Contact

Administrative

The administrative contact for the Australasian Bayesian Network Modelling Society can be reached on the following email address: contact@abnms.org

Board

President
Dr Kate Parkins
University of Melbourne
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Kate is research fellow at the University of Melbourne in the Bushfire Behaviour and Management Team. Kate is currently undertaking post-doctoral research as a bushfire risk analyst. Her current research interests include fire risk modelling, particularly the integration of cultural and environmental assets into risk planning, fire management and forest ecology. Kate is particularly interested in Bayesian Network Modelling for the integration of multiple data sources, spatialisation of risk, and as a decision-support tool. Kate completed her PhD in fire ecology at the University of Melbourne in 2018. Her research focused on how fire affects ecological processes in flammable systems, with a focus on fire-induced edge effects and the implications for native fauna. Her previous research had a focus on large forest owls, threatened species conservation and species distribution modelling. Kate also has a Bachelor of Arts/Communications degree and is passionate about science communication.

President-elect
Dr Steven Mascaro
Bayesian Intelligence
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Dr Steven Mascaro is a Director and Senior Consultant at Bayesian Intelligence. He began working with BNs in 2006, contributing to the development of Monash University's BN-based poker playing bot. Since then, he has worked on development of models and software, both elicited and machine learned, in domains including ecology, defence, biosecurity, fire, children's health and infectious diseases and rail maintenance. His main interests are in machine learning and causal discovery, as well as in expert elicitation and, in particular, software and techniques for structuring and automating the elicitation process.

Past President
Dr Anca Hanea
University of Melbourne
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Anca is a senior research fellow based at the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) at the University of Melbourne. She is a research associate at the Centre for Environmental and Economic Research (CEER) and at the Interdisciplinary MetaResearch Group. Her research interests and experience lie in high dimensional dependence modelling, risk analysis, decision theory, probabilistic graphical models, and structured expert judgement.

Member at large (3 years)
Dr Annemarie Christophersen
GNS Science
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Dr Annemarie Christophersen is a senior scientist at GNS Science, New Zealand, and also the team leader of the Earthquake Physics and Statistics Team. Annemarie first came across Bayesian networks in the context of developing risk assessment method for carbon capture and storage and has since worked with colleagues in volcanology on models for eruption forecasting and with colleagues in climate modelling on Antarctic ice-sheet stability. Annemarie has been on the board of ABNMS since 2016 and was the president in 2019.

Member at large (3 years)
Dr Bruce Marcot
USDA Forest Service
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Bruce Marcot, Ph.D., is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the Ecosystem Process and Function Research Program of U.S. Forest Service in Portland, Oregon, USA. He participates in applied science research and technology application projects dealing with old-forest management, analysis of rare and little-known species, assessment of biodiversity, and ecological research in regions from the arctic to the tropics. He has provided advances in integrating Bayesian network modelling with decision science, expert elicitation, rare event statistics, and environmental monitoring.

Member at large (2 years)
Dr Sandra Johnson
PegaSys / ConsenSys
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Dr. Sandra Johnson is a researcher at the PegaSys division of ConsenSys. She started her career as a software developer at IBM, and continued to work in IT for around 20 years before undertaking postgraduate studies at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). After her PhD, she conducted environmental statistical research at QUT and at the University of Queensland (UQ). She worked as a senior data scientist at Flight Centre before joining PegaSys. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical & Statistical Frontiers at QUT.

Member at large (2 years)
Dr Helen Mayfield
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland
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Helen's research interests cover biodiversity conservation and human health, and how decisions in these fields could be optimised to achieve mutual gains for people and the environment. Her underlying goal is to facilitate evidence-based decisions in these fields by making data modelling and decision science more accessible to decision makers, regardless of the quality or nature of their data. Her interest in BNs therefore includes using them both as a machine learning technique and as a participatory modelling tool.

Member at large (1 year)
Dr Thang Cao
Defence Science and Technology Group
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Thang is currently Operational Analysis Senior Researcher within the Joint Operations Analysis Division in the Defence Science and Technology Group. His research interests and experience are in mathematical modelling and decision analysis for complex defence problems, particularly on stochastic and fuzzy multi-criteria decision analysis, Bayesian Networks, multi-objective optimisation and statistical data analysis. Thang has been on the board of ABNMS since 2018.

Member at large (1 year)
Dr Andrew Coutts
Defence Science and Technology Group
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Andrew is currently Group Leader of Red Teaming and Wargaming within the Joint Operations Analysis Division in the Defence Science and Technology Group. He has recently completed 40 years working for Defence in diverse roles ranging from soldier/technician, communications engineer and finally as an operations analyst. In recent years Andrew completed a PhD through the University of New South Wales that applied a Bayesian Network approach to support Political-Strategic crisis decision making. Andrew has been on the board of ABNMS since 2016.

Treasurer & Public Secretary

Treasurer
Dr Owen Woodberry
Bayesian Intelligence
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Dr Owen Woodberry is a Director and Senior Consultant at Bayesian Intelligence. He has worked in Bayesian networks since 2003, where he worked on the development of a model of native fish populations in the Goulburn Broken Catchment in Victoria. Since then, he has worked on the development of a wide range of BN models, including in domains such as ecology, health, infectious diseases, fire, biosecurity and asset management. He has interests in the knowledge engineering of BNs, machine learning, software development and teaching.

Public secretary
Dr Steven Mascaro
Bayesian Intelligence
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Dr Steven Mascaro is a Director and Senior Consultant at Bayesian Intelligence. He began working with BNs in 2006, contributing to the development of Monash University's BN-based poker playing bot. Since then, he has worked on development of models and software, both elicited and machine learned, in domains including ecology, defence, biosecurity, fire, children's health and infectious diseases and rail maintenance. His main interests are in machine learning and causal discovery, as well as in expert elicitation and, in particular, software and techniques for structuring and automating the elicitation process.

Other contacts

General information:Dr Kate Parkins (President)
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Membership secretary:Dr Steven Mascaro
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Website Manager:Dr Steven Mascaro
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