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Published on July 9th, 2013 | by Stephanie

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DAY TWO WRAP UP

Prof. Geoff Prince, Director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), welcomed delegates today, introducing a stellar international speaker line up.
CSIRO’s Dr Bronwyn Harch –  a proud farmers daughter – told us data science can inform our insights and help us understand and make decisions relevant to planet earth. CSIRO are using sophisticated mathematical models for the early detection of Alzheimer’s. “Mathematics is involved in every stage of the decision making value chain,” Bronwyn said.

Prof. Chris Budd, University of Bath, spoke on the Fast Fourier Transform and Kalman Filters to assimilate data.  He also highlighted the use of super computers in weather forecasting for the UK MET Office.
(Above: Prof. Geoff Prince, AMSI Director and right: Prof. Chris Budd, University of Bath)
INTERVIEW WITH DR BRONWYN HARCH, CSIRO

Mathematics – the ‘edge’ I needed!

 Q. When did you discover that you had a passion and a knack for the mathematical sciences?

I’ve always found maths helped me make sense of the changes I see around me – like how changes in rainfall and temperature have an impact on my Dad’s crops in southern Queensland where I grew up. I did advanced maths in high school because I enjoyed it and was good at it.

In the 1980s, environmental science was popular. I had just completed a degree in environmental science and teaching, and also enjoyed mathematics and realised I needed an edge that would help my career. I wondered if there was a career where… Read more…

TOP TWEETS # MPEAU @DiscoverAMSI

  • @mariposajanine – Chris Budd uses Kalman filter to assimilate data in weather prediction
  • ‏@DiscoverAMSI – Super computing power and mathematics allows the accuracy of forecasts to be improved by about a day per decade! Prof. Budd #MPEAU
  • @CSIROnews – Data science for informing insights, understanding & decision making – Our Bronwyn Harch speaking this morning at #MPEAU Year conference ^DC
  • @MariEricksen – #MPEAU @DiscoverAMSI Findings could lead to delay the onset of alzheimers by 5 years, nearly halving the cost for Australia @AlzheimersAus
  • @mariposajanine – Being mathematically capable doesn’t mean the place you work at must have maths in its name- reach out with your career Bronwyn Harch #mpeau
  • @penguian – Use of Bayes implies questioning and refining the prior – #mpeau

DELEGATES HAVE THEIR SAY ABOUT MPE CONFERENCE!  Watch here…

                   

WHAT’S ON TOMORROW:

  • Robert Muir-Wood, Risk Management Solutions.  Saving lives and money – the second 
    wave of Catastrophe modelling
  • Simon Barry, CSIRO.  Managing Biosecurity for a Planet at Risk 
  • Julie Arblaster, BoM.  Earth System Models – tools for understanding climate variability and change
  • Peter Waterhouse, University of Sydney. Bioinvasion at the Molecular Level 
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm MPE photography competition exhibition
  • 6:00 – 7:00pm Public Lecture: Dr Mark Stafford Smith. A Future Earth for our children: maths for the plant

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