As last summer’s horrific bushfires raged, so too did debate about what caused them. Despite the prolonged drought and ever worsening climate change, some people sought to blame the fires largely on arson. Using open data, ACEMS analysis shows that arson is to blame for only four per cent of the fires.
The long-term decline in the number of students taught calculus in Australian schools should have every policy-maker and teacher extremely worried, writes ACEMS Chief Investigator Jan de Gier, in this op-ed co-written with Professor Asha Rao.
Have you ever watched a video or movie because YouTube or Netflix recommended it to you? Or added a friend on Facebook from the list of “people you may know”? And how does Twitter decide which tweets to show you at the top of your feed? These platforms are driven by algorithms, which rank and recommend content for us based on our data. But can we make decisions freely when we're faced with these choices? ACEMS Associate Investigator Lewis Mitchell explores this question in this story in The Conversation.
ACEMS Deputy Director Kerrie Mengersen talks with ABC Radio about new research from an ACEMS team at QUT. It uses mathematical modelling to help with efforts to eradicate banana bunchy top virus. (Interview is at 33:00)
More than 70 of Australia's Laureate professors, including ACEMS Director Peter Taylor and ACEMS Chief Investigator Kate Smith-Miles, have signed a letter to the minister for education, Dan Tehan. The letter outlines the flaws in the proposed university reforms.
ACEMS Chief Investigator Prof Rob Hyndman was a guest on the Investment Magazine podcast, 'The Curious Quant'. He discusses his work on forecasting COVID for the Australian government, time-series and causality, and his work as editor of the Internal Journal of Forecasting.