- Professor You-Gan Wang
- Professor in Data Science
Science and Engineering Faculty,
- Discipline *
- Statistics, Environmental Science and Management, Fisheries Sciences
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- Identifiers and profiles
PhD (University of Oxford)
- Professional memberships
- Institute of Mathematical Statistics (Lifetime Member)
- Elected Member of International Statistical Institute (ISI)
- International Biometrics Society (IBS)
Data Science, Statistical modelling, Robust inference, Longitudinal data analysis, Model selection, Fisheries stock assessment, Load estimation, Water quality monitoring, Uncertainty quantification, Environmantal statistics
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 http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=MNUkTMQAAAAJ&hl=en).
Professor Wang has experience in designing statistical curriculum for both undergraduate and graduate students and biostatistics curriculum for Dentistry and Life Sciences students. It is Professor Wang’s view that we need to stimulate creative ways of student thinking instead of solving textbook problems. This can be achieved at teaching all levels of courses.
Professor Wang has taught:
- statistical and biostatistics courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students
- students in Statistics, Dentistry, Pharmacology and Life Sciences.
- small class and large class (up to 250 students)
- Statistical Modeling and Data Analysis (Harvard),
- Statistical Consultation (Harvard) Stochastic Optimaization, (as a tutor), St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford)
- Linear Algebra (Institute for British and Irish Studies, Oxford).
- Probability and Mathematical Statistics (Institute for British and Irish Studies, Oxford).
- Biostatistics (NUS) Survival Analysis (NUS)
- Experimental Design (UQ)
- Longitudinal Data Analysis (UQ)
Development of new courses and curriculum
Professor Wang has developed course material for biostatistics and life science students including for first year Ph.D students, Harvard School of Public Health. He has also developed new course material in Biostatistics for Dentistry, National University of Singapore.
Professor Wang has experience in supervising Honours, MSc and PhD students over the past 20 years and has examined many MSc and PhD theses.
- May 2010– Sept 2015 Chair Professor of Applied Statistics, Director, Centre for Applications in Natural Resource Mathematics (CARM), School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland.
- May 2005 – April 2010 Senior Science Leader, CSIRO, Australia.
- Jun 2001 – May 2005 Associate Professor of Statistics, National University of Singapore.
- Jan 2001 – May 2002 Associate Professor, Harvard University.
- Dec 1998 – Dec 2000 Assistant Professor, Harvard University
- 1991 Statistics D.Phil, University of Oxford (Supervised by Prof JC Gittins)
- 1988 Statistics M.Sc, Peking University
- 1986 Mathematics B.Sc, Zhejiang University
- 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)
- Associate Editor of Biometrics
- Advisory Editor of Environmental Modeling & Assessment
- Associate Editor of EJS (2010-2012)
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.
- Jones AT, Ovenden JR, Wang Y, (2016) Improved confidence intervals for the linkage disequilibrium method for estimating effective population size, Heredity p217-223
- Wang Y, Wang SS, Dunlop J, (2015) Statistical modelling and power analysis for detecting trends in total suspended sediment loads, Journal of Hydrology p439-447
- Zhang Q, Li L, Wang Y, Werner AD, Xin P, Jiang T, Barry DA, (2012) Has the Three-Gorges Dam made the Poyang Lake wetlands wetter and drier?, Geophysical Research Letters p1-7
- Fu L, Wang Y, (2011) Nonparametric rank regression for analyzing water quality concentration data with multiple detection limits, Environmental Science and Technology p1481-1489
- Carey VJ, Wang Y, (2011) Working covariance model selection for generalized estimating equations, Statistics in Medicine p3117-3124
- Leung D, Wang Y, Zhu M, (2009) Efficient parameter estimation in longitudinal data analysis using a hybrid GEE method, Biostatistics p436-445
- Hin L, Wang Y, (2009) Working-correlation-structure identification in generalized estimating equations, Statistics in Medicine p642-658
- Hin L, Carey VJ, Wang Y, (2007) Criteria for working-correlation-structure selection in GEE: Assessment via simulation, American Statistician p360-364
- Wang Y, Zhu M, (2006) Rank-based regression for analysis of repeated measures, Biometrika p459-464
- Brown BM, Wang Y, (2005) Standard errors and covariance matrices for smoothed rank estimators, Biometrika p149-158
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)
- Generalised Degrees of Freedom and Probabilistic Regularisation
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- CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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- Robust Inferences for Analysis of Longitudinal Data
- Primary fund type
- CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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- Rank Statistics; Robust Inferences; Semiparametrics