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Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Mathematical Sciences,
Statistical Science

Personal

Name
Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen
Position(s)
Australian Laureate Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Mathematical Sciences,
Statistical Science
Professor of Statistics
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Mathematical Sciences,
Statistical Science
Discipline *
Statistics
Phone
+61 7 3138 2063
Fax
+61 7 3138 2310
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
Twitter
Qualifications

PhD (University of New England), BA(Hons) (University of New England)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • President, International Society for Bayesian Analysis 2017
  • Fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ) 2015-
  • Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow 2015-2020
  • Associate Member, University of Oxford 2015-
  • Member of the ISBA Fellows Selection Committee 2015-2016
  • Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics Management Committee 2014-
  • Elected Member of the International Advisory Board, International Biometrics Society 2013-2014
  • National President of the Statistical Society of Australia, 2011-2012
  • Member of the National Heads of Mathematical Sciences, 2011
  • Elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences 2005
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society 2004
  • Executive Member of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis 2005-2008
  • Inaugural President of the Australasian Chapter of ISBA 2004-2006
  • Executive Member of the Statistical Society of Australia; Section Coordinator 2004-
  • Member of the International Biometrics Society (IBS)
  • Member of the International Environmetrics Society.

For more information, visit Kerrie Mengersen’s website: https://bragqut.wordpress.com/mengersen/

Keywords

Bayesian statistics, computational statistics, environmental, genetic and health statistics, statistical consulting and expert advice

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Background

Kerrie Mengersen graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class 1), majoring in Mathematics (Statistics) and Computing, and received her PhD in Mathematical Statistics in 1989 from the University of New England, New South Wales. Her PhD thesis was on the topic of ranking and selection under the supervision of Professor Eve Bofinger, one of the pioneer female university researchers in regional Australia.

Following graduation, she was recruited to a commercial statistical consulting company, which provided her with strong experience in a wide range of statistical methods in the context of diverse applied problems. Her career since then has been characterised by a dual focus of engaging with and developing new statistical methodology motivated by, and motivating, challenging statistical applications.

In 2016, QUT awarded the title of Distinguished Professor to Professor Kerrie Mengersen in recognition of her outstanding achievements, both nationally and internationally, in mathematics and statistical research. Distinguished Professor Mengersen is acknowledged to be one of the leading researchers in her discipline.

Research

Distinguished Professor Mengersen focuses on using and developing new statistical and computational methods that can help to solve complex problems in the real world. These problems are in the fields of environment, genetics, health and medicine, and industry. She enjoys working with a diverse range of people doing outstanding things in many different areas, and contributing expertise in an important component of their work. Her research interests include:

  • complex systems modelling
  • Bayesian statistical modelling, computational methods and applications
  • Bayesian networks
  • applied statistics.

Grants

  • ARC Laureate Fellow
  • Discovery Projects: 4
  • ARC Linkage Projects: 10
  • ARC Linkage International Projects: 1
  • ARC Centre of Excellence: 1
  • NHMRC Program Grant: 1
  • NHMRC Projects: 3
  • CRC substantive projects: 3 (NPB, SI, CIEAM)

Academic recognition

Distinguished Professor Mengersen’s national and international reputation in statistics research and its application is supported by:

  • over 200 refereed journal publications
  • over 20 invited international conference presentations
  • attraction of over 30 large research grants
  • the successful supervision of over 30 postgraduate students in the past 5 years.

Some of her recent accolades include:

2016

  • Awarded the title of Distinguished Professor by Queensland University of Technology
  • Awarded the Pitman Medal, the highest honour to be presented by the Statistical Society of Australia and the first women to receive it
  • Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information Research Excellence Award
  • Recipient of the JS Hunter Award, awarded in tandem with the annual J Stuart Hunter Lecture at The International Environmetrics Society 2016 meeting.

2015

  • Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship
  • Biennial Medal by the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ)
  • Fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ).

