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SSA NSW Branch: 21st J.B. Douglas Awards + 2020 Annual Lecture by Prof Gillian Heller

  • 8 Dec 2020
  • 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
  • Zoom

Each year J. B. Douglas showcases the near-final year postgraduate students' research work and this year the award presentation will be made available to the all audience as Zoom live-streaming.You can access the programme via the link

Following the J. B. Douglas Awards, there will be the Annual Lecture by Prof Gillian Heller on distributional regression.

Please note for security reasons, you will need to register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The two events (the J. B. Douglas Awards and the Annual Lecture) shares the same Zoom link.
Any questions, please feel free to contact:

21st J.B. Douglas Awards

Time: Tuesday 8 December, 1:30pm-6pm AEDT

Award candidates:

1:50 – 2:10pm       Anne Soerensen

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Macquarie University & Section of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen

Linear Mixed Models for interaction effects in meta-analysis

2:15 – 2:35pm       Desalegn Markos Shifti

School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle

Application of Geographically Weighted Regression analysis to assess predictors of short birth interval hot spots in Ethiopia

2:40 -- 3:00pm       Fiona Kim

School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales

Evaluating the prevalence of unconscious bias in student evaluations of teaching

3:05 -- 3:25pm       Laura Cartwright

School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics, University of Wollongong

Emulation of Lagrangian particle dispersion model sensitivities using a convolutional variational autoencoder

3:45 -- 4:05pm       Nghia Nguyen

Discipline of Business Analytics, University of Sydney Business School

Deep learning-based statistical models for financial time series data

4:10 -- 4:30pm       Ra'ed Al-Surdeh

School of Computer, Data, and Mathematical Sciences, Western Sydney University

Resource Provisioning and Scheduling Models for Hybrid Workflows in Edge Cloud Computing

4:35 -- 4:55pm       Yingxin Lin

School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Sydney

Data harmonization and cell type identification via statistical learning

The detail abstracts of the candidates' presentations can be find in the programme.
Please noted that the time here only reflects the planned schedule, the actual schedule might subject to change on the awards day.

Thank you to our sponsors that make this event this possible, especially in this chaotic year! If your organisation can sponsor a small amount, we would appreciate this. All sponsor logos will be displayed in the J.B. Douglas programme.

Gold Sponors:

Australian Bureau of Statistics

ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical & Statistical Frontiers


 Business School, Business Analytics Research

 Department of Mathematics and Statistics

 National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia

Annual Lecture

The new normal: distributional regression

Professor Gillian Heller, Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney

Time: Tuesday 8 December, 6pm-7pm AEDT

Abstract: Regression analysis has evolved almost beyond recognition in the last 40 years. Vastly increased flexibility has been gained at the cost of an increase in mathematical and interpretational complexity, enabled by the exponential increase in computational power over the same period. I will share my personal experiences in this area, and attempt to evaluate what we have lost and gained in the journey from the classical linear model to distributional regression.

Biography: Professor Gillian Heller joined the CTC as Professor of Biostatistics in 2020. She coordinates the consulting and outreach activities of the biostatistics group, and is involved in design and analysis across multiple trials. Prior to that she was Professor in the Department of Statistics (more recently Department of Mathematics and Statistics) at Macquarie University.  From 2014 to 2019, Gillian was Chair of the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia, a multi-institutional body that offers a postgraduate program in Biostatistics, across Australia.  She has over 30 years of experience as a biostatistician and academic statistician. 

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