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SA Branch Meeting - Dr Kathy Haskard

  • 28 Aug 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CAST)
  • Engineering & Math EM207, North Terrace, The University of Adelaide

Branch Meeting - Wednesday, 28th August 2019

The South Australian Branch of the Statistical Society would like to invite you to the August meeting of the 2019 program.

Venue: Engineering and Math Science Building, Room EM207, North Terrace, The University of Adelaide. A campus map is available at

***Please note that most entrance doors to Adelaide University buildings close at 6pm so make sure you arrive in time for the talk.


5:30pm - Refreshments in the Lecture Theatre

6:05pm - General Meeting Talk

7:30pm - A dinner will be held after the meeting at Jasmin Restaurant, 31 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA 5000. Please RSVP for dinner to by 26th August as we are usually unable to change the booking numbers at the last minute.

Speaker: Dr Kathy Haskard

Topic: Colourful Statistics - Monitoring Indigenous Rock Encravings on the Burrup Peninsula, WA


This talks discusses consulting work done at Data Analysis Australia jointly with Dr John Henstridge in 2017. Kathy will highlight a number of statistical issues, practical difficulties and interesting learnings from a statistical review of monitoring of ancient indigenous rock art annually over 13 years, including quantifying colour, spectrophotometers (L*a*b scale) and spectrometers (reflectance spectra), BACI designs, varying design parameters, calibration, structured longitudinal multivariate data with irregularities, and mixed effects models.


Kathy Haskard's forty-year career has included statistical consulting work in agriculture, ecology, environment, fisheries, industry, legal and medical fields, interspersed with study for a master's degree in consulting and applied statistics, a PhD in statistics, and post-doctoral research at the world-renown Roth Amsted Research in Hertfordshire, UK, developing and applying sophisticated spatial correlation models. She has worked for Australian Commonwealth and State governments, Universities, CSIRO, and Australia's largest commercial specialist statistical consulting company, in locations spanning five Australia states and territories.

Kathy is a strong advocate of the famous quote by statistician John Tukey: "The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone's backyard." An understanding of the application subject matter is a vital part of successful statistical consulting, and Kathy relishes the opportunities to gain inside knowledge of so many areas and type of clients, to best apply her statistical skills and problem-solving abilities for their benefit. She has always enjoyed helping people understand and appreciate statistics and mathematics, be they clients, colleagues, students or associates. She strives to discover and deliver at an appropriate level, building on common ground and using relevant and meaningful examples and illustrations. Outside of work, Kathy loves outdoor activities such as bushwalking and cycling, enjoys travel to varied locations and cultures, reading and playing the piano.

Feel free to forward this meeting notice to colleagues, all welcome.

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