Professor Philip Pollett

Professor

Mathematics
Faculty of Science
philip.pollett@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53459

Overview

Professor Phil Pollett has research interests in Markov process theory, and mathematical modelling of complex systems in population biology, ecology, chemical kinetics and telecommunications.

He holds an honours degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Adelaide and a PhD degree in Applied Probability from the University of Cambridge. He joined the Department of Mathematics in 1987 as Senior Lecturer, having previously held positions at the University of Adelaide, Murdoch University and University College of Cardiff. He was promoted to Reader in 1993 and to Professor in 2004.

His research is recognized internationally for significant contributions to Markov process theory, and mathematical modelling of complex systems in population biology, ecology, chemical kinetics and telecommunications. This research has been supported by eight ARC Large/Discovery/Linkage grants and he is a Chief Investigator within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems (MASCOS). In 1993, he was awarded the Moran Medal by the Australian Academy of Science for distinguished research in Applied Probability.

Phil Pollett has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society, Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability, Stochastic Models, and The Annals of Applied Probability, and has served on the organizing committees of several major international conferences. He devised the Probability Web, recognized as the main Web resource for probabilists throughout the world, and one of the first academic web sites. He has a strong record of innovation in undergraduate teaching, and has guided the development of many postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows through supervision and collaboration.

Qualifications

  • Fellow, Australian Mathematical Society
  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Adelaide

Publications

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Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Jovanovic, Dejan P. and Pollett, Philip K. (2011). Fault diagnosis using consensus of Markov chains. In: Georg Frey and Felix Felgner, Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems. 3rd International Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, Saarbrucken, Germany, (65-71). 15-17 June 2011.

  • Jovanovic, Dejan P., McVinish, Ross S. and Pollett, Philip K. (2011). Fault modelling using a mixture of conditional Gaussian transitions. In: Argyrios Zolotas, Proceedings of the 19th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation. 19th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, Corfu, Greece, (472-478). 20-23 June 2011.

  • McVinish, R. and Pollett, P. K. (2011). Interaction between habitat quality and an Allee-like effect in metapopulations. In: F. Chan, D. Marinova and R. S. Anderssen, Proceedings of the 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2011). 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2011), Perth, Australia, (2254-2260). 12-16 December 2011.

  • Buckley, F. M. and Pollett, P. K. (2009). Analytical methods for a stochastic mainland-island metapopulation model. In: Anderssen, R. S., Braddock, R. D. and Newham, L. T. H., Proceedings of the 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Cairns, Australia, (1767-1773). 13-17 July, 2009.

  • Pagendam, D. E. and Pollett, P. K. (2009). Robust optimal observation of a metapopulation. In: Anderssen, R. S., Braddock, R. D. and Newham, L. T. H., Proceedings of the 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Cairns, Australia, (1781-1787). 13-17 July, 2009.

  • Ross, J. V. and Pollett, P. K. (2009). Rules of thumb for metapopulation management. In: Anderssen, R. S., Braddock, R. D. and Newham, L. T. H., Proceedings of the 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Cairns, Australia, (1795-1801). 13-17 July, 2009.

  • Pollett, P. K. (2007). Ensemble behaviour in population processes with applications to ecological systems. In: Oxley, L. and Kulasiri, D., Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Congress on Modelling and Simulation. 17th Biennial Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM07), Christchurch, New Zealand, (2903-2909). 10-13 December, 2007.

  • Pagendam, D. E. and Pollett, P. K. (2007). Optimal sampling and problematic likelihood functions in a simple population model. In: Oxley, L. and Kulasiri, D., Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Congress on Modelling and Simulation. 17th Biennial Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM07), Christchurch, New Zealand, (2946-2952). 10-13 December, 2007.

  • Pollett, P. K. and Ross, J.V. (2005). Costs and decisions in population management: Koalas on Kangaroo Island. In: A. Zerger and R. M. Argent, Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Congress on Modelling and Simulation. 16th Biennial Congress on Modelling and Simulation MODSIM05, University of Melbourne, (2082-2088). 12 - 15 December 2005.

  • Pollett, P. K. and Stefanov, V.T. (2003). A method for evaluating the distribution of the total cost of a random process over its lifetime. In: D.A. Post, Proceedings of the International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Townsville, Australia, (1863-1867). 14-17 July 2003.

  • Cairns, B. J. and Pollett, P. K. (2003). Evaluating persistence times in populations that are subject to local catastrophes. In: D.A. Post, Proceedings of the International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Townsville, Australia, (747-752). 14-17 July 2003.

  • Thompson, M. and Pollett, P. K. (2001). A reduced load approximation accounting for link interactions in a loss network. In: Pearce, C. E. M., Operations Research in the Third Millenium, Proceedings of the 16th National Conference of the Australian Society for Operations Research. 16th National Conf. of the Aust.Soc. for Operations Research, McLarens On the Lake, McLaren Vale, Sth. Australia, (). 23 - 26 September 2001.

  • Pollett, P. K. (2001). Diffusion approximations for ecological models. In: F. Ghassemi, P. Whetton, R. Little and M. Littleboy, Proceedings of the International Congress of Modelling and Simulation. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Australian National University, Canberra, (843-848). 10-13/12/01.

  • Pollett, P. K. (2001). Resource allocation in general queueing networks with applications to data networks. In: C.E.M. Pearce, Operations Research in the Third Millenium, Proceedings of the 16th National Conference of the Australian Society for Operations Research (Optimization Day). 16th National Conf. of the Aust.Soc. for Operations Research, McLarens On the Lake, McLaren Vale, Sth. Australia, (). 27th September 2001.

  • Pollett, P. K. (2000). Resource allocation in general queueing networks. In: A. Ohuchi, Putting OR/MS Theory into Real Life: Proceedings of the 2nd Joint International Workshop of the Operations Research Scoeity of Japan the Australian Society of Operations Research. Putting OR/Ms Theory into Real Life, Kito Nijyo Club, Sapporo, Japan, (221-228). 26-28 June 2000.

  • Pollett, P. K. (1999). Bottlenecks in Markovian queueing networks. In: E. Kozan, Proceedings of the 15th National Conference of the Australian Society of Operations Research. 15th National Conference of the Australian Society for Operations Research, Gold Coast, Aust., (1047-1056). 4-7 July, 1999.

  • Bebbington, M. S., Pollett, P. K. and Ziedins, I. (1999). Product form approximations for highly linear loss networks with trunk reservation. In: R.J. Wilson, S. Osaki and M. J. Faddy, Proceedings of the 1st Western Pacific and 3rd Aust.ralian-Japan Workshop on Stochastic Models in Engineering Technology and Management. , Christchurch, NZ, (45-54). 23-25 Sept, 1999.

  • Pollett, P. K. (1999). Quasistationarity in populations that are subject to large-scale mortality or emigration. In: L. Oxley, F. Scimgeour and A. Jakeman, Proceedings of the International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. MODSIM 99 - International Congress on Modelling & Simulation, Hamilton, NZ, (667-672). 6-9 December 1999.

  • Pollett, P. K. and Thompson, M. (1999). The analysis of continuous-time Markovian models using expected rates. In: R. J. Wislon, S. Osaki and M. J. Faddy, Proceed. of the 1st Western Pacific & 3rd Australia-Japan Workshop on Stochastic Models in Engineering Technology and Management. 1st West.Pacific & 34d Aust.-Japan Workshop on Stochastic Models in Engin. Technology & Management, Christchurch, NZ, (456-465). 23-25 September 1999.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision