Branch Meetings

The New South Wales branch of the Statistical Society of Australia Inc holds monthly meetings in Sydney from March to November each year. Meetings commence around 6 pm with refreshments, followed by a presentation from a local or visiting speaker, and questions. Members are invited to join the speaker afterwards for dinner at a nearby restaurant. Visitors are welcome at all meetings.

Speakers are selected to provide a balance between theory and applications over a wide range of topics. In each year there will generally be at least one talk on each of the following areas: agricultural or environmental statistics, epidemiology, econometrics, surveys, statistics in education, and statistics in consulting and/or management.




Professor  Mark Girolami coming to an Aussie Uni near you

Prof Mark Girolami, a world class leader in computational statistics from Imperial College London and the University of Warwick UK, will be visiting Australia during November and December.  This represents a fantastic opportunity for the Australian statistical community to learn from the best and explore exciting new collaborations.

Mark Girolami is an EPSRC Established Career Research Fellow (2012 – 2018) and previously an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow (2007 – 2012). He is the Director of the £10M Lloyds Register Foundation – Turing Programme on Data Centric Engineering and previously led the EPSRC funded Research Network on Computational Statistics and Machine Learning. In 2011 he was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh when he was also awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Mark has countless publications in top statistics journals, including several discussion papers in the Journal of Royal Statistical Society: Series B.  He has also been invited as a plenary speaker to several top statistical conferences.  He is currently the editor of Statistics and Computing.

Mark’s schedule is as follows:

  • 13th – 15th November – Bayes on the Beach
  • 16th – 17th November – Queensland University of Technology
  • 20th – 21st November – The University of Adelaide
  • 22nd – 23rd November – Monash University and University of Melbourne
  • 24th November – 1st December – University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney
  • 4th – 13th December – University of Western Australia (Frank Hansford-Miller visitor). Mark will be delivering a workshop during this time.

Mark greatly appreciates funding from the Bayesian Statistics Section of the Statistical Society of Australia, the WA Branch of the Statistical Society Australia, the Australian Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) and Prof. Kerrie Mengersen (QUT).

We look forward to Mark reaching our shores.



April Meeting

You are invited to attend the April Meeting of the SSAI NSW Branch.

Date: Tuesday, 21 April 2015 

Time: 6:00pm – 6.30pm: Refreshments, 6:30pm – 7.30pm: Lecture, 7:45pm

– onwards: Dinner

Venue: Room 301, Level 3, University of Technology, Sydney – Building 11, 81-115 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007 

Prof. Aurore Delaigle

University of Melbourne, Australia 

An introduction to functional data analysis Functional data are data that are not in the form of variables or vectors, but rather in the form of curves. Examples of functional data are growth curves of children, spectra, speech curves, etc.

In this talk I will give an introduction to functional data, and introduce techniques that can be applied to analyse such data. The infinite dimension of functional data can challenge conventional methods, and often a first step is to reduce the problem to a finite-dimensional one, which can be done in a variety of ways, for example through principal components. I will talk about such approaches and illustrate the resulting methods on some real data examples.  

Biography of Prof. Aurore Delaigle

Aurore Delaigle graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. After spending three years at the University of California, she moved to the University of Bristol in the UK, and then to the University of Melbourne in Australia. She is particularly interested in nonparametric statistics, functional data, and problems involving imprecise observations. 

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2013 (for more recent events please go to “events archive”)

14th Annual JB Douglas Awards Day [JB Douglas 2013 Programme] Annual Lecture and Dinner [Flyer – SSAI NSW Branch JB Douglas Awards] 19th, November 2013,UTS

Seminar: Forensic genetics – using Bayes nets to evaluate weight of evidence in non-standard scenarios
Speaker: Prof. Peter Green, UTS and University of Bristol
October 22, 6pm – 8pm , UTS – Building 4 Room 5.01

Seminar: The Opportunities for Business Analytics
Speaker: Prof. Sam Woolford, Mathematical Sciences Department, Bentley University
24 September 2013, 6pm, The University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Seminar: Particle Monte Carlo methods in statistical learning and rare event simulation
Speaker: Prof. Pierre del Moral(Bordeaux Mathematical Institute)
August 23, 4pm – 5pm,  Room 4082, Red Centre Centre Wing, University of New South Wales

