Associate Professor Helen Thompson

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Associate Professor in Statistics, School of Mathematical Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Glasgow), BSc (Hons) (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Science (University of Queensland)

Background: Dr. Helen Thompson holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Glasgow (2008).  Her PhD thesis on optimal experimental design was supervised by Dr. Ben Torsney.  She was previously awarded a BSc (Hons) - Class I in Mathematics from the University of Queensland (2001).  Her honours research on multiple imputation was supervised by Prof. Annette Dobson.  Helen also holds a BSc in Statistics from the University of Queensland (2000).  Helen has held an academic position in the School of Mathematical Sciences since 2007.  Prior to this she held a position as Teaching Assistant at the University of Glasgow during the course of her PhD, was a Research Officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics after completing a Cadetship during her BSc (Hons), and briefly worked as a Research Officer for Brisbane Water during her BSc. Research discipline: Mathematical Sciences Areas of expertise:
  • Optimal design of experiments
  • Clinical trial design
  • Bayesian design
  • Spatial modelling and sampling
  • Copula modelling
  • Stochastic frontier modelling
  • Appled statistics

Additional information

Teaching: Helen also has considerable teaching experince in Mathematics and Statistics with other academic institutions in her capacity as Teaching Assistant at the University of Glasgow (2003-2007) and Tutor at the University of Queensland (1999-2001).   Consulting: Some organisations that Helen has provided statistical consultancy for include:
  • Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Powerlink
  • Integrated Open Space Services
Industry Collaboration: Helen's external collaborative research partners include:
  • The Developing Foundation (QUT ATN IDTC)
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • BHP Billiton, The Quantitative Group (CRC ORE)
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals (ARC Linkage)
Research Supervision:Below is a list of Helen's completed research students, which includes students whom she associate supervised, and positions taken by the students after completion:
  • Gnai Nishani Musafer, PhD (Statistics), "Non-Linear Univariate and Multivariate Spatial Modelling and Optimal Design" (Principal Supervisor), Data Scientist at Dingo Software.
  •  Darsy Darssan, PhD (Statistics), "Novel Sequential Methods in Dose-Finding Designs: Extension of the Continual Reassessment Method" (Associate Supervisor), Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool.
  • Elizabeth Ryan, PhD (Statistics), "Contributions to Bayesian Experimental Design" (Associate Supervisor), Statistician at King's College London.
  • Adebayo Aderounmu, PhD (Statistics), "Copula-Based Dependence Modelling of Price Spikes and Contagion-Like Effects in Australian Electricity Markets" (Associate Supervisor), Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Western Ontario.
  • Zhengling Xiong, MPhil (Statistics), "Relationship Between Temperature Derivvtives and Electricity Futures" (Associate Supervisor), PhD student at UQ.
  • Earl Duncan, BAppSc (Hons) (Statistics), "Optimal Designs for Non-Linear Models with Application to Dose-Finding in Phase I Clinical Trials", PhD student at QUT.
Innovative Bayesian Statistics for Enhanced Decision Making for Pharmaceutical Drug Development
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Bayesian Adaptive Design; Bayesian Decision Procedures; Design for Dose Escalation; Optimal Design; Simulation Modelling; Bayesian Computation