Seminar Archive - 2020

Our regular seminar program covers a broad range of topics from applied mathematics, pure mathematics and statistics. All staff and students are welcome. A complete list of past seminars can be accessed via the left-hand menu.

Prof. Melanie Bell - University of Arizona
Cluster randomized trials (CRTs) are studies where groups of people, rather than individuals, are randomly allocated to intervention or control. While these type of designs can be appropriate and...

Pavel Krivitsky - UNSW Sydney
Joint modelling of large samples of networks collected from similar settings—classrooms, households, etc.—has a long history, with a variety of methods available to pool information in model...

Xin An - UNSW
Diabetic  retinopathy  remains  one  of  the leading causes for vision impairment among working adults. The goal  of  this  paper  is  to  employ  variational  data  assimilation  to achieve early...

James Thorson - National Marine Fisheries Service
Societal responses to COVID-19 have illustrated the great public value of accurate epidemiological forecasts; climate change has a similar potential to upend commerce and necessitates accurate...

Professor Giles Hooker - ANU
This talk develops methods of statistical inference based around ensembles of decision trees: bagging, random forests, and boosting. Recent results have shown that when the bootstrap procedure in...

Matthew Tam - University of Melbourne
Generative adversarial networks (GANs) are an approach to fitting generative models over complex structured spaces. Within this framework, the fitting problem is posed as a zero-sum game between two...

Brendan McKay - ANU
Over the centuries, many claims have been made of numerical patterns of miraculous nature hidden within the text of sacred writings, including the Jewish, Christian and Islamic scriptures. Usually...

Paul Lessard - Macquarie University
We'll begin with a revisionist history of model category theory (we'll imagine that, in place of homological algebra, the notion had its origin in category theory). Using this apocryphal premise, we'...

Dr Matthew Schofield - University of Otago
Genetic maps are usually the starting point for many types of genetic analysis. They are one-dimensional representations of genetic inheritance across a chromosome. Genetic maps frequency are...

William McLean - UNSW, Sydney
Although Mittag-Leffler introduced his namesake function over 115 years ago, it never played a role in applications until the 1990s and so was never included in the standard numerical libraries for...

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