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Student Competition Returns

The University of Queensland node of ACEMS is once again putting on a student competition. 

The "Advanced Sampling and Matlab Competition" is designed to get ACEMS students working together in teams, and maybe generate some friendly competition between nodes.

ACEMS Chief Investigator Dirk Kroese is the man behind the competition again. He says this year's competition is in the broad field of machine learning/classification/optimisation, and should hopefully appeal to many of the ACEMS students.

The winning ACEMS team will receive a $250 prize. However, you don't have to be in ACEMS to participate, so Dirk says to spread the word. 

To check out the contest, CLICK HERE

National Science Quiz is a Big Success

ACEMS was proud to be a driving force in the creation of Australia's first-ever National Science Quiz.

ABC TV host Charlie Pickering led a panel of experts made up of:
  • Musician, writer, actor & radio host Red Symons
  • Author, science journalist & television presenter Tanya Ha
  • Astrophysicist & science communicator Alan Duffy
  • Victorian Lead Scientist Leonie Walsh
  • Mathematician & statistician Terry Speed, winner of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
The event took place on Sunday, 1 May at The University of Melbourne. A sold-out crowd filled the Copland Theatre, at The Spot.

The group answered a series of thought-provoking questions, using humour, some good scientific and mathematical reasoning, and some help from the audience.

An ACEMS collaboration with The University of Melbourne’s School of Mathematics and Statistics along with three other Centres of Excellence helped bring about the event. The other three centres involved were:
  • Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics
ACEMS Amazon Jaguar Project Attracts Worldwide Attention

ACEMS Chief Investigators Kerrie Mengersen (QUT) and Kevin Burrage (QUT) led an ACEMS team into the Amazon jungle in Peru late last year.

The aim of their project was to combine mathematical statistical modelling with new, virtual reality technology in an effort to track and, hopefully, save the jaguar population in Peru. 

The project was first featured in The Australian Weekend Magazine. It was then the subject of an article in The Conversation. News outlets like, the Huffington Post and Channel 7 also picked up the story, which led to a wide distribution about the project. 

Kerrie is now getting ready to leave for Peru again next month to continue the project. Details about her next trip were just featured in the Brisbane Times
Five ACEMS research projects are featured in the latest edition of "Stories of Australian Science," from Science in Public.

Click on the links below to check out each of these projects:

From UTS...
To Google...
To Harvard

“I actually didn’t like statistics at all!”

That’s how Cathy Yuen Yi Lee described her first experience with statistics in a class at the University of Wollongong. Cathy has come a long way since then.

She’s leaving ACEMS and the University of Technology Sydney this month with a PhD in Statistics, and is headed to Harvard to begin her postdoc fellowship. That’s not all. She also just finished a four-month internship with Google Zurich.



ACEMS was proud to host its "Doing Maths Like a Mathematician" workshops at four of its node universities this past month.

Once again, Anthony Harradine hosted the events. They were held at QUT, UTS, The University of Melbourne, and The University of Adelaide over a two week period.

The program allows for 9-10 schools to take part in each session. Each school sends a teacher and three students.

Anthony says the goal of the program is to have secondary students and teachers experience one important aspect of learning mathematics - namely, experiencing the immense satisfaction that comes from creating an idea and developing the idea to a point where you know it is either always right, sometimes right or never right!

For more information about how the program works, head to the ACEMS Website.

The 2015 ACEMS Annual Report is now online!

CLICK HERE to check it out.

Workshop to Honour
Prof. Peter Hall

We are proud to announce we will be hosting a workshop at The University of Melbourne in December to remember Professor Peter Hall.

Professor Hall, of course, was ACEMS inaugural director. The purpose of the workshop is to gather friends and colleagues of Peter to celebrate the life of this exceptional man and his unique contributions to statistics. 

For more information, head to the ACEMS Website.

In addition, we wanted to let you know about "A Conversation with Peter Hall" that was recently published in Statistical Science. As he battled his illness last year, Peter took time to talk with ACEMS Chief Investigators Professor Matt Wand (UTS) and Professor Aurore Delaigle (Melbourne), discussing his life, both personally and professionally. 
ACEMS was given permission to post the interview. To read the article, CLICK HERE.

Joint Australia-Japan Workshop on Dynamical Systems with Applications in Life Sciences
18-21 July
Computational & Mathematical Foundations for Big Data Analytics
25-26 July
Free to Attend
Registration Closes this Friday, 15 July

ACEMS first ever Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Big Data attracts more than 40-thousand enrolments for the four courses combined. 

The project was spearheaded by ACEMS Deputy Director Kerrie Mengersen, who said the courses were designed to help people in such fields as business, education, law or medicine.

"The courses taught people how to turn complex information into knowledge," Kerrie says, "by adding big data analytics to their skill set."

The four courses will start again in August. CLICK HERE for more information about the first course and to register.
ACEMS was a proud sponsor of the first-ever rOpenSci 'UnConference' in Australia. 

It was held in April at the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Brisbane.

Among those who took part were ACEMS Industry Engagement Officer Jessie Roberts, along with QUT ACEMS students Nick Tierney and Miles McBain. The three wrote a blog about the event, which you can READ HERE.

When you type on your computer, are you worried about fingerprints? Not on your keyboard, but across the internet? That’s because your computer could be leaving behind “browser fingerprints” at every place you visit on the internet.

An ACEMS PhD student at The University of Adelaide would like to change that, but he needs your help.

Lachlan Kang is leading a project called “Browserprint.” With the help of ACEMS, Lachlan says he can help you find out more about your browser fingerprint.

If you would like to help, or see your own internet browser fingerprint, head to Lachlan’s newly-created website,

To read more about the project, CLICK HERE.

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