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Like investors, bacteria, viruses and cancer cells hedge their bets

Bacteria, viruses and cancer cells can act like savvy human investors by diversifying their population against futures shocks just as people hedge their investments with a diversified portfolio against uncertainty. QUT mathematicians from the QUT Centre for Data Sciance and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical…

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Congratulations Distinguished Professor Lidia Morawska

We congratulate Lidia Morawska, who has been awarded title of Distinguished Professor in recognition of her exceptional contributions and leadership in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact. We recognise Lidia’s invaluable contribution to world-leading, collaborative research within our centre…

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ABS and QUT establish partnership for data science innovation

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and QUT have entered a first-of-its-kind partnership that aims to develop a world-leading program of research in data science. This program will be based at our centre and will focus on understanding areas of opportunity for state-of-the-art data science in order to shape, develop and transform…

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Centre excellence awards announced

Today we celebrated the collective success of our centre participants at the QUT Centre for Data Science 2020 Centre Excellence Awards ceremony. Five of our researchers received excellence awards and four were highly commended, to recognise their contribution to excellence in data science research and our community. The awards value…

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Researcher insight into this year's biggest Great Barrier Reef spawning event

From tonight the Great Barrier Reef is set to experience the ‘biggest mass spawning event of the year’. Centre researcher Dr Julie Vercelloni spoke with ABC News. Listen back: https://ab.co/3ohRN9O

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Jaguars robust to climate extremes but lack of food threatens species

Your browser does not support iframes. Click here to view the linked content in a separate window. A new QUT-led study has found wild jaguars in the Amazon can cope with climate extremes in the short-term, but numbers will rapidly decline if weather events increase in frequency, diminishing…

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ARC Discovery funding round success for our research collaborations

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan recently announced the outcomes for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects for funding starting in 2021. The Discovery Projects scheme aims to expand the knowledge base and research capacity in Australia and support research that will provide economic, commercial, environmental…

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ARC Linkage Project funding to boost Australian Cancer Atlas

Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Dr Susanna Cramb, Dr Belinda Spratt and Dr Helen Thompson were recently awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage funding for their project: ‘Statistical methods for quantifying variation in spatiotemporal areal data’. The Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan recently announced the…

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QUT gains grants under Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards

QUT has been awarded six Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) grants totalling $2.4 million. From seeking life on Mars, to enhancing critical reading with migrant and refugee-background youth, to reducing the impacts of land-based run-off on water quality, the researchers’ projects are…

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Maths model the key to aerial detection system

QUT researchers have used a complex maths model to develop an algorithm that enables unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to replicate a human pilot’s ability to visually detect aircraft at a range of more than 2km. QUT Centre for Data Science member Professor Jason Ford, who was awarded the inaugural Australian Defence Industry Award of…

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Academic promotions for seven of our researchers

The outcomes of the QUT’s 2020 promotion round to Professor and Associate Professor were announced this week. In recognition of their outstanding achievements, seven of our investigators were promoted from across QUT. We are proud to congratulate: Professor Chris Drovandi​ Professor James McGree​ Associate Professor Anup Basu Associate

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QUT algorithm could quash Twitter abuse of women

Online abuse targeting women, including threats of harm or sexual violence, has proliferated across all social media platforms but QUT researchers have developed a statistical model to help drum it out of the Twittersphere. Associate Professor Richi Nayak, Professor Nicolas Suzor and research fellow Dr Md Abul Bashar from QUT have…

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Dr Susanna Cramb named Queensland Tall Poppy

Dr Susanna Cramb is on a mission. It has two goals : the first is to uses statistics to make a difference when it comes to the health of millions of Australians. The second is to show other girls they can make the same kind of impact if they choose an education and career with STEM, and more specifically, stats. Because of her work, the…

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Maths to help predict insect movements that cause diseased bananas

Our Centre Director, Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, talks about using maths modelling to predict movements of insects that cause bunchy top banana disease on ABC Radio NSW Country Hour  (from 33:06…

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Developing a new mathematical model that points to regional cancer links

Dr Susanna Cramb talks about using cancer mapping statistics to develop new mathematical model that points to regional diseases links on ABC Radio SEQ Mornings (from 1:51:31…

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Study finds cancer mapping may solve puzzle of regional disease links

QUT researchers have used nationwide cancer mapping statistics to develop a new mathematical model so health professionals can further question patterns relating to the disease. Epidemiologists use disease atlases to identify disease prevalence and mortality rates and QUT researchers say data could be expanded by including factors such…

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Marketing made easy with algorithmic learning

The future of marketing is robotic. Associate Professor Richi Nayak, a program leader with QUT’s Centre for Data Science, has combined artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data to develop a prototype of data-driven marketing platform called Robotic Marketer. “The platform will revolutionise the way companies look at…

