Dr Alan Huang

Lecturer in Statistics

Mathematics
Faculty of Science
alan.huang@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52315

Overview

Dr Huang has an Honours degree in Science (Advanced Mathematics) from the University of Sydney, and a PhD (Statistics) from the University of Chicago on a McCormick Fellowship. He previously lectured at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Technology Sydney, before moving to the University of Queensland where he is currently the Statistics Major Convenor.

Research Interests

  • Count regression and time-series modelling
  • Empirical likelihood
  • Generalized linear models
  • Nonparametric and semiparametric models

Qualifications

  • Doctor in Philosophy, University of Chicago

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • Count data often exhibit deviations from a nominal Poisson distribution. This project will look at ways to handle such deviations, both parametrically and non-parametrically.

  • Project description

    Monitoring of up to 86 pesticides has been conducted in rivers that discharge to the Great Barrier Reef for over 12 years. The crucial question of whether concentrations of individual pesticides are increasing or decreasing in these rivers has only been answered for one insecticide, imidacloprid and is currently being addressed for diuron. In this desktop project you will use trend analysis to determine if pesticide concentrations are changing over time. You will work with scientists from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science. Your project will generate results that will inform future management actions and policies that aim to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. It is expected that the results will be publishable. There is a $5 000 scholarship associated with this project.

    Relevant Fields

    Pollution Science, Water Quality, Data Analysis, Pesticides

    Supervisors

    Assoc. Prof. Michael Warne (SEES), Dr Ryan Turner (SEES), Dr Alan Huang (School of Mathematics and Physics), Catherine Neelamraju and Dr Reinier Mann (Queensland Department of Environment and Science)

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Wang, Xun, Williams, Mary-Anne, Gardenfors, Peter, Vitale, Jonathan, Abidi, Shaukat, Johnston, Benjamin, Kuipers, Benjamin and Huang, Alan (2014). Directing human attention with pointing. 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, IEEE RO-MAN 2014, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 25 - 29 August 2014. Piscataway, NJ, United States: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. doi: 10.1109/ROMAN.2014.6926249

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Count data often exhibit deviations from a nominal Poisson distribution. This project will look at ways to handle such deviations, both parametrically and non-parametrically.

  • Project description

    Monitoring of up to 86 pesticides has been conducted in rivers that discharge to the Great Barrier Reef for over 12 years. The crucial question of whether concentrations of individual pesticides are increasing or decreasing in these rivers has only been answered for one insecticide, imidacloprid and is currently being addressed for diuron. In this desktop project you will use trend analysis to determine if pesticide concentrations are changing over time. You will work with scientists from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science. Your project will generate results that will inform future management actions and policies that aim to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. It is expected that the results will be publishable. There is a $5 000 scholarship associated with this project.

    Relevant Fields

    Pollution Science, Water Quality, Data Analysis, Pesticides

    Supervisors

    Assoc. Prof. Michael Warne (SEES), Dr Ryan Turner (SEES), Dr Alan Huang (School of Mathematics and Physics), Catherine Neelamraju and Dr Reinier Mann (Queensland Department of Environment and Science)

  • We have spectral sensor probes in 56 rivers that discharge to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) lagoon. Every fifteen minutes they each generate a spectra of the water passing the probe to estimate nitrate concentrations. In this project you will analyse the spectra and traditional laboratory-based measurements of pollutants (86 pesticides, suspended sediment and nine forms of nitrogen and phosphorus) to determine if there are statistically significant relationships that can accurately predict pollutant concentrations. If they are sufficiently accurate, they will be used to predict the concentrations of pollutants in waterways without pollutant data. Successful relationships would be of immense interest to the Queensland Department of Environment and Science and would be extremely useful in efforts to improve the quality of water entering the GBR lagoon. It is expected that the results will be publishable. There is a $5 000 scholarship associated with this project.

    Relevant Fields

    Pollution Science, Water Quality, Predicting water quality, Water quality monitoring

    Supervisors

    Dr Ryan Turner (SEES), Assoc. Prof. Michael Warne (SEES), Dr Alan Huang (School of Mathematics and Physics)