Statistical Society of Australia (SSA) Canberra Meetings 2019

28 March | 2019

Matt Moores will be presenting at the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA) Canberra Meeting on 25 June 2019. The title of his presentation is “Statistics from Mars: Bayesian signal processing for Raman spectroscopy”.


Research Assessments of Statistics Discipline at UOW

27 March | 2019

In the 2018 Australian Research Council’s assessment of Excellence in Research for Australia results released recently the Statistics discipline at UOW received the maximum rating of 5, corresponding to “well above world standard”. This achievement follows the QS World University Rankings 2019, in which Statistics and Operations Research at UOW was ranked in the top 200 worldwide.

Associate Lecturer/Lecturer Positions Available

22 March | 2019

The School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics (SMAS) is seeking to appoint two enthusiastic and capable statisticians to undertake academic duties consistent with ongoing Associate Lecture (Level A) or Lecturer (Level B) appointments.


Stats Week 2019

20 March | 2019

Approximately 70 guests attended a series of short courses presented by NIASRA. Click to read more about Microbiome Data Analysis by Olivier Thas, Assessing Measurement, Reliability and Validity by Professor Angie Wade, and Sample Survey Methods by Professor David Steel.

Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses

20 March | 2019

22 guests attended this three-day course presented by Dr Elizabeth Neale, Professor Marijka Batterham, and Professor Isabel Ferreira. The course consisted of a mixture of lectures, to cover essential theoretical background, and hands-on tutorials and computer exercises, to provide practical experience with analyses of real meta-analytic datasets. Click to read the course program.

2018 Southern Cross University Excellence in Engagement Award for Community Impact

13 March | 2019

Congratulations to Nicole Cocks and Brian Cullis on their receipt of the 2018 Southern Cross University Excellence in Engagement Award for Community Impact, for demonstrated community impact on Pacific Island fishers through technical capacity, building on improved postharvest processing of fishery catches.


Workshop: Spatio-Temporal Statistics with R

8 March | 2019

A 1.5 Day Workshop in Sydney presented by Noel Cressie and Andrew Zammit Mangion (NIASRA, UOW), 29 April (whole day) and 30 April (half day), 2019, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong.


CBB Summer Scholars

1 March | 2019

In the summer of 2018-2019 six SMAS students were awarded CBB scholarships to assist with the analysis of National Variety Trials. They were Monique Jordan, Nicholas Lambert, Sam McEwan, Jesse Rand, Matthew Sainsbury-Dale and Lu Wang.


Centre for Bioinformatics and Biometrics 2018 Summer Scholar presentations

21 February | 2019

CBB invites you to attend a series of presentations from summer scholarship students. The CBB scholars were employed on the Bioinformatics and Biometrics for the Australian Grain Industries (BBAG) project funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. The project they were involved in is the National Variety Trials (NVT).


New Book: Spatio-Temporal Statistics with R

1 February | 2019

The Chapman & Hall/CRC book: "Spatio-Temporal Statistics with R” by Chris Wikle, Andrew Zammit-Mangion, and Noel Cressie is now available. It makes hierarchical spatio-temporal modelling accessible to scientists and engineers solving important practical problems and needing software that is reliable and methodologically rigorous.


Design of Experiments for Generalized Linear Models

8 January | 2019

Ken Russell, honorary professor in NIASRA, has written a book on the design of experiments when the data to be collected will be analysed by a generalized linear model (GLM). The book concentrates on situations where the predictor variables are ‘interval’ or ‘ratio’ in nature.


NIASRA represented at the Australian Social Network Analysis Conference 2018

11 December | 2018

The third annual Australian Social Network Analysis Conference (ASNAC) took place 27–28 November 2018 at the Australian National University in Canberra. NIASRA was represented by two speakers, both giving talks on analysis of multiple networks.


J. B. Douglas Awards Day 2018

4 December | 2018

The NSW branch of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI) held the 19th Annual J.B. Douglas Awards on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at UTS.


Major ARC Grant Success

3 December | 2018

NIASRA’s Distinguished Prof Noel Cressie and Dr Andrew Zammit Mangion in the Centre for Environmental Informatics, in collaboration with Dr Ann Stavert from CSIRO, have been awarded a major grant by the Australian Research Council for the ARC Discovery Project, Bayesian inversion and computation applied to atmospheric flux fields.


Recruiting Two Professors in Statistical Science

13 November | 2018

The University of Wollongong is seeking to appoint two Professors: Professor in Statistics and Director NIASRA – Continuing, full-time appointment, and Professor of Biostatistics – Five-year contract, full time appointment.


Dr Renate Meyer from the University of Auckland, NZ, gives inaugural Statistical Science Lecture on 31 October 2018

12 November | 2018

On 31 October, Dr Meyer delivered the 2018 Statistical Science Lecture: “Surfing Gravitational Waves — Black Holes and Bayesian Nonparametrics,” with approximately 50 attendees including UOW physicists and colleagues from UTS.