Seminar: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI): A Brief Survey
Speaker: Prof. Victor Solo
21 August 2013, 6pm The University of Sydney

Seminar: Sparse Linear Models
Speaker: Professor Trevor Hastie (Department of Statistics, Stanford University)
9 July, 4PM, University of Technology, Sydney

Seminar: Variances are not always nuisance parameters
Speaker: Raymond J. Carroll
26 June, 2013, 11:00am, UTS Building 4, Level 2, Lecture Theatre

Seminar: Confidentiality and the use of confidential data in research
Speaker: Christine M. O’Keefe
 22 May 2013, 6:00pm , UTS


13th Annual JB Douglas Awards Day [JB Douglas Award Program] Annual Lecture and Dinner [Annual Lecture and Dinner Details] 20th, November 2012, Level 7, Building 10, Aerial UTS Function Centre, UTS

ACCESS GRID Seminar: Emission tomography and Bayesian inverse problems [Notice] [Slides] 26th October, 2012, UTS and University of Bristol

O what a difference R makes… Reflections on “Regression Analysis”, E. J. Williams (1959) [Notice] [Slides] 17th October, 2012, Level 3 Seminar Room, 645 Harris Street, Ultimo, UTS

Statistical issues with quantitative proteomics data [Notice] 12th September, 2012, Meeting Room 214/215, Economics and Business Building, University of Sydney

Statistical Experiences in Testing for Growth Hormone Abuse in Sport [Notice] 14th August, 2012, Lecture Room 452, Carslaw Building, University of Sydney

Extreme-Quantile Tracking for Financial Time Series [Notice] 20th June, 2012, 60 Martin Place, Westpac Bank

Mandatory helmet legislation in New South Wales: A statistical perspective [Notice] [Slides] 15th May, 2012, University of New South Wales

ACCESS GRID Seminar: Partial likelihood analysis of spatio-temporal processes [Notice] 8th May, 2012, Macquarie University

ABS Corporate Event and Careers Evening [Notice] [Slides – Robert Clark] [Slides – Chris McKendry] 12th April, 2012, ABS Office, NSW

AGM & Lancaster Lecture [2011-2012 Annual Report] [2012 Lancaster Lecture Slides] 13th March, 2012, University of Sydney


Annual Dinner and Lecture [Lecture Notice] [Annual Dinner Details] [JB Douglas Award Program]
23rd, November 2011, Macquarie University

Challenges and Opportunities of “big data” in the business of online [Notice]
20th September, University of Sydney

The Statistical Analysis of Student Performance Data [Notice] [Slides]
23rd August, University of Sydney

Citizen Statisticians: Modern Statistics for Modern Students [Notice]
12th July, University of Technology, Sydney

Some Statistical Problems in Spectroscopy and Hyperspectral Imaging [Notice] [Slides]
29th June, CSIRO, Macquarie University Campus

Crime and Punishment Revisited [Notice]
26th May, University of Sydney

Careers Evening [Notice]
3rd May, University of Sydney

Learning About Parameters [Notice]
6th April 2011, University of Sydney

AGM & Lancaster Lecture [2011 AGM Minutes] [2010-11 Annual Report] [2011 AGM Notice] [2011 Lancaster Lecture Slides]
16th March 2011, University of Sydney

Data Confidentiality Symposium [Program Details]
18th January 2011, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering — Lindfield


Annual Dinner and Lecture [Lecture Notice] [Annual Dinner Details] [JB Douglas Award Program]
25th November 2010, Macquarie University
Presentation Slides: [Diane Hindmarsh] [Joanna Wang] [Paul Rippon] [Qian Chen]

Young Statisticians Nite? [Notice] [Summary Report]
28th October 2010, University of Sydney

Combining Multiple Climate Model Projections [Notice]
26th October 2010, University of Sydney

What do students learn in an introductory statistics class? [Notice]
29th September 2010, University of Sydney

Beyond the Kalman filter: Particle filters and Wide Area Surveillance [Notice]
15th September 2010, University of New South Wales

