Scientific Program Committee

Matthew Schofield, Co-chair

New Zealand Statistical Association

Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Otago.  His research involves the use of Bayesian modelling in applications areas including ecology, environmental sciences and genetics.


Berwin Turlach , Co-chair

Statistical Society of Australia

Berwin Turlach is Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, having previously worked at the Australian National University, the University of Adelaide and the National University of Singapore. He received a degree as Diplom–Mathematiker from the University of Bonn, Germany, in 1991, and his Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies en mathématique and Docteur en Statistique from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. His research interests include nonparametric smoothing methods, computational statistics and applied statistics.

Sybille McKeown

Statistical Society of Australia

Sybille McKeown is a Program Manager at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with responsibility for developing and deploying statistical methodologies that underpin ABS transformation objectives and enable delivery of new statistical solutions. She is passionate about building methodological capability required for the ABS to take advantage of opportunities, such as advances in technology, big data, and use of administrative information for statistical purposes.

Peter Baker

Statistical Association of Australia

Dr Peter Baker is a Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland where he also acts as a senior statistical collaborator and adviser to several research projects in the Faculty of Medicine. Peter has worked as a statistical consultant and researcher in areas such as agricultural research, Bayesian methods for genetics, health, medical and epidemiological studies for thirty years. He is Past President of the Queensland Branch and is also Media & Communications Chair, Statistical Society of Australia.

Raaj Biswas

Statistical Society of Australia

Raaj Kishore Biswas is a Scientia PhD Scholar at the Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research Centre in University of New South Wales. He works with naturalistic driving studies to assess the risk associated with everyday driving in Australia. His research interests include biostatistics, social aspects of public health and road safety. He is the chair of the Young Statisticians Network of the Statistical Society of Australia.


Kylie Rixon

Statistical Society of Australia

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