Dist./Prof Noel Cressie receives 2018 Moyal Medal and gives Moyal Lecture on 1 November 2018

8 November | 2018

The Medal and Lecture is in honour of Professor Joe Moyal and is awarded annually by Macquarie University to a scientist for their distinguished research contributions in at least one of Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics.


Lauren Borg awarded at AusCanola Conference

7 November | 2018

Lauren Borg attended the AusCanola conference in Perth to showcase her work in examining variety by environment interaction in canola blackleg expression experiments. She was named as the inaugural winner of the Phil Salisbury Early Career Researcher Award.


Inaugural Statistical Science Lecture

31 October | 2018

The School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics Inaugural Statistical Science Lecture (SSL) will take place on Wednesday 31 October with guest lecturer Dr Renate Meyer (Department of Statistics, University of Auckland, NZ) presenting: Surfing Gravitational Waves – Black Holes and Bayesian Nonparametrics


Noel Cressie chosen to be the Moyal Medallist and Lecturer for 2018

4 September | 2018

Macquarie University, through its Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has a Medal and a Lecture series in honour of Professor Joe Moyal. The Moyal Lecture is given annually at the university by a scientist who, before the lecture, receives a Moyal Medal for their distinguished contributions to research in at least one of Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics.


Research in Protecting Data Privacy

1 August | 2018

Protecting data privacy while sharing the statistical information in the data to the public forms a significant research area in the recent decade and is a major research direction in NIASRA. After several research papers accepted by international Journals and international conferences recently, we have four research papers accepted by the major conference “Privacy in Statistical Databases 2018" (PSD2018).


Pavel Krivitsky and team awarded U.S. NIH grant

16 July | 2018

Dr Pavel Krivitsky is part of an international team awarded 3 million dollars by the US National Institutes of Health on a project titled "EpiModel 2.0: Integrated Network Models for HIV/STI Prevention Science".


Andrew Zammit Mangion and team awarded UOW Global Challenges grant

5 July | 2018

Andrew Zammit Mangion is part of a team awarded $48,700 through the UOW Global Challenges (Projects) program for the project “Eco-Antarctica – An Antarctic-wide observing system for near-shore and terrestrial ecosystems”.


A new REML (parameter expanded) EM algorithm for linear mixed models

4 June | 2018

The paper A new REML (parameter expanded) EM algorithm for linear mixed models by Simon Diffey, Alison Smith. Alan Welsh and Brian Cullis published in Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics, was one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers.


Noel Cressie elected to Australian Academy of Science

22 May | 2018

World-leading statistical scientist recognised for contribution to research across the sciences.


Independent review recommends further investment in world-leading ESRC longitudinal studies

8 May | 2018

Professor Ray Chambers of NIASRA was a member of an independent international panel of experts, chaired by Professor Pamela Davis-Kean, University of Michigan, that has just published its review of the longitudinal studies funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK.


Professor Bronwyn Harch appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Queensland

20 April | 2018

Professor Bronwyn Harch has been appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Queensland (UQ), effective 16 July 2018.


Brian Cullis and Alison Smith invited to give Fisher Memorial Lecture

12 April | 2018

Senior Professor Brian Cullis and Associate Professor Alison Smith have been invited to give the prestigious 39th Fisher Memorial lecture.


PhD scholarship available

20 March | 2018

A PhD scholarship is available in the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics (SMAS) at the University of Wollongong in the areas of statistical/machine learning and spatio-temporal modelling.


Four positions in Mathematics and Statistical Science

31 January | 2018

The following positions are available: Associate Lecturer/Lecturer in Statistical Sciences, Lecturer in Statistics, Associate Lecturer/Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, Associate Lecturer/Lecturer in Mathematics.


Statistics investment to underpin grains research advances

19 January | 2018

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has announced a major new investment aimed at strengthening and enhancing national and regional grains research outcomes.


Belz Lecture 2017: A Bird's-Eye View of Statistics for Remote Sensing Data

5 December | 2017

The 2017 Belz Lecture was given by Distinguished Professor Noel Cressie on October 31 at University of Melbourne.


Discovery Early Career Research Award for Andrew Zammit Mangion

10 November | 2017

Dr Andrew Zammit Mangion in the Centre for Environmental Informatics, NIASRA, has been awarded a prestigious ARC DECRA. The award has funding of $348,575 that will enable Andrew to undertake the project Deep space-time models for modelling complex environmental phenomena.


Yu Ma wins AMSI Internship with ABS

12 September | 2017

PhD student Yu Ma has been awarded an AMSI Internship to undertake a collaborative project with the Australian Bureau of Statistics. (ABS).