By Philippa Delahoy, Outcomes Research Statistical Lead at Pfizer, Chair of Australian Pharmaceutical Biostatistics Group [Notice]
24th August 2010, University of Sydney

What does a biostatistician working in psycho-oncology do? [Notice] [Slides]
5th August 2010, University of Sydney

Modelling the Dynamics of Financial Transactions Data [Notice]
25th May 2010, University of Sydney

Estimating Relative Survival Using Population-based data [Notice] [Slides]
20th April 2010, University of Sydney

AGM & Lancaster Lecture [2008 AGM Minutes] [2009 AGM Notice] [2009 AGM Minutes] [Annual Report] [Lancaster Lecture Notice] [Lancaster Lecture Slides]
23rd March 2010, University of Sydney


JB Douglas Postgraduate Award — 10th Anniversary [Notice]25th November 2009, UTS

Quantitative Modelling of Financial Risks [Notice]20th October 2009, University of Sydney

Correspondence Analysis vs log-ratio Analysis, with Applications [Notice]
13th October 2009, University of Sydney

Subgroup Analysis of Randomized Trials: Anticipating Chance Variation During Study Design [Notice] [Slides]
25th August 2009, Macquarie University

Dynamic Operational Risk: Modelling dependence and combining different sources of information [Notice]18th June 2009, University of New South Wales

Debate (Bayesian vs non-Bayesian) [Notice]23rd May2009, University of Sydney

Careers Evening [Program] [Outline]
29th April 2009, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr Eric Beh [Slides]

Samantha Reading
Manager, Scorecard Development
Risk and Reward Models
Risk Management RBS
Commonwealth Bank
Level 11, 39 Martin Place
Sydney, NSW 2000
P: (02) 9947 5603
F: 1300 901 354
E: [email protected]

Ben Cusack [Slides]
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Kevin Wang & Nicolas Scheuer [Slides]
Statistical Analyst & Project Statistician
Eli Lilly Australia

Dr Phil Hughes [Slides]
Associate Professor
Centre for Statistical and Survey Methodology University of Wollongong
T: +61 (0)2 9266 1315
M: +61 (0)408 632802
E: [email protected]

Vignesh Kannan
Assurance, Risk and Control Solutions
Price Waterhouse Coopers

Lancaster Lecture [Notice]
23rd March 2009, University of Sydney


J. B Douglas Postgraduate Awards [Notice] [Program]
26th November 2008, Macquarie University, Sydney

Malcolm Hudson – Statistical Estimates of Benefits and Hazards of Hormonal Therapy Post-Menopause: Reconciling Observational and Trial Data
22nd October 2008, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney

Tim Heazlewood – Prediction Versus Reality: The Use of Mathematical Models to predict Elite Performance in Swimming and Athletics at the Olympic Games
24th September 2008, Forum Restaurant, Darlington Centre, University of Sydney, Sydney (see Powerpoint Presentation here)

Mikis Stasinopoulos – Applications of Generalized Additive Models for Location, Scale and Shape
10th September 2008, Darlington Centre, University of Sydney

Richard Gerlach – Bayesian Dynamic Nonlinear Quantile forecasting, exploiting the Skewed Laplace Distribution
26th August, Conference room 1, Darlington Centre, University of Sydney, Sydney

Workshop: Integrating Statistical Ideas into mathematics
6th August 2008, Macquarie Graduate School of Management Conference Centre

Simon Thompson – From Randomised Trials to National Policy Decisions via Coft-effectiveness Analysis
8th July, Pfizer Auditorium, 38-42 Wharf Rd, West Ryde, Sydney

Bruce Fraser – Statistical Confidentiality – Problems, Solutions and Perspectives
27th May, ABS, St Andrew’s House, Town Hall, Sydney

David A. Hensher – How do Respondents Process Stated Choice Experiments? – Attribute consideration under varying information load
30th April, Darlington Centre, University of Sydney

H. O. Lancaster Lecture and [AGM] [Annual Report] Eric Beh – The age old mystery of ageing – Some simple measures and plots to (help) unlock its secrets
19th March, Darlington Centre, University of Sydney


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