Keynote Speakers

Prof Kerrie Mengersen

Professor of Statistics, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow in the School of Mathematical Sciences at QUT and is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers: Big Data, Big Models and New Insights (ACEMS). Her focus is on using and developing new statistical and computational methods that can help to solve complex problems in the real world. These problems are in the fields of environment, health and medicine and industry. 

At QUT, her Bayesian Research and Applications Group (BRAG) comprises around 30 awesome postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.  

Some of the recent projects they have worked on are:

Conservation-focused: The health of coral reefs; biosecurity and rare species.

Other projects include: Human diseases, Cancer mapping, Virtual Reef Diver, Airport monitoring and the Queens Wharf project in Brisbane. 

In 2016, Kerrie Mengersen was awarded the Pitman Medal, the highest honour to be presented by the Statistical Society of Australia and the first woman to receive it.

In 2018, she was elected a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and also the Academy of Social Sciences Australia (ASSA)

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