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Meet the researcher: Text-based data, machine learning and creating change

Associate Professor Richi Nayak is dedicated to data and data-led outcomes. Specifically, her research focuses on analysing text data through data mining and machine learning, developing algorithms to explore large repositories of text-based data to identify insights and trends, create profiles and generate reports. The applications for…

AIMS vessels RV Solander and RV Cape Ferguson on the Great Barrier Reef. Image: Australian Institute of Marine Science
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Better reef monitoring through simulation

Researchers at the QUT Centre for Data Science are working with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) to optimise reef monitoring processes and improve asset management. Associate Professor Paul Corry is developing a data-based simulation that will model reef monitoring operations. Scientists at AIMS will be able to explore…

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Funding for coronavirus-related research

Associate Professor James McGree is a Chief Investigator on the recently announced Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) for coronavirus-related research. The project team is led out of the University of New South Wales by Associate Professor Meg Jardine and will work on “Repurposing existing medications to reduce…

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Research analysing coronavirus conspiracy theories warn of social media danger

A study led by Dr Timothy Graham and team analyses coronavirus conspiracy theories on social media. Read the full story &nbsp…

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Virtual Reef Diver project awarded for excellence

The Virtual Reef Diver team is the winner of the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Award (APSEA), Award for People and Community Read more

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Kerrie Mengersen uses maths to solve diverse problems

Our Centre Director, Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, uses mathematics and statistics to solve diverse problems Watch the latest Australian Academy of Science video: ‘High tech ecology: The Latest from Science with Professor Kerrie Mengersen (episode 21)&#8216…

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QUT air quality researcher joins Australia’s top scientists

QUT physicist and leading international air quality and health researcher Professor Lidia Morawska has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, an acknowledgement of her outstanding contributions to science and society. Read the full story

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Meet the researcher: new clinical trials, statistical science and healthy waterways

Associate Professor James McGree strives to make data collection more informative, cheaper and less time-consuming. By developing new statistical and computational methods, his research finds smarter ways to collect data, leading to better efficiency when answering research questions. His work in experimental design crosses multiple…

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Dr Susanna Cramb recognised as a Super Star of STEM by Science and Technology of Australia

From childhood, Dr Susanna Cramb knew she would pursue a career in medicine. Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Science from Queensland University of Technology, continued this focus. But when undertaking a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, she became enthralled by statistics, which led her to…

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Australian Cancer Atlas team recognised with award for excellence

The Australian Cancer Atlas team is the winner of the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Award (APSEA), Award for Spatial Enablement. Read more

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COVID-19 movement restrictions can be more targeted to allow relaxing of blanket lockdowns

A QUT researcher who specialises in tracking infectious disease outbreaks based on people’s movement patterns says blanket COVID-19 lockdowns could become targeted to designated hotspots or neighbourhoods with the increased availability of personal location data. Coronavirus restrictions will remain in place in Australia until at least…

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Meet the researcher: Big data, conservation and adventures in mathematics

Research in big data has made great strides in the last few years since the terminology first entered our cultural lexicon. The application of data analysis and statistical modelling to every aspect of our lives is now standard practice. But researchers are coming up against new issues all the time. For example, how do we deal with new…

Experts share insights on data in the age of COVID-19 - Data Science in the News
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Experts share insights on data in the age of COVID-19

How accurately can data be used to help stop the spread of COVID-19? Amid the anxiety can data help people understand the facts and protect loved ones? Can data support government decision-making and justify why certain measures are being taken? And what does data tell us about our way of life as efforts to combat Coronavirus ramp…

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Smart camera trial to guide future of waterways city

Gold Coast Waterways Authority engages QUT to develop innovative solutions for waterways planning, management and safety. The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) is investing in a smart camera trial to build a detailed picture of activity on the city’s waterways network to help improve planning, network management and safety. GCWA…

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Discovery Project Success for Centre Leaders

Congratulations to the following members of our Centre leadership team for their success in getting a Discovery Project Grant from the Australian Research Council. Advances in Sequential Monte Carlo Methods for Complex Bayesian Models. Associate Professor Christopher Drovandi, Professor Chris Oates, Dr Anthony Lee This project aims to…

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Day-long event marks launch of QUT’s new Centre for Data Science

The new QUT Centre for Data Science officially opened with a day-long symposium and a big evening launch event. Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen Centre Director Kerrie Mengersen led the launch, saying the new Centre would create a book for the future to hand to the current and next generations. “The book will be filled with pages…

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New QUT Centre for Data Science and Queen's Wharf Brisbane study

QUT has announced a $7.5 million Centre for Data Science. Initially the centre will: Initiate a DataScience@QUT Network to bring together researchers from many different QUT schools and faculties Create solutions to fundamental problems of gathering, modelling and analysing data and making data-informed decisions when dealing with a…