Our research

Our research

We collaborate widely with statistical colleagues nationally and internationally at institutions such as University College London, Harvard University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Our applied research is conducted in collaboration with colleagues from diverse areas across Macquarie campus, for example the Departments of Clinical Medicine, Biological Sciences, Computing and Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies, and externally with collaborators in for example the Sydney Adventist Hospital, the Brain and Mind Institute (University of Sydney) and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

An important aspect of our research is the close integration with Research degree supervision which can be seen from our student research projects.

Each year in late July, the department holds a Research Celebration, where staff and postgraduate students present aspects of their current research.

Our research seminar series covers a broad range of topics from different areas of statistics. The seminars are scheduled at 2-3pm on Tuesdays. All welcome, especially students.

The main research groups in the Statistics Department are:


The members of the Biostatistics Research Group use modern statistical methods to analyse epidemiological data, and they carry out epidemiological studies in collaboration with medical researchers. Current research includes menopause studies, hearing studies and survival and quality of life studies of persons with breast cancer.

The group has also been working on competing risks survival analysis, risk factors for HIV/AIDS, age-period-cohort modelling, the assessment of functional independence among the disabled, and the economic costs and benefits of strategies for health improvement.

The group has several full-time PhD students, maintains strong links with NHMRC centres in Sydney, and collaborates closely with epidemiologists in South East Asia.

The group is working with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia in presenting a nationwide cross-institutional postgraduate program in biostatistics.

The members of the group are:

Mathematical and Computational Statistics

Members of the Mathematical and Computational Statistics group work broadly within the areas of nonparametric statistics, image processing, signal processing, stochastic finance, time series analysis and optimisation. Applications of their work are in finance, animal nutrition, medicine, defence and quantum computing.

The members of the group are:

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