Dr Michael Bulmer

Senior Lecturer

Mathematics
Faculty of Science
m.bulmer@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 57905

Overview

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.
  • Reliability Modelling
    We are investigating approaches to reliability modelling based on computationally intensive methods of parameter estimation and analysis. This work is in conjunction with colleagues in the School of Engineering.
  • 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.

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Murthy, D. N. Pra, Baik, Jaiwook, Wilson, Richard J. and Bulmer, Michael (2006). Two-Dimensional Failure Modeling. In Hoang Pham (Ed.), Handbook of Engineering (pp. 97-111) London: Springer-Verlag.

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

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Bulmer, Michael (2011). Collaborative development of a virtual environment to support learning in experimental design and statistical analysis. In: Proceedings of the 58th World Statistics Congress (ISI2011). 58th World Statistics Congress (ISI2011), Dublin, Ireland, (1-7). 21-26 August 2011.

  • Bulmer, Michael and Meiring, Joyce (2011). Harnessing the creativity of science students to develop an online learning tool. In: Michael Docherty, Proceedings of the CreateWorld10 Conference. CreateWorld 2010, Brisbane, Australia, (13-19). 29 November - 1 December 2010.

  • Bulmer, Michael and Low, Emma (2008). Technology for insight into student beliefs about statistics in large classes. In: Proceedings of the 6th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics (OZCOTS 2008). OZCOTS 2008 - 6th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, (1-7). 3-4 July, 2008.

  • Michael Bulmer, Mia O'Brien and Sarah Price (2007). A research orientated, technology-rich, collaborative learning design: meeting the challenge in a large first year class. In: Geoffrey Crisp and Margaret Hicks, Enhancing Higher education, theory and scholarship, processdings of the 30th HERDSA annual conference (CD-ROM), Adelaide, 8-11 July. Higher education research and development society of Australasia (HERDSA) inc annual conference, Adelaide, South Australia, (1-11). 8-11 July 2007.

  • Evans, Gareth, Bulmer, Michael and Noskoff, Andrew (2007). Cross-Entropy Optimization using Xgrid. In: Docherty, Michael, Proceedings of the Apple University Consortium Conference 23-26 September 2007. Apple University Consortium Conference: Contribute, Communicate, Collaborate, Gold Coast, Australia, (3-1-3-6). 23-26 September 2007.

  • Myatt, P., Thier, R., Bulmer, M. and Byers, H. (2007). Promoting deep learning through design - discussion, student activity and assessment. In: Enhancing Higher Education Theory and Scholarship. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Adelaide, (). 8-11 July, 2007.

  • Blanchfield, J., McGraw, E., Bulmer, M., Thier, R., Byers, H., Myatt, P., Hamilton, S. and Evans, R. (2007). The Advanced Study Program in Science: challenging, motivating and inspiring our best science students. In: Hugman, A., Johnston, I. and Peat, M., Proceedings of the Assessment in Science Teaching and Learning Symposium. Assessment in Science Teaching and Learning Symposium, The University of Sydney, (134-139). September 28 & 29, 2007.

  • Bulmer, Michael, O'Brien, Mia and Price, Sarah (2007). Troublesome concepts in statistics: a student perspective on what they are and how to learn. In: A/Prof Ian Johnston and A/Prof Mary Peat, UniServe Science National UniServe Conference - Symposium Proceedings Science Teching and Learning Research including Threshold concepts. uniserve science, University of Sydney, (9-15). 28-29 September, 2007.

  • Bulmer, M, Lea, B and Rolka, K (2006). STUDENT BELIEFS AND ATTITUDES FROM POETRY WRITING IN STATISTICS. In: PME 30: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 30TH CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL GROUP FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MATHEMATICS EDUCATION, VOL 1,. 30th Conference of the International-Group-for-the-Psychology-of-Mathematics-Education, Prague CZECH REPUBLIC, (229-229). JUL 16-21, 2006.

  • O'Brien, M., Byers, H. K., Huber, T. L., Jacobsen, I., Bulmer, M., Burgh, G., Crosthwaite, C. A., Harrison, J. and Hughes, C. P. (2005). Actualising research-led teaching and learning within university curriculum. In: Challenging issues for teaching and learning in 21st century. Effective Teaching and Learning Conference, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, (). 3-4 November, 2005.

  • Bulmer, M. and Rolka, K. (2005). The A4-project - statistical world views expressed through pictures. In: H L Chick and J L Vincent, Proceedings of the 29th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. PME 29, University of Melbourne, (193-200). 10 - 15 July 2005.

  • Bulmer, Michael, Miller, Valda, Byer, Helen, Milne, David and O'Brien, Mia (2005). The impact of classroom design on collaborative learning. In: UniServe Science Blended Learning Symposium Proceedings. National UniServe Conference, The University of Sydney, (7-13). 30 September, 2005.

  • Miller, Valda, Oldfield, Elwyn and Bulmer, Michael (2004). Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) in first year chemistry and statistics courses: insights and evaluations. In: Danielle Merrett, Proceedings of Scholarly Inquiry into Science Teaching and Learning Symposium October 1, 2004. 2004 National UniServe Conference, Sydney Australia, (30-35). 30 September - 1 October 2004.

