Queensland Branch AGM and Branch meeting


4:30 – 5 pm.  Queensland Branch AGM

5 – 6 pm: Ordinary Branch meeting (non-members welcome as always)

Location: Owen J Wordsworth Room, Level 12, S Block, Gardens Point Campus, Queensland University of Technology. Click here for directions and here for transport and parking.

Speaker: Dr Gentry White, QUT

Title: An Example of GPU Parallel Processing and Statistical Computing


Computing and Statistics have gone hand in hand since Fisher first computed tables on his Millionaire.  Both sciences grew up in the twentieth century and now at the beginning of this century a new sea change in computing, the advent of cheap and powerful graphical processing units (GPUs) offer access to large-scale parallel processing power on a grand scale.  In this talk, a short, and far from definitive, history of scientific computing will be followed with an example of GPU parallel processing applied to a statistical model for patterns of terrorist activity in Colombia from 2000-2010


Dr. White completed his PhD in Statistics at the University of Missouri in 2006, and was then a National Science Foundation VIGRE post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University. In June of 2009 he began as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland.  In 2013 he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow in the Mathematical Sciences School (MSS) in the Science and Engineering Faculty at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Dr. White’s research is focused on GPU parallel processing for statistical modelling, and models for terrorist activity.

Members will receive a separate notice in the mail including an agenda for the AGM and nomination forms for executive and branch council member positions.

Queensland Branch AGM and Branch meeting
When: 13/03/2014
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: Free

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