YSC2021 Conference Committee
Meet our fabulous YSC2021 Conference Committee
Janan Arslan Conference Committee Chair
Janan is the Chair of both the YSC 2021 and the Young Statisticians Network. She's a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and Research Fellow at Western Health. She has phenomenal scientific powers contained in an itty-bitty five-foot living space! She is a multi-disciplinary scientist, specialising in artificial intelligence, mathematics and statistics, and bioinformatics. Her dream is to take a trip to the International Space Station; she just needs to work out how to get the $52 million for the trip.
Program Chair Linh Nghiem
Linh Nghiem is the Program Chair for the YSC 2021. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Linh is interested in developing innovative methodologies and working with collaborators to address scientific questions using data. His current methodological research focus on measurement error modeling, sufficient dimension reduction and graphical models. Furthermore, he is also collaborating with scientists to investigate human perception of music and how music can be used to improve social empathy among people in society. Outside of work, Linh enjoys jogging and running in the beautiful Canberra. Linh is practicing piano on a regular basis as well.
Committee Secretary Ben Harrap
Ben is the secretary for the YSCC and Victorian branch. He studies and works at the University of Melbourne, and when he's not thinking statistics you can find him gardening, brewing beer, or cuddling his greyhound.
Co-Abstract Submissions Manager Shih Ching FU
Shih Ching is one of the Abstract Submissions Managers for YSC21 and chief dad joke curator. Part computer scientist and part statistician, he can't quite decide which is more incredible: the Fast Fourier Transform or Bayes' Theorem. Frequently he thinks the prior is more likely.
Website Manager John Yeung
My name is John and I am a Masters of Complex Systems student at the University of Sydney. I am the Website Manager of the YSC2021 but my interest is all about trains and maps.
Assistant Website Manager Cameron Patrick
Content Marketing Manager Splithoof Rivera
Content Marketing Manager for the Young Statisticians Conference 2021 by Day - Student Econometrician by Night.
Event App Liaison Catriona Croton
Catriona is our new Events App Liaison. She is at the University of Southern Queensland, where she is a lecturer and contributes to the Statistical Consulting Unit. Before this, she was a veterinarian in Emergency and Critical Care, but is enjoying the recent career change and spending more time at home with her cats!
Co-Social Media Manager Mahantesh Biradar
Mahantesh Biradar is the YSCC’s Social Media Manager. He is currently working as postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. His research interests lie in the statistical analysis of high-throughput sequencing data and how this can be used to answer important questions in biological and medical research. In addition to his scientific research, he has extensively engaged with startups, incubators, and NGOs & founded Research Stash, a platform for S.T.E.M enthusiasts. He also experienced with producing engaging video, podcasts, and content across social platforms like Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & Twitter.
Co-Social Media Manager Gaby O'Connor
Gaby is the Social Media Manager for YSC 2021. She is currently working in a graduate role at Westpac after finishing her honours in statistics lsst year. When she is not working, she likes to jump out doors for a hike or do some gardening.
Social Events Manager Melissa Middleton
Melissa is the social events manager for YSC2021. She is a current PhD candidate with the University of Melbourne and is based at MCRI. When not at her desk, she is usually in her veggie garden or out walking the local nature trails.
Treasurer Sherri McRae
Sherri is the Treasurer for YSC2021. She is a freshly minted graduate of the Master of Statistics program at RMIT and has a background in chemistry and academic textbook publishing. Outside of statistics, she loves snowboarding, dabbling in foreign languages, and horror movies.
Assistant Treasurer Fui Swen Kuh
Graphic Designer Jesse Garcia
Jesse is a recent graduate from UCLA with a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution and a Master's degree in Bioinformatics. He’s interested in developing computational methods to study population genomics and evolutionary processes, additionally he enjoys working on the visualization of 'big-data'. His background in ecology makes him particularly interested in utilizing bioinformatics to aid in the conservation of biodiversity on the Earth. One day he hopes to be aiding in the conservation of biodiversity on other planetary bodies. He might have watched a little too much X-Files and Bones when growing up, additionally he is very fond of California Valley Oaks and tacos.