2010 News


Congratulation to Professor Ray Chambers and Professor Matt Wand who both were successful in this round (2011) of Discovery grants. The University of Wollongong won 25 ARC Discovery grants, placing the University 5th (out of 11) in NSW and 11th (out of 35) nationwide.

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Ray Chambers (left) has been awarded an ARC Discovery project grant for 2011 - 2013 to carry out research on the topic "A Likelihood-Based Approach To Combined Surveys Inference". This project will focus on the development of statistical theory for efficient integration of information across multiple complex sample surveys. In particular, it will develop theory and methodology that will answer complex questions about relationships between important social, economic and health related variables that are presently measured in separate surveys.

Matthew Wand

Matt Wand (right) will gear up statisticians to meet challenges brought about by rapid technological change in the 2010s and beyond.

It will produce new methodology and theory for fast and flexible analysis of large and complex data sets. 



Visit by Distinguished Professor Noel Cressie

noel cressieDr Cressie is Professor of Statistics, Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Director of the Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics at The Ohio State University.

Dr Cressie visited UoW and CSSM in October and held a Public Seminar - Statistical Science: A Tale of Two Unkowns (abstract).


PhD Scholarship opportunity

The Centre for Statistical and Survey Methodology is offering a full-time PhD Scholarship for 3 years. The successful applicant will undertake research on statistical quantitative genetics, which aims to link phenotypic variation for complex traits to its underlying genetic basis in order to better understand and predict change within agricultural systems. Applications close 17 October 2010. For more details, please click here.


New staff appointment- Professor Brian Cullis

Brian Cullis

Professor Brian Cullis joined the Centre for Statistical and Survey Methodology in July in the newly created position of Professor in Biometry. This position involves a partnership with CSIRO and the Grains Research Development Corporation, who have made a significant commitment to creating a strong future for Biometrics in Australia.

Prof Cullis joins us after over 30 years with NSW Department of Primary Industry, where he was Research Leader, Biometrics and Senior Principal Research Scientist.

Brian is a distinguished statistician and researcher with over 130 papers in statistical and scientific journals, who will lead the further development of Biometrics at UoW. This appointment will add significantly to our already strong research capacity in CSSM.

UoW Media release titled, " UoW and CSIRO join forces to ensure future viability of biometry" was announces 23 August 2010. Read more about the media release here.

Welcome Professor Cullis.


Honours Scholarships Available

The Centre for Statistical and Survey Methodology (CSSM) and the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMIA) at the University of Wollongong are pleased to offer three honours scholarships — one each in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics — for students commencing in Spring Session 2010.
The scholarships are to the value of $4000 for internal applicants or $6000 for external applicants to be paid as two lump sums, one at the beginning of Spring session 2010, and the other at the beginning of Autumn session 2011 (subject to satisfactory academic progress).

Successful candidates will have an opportunity to pursue an honours research program in an active area of mathematical research. Topics are available across a broad range of mathematical areas, and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact researchers within the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics ( to discuss possible projects.

To apply, please forward a CV and an academic transcript by mail to 
Dr Aidan Sims 
School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics 
University of Wollongong NSW 2522

 or by email to by no later than the 30th of June 2010.  


Graduate Program in Survey Research Methods

The Centre (CSSM) has teamed up with the Sydney Business School (SBS) to provide a program in Survey Research Methods. The Graduate Program in Survey Research Methods will provide up-to-date and high quality education in survey methodology and research and the foundations for the development of professionals in survey and research. This program will suit a wide variety of careers involving developing, conducting or analysing survey data to provide evidence in social, market, business and health research.

For more information download the brochure below or alternative contact Anica Damcevski

Click here to download Graduate Program Course brochure


Last reviewed: 2 September, 2013

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