Seminar: Data Mining for Biosecurity Regulation, by A/Prof. Andrew Robinson, Wednesday 10 Aug 2016

posted Aug 1, 2016, 2:08 PM by Yanchang Zhao   [ updated Aug 1, 2016, 2:11 PM ]

Topic: Data Mining for Biosecurity Regulation
Speaker: A/Prof. Andrew Robinson, Melbourne University
When: 4:30pm-5:30pm, Wednesday 10 Aug 2016
Where: 9A1 (Building 9, Room A1), University of Canberra. See UC map at

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) seeks to mitigate the inherent biosecurity risk of various pathways by various control measures. This presentation focuses on the deployment of data-mining tools on a collection of data resources held by the department. The overall results of the data mining exercises were very encouraging; we developed statistically reliable models that produced operationally realistic predictions. We discuss the benefits and challenges of statistical analysis of operational data resources.

About the speaker:
Andrew Robinson is Reader and Associate Professor in applied statistics, and deputy director of the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA), at the University of Melbourne. Professor Robinson spends much of his time thinking about biosecurity at national borders, including analyzing inspection and interception data using statistical tools, designing and trialing inspection surveillance systems, developing metrics by which regulatory inspectorates can assess their performance, and discussing all of the above with interested parties. He is a co-author of three books: Introduction to Scientific Programming and Simulation Using R, Forest Analytics with R, and Methods of Statistical Model Estimation.