Branch Meetings

Branch Meetings for 2018 Poster

Statistical Society of Australia Canberra Branch Meetings
The Canberra branch of the SSA is pleased to present our meeting schedule for 2018. Please see
for a poster of the schedule containing our statistically and practically awesome lineup of speakers for the year!
Next meeting: Branch Meeting and Annual General Meeting

Date: Tuesday 27 March 2018

5.15pm Refreshments, Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, Room 248, College of Business and Economics, ANU (Map).
5.30pm Annual General Meeting (and continuation of refreshments) in Allan Barton Forum.
6.00pm Presentation in Allan Barton Forum
7.30pm After the talk, there will be a dinner at Alice’s Thai East Row, Canberra (Restaurant).
Please RSVP Francis Hui (SSA Canberra or reply to this email directly) by Monday 26 March if you would like to attend the dinner. 

Details of Annual General Meeting:

The quorum for the meeting is 15 members. Please make the effort to attend.

The following documents (linked below) are or will become also available on Google drive (AGM 2018 documents) shortly:
The proxy and nomination forms must be handed to the Secretary before the meeting starts.

The number of copies of documents available at the meeting will be limited. Could you please print them or load them on a hand-held device and bring them with you to the meeting. Thank you.


Speaker: Conrad Burden, Mathematical Sciences Institute, ANU
Topic: Branching process in Population Genetics: Mitochondrial Eve and genetic mutations


Most population genetics studies have their origins in the Wright-Fisher model, in which the total population size is specified externally rather than determined dynamically, and each individual chooses its ancestor at random from the previous generation.  An alternate approach is to model the population as a Galton-Watson branching process. In this approach, each individual produces a random number of children, and hence the total population size is generated stochastically.
I will present two results from this approach: (1) an estimate of the time since the most recent common ancestor of the entire human population, following only maternal lines of descent, known as mitochondrial Eve, and (2) a calculation of the spread of genetic mutations through a growing population.
Conrad Burden is an Associate Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Institute at the Australian National University lecturing in bioinformatics and biological modelling.  His research interests over the past 10 years have included mathematical population genetics, alignment-free sequence comparison, the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data, and the physico-chemical modelling of microarrays.
Before making the move into bioinformatics in 2003 he spent 20 years as a theoretical physicist followed by a short period working in the IT industry. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a BSc (hons) in Applied Mathematics in 1979 and The Australian National University with a PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1983. Between 1983 and 1988 he held postdoctoral fellowships in theoretical physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Glasgow University, The Australian National University and Flinders University. Between 1988 and 1999 he held a research position in the Department of Theoretical Physics, Australian National University, working mainly in quantum field theory and subatomic particle physics. Between 1999 and 2002 he was a programmer/developer in the IT industry.
Conrad is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics.

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