In this month's edition:
Student Contest Highlights UQ Workshop
ACEMS Researcher Receives Laureate Honor
QLD Chief Scientist Visits QUT Node
Possible ACEMS Collaboration with Surf Lifesaving Australia
Upcoming Events & Workshops
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Melbourne Team Wins Student Contest at UQ Workshop

An ACEMS-sponsored workshop at The University of Queensland had an added twist this year - a competition for students.

Kate Robinson Saunders (pictured above), Tim Hyndman, and Peter Braunsteins won the "Advanced Sampling Exploration and Matlab Competition." The three are all PhD students at The University of Melbourne.
In the contest, students had to imagine they were in the center of a unit disc that contained obstacles. They couldn't see the obstacles, but
could activate a sensor (oracle) to see if an obstacle existed at a given coordinate. The challenge was to get from the center of the disk to the edge, by activating the least number of oracle probes.

"We started by brainstorming ideas about how to tackle the problem and it turned out that there were several tricky subtleties that only revealed themselves as we delved deeper," said Tim Hyndman. "Our first goal was to write a simple algorithm that ensured path feasibility, which in itself was a non-trivial problem. A number of extensions were then made to that initial algorithm to help give a competitive edge"

ACEMS Chief Investigator and UQ Professor Dirk Kroese put on the competition for the workshop, and talked about the contest and the winning entry
Student Contest for ACEMS Workshop
Researchers from all six ACEMS nodes attended and gave presentations at the workshop for "Monte Carlo Methods for Spatial Stochastic Systems."

ACEMS Chief Investigator and UQ Professor Phil Pollett helped organise the workshop, and was pleased with its outcome.

"Several people have come up to me and said they now intend to use monte carlo methods, where previously they were using more direct methods," said Pollett.  "So that's a very pleasing, very practical outcome of this workshop, I think."

The keynote speakers for the workshop were Professor Gareth Roberts from the University of Warwick, and Professor Adrian Baddeley from Curtin University, in Western Australia.
VIDEO:  Participants at the Workshop for Monte Carlo Methods for Spatial Stochastic Systems talk about its impact:
ACEMS Workshop at The University of Queensland
ACEMS Researcher Awarded Australian Laureate Pin
ACEMS Deputy Director and Chief Investigator Kerrie Mengersen traveled to Canberra to receive her pin for being awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship.

The CEO of the Australian Research Council, Professor Aidan Byrne presented Kerrie with her pin. She was one of 15 people to be awarded a Laureate Fellowship this year.

The $2.4-million grant will allow the QUT Professor to study the use of statistics for making decisions in the world of big data.
ACEMS and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) have submitted a proposal with Surf Lifesaving Australia to conduct a research project into the risks of stings from jellyfish on populated beaches in tropical Queensland.

Read what ACEMS Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Greg Lee, has to say about the project:
Read Greg Lee's Full Report on Surf Lifesaving Proposal

ACEMS Workshop on Stochastic Processes and Special Functions
13-14 August 2015
The University of Melbourne

ACEMS Short Course on INLA

31 August - 2 September 2015
QUT, Brisbane

IEEE International Symposium on Big Data Visual Analytics
22-25 September 2015
Hobart, Tasmania
Bayes on the Beach
7-9 December 2015
Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast



QLD Chief Scientist Visits QUT Node


Members of the QUT Node for ACEMS gathered on campus for a day-long retreat to mark the end of the Centre's first year.

The highlight of the meeting was a visit from Queensland's Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett. He challenged the group to work with people and groups in other fields of expertise so that new ideas and solutions could be uncovered. 

"This Centre of Excellence, I think, has got the ambition to work across boundaries and collaborate across Australia," said Dr Garrett.
More comments from QLD Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett.  He told QUT ACEMS members what it means to be a part of a Centre of Excellence
QLD Chief Scientist Geoff Garrett talks about ACEMS
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