Personal details

Professor You-Gan Wang
Professor in Data Science
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Mathematical Sciences,
Statistical Science
Discipline *
Statistics, Environmental Science and Management, Fisheries Sciences
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of Oxford)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • 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

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


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

This information has been contributed by Professor You-Gan Wang.


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.

Student supervision

Professor Wang has experience in supervising Honours, MSc and PhD students over the past 20 years and has examined many MSc and PhD theses.

This information has been contributed by Professor You-Gan Wang.


  Positions held


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.

This information has been contributed by Professor You-Gan Wang.


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)

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