# Stochastic Processes

## About

Probability is a beautiful and ubiquitous field of modern mathematics that can be loosely described as the *mathematics of uncertainty*. It has applications in all areas of pure and applied science, and provides the theoretical basis for statistics. Four of the last twelve Fields Medallists have been recognised for their work in probability.

Stochastic processes involves the study of systems that evolve randomly in time. The latter is a characteristic feature of the behaviour of most complex systems, for example, living organisms, large populations of individuals of some kind (molecules, cells, stars or even students), financial markets, systems of seismic faults etc. Being able to understand and predict the future behaviour of such systems is of critical importance, and this requires understanding the laws according to which the systems evolve in time. Discovering such laws and devising methods for using them in various applications in physics, biology, statistics, financial engineering, risk analysis and control is the principle task of researchers working in the area of stochastic processes. Computer simulations also play an important role in the field, and enable one to get insight into the behaviour of analytically intractable systems.

Research in our group covers a diverse range of theoretical and applied probability and stochastic processes, including: stochastic approximation, the theory of queues and stochastic networks, random walks, random graphs and combinatorial structures, reinforcement processes, interacting particle systems, stochastic dynamical systems, boundary crossing problems, and applications in epidemiology, healthcare, traffic management, risk modelling, financial engineering.

Students interested in pursuing a career in various fields such as mathematics, statistics, physics, biology, finance, economics etc. will benefit greatly by studying probability at a deep level. Stochastic Processes graduates work in research and development departments of leading financial and insurance institutions, defence organisations, as well as in the areas of bioinformatics, signal processing, technology and many others.

## Academic Staff

**Prof Kostya BOROVKOV** (Professor)

**Prof Tim BROWN** (Professor)

**Dr Mark FACKRELL** (Lecturer)

Research interests: *Stochastic Modelling, Operations Research, Healthcare modelling, Game theory, Matrix-analytic methods*

**Dr Sophie HAUTPHENNE** (Senior Lecturer)

**A/Prof Mark HOLMES** (Associate Professor)

**Prof Malwina LUCZAK** (Professor)

**Dr Nathan ROSS** (Senior Lecturer)

**Prof Peter TAYLOR** (Professor)

Research interests: *Stochastic Processes, Markov processes, Queueing Networks, Telecommunications systems, Modelling of biological systems, Parameter estimation, Stochastic Petri nets*

**Dr Michael WHEELER** (Senior Lecturer)

Research interests: *Algebraic Combinatorics, Exactly solvable lattice models , Stochastic Processes, Integrable probability, Symmetric function theory*

**Prof Aihua XIA** (Professor)

Research interests: *Limit Theory in Stochastic Processes, Poisson and compound Poisson approximations, Markov processes, Queueing Networks, Point Processes*

## Research Fellows

**Dr Jing FU** (Research Fellow)

**Dr Matthieu SIMON** (ARC Centre Fellow)

**Dr Ali TIRDAD** (Research Fellow)

## Honorary Staff

**Professor Andrew BARBOUR**

Professorial Fellow (Associate)
**Professor Daryl DALEY**

Professorial Fellow (Associate)

## Postgraduate Students

CHONG Aaron

HYNDMAN Timothy

KUMAR Ashwani

LEUNG Jason – ‘Topics in nonparametric function estimation’

LO Yin Yuan (Tiffany)

SAUNDERS Kate – ‘Spatial and Temporal Statistical Modelling of Extreme Rainfall in Australia.’

SHAH Shrupa – ‘Understanding the contribution of space on the spread of Influenza using an Individual-based model approach’

VO Xuan (Kevin) – ‘Convergence of instantaneous markov processes’

## Masters (RT) Students

LIN Hangrui

LOVELACE-TOZER Meirian

SZEREDI Ria

TAN Yiting

TSENG Yu Hsiu Paco