Professor You-Gan Wang

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Professor in Data Science, School of Mathematical Sciences

PhD (University of Oxford)

Professor Wang's research interests include developing statistical methodology for correlated data analysis, robust inferences and model selection and applying advanced techniques that help to solve important problems in medical sciences, environmental research and natural resource management. In applied statistics, Professor Wang has been working with multidiscipline teams on a wide range of problems. Their findings have significant impacts in resource management (fisheries and hydrology) and clinical trials (biostatistics).  Professor Wang has been invited on a number of occasions to organize/speak at international conferences and to review journal papers. His work has substantial impacts and scientific innovations in statistical modelling and data science. Professor Wang has published 140+ papers in international journals with more than 3,000 SCI citations (h-index 32, see

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  Positions held Education Professional services
  • Grant Reviews
  • ARC Discovery, Linkage, DECRA
  • National Science Foundation, USA
  • Alaska Sea Grant
  • Thesis and Senior Promotion Assessors
   Professional and administrative experiences
  • Editorial Board of Biometrics (2013-present)
  • Editorial Board of Environmental Modeling and Assessment (2015-present)
  • Reviewer for Mathematical Reviews
  • Associate Editor of Electronic Journal of Statistics (2009-2011)
  • Referee for major journals in statistics and its applications (roughly 15 per year)
  • Organize International conferences and workshops
  • External Evaluator for the Center for Pharmaceutical Administration and the Center for Drug Evaluation, Singapore.
  • Program committee for the international conferences (IBC, IMS)
Editorial boards Research Grants and Projects New ARC Discovery Grant (2016-2018) (Sole CI): Generalised degree of freedom and probablistic regulisation (DP160104292) ($300,000). Jun 2013-Jun 2016 ARC Discovery Grant (Sole CI): Robust inferences for analysis of longitudinal data (DP130100766) ($330,000).  an 2012-Dec 2014 ARC Linkage Grant (one of the Chief Investigators): Multi-scale, two-phase flow in complex coal seam systems ($377,800). Jul 2007 – Jun 2008 FRDC grant (Principal Investigator): Calculating recent foreign fishing vessel numbers us­ing established estimators based on coastwatch surveillance and appre­hension data ($93,471). Jul 2006 – Dec 2006 FRDC grant (Principal Investigator): Estimating Reliable Foreign Fishing Vessel Fishing Effort from Coastwatch Surveillance and Apprehension Data ($143,358). Mar 2004 – Feb 2005 Chief Investigator of “Phase I/II designs for multiple out­ comes” (S$93,685) . Jun 2003 – May 2006 Chief Investigator of “Robust Methods for Analysis of Lon­gitudinal Data” (S$113,054) . Apr 2002 – Mar 2004 Chief Investigator of “Analysis of Clustered Data Analysis” (S$32,500). Oct 1998 – Apr 2001 Protocol development and data analysis for AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG 377, ACTG 225, ACTG381, ACTG391, ACTG1018, ACTG1012). Oct 1998 – Apr 2001: Statistical Modeling and Parameter Estimation in AIDS Clinical Trials  (R01:AI24643, PI: S. Lagakos). Apr 1997 – Mar 2000 Senior Statistical Consultant, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Cen­ter, New York, on Parameter Estimation in Sequential Clinical Trials (NIH Grant CA74207). Jul 1998 – Dec 1998 Coinvestigator of “Risk analysis for the Northern Prawn Fishery” (A$620,000). Jul 1995 – Dec 1997 Principal Investigator, of “Estimation of survival and growth for Aus­tralian Prawn Fisheries” (A$220,000). Jul 1992 – Jun 1997 Population dynamics and Bioeconomic study for Northern Prawn Fishery, CSIRO. Oct 1991 – Jun 1992 Cohort and Case-Control study on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; Cancer Research; Children Injury Prevention and Statistical Consult­ing at Menzies Centre for population Health Research, University of Tasmania. Sep 1988 – May 1991 Study for the D.Phil on Decision Theory under supervision of Professor J.C. Gittins, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford.
Generalised Degrees of Freedom and Probabilistic Regularisation
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Robust Inferences for Analysis of Longitudinal Data
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Rank Statistics; Robust Inferences; Semiparametrics