Archives for November 2017

SA Branch November Meeting: Gestational weight gain: modifiable cause of adverse maternal/infant outcomes?

Speaker: Dr Jennie Louise (University of Adelaide)  Dr Louise was once a philosopher (ethical theory /logic), but she has recovered now. Having retrained in biostatistics, she now works in the DDASS/AHTA, School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide.  Most of her work involves providing statistical support for large clinical trials and longitudinal studies of […]

Dr Alex Pagnozzi presenting on using measures of brain injury to predict outcomes in children with cerebral palsy

On October 3rd, 2017, the QLD branch held its monthly meeting where Alex Pagnozzi, from the CSIRO gave a thought-provoking talk on machine learning in neuroimaging. Alex Pagnozzi is a medical engineer and Advance Queensland fellow at the Australian e-Health Research Centre, a joint venture between CSIRO and the Queensland Government. His PhD focused on […]

NSW Branch YSC2017 Travel Grants

Hao Wu The Young Statisticians Conference provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with graduate students and early career researchers in statistics. The conference was impeccably organised, with a formal schedule, a pre-conference workshop and social events to allow us to know many like-minded peers and hear professionals’ excellent advice on research and careers related to […]

rOpenSci OzUnconf 2017

The 2nd rOpenSci ozunconference, the sibling rOpenSci unconference, was held in Australia in Melbourne, on October 26-27, 2017. The ozunconf brought together 45 R-software users and developers, scientists, and open data enthusiasts from academia, industry, government, and non-profits. Before the ozunconf, participants discussed various ideas for projects in the GitHub issues, which culminated in about […]

2017 Victorian Branch Belz Lecture: Professor Noel Cressie

The annual Belz Lecture is named in tribute to Professor Maurice Belz, who was the first Head of the first Department of Statistics in Australia, at the University of Melbourne. Professor Belz was not only responsible for training many prominent Australian statisticians, he was also active in service to statistics, the University, and to the […]

Visit of Professor Elizabeth Stuart – Propensity Score Methods

During November, the Victorian Centre for Biostatistics (ViCBiostat) in Melbourne hosted Professor Elizabeth Stuart from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (US). Liz is a Professor in the Departments of Mental Health and Biostatistics, and also serves as Associate Dean for Education in her School. Liz received her Ph.D. in statistics in 2004 from Harvard […]

2017 E.A. Cornish Lecture – “New Ideas in an Old Framework”?

In October  the SA Branch was pleased to welcome Professor Robert Elliott, Research Professor at the University of South Australia, to give the ninth E.A. Cornish Memorial Lecture. Robert is known for his contributions to control theory, game theory, stochastic processes and mathematical finance. Robert has published the paper “Malliavin Calculus in a Binomial Framework” […]

SA Branch Forum Discussion on workplace training in statistics

In mid-November the SA Branch held a forum discussion on ‘workplace training in statistics’, which was led by Dr Olena Kravchuk from School of Agriculture, Food & Wine, University of Adelaide.  Olena began the event with a talk reflecting on her and her group’s experiences from the past decade on workforce training in universities and primary […]

Plant breeding biometry in the digital agriculture era

South Australian SSA 27 September 2017 Meeting The speaker at the September 2017 meeting of the SA Branch was Dr Julian Taylor from the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, the University of Adelaide. His current research is based on the development of statistical methodology and models along with their computational implementation for use in […]

Bayesian with a side of breakfast

The Digital Health and Informatics Network (DHIN) launched their first event with Professor Sally Cripps’ presentation “Bayesian Breakfast: To P, or not to P” discussing the use of Bayesian statistics in health research data. This session has been made publicly available here. Sally began with a brief introduction to Bayesian theory, revisiting three well-known examples […]


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