Noel Cressie awarded Georges Matheron Lecturership 2017

12 September | 2017

Professor Noel Cressie was awarded the Georges Matheron Lectureship 2017. He gave a talk titled "A conditional approach to multivariate geostatistics" at the annual meeting of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences in Perth, Australia.


Ray Chambers presented at Rao Conference 2017

25 July | 2017

The School of Mathematics and Statistics at Yunnan University in Kunming, China, hosted a conference called "Contemporary Theory and Practice of Survey Sampling - A celebration of Research Contributions of J. N. K. Rao" celebrating Professor Rao's research contributions.


Major Research Projects in Bioinformatics and Biometrics for the Australian Grains Industry funded

24 July | 2017

Professor Brian Cullis and his team in the Centre for Bioinformatics and Biometrics (CBB) have developed and been awarded two very large and significant R&D projects from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) totalling $7,300,000 to UOW.


Helani Kottage attended the Modern Modeling Methods Conference 2017

21 June | 2017

Helani Kottage, a PhD candidate of School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics attended the Modern Modeling Methods Conference 2017 at the University of Connecticut from 22nd -25th May, 2017.


Noel Cressie visited Capitol Hill as part of the 7th annual Climate Science Day

12 May | 2017

On March 21, Distinguished Professor Noel Cressie visited Capitol Hill as part of the 7th annual Climate Science Day. Professor Cressie had the opportunity to discuss climate science issues with policy staff members of the Ohio Congressional delegation. “My pitch was to be a resource for them in matters of the environment and climate-change impacts, which I think is how we can make a real difference.”


A new approach to relative risk regression

19 April | 2017

Associate Professor Robert Clark and Dr Margo Barr have recently published a paper in Statistical Methods in Medical Research which introduces a blended link approach to relative risk regression.


Rigorous Inference for Social Network Models based on Egocentric Data, and its Implications for Epidemiology of HIV

10 April | 2017

What to do when you want to understand disease spread over a social network… but you can’t actually observe the network?

NIASRA member Dr. Krivitsky has recently published a paper in Annals of Applied Statistics describing an approach for fitting whole-network models to egocentrically-sampled data: data where the researchers can only observe limited information about a small sample of individuals and non-identifying information about their partners. This facilitates simulation of what the whole network might look like, and how it might mediate the spread of disease.


Workshop: Frontiers in Social Statistics Methodology

17 February | 2017

The National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA) of the University of Wollongong presented a one-day workshop on emerging topics in quantitative social and health research methodology, consisting of nine talks covering an array of recent developments and trends in social statistical analysis and design.


Dr Andrew Zammit-Mangion on Global Challenges Program funded travel to the University of Bristol, UK

26 January | 2017

On 27 January 2017, Dr Zammit-Mangion will travel to the University of Bristol, UK for a month. The visit is part of an ongoing collaboration between the University of Wollongong, the University of Bristol, and the University of Melbourne, for developing statistical methods for establishing the sources and sinks of carbon dioxide from satellite data. The travel is partially funded by the Global Challenges Program at the University of Wollongong.


Number cruncher puts R&D on the fast track

25 January | 2017

University of Wollongong researcher and former honours student Daniel Tolhurst’s move into medical mathematics is helping to revolutionise the quality testing of Australian Prime Hard wheat and could one day expand the areas in which it can be grown.


Dr Sandy Burden has been awarded an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship for 2017 - 2019

25 January | 2017

Her research aims to develop statistical tools to improve prediction of environmental exceedances (locations where the environmental process of interest exceeds a given threshold). It is motivated by the compelling need to predict the effect of changing greenhouse gas concentrations on Earth's atmosphere for political, social and economic decision making.


PhD Scholarship position available in NIASRA

20 January | 2017

A PhD Scholarship position is available in NIASRA at the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics (SMAS) at the University of Wollongong, to work in the area of statistical modelling for spatial environmental processes. The UOW scholarship is for three (3) years full-time, with a top-up scholarship available for outstanding candidates.


Dr. Pavel Krivitsky of NIASRA invited to Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences Workshop on Dynamic Networks

12-16 December | 2016

The Isaac Newton Institute at Cambridge University hosts themed programmes on mathematics and mathematical sciences with a wide range of application. As a part of their series on social network analysis, Dr. Krivitsky was invited to present at a workshop on dynamic networks --- networks that evolve over time.

Dr. Krivitsky spoke about what to do when you don’t get to observe the network directly, but rather from the point of view of just each individual in the network. Is statistical inference for whole network models even possible? It turns out that for exponential-family random graph models, it is.


Australian Network Scientists Network in Australia

16-17 November | 2016

A 2-day inaugural Australian Social Network Analysis Conference took place at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. How do you test if a friend of a friend is a friend in a social network? It turns out that different people having different propensities to have friends can look like that, even if there is no pressure to close a friendship triad. Dr. Pavel Krivitsky gave a presentation comparing different approaches for accounting for individual heterogeneity when modelling friend-of-a-friend effects in social networks.


