Dr Michael Bulmer

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 57905


Research Interests

  • Automated Reasoning and Data Analysis
    With a colleague in Computer Science, we are developing a hybrid system for data analysis by embedding symbolic reasoners in statistical software.
  • Virtual Worlds
    A number of �virtual worlds� are being developed to enrich the experience of students in service courses and to provide them with a holistic appreciation of their studies. Some of these have arisen naturally from technologies developed by other groups, such as the Centre for Plant Architecture Informatics.
  • OStats
    OStats is a statistical package designed for teaching and learning data analysis. It is being developed to give students easy access to sophisticated visual and analytical tools but without overwhelming them with output. It is also being used in conjunction with the automated reasoning and reliability modelling projects described above.

Research Impacts

The Islands simulation is used to support teaching and learning statistics at numerous institutions in Australia and overseas, and now at a growing number of high schools.


  • Graduate Certificate in Education, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania
  • BSc (Hons), University of Tasmania
  • BSc, University of Tasmania


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Book Chapter

  • Murthy, D. N. Pra, Baik, Jaiwook, Wilson, Richard J. and Bulmer, Michael (2006). Two-Dimensional Failure Modeling. Handbook of Engineering. (pp. 97-111) edited by Hoang Pham. London: Springer-Verlag. doi: 10.1007/978-1-84628-288-1_5

  • Bulmer, M. and Eccleston, J. A. (2003). Photocopier reliability modelling using evolutionary algorithms. Case Studies in Reliability and Maintenance. (pp. 399-422) edited by W. R. Blischke and D. N. P. Murthy. New Jersey: Wiley.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

  • Bulmer, M., McCrae, B. and Stacey, K. eds. (2000). Proceedings of the Mathematics 2000 Festival. Mathematics 2000 Festival, University of Melbourne, 10-13 January 2000. Adelaide: AAMT.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision