Applied Statistics and Policy Analysis Conference, 2019  
05 - 06 September
The National Wine and Grape Industry Centre
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.
Welcome to the 2nd Applied Statistics and Policy Analysis Conference

Applied statistics and data science play a vital role in the analysis and evaluation of policies in various fields including social sciences, economics, health sciences, population studies etc. On the other hand, with society apparently expecting more and more from all three levels of government; it becomes increasingly important that both private and public policy should be based on reliable and up-to-date data that covers the important issues. This conference aims to promote research collaborations and exchange ideas between data scientists, applied statisticians and data modellers who will detail the latest innovations in research to gather and disseminate information from small to big data settings, and from policy analysts who will describe how they use existing information from increasing big data environments and indicate areas in which there need to be methodological and technological developments. Another aim is to establish connections between researchers at tertiary institutions and working in industry in Australia and overseas. This conference is organised by the Data Science Research Unit (DSRU) within the School of Computing and Mathematics at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

This conference is sponsored by the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities and the School of Computing and Mathematics and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences at CSU.

Topics of interest cover all aspects of statistics, data science and policy analysis methods. This may include, but it is not limited to:
  • Applied statistics and Bayesian modelling
  • Business statistics and forecasting
  • Computational statistics
  • Health statistics
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Sample surveys/methodology
  • Small area estimation
  • Social statistics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data analytics
  • Business analytics
  • Data mining
  • Data science
  • Image processing
  • Microdata analysis
  • Microsimulation modelling
  • Business policy analysis
  • Natural resources management and ecological sustainability
  • Public policy
  • Policy analysis and evaluation
  • Social capital, social inclusion and economic indices
  • Socio-economic policy development - including the Aboriginal issues and policy research, etc.
  • Geospatial and environmental modelling
  • Agricultural modelling and policy

The theme of ASPAC'19 is "Effective policy through the use of big data, accurate estimates and modern computing tools and statistical modelling".

You are invited to present a full paper or an abstract, or simply to attend. All submissions will be thoroughly peer reviewed and accepted full papers will be published as the conference proceedings. Extended versions of selected best papers will be recommended for publication in supporting prestigious international journal: International Journal of Microsimulation or Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation.
Keynote speakers:
Professor Dennis Trewin, Former Australian Statistician (from 2000-2007) at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australian National University
Professor Robert Tanton, Director of the National Centre of Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis, University of Canberra
Professor Chang-Tsun Li, Director of Research, Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation, Deakin University
Professor David Balding, Director of the Melbourne Integrative Genomics (MIG) and Professor of Statistical Genomics, University of Melbourne
Invited speakers:
Dr Karen Malam, Director of Regions Research, within the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics at the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Dr David Mitchell, Director of Infrastructure and Corridor Analysis, Portfolio Research & Coordination Division at the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Dr Rupendra Shrestha, Deputy Director of Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine at the Department of Economics, Macquarie University
Dr Siu-Ming Tam, Chief Methodologist, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong
Associate Professor Ben Phillips, The Centre for Social Research and Methods within ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University
Travel grants
Higher degree by research and early-career researchers less than five years from PhD, are invited to apply for student/early career travel awards. If you are a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher or early-career academic and you are giving a full paper, you are eligible to apply. Female students/researchers and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Selected applicants will receive up to $500, which can be used for any combination of fees, travel and accommodation costs, subject to receipts.

The deadline for applying is the 17th of June (which is also the deadline to submit the paper) and it has to be done at the submission phase via the dedicated page. Applicants are also required to send a copy of their academic C.V. including the studentship/early-career researcher information (i.e. student id/PhD conferred date and university) to the Conference Administrator email:

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