NIASRA at the Australian Statistical Conference 2016

19 December | 2016

NISARA staff members made a significant contribution to the scientific programme at the Australian Statistical Conference organised by the Statistical Society of Australia in Canberra during 5 to 9 December 2016.


Vice Chancellor’s Award for Chris Skinner

16 December | 2016

Chris Skinner, Professor of Statistics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has been successful in obtaining a Vice Chancellor’s Visiting International Scholar Award. This will enable Chris to visit NIASRA from 16 January to 23 March 2017.


J. B. Douglas Awards Day

28 November | 2016

The NSW branch of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI) held the 17th Annual J.B. Douglas Awards on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at UTS.


We are recruiting a Lecturer in Statistics (Level B) position

25 November | 2016

The successful person will carry out teaching, research, governance and community outreach/professional service duties consistent with a Lecturer Level B position. They should have research experience in field(s) of statistics, with priority being given to candidates with research strength in application to real world problems, in particular applications of genomics to plant breeding of relevance to the grains industry. People with research focus is in this area and/or biometrics, with demonstrated potential to collaborate with other research active staff in the Centre for Bioinformatics and Biometrics (CBB) and collaborators of CBB and SMAS are encouraged to apply.


Conference on Privacy in Statistical Databases

1 November | 2016

During 14-16 September 2016, PSD2016 (Privacy in Statistical Databases 2016) conference was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. During the Conference NIASRA PhD student Yue Ma presented a paper “A New Algorithm for Protecting Aggregate Business Microdata via a Remote System” jointly authored with his supervisor Yan-Xia Lin, and James Chipperfield, John Newman and Victoria Leaver from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).


Contemporary Theory and Practice of Survey Sampling: A Celebration of Research Contributions of J. N. K. Rao

1 November | 2016

The Research Institute of Big Data at Yunnan University is pleased to announce that it is hosting a conference celebrating Professor Rao's research contributions. The conference will feature talks by some of the most prominent researchers from the world in survey sampling and official statistics, including NIASRA's Ray Chambers.


Changing the way health surveys are conducted in Australia

17 October | 2016

Margo Barr considered ongoing health surveys from a quality perspective in her recently completed PhD undertaken under the supervision of Professor David Steel in NIASRA. Margo found that the diminishing coverage of landline phone frames was affecting the accuracy of the estimates from land-line only phone surveys.


Brian Cullis elected to the International Biometric Society Executive Board

1 September | 2016

Professor Brian Cullis has been elected to the International Biometric Society Executive Board as a Director from the Asia/Australasia area, for a four-year term starting 1 January 2017.


IBS-AR Student Scholarships

29 August | 2016

To help attract enthusiastic and talented students to career paths in biometrics, the International Biometric Society Australasian Region (IBS-AR) offers scholarships for suitably qualified students who intend to undertake a fourth or honours year of study, or a coursework Masters, in statistics, mathematical statistics, bio-statistics, bioinformatics or biometrics.


Professor Noel Cressie will be delivering the Barnett Lecture at RSS 2016 this September

19 April | 2016

Distinguished Professor Noel Cressie will be delivering the Barnett Lecture at the RSS 2016 Conference in Manchester this September. The Barnett Award this year was awarded to Professor Cressie in recognition of his work advancing fundamental methodology and his applications of statistical methods to address a diverse array of issues in the environmental sciences.


Dr Emi Tanaka will be giving a talk at University of NSW, 13th May 2016

19 April | 2016

Dr Emi Tanaka from CBB, NIASRA will be giving a talk on "Analysis of crop breeding trials using linear mixed models" at the Statistics Seminar series at School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of NSW on Friday 13th May 2016.


Australasian Applied Statistics Conference 2016

19 April | 2016

The Australasian Applied Statistics Conference is an excellent opportunity to liaise with fellow statisticians within the agricultural, biological and environmental sciences and to keep abreast of the most recent developments in statistics within this context.


Wilcoxon Award for Best Applications Paper

18 March | 2016

The paper “Spatio-Temporal Data Fusion for Very Large Remote Sensing Datasets” by Hai Nguyen, Matthias Katzfuss, Noel Cressie & Amy Braverman received the 2015 Wilcoxon Award for best practical application paper appearing the 2014 issues of Technometrics.


NIASRA academic elected as president of Statistical Society of Australia Canberra branch

24 February | 2016

Robert Clark is halfway through a two-year term as President of the Canberra Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI). The Society exists to further the study, application and good practice of statistical theory and methods in all branches of learning and enterprise.


Associate Professor Robert Clark of NIASRA invited to Environmental Statistics Symposium in Tokyo

24 February | 2016

The Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) is a national research institute focussing on the theory and applications of statistics and data science. The Institute is located in Tachikawa, Tokyo.


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