2014

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence (team)
  • Elected Fellow of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.
This information has been contributed by Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen.

Teaching

Supervisions

Distinguished Professor Mengersen has a strong commitment to training the next generation of researchers, with 34 postgraduate researchers in statistics completed under her direct supervision.

A further 22 graduate students completed at Australian and international universities (Malaysia, France) under her associated supervision.

Currently at QUT, she is Principal Supervisor of 17 PhD and 6 Masters by Research students and Associate Supervisor to 6 PhD students.

This information has been contributed by Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen.

Experience

Academic appointments

Since completing her PhD in Statistics in 1989, Distinguished Professor Mengersen has been appointed to several esteemed academic positions throughout her career. Her most recent include:

  • Distinguished Professor, Queensland University of Technology, 2016-present
  • Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, 2015-2020
  • Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers in Big Data, Big Models and New Insights, 2014-present
  • Research Professor in Statistics, School of Mathematical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, 2004-present.
  • Inaugural Director of the Collaborative Centre for Data Analysis, Modelling and Computation, Queensland University of Technology, 2011-2012.

Key professional positions

Distinguished Professor Mengersen has actively contributed to professional societies, serving as National President for the Statistical Society of Australia and Managing Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics.

She has also taken various executive roles in the International Society for Bayesian Analysis and the International  Biometrics Society.

A selection of her current and most recent professional positions include:

  • President, International Society for Bayesian Analysis, 2017
  • Associate Member, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford, 2015
  • Member of the Task Team on Satellite Imagery, Remote Sensing and Geo-Spatial Data, under the UN, 2015
  • Statistics Division Global Working Group (GWG) on Big Data for Official Statistics, 2015
  • Executive member, International Society for Bayesian Analysis, 2015
  • Invited member of Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence selection panel, 2014
  • Invited Co-Editor of an issue of Statistical Science on ‘Big Bayes Stories’ 2014–present
  • Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics Management Committee, 2014.
This information has been contributed by Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Bayesian Learning for Decision Making in the Big Data Era
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
FL150100150
Start year
2015
Keywords
Title
Improving Productivity and Efficiency of Australian Airports - A Real Time Analytics and Statistical Approach
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP140100282
Start year
2015
Keywords
Bayesian Networks; Video Analytics; Operations Management
Title
Statistical Review and Re-Design of the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
MT14057
Start year
2015
Keywords
Bees; Review; Statistical Modelling; Surveillance
Title
ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers of Big Data, Big Models, New Insights (ACEMS)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
CE140100049
Start year
2014
Keywords
Title
New Directions in Bayesian Statistics: formulation, computation and application to exemplar challenges
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP140103564
Start year
2014
Keywords
Bayesian statistics; latent variable models
Title
From Science to Policy: Quantifying and Managing the Risk of Mosquito Borne Disease in the Context of Climate Change
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP110100651
Start year
2011
Keywords
Climate Change; Environmental Health; Risk Management; Public Health Policy
Title
Bayesian Statistical Models for Understanding Outcomes and Improving Decision-making for Women Screened for Breast Cancer
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP100100570
Start year
2010
Keywords
Bayesian modelling; Spatio-temporal modelling; cancer mapping; cancer epidemiology
Title
Integrated Data and Synthesis Framework for Reducing N20 Emissions from Australian Agricultural Soils
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT00002
Start year
2009
Keywords
N20 Emissions; Soil
Title
International Networks in Applied Bayesian Statistics: Improving Australia's Knowledge Through Intelligent Data Analysis and Modelling
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LX0882876
Start year
2008
Keywords
Bayesian Statistics; Environmental Statistics; Healthy Waterways; Bayesian Networks; Environmental Sustainability
Title
Using Conversational Computer Technology to Improve Diabetes Management: A Randomised Controlled Trial
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
443214
Start year
2007
Keywords
Behavioural Intervention; Secondary Prevention; Type 2 Diabetes; Automated Telephone System; Chronic Diseases