ACEMS Public Lecture Series



Learning from COVID-19 Data in Wuhan, the USA and the World

ACEMS Virtual Public Lecture

Professor Xihong Lin, Professor of Biostatistics, Coordinating Director of the Program in Quantitative Genomics of Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and Professor of Statistics at Harvard University

In this talk, Professor Lin will provide the analysis results of COVID-19 data to estimate the transmission rates and evaluate the effects of different public health interventions on controlling the pandemic, such as social distancing, isolation and quarantine, as well as summarizing the epidemiological characteristics of the cases.

How to evaluate evidence in a criminal courtroom

ACEMS Virtual Public Lecture

Professor David Balding, Professor of Statistical Genetics at The University of Melbourne and Director of the Melbourne Integrative Genomics (MIG).

Prof. Balding discusses DNA profile evidence, addressing general issues about evidence evaluation and the use of statistical analysis in evaluating that evidence.

The Sydney Data Science Industry

ACEMS Public Lecture @ UTS

Dr Eugene Dubossarsky, Director & Principal Trainer at Presciient and founder of Data Science Sydney

Dr Eugene Dubossarsky has been at the centre of the data science industry from its earliest days in the 2000s. In this lecture, he reflects on its inception, discusses its growth, and speculates on its future.

Cancer & you: understanding the Australian Cancer Atlas

ACEMS Public Lecture @ QUT

Dr Susanna Cramb, QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

This talk highlights the key findings from the Australian Cancer Atlas, give insights to the methods and data used, and answers the question: "what do the results mean for you?"

The mathematics of evolution within species

ACEMS Public Lecture @ Monash Conference Centre, Melbourne

Prof Robert Griffiths, Oxford University & Monash University

Understanding the process of evolution within species is a fundamental topic in biology, but also in mathematics. By studying and utilising the random nature of how gene frequencies change over time, mathematics has made significant contributions to our understanding of within species evolution. Moreover, these studies have motivated deep results in mathematics itself, for example, in quantifying properties of random permutations. This talk gives a non-technical overview of the two-way interaction between mathematics and population genetics.

Using data to discover new insights into terrorism

ACEMS Public Lecture @ QUT

Dr Gentry White, QUT

This public lecture will look at how we can use publicly available data to explore issues around terrorism and discover new insights into the fundamental questions surrounding terrorism.

Data science helping to create a better justice system

ACEMS Public Lecture @ UTS

Dr Suzanne Poyton & Dr Joanna Wang, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

This ACEMS Public Lecture provided an overview of how data science and in particular statistical modelling can be used to inform a more effective criminal justice system.  

Random Stuff

ACEMS Public Lecture @ UQ

Professor Dirk Kroese, University of Queensland

ACEMS Chief Investigator Dirk Kroese presented a public lecture on randomness, and how we can better understand it through mathematics. Randomness is all around us, from the movement of the stock markets to the atoms that form us. It can be both a source of surprise (I have just won the lottery) or of great frustration (I'm stuck in traffic again!).

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