tohoku at Sendai in Japan. After a period as a Tutor in the School of Physics, he joined the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts, US as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy where he conducted research into nuclear structure using electron scattering. 

On returning to Australia in 1984, he was initially employed as a software analyst with a UK company Software Sciences working with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in Melbourne on application of hydrocodes to explosives modelling. He was then recruited as a Research Scientist by DSTO to work in undersea warfare modelling and simulation. During 1988-1990 he was a Visiting Scientist at the then Admiralty Research Establishment (Bincleaves) at Weymouth. Peter has a consistent publication record over 3 decades in Defence with over 180 reports and conference papers. His research interests include the modelling and simulation of military operations with particular interest in applying Advanced Distributed Simulation technologies to assist Defence with their training requirements.

Peter also has a long association with Standards Australia through Defence where he chairs a committee in Modelling and Simulation and is a member of several Smart Cities committees. He is the Australian delegate for international committee ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC24 (Computer graphics, image processing and environmental data representation) and leads a Working Group (Representation and visualization of information for systems integration). In November 2020, he ran a workshop Representation and Visualization for Smart Cities for the online Web3D conference.


“Dr Ryan has been a consistent contributor, as author of scientific papers, reviewer for conference papers from other scientists in the field, and committee member in Simulation Australasia's development as a broadly based scientific community. He has been instrumental in helping with engagement of the broadest possible simulation community.”

Dr Elyssebeth Leigh, Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong (2014)

In 2015, Peter became an Honorary Fellow with the Defence Science & Technology Group, after retiring from full time work with Defence and also carried out some contract work. More recently he has been carrying out research into the emerging areas of Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics and Smart Cities. With his colleague, Richard Watson, he has supervised university student teams carrying out projects for local councils and published research in the open literature. With Richard he has recently founded Ryan Watson Consulting Pty Ltd in October 2020 to help clients make better use of these new technologies and transition to being “smart cities”.