International Workshop on Spatial Statistics

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  • 15 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Organisers: Tingjin Chu (University of Melbourne), Davide Ferrari (University of Melbourne), Wei Lin (Peking University), Aihua Xia (University of Melbourne).

Program Description: Stochastic models and statistical methods for the treatment of complex spatial data are important in a number of environmental disciplines such as agriculture, geology, soil science, hydrology, ecology and climatology. They are also important in health science and socioeconomic
disciplines such as human geography, regional economics, spatial econometrics
and epidemiology. The recent development of powerful data gathering technology such as GIS systems and affordable geospatial databases has prompted the interest in the statistical analysis of geographically referenced data. To promote research in these areas, the Melbourne-Peking Virtual Research Hub for Mathematics and Statistics (MPRHMS) proposes to organize an international workshop on spatial statistics and stochastic modeling.

The Statistics Group in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of  Melbourne recognizes the growing importance of statistics and stochastic modeling for complex spatial data. Some of the authors of this proposal, Tingjin Chu and Davide Ferrari (University of Melbourne), are experts in the area of statistical inference and prediction for complex spatio-temporal models. Other members of the Statistics Group at the University of Melbourne are active in the areas of statistical ecology, climatology and spatial statistics. At the same time, Peking University (PKU) has established Center for Statistical Science, with Song Xi Chen (PKU) being the current director of the Centre. One of the main goals of the Statistics research group at PKU is to develop strength in the area of spatio-temporal statistics to monitor and find viable solutions to the air-pollution problems affecting many Chinese cities.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together a small group of internationally recognised experts in stochastic modeling and spatial statistics to exchange ideas. The workshop will also help consolidate collaborations between the University of Melbourne and Peking University in this rapidly evolving field.


  • Deadline: 15 May 2019
  • Registration is by invitation only


MATRIX Wine and Cheese Afternoon 16 July 2019
On the first Tuesday of each program, MATRIX provides a pre-dinner wine and cheese afternoon. Produce is locally-sourced to showcase delicacies from the region.