Transdisciplinary Modelling and Engineering Research Centre (TME)
We combines transdisciplinary modelling with engineering to both model complex systems and implement the resulting solutions.
Have you ever thought, how can EV cars and trucks replace petrol ones with minimum disruption and maximum output?
The Transdisciplinary Modelling and Engineering Research Centre (TME) answers these and other complex questions. We use modelling to develop and implement solutions to complex problems.
TME combines transdisciplinary modelling with engineering to both model complex systems and implement the resulting solutions. The transdisciplinary approach draws together researchers from different disciplines and enables them to explore complex causes and consequences within systems. Modelling is inherently transdisciplinary as it brings together domain experts with modellers to provide understanding and solutions that neither could have developed alone.
The research aim of the Transdisciplinary Modelling and Engineering Research Centre is enhancing the impact of modelling. Modelling is commonly used across a wide range of research areas like, healthcare, energy, transport and manufacturing, to gain insight into systems’ behaviour. This allows for better systematic design and decision making.
We base our research framework off the matauranga Māori concept of te takarangi, a double spiral. The TME takarangi (see Figure 1) first spirals in on a complex problem, as it spirals in it understands more about the problem and develops a core model. It then spirals back out, transferring knowledge that provides the solution in an accessible way.
Using the TME takarangi, we will provide problem-to-solution knowledge and capability that will help solve the complex problems facing NZ society across multiple sectors.
We bring together proven transdisciplinary teams from the Faculty of Engineering and the wider university to create a critical mass of researchers who:
- explore how previously successful research approaches relate to the TME takarangi
- consolidate knowledge throughout the takarangi
- share resources across TME research projects.
How can you work with us?
Ka timata katoa ma te korerorero! | It all starts with a conversation!
TME has expertise in combining transdisciplinary modelling with engineering skills and knowledge to provide impact across multiple sectors including energy, health, infrastructure, computing and manufacturing. Our kaupapa provides a variety of ways to engage with us to work together and provide innovative research for your organisation. We offer:
We will place a student in your organisation to provide a link between our expertise and yours.
- Honours Year Research projects
We will co-design a research project that two of our Honours Year students will work on during their final year of study.
We will provide you with expert research and advice to understand, support and improve your organisations systems.
We would love to have that first conversation with you and get started!
Our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
The Transdisciplinary Modelling and Engineering Research Centre follows the te ao Māori principles of Waipapa Taumata, as our research will advance and explore modelling and engineering to positively impact society.
The overarching kaupapa of TME is an end-to-end framework based on the matauranga Māori concept of te takarangi, a double spiral. The TME takarangi is used to explore the challenging problems facing Aotearoa New Zealand, like how to best co-exist with nature.
Therefore by using this framework TME will create and strengthen relationships in alignment with the principles of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga, enabling kaitiakitanga to be enhanced by TME’s research.
Dr Ruanui (Ru) Nicholson will be TME’s touchpoint for te ao Māori and matauranga Māori. Ru was raised with the values of tikanga Māori with Hokianga (Broadwood and Whirinaki) as his tūrangawaewae and Moria as his marae.
TME will continue to expand our Māori and Pacific Peoples representation.