The School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics (SMAS) hosted the 2018 Statistical Science Lecturer, Dr Renate Meyer, from 29 -31 October. Dr Meyer is Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland, with research interests in applied Bayesian inference and MCMC methods. In particular, her research areas comprise time series analysis with applications in astrophysics (gravitational waves), state-space modelling in ecology, multivariate modelling using copulas, survival analysis in medical statistics, and stochastic volatility models for financial time series.

On 31 October, Dr Meyer delivered the 2018 Statistical Science Lecture: “Surfing Gravitational Waves — Black Holes and Bayesian Nonparametrics,” with approximately 50 attendees including UOW physicists and colleagues from UTS. Several social occasions rounded out a very successful visit and celebration of Statistical Science at the University of Wollongong.

The Statistical Science Lecture began in 2018 and is an annual event made possible by a philanthropic donation to the University of Wollongong.

Dr Renate Meyer from the University of Auckland, NZ (with event chair, Dr Noel Cressie)