OZCOTS 2021 Virtual Conference – Keynote Speakers

Prof Manfred Borovcnik

Prof Borovcnik’s scientific career started with the Bayesian controversy. As a consequence his interest grew in a comparative study of approaches towards inference. Based on his long-term experience as a statistical consultant, he experimented with students how projects in applied statistics can be used for education.

Prof Borovcnik’s concern with distance studies resulted in the design of blended-learning courses in statistics for non-mathematical studies. To find ways to elementarise inference led him to investigate the potential of EDA and resampling in the 1990s. In probability, he was fascinated by ideas of Fischbein with his interplay between intuitions and mathematics. This emerged into projects on key concepts of probability and the twin character of probability and risk, which in turn initiated investigations on risk also related to decisions in health issues.

Prof Robert Gould

Robert is a teaching professor and vice-chair of undergraduate studies in the Department of Statistics at UCLA.  He has been active in statistics education and data science education since 1994.   As lead principal investigator of the Mobilize project, he is the architect of the Mobilize Introduction to Data Science course, a year-long high school course implemented in 16 school districts. 

He is the founder of the DataFest, a 48-hour undergraduate data analysis competition sponsored by the American Statistical Association and held at 42 sites around the world.  With two-year college professors Colleen Ryan and Rebecca Wong, he co-authored an introductory statistics book published by Pearson Higher Education.  Robert was elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2012 and in 2019 was awarded the CAUSE Lifetime Achievement Award for Statistics Education and the American Statistical Association Waller Distinguished Teaching Career Award.

Prof Helen MacGillivray

Prof Helen MacGillivray was only the second Australian and second female to be President of the International Statistical Institute in its 130 year history. She was an inaugural Australian Senior Learning and Teaching Fellow, first female President and Honorary Life Member of the Statistical Society of Australia, and a past President of the International Association for Statistical Education. She is Editor of Teaching Statistics, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and was inaugural Chair of the UN Global Network of Institutions for Statistical Training. She has received many national awards and grants, and published textbooks, chapters, keynotes, invited and refereed papers on authentic statistical learning and assessment, curricula design, learning support and research topics in distributions.

Prof Helen MacGillivray has been on organising committees for many international and national conferences. She has chaired reviews of university departments and centres across Australia and internationally. Her many leadership roles include founding and directing university-wide Maths Access Centres, Symposia in Statistical Thinking, and mentored developmental programs in university teaching. Helen has played key roles in mathematics and statistics school education on curriculum, professional development, resources, assessment and a variety of innovative and successful extension and enrichment programs for thousands of high school students.

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