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Frank Hansford-Miller Fellowship

The Frank Hansford-Miller Fellow in 2021 is Dr Manuel Herrera who is to present his lecture virtually (due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Manuel Herrera is a Research Associate in distributed intelligent systems at the University of Cambridge. He has a PhD in Hydraulic Engineering and a degree in Statistics. His research focuses on predictive analytics and complex (adaptive) networks for smart and resilient critical infrastructure and utilities. Manuel’s interdisciplinary profile has proven to be successful in terms of the number and quality of publications; having a high academic impact. His latest research deals with AI-enabled management and maintenance of the UK national infrastructure. He is currently involved in projects of topics ranging from telecommunications to 5G ports. Manuel is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a member of IEEE and the Complex Systems Society.

About the Fellowship

The Frank Hansford-Miller Fellowship is offered biennially by the Western Australian Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia as a way of fostering links between our society and the UK statistical society. Frank left a bequest to the WA Branch to finance and help foster such links between WA and the UK. Prior to retiring at the age of 65 he attended many meetings of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) of which he was a member, where he was known to take an active part in discussion of read papers as presented in the RSS. On retiring he came to Perth, Western Australia to be with his wife’s family, including three nephews. He was recognised for his written pieces on read papers and welcomed by Professor Terry Speed who was the then head of statistics at the University of Western Australia (UWA), who introduced him to the WA Branch. Frank subsequently took up tutoring statistics on a casual basis at UWA, and later at Murdoch University and the then Western Australian Institute of Technology before it became Curtin University. Frank’s passion was Applied Statistics and its relevance to society and to the life of the country that he was in, firstly in the UK, and secondly in his adopted country of Australia.

The Frank Hansford-Miller Fellowship supports the appointment of a fellow from the UK to come to Perth, usually for a period of two weeks, and present a talk to the WA Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia. The fellow is also encouraged to visit universities and/or institutes in Perth and present a workshop.

Past Fellows

Previous fellows have been:

  • 2019 Professor Cathryn Lewis, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology & Statistics, King’s College London.
  • 2017 Dr Mark Girolami, Now Professor, University of Cambridge and the Alan Turing Institute.
  • 2015 Professor Adrian Bowman, Department of Statistics, University of Glasgow.
  • 2013 Dr Janet Godolphin, Royal Holloway College, University of London (Now Associate Professor, University of Surrey).

The FHM fellowship is overseen by a sub-committee of the WA Branch of the SSA:

  • Dr Brenton Clarke, Murdoch University (Chair)
  • Associate Prof. Nicola Armstrong, Curtin University
  • Dr Alethea Rea, Murdoch University

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