  • Bulmer, M. and Fleetwood, K. J. (2003). Estimation issues in allometric scaling models. In: D.A. Post, Proceedings of International congress on modelling and simulation (MODSIM 2003). International Congress on Modelling & Simulation (MODSIM 2003), Townsville, Australia, (1973-1978). 14-17 July 2003.

  • McAllister, R. J. and Bulmer, M. (2003). Genetic algorithms and stochastic forest property rights enforcement. In: D.A. Post, Proceedings of International congress on modelling and simulation (MODSIM 2003). International Congress on Modelling & Simulation (MODSIM 2003), Townsville, Australia, (1475-1480). 14-17 July 2003.

  • Baloi, C. A., Belward, J. A. and Bulmer, M. (2003). Genetic unit commitment model in a deregulated power energy environment. In: D.A. Post, Proceedings of International congress on modelling and simulation (MODSIM 2003). International Congress on Modelling & Simulation (MODSIM 2003), Townsville, Australia, (1078-1083). 14-17 July 2003.

  • Bulmer, M. (2003). Growing virtual plants for teaching and learning statistics. In: Smythe, N., Proceedings of the Apple University Consortium Conference. Apple University Consortium Academic and Developers Conference, Adelaide, Australia, (3-1-3-7). 28 September - 1 October 2003.

  • Baloi, C. A., Belward, J. A., Bulmer, M. and Tintos, C. (2003). Multi-area unit commitment in the national electricity market. In: D.A. Post, Proceedings of International congress on modelling and simulation (MODSIM 2003). International Congress on Modelling & Simulation (MODSIM 2003), Townsville, Australia, (1084-1089). 14-17 July 2003.

  • Baloi, C. A., Belward, J. A. and Bulmer, M. (2003). Sensitivity analysis of the national electricity market. In: D.A. Post, Proceedings of International congress on modelling and simulation (MODSIM 2003). International Congress on Modelling & Simulation (MODSIM 2003), Townsville, Australia, (1685-1690). 14-17 July 2003.

  • Bulmer, M. (2002). A narrated concept map for statistics. In: B. Phillips, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of Teaching Statistics. 6th International Conference on Teaching Statistics, Cape Town, South Africa, (Electronic). 7-12 July, 2002.

  • Bulmer, M. (2002). Teaching and learning mathematics with virtual worlds. In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Teaching of Mahtematics. 2nd International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece, (). 1-6 July, 2002.

  • Stokes, T. and Bulmer, M. (2001). A complex change of variables for geometrical reasoning. In: J. Richter-Gebert and D. Wang, Automated deduction in geometry: third international workshop; revised papers. Audomated Deduction in Geometry AGD2000, Zurich, Switzerland, (143-153). 25-27 September 2000.

  • Baloi, C. A., Belward, J. A. and Bulmer, M. (2001). Short term forecast of the load demand in Victoria. In: F. Ghassemi, International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. MODSIM 2001, The Australian National University, Canberra, (1065-1070). 10-13 December, 2001.

  • Bulmer, M., Fearnley-Sander, D. and Stokes, T. (2001). The kinds of truth of geometry theorems. In: J. Richter-Gebert and D. Wang, Automated deduction in geometry: third international workshop; revised papers. Audomated Deduction in Geometry AGD2000, Zurich, Switzerland, (129-142). 25-27 September 2000.

  • Bulmer, M. (2001). Using Grobner basis computations to teach algebra. In: W.-C. Yang, S.0C. Chu, Z. Karian and G. Fitz-Gerald, Sixth Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, RMIT University, Melbourne, (140-147). 15-19 December 2001.

  • Bulmer, Michael (2000). Music from fractal noise. In: M. Bulmer, B. McCrae and K. Stacey, Proceedings of the Mathematics 2000 Festival. Mathematics 2000 Festival, Melbourne, Vic., Australia, (15-22). 10-14 January 2000.

  • McAllister, R. and Bulmer, M. (2000). Using genetic algorithms to solve open-loop difference games of illegal logging. In: E. Kozan and R. Beard, Proceedings of the 3rd Operations Research Conference. ASOR 3rd Operations Research Conference, Mariott Hotel, Brisbane, (82-97). 2 June 2000.

  • Bulmer, M. (1999). Bootstrapping with a genetic algorithm. In: R. J. Wilson, S. Osaki and M.J. Faddy, Proc. of the 1st Western Pacific and 3rd Australia-Japan Workshop on Stochastic Models in Engineering, Technology and Management. , Christchurch, NZ, (62-70). 23-25 Sept, 1999.

  • Bulmer, M. (1999). Flexible learning in a large service subject: a multimodal approach. In: W. Spunde, R. Hubbard and P. Cretchley, The challenge of diversity : proceedings of the [Delta] '99 Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics. [Delta]'99 Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics, Launa Quays, Qld, (52-57). 21-24 November.

Edited Outputs

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

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision