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Cressie, Noel A.

Distinguished Professor

  • School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics
  • Director - Centre for Environmental Informatics
  • National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA)
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Overview


Noel Cressie is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, he is Director of the Centre for Environmental Informatics in the National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA), and he is Professor of Statistics in the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics, at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia. He has been awarded over $20 million in extramural funding during his career in the US and Australia. He has (co-)authored four books, which includes the single-authored and widely cited (over 20,330 citations, from Google Scholar; accessed, July 2020) 900-page book "Statistics for Spatial Data" (1991, 1993, 2015). Since the 2000s, Noel has been actively researching and applying spatio-temporal models using a hierarchical statistical framework, with major innovations that make spatial and spatio-temporal modelling computationally feasible for "big data." This research is synthesised in the award-winning (co-authored) books "Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data" (2011, 2015) and "Spatio-Temporal Statistics with R" (2019). He has published over 330 articles/chapters/discussions in scholarly journals and edited books, which have been cited more than 9,300 times and his h-index is 45 (both from Web of Science; accessed July 2020).

Noel’s research focus is on developing statistical methodology and its applications for spatial and spatio-temporal data. He is a world leader in environmental informatics, particularly in statistical remote sensing developed for the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on contracts and research projects. His methodological research is centrally Bayesian and empirical-Bayesian for big, complex, hierarchical statistical models, such as those used to infer global sources and sinks of carbon dioxide from satellite data.
Noel is a Chief Investigator and lead on the 2019 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project, "Bayesian inversion and computation applied to atmospheric flux fields," which continues the research described in his 2018 discussion paper published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, a top-three statistics journal. The research is aiming to answer the critical carbon-cycle question, "Where are Earth’s carbon sources and sinks?", for mitigation of greenhouse-gas warming in the twenty-first century.
Noel is a Chief Investigator on an ARC Special Research Initiative (SRI) to carry out critical environmental research for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The $36 million SRI, "Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF)," which is administered by Monash University, funds a seven-year (2020-2027) research program at UOW. It brings together top Antarctic physical scientists, marine and terrestrial biologists, and statistical scientists, who will use unique data sets and data from national programs in Australia and around the world, to make the best decisions for future Antarctic environmental management.
Noel is also using his expertise in spatial design and hierarchical statistical modelling in a new five-year (2020-2025) project with approximately 20 Curtin University researchers. His responsibilities are primarily in designing and analysing data on colour degradation and its causes for the (up-to 35,000-year-old) indigenous rock art of the Murujuga National Park (Pilbara, WA).
Noel has received many honours, awards, and fellowships. Among these, in 2009 he received from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) one of the highest awards in statistical science, the R.A. Fisher Award and Lectureship. In 2014, he was awarded the Pitman Medal by the Statistical Society of Australia for his outstanding achievements in the discipline of Statistics, and in 2018 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. More on Noel Cressie’s background may be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noel_Cressie

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2019 Spatio-Temporal Statistics with R
    2018 Mission CO(2)ntrol: A Statistical Scientist's Role in Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
    Published in   Journal of the American Statistical Association
    2015 Statistics for Spatial Data
    2011 Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data

Research Overview


  • Noel Cressie has been Professor and then Distinguished Professor at the University of Wollongong (UOW) since 2012, during which he has supervised and mentored four postdoctoral fellows, two of whom have gone on to be awarded the ARC's Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA). Noel was awarded an ARC 2015 Discovery Project (2015-2018; “Spatio-Temporal Statistics and its Application to Remote Sensing”) and an ARC 2019 Discovery Project (2019-2022; “Bayesian Inversion and Computation Applied to Atmospheric Flux Fields”). From 2020-2027, he is a Chief Investigator on an ARC Special Research Initiative (“Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future”).
    D/Prof Cressie’s UOW appointment allows him to maintain strong links with colleagues in the USA; from 2013-2017, he was a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Science Team of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite. From 2012-2019, Noel was a contractor on a seven-year National Science Foundation (NSF) award on hierarchical multiscale spatio-temporal statistical models for socio-demographic survey data. This led to a 2017-2018 contract with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to study Australia's unemployment spatially, temporally, and in small areas. From 2003-2014, he had research contracts with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to study the role of specific agricultural and marine processes in the carbon cycle. He was also a CSIRO Visiting Senior Research Fellow and a CSIRO Distinguished Visiting Scientist during this period of collaboration. 

    D/Prof Cressie's first and latest academic appointments have been at “younger” Australian universities in schools of mathematics. In between, he was at Iowa State University (1983-1998) and The Ohio State University (1998-2012), which are both large US universities with high-quality Masters and PhD Statistics Programs. During his career, Noel has supervised 14 Masters’ students and 25 PhD students to completion of their degrees, and he has supervised 13 postdoctoral fellows. He has published (or has accepted for publication) 4 books, more than 235 journal articles, and more than 40 book chapters.  

Member Of


Attended Event


Selected Publications


Presentations


Impact Story


  • <p>We have been looking up at the stars for millennia, trying to figure out our place in space, making small steps out and sending probes out even further. We are space travellers, but for the foreseeable future, Earth is our “mother ship,” and this story is about a mission to our own planet.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Deep Statistical Models with Applications to Environmental Data Vu, Quan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Statistical Aggregation of Remote Sensing Data for Atmospheric Inversion of CO2 Pearse, Alan
    Doctor of Philosophy Long-and-Short-Term-Memory and Focused Bayesian Inference for Spatio-Temporal Models Sainsbury-Dale, Matthew
    Doctor of Philosophy Statistical Methods to Predict Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fluxes Jacobson, Josh

Reviewer Of


Professional Service Activities


Awards And Honors


Teaching Overview


  • STAT904, Statistical Consulting (Honours; guest lectures), University of Wollongong, 2016 - present

    MATH100, Introduction to Mathematics (Undergraduate, guest lectures), University of Wollongong, 2018 - present

Keywords


  • Remote-Sensing | Environmental-Informatics | Spatio-Temporal-Statistics | Empirical-Bayes | Hierarchical-Statistical-Models | Small-Area-Estimation | Statistical-Modelling | Bayesian-Methods | Disease-Mapping | Statistics

Full Name


  • Noel A Cressie

Mailing Address


  • School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Fax


  • 02-42215076

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • B-8858-2009

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2019 Spatio-Temporal Statistics with R
    2018 Mission CO(2)ntrol: A Statistical Scientist's Role in Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
    Published in   Journal of the American Statistical Association
    2015 Statistics for Spatial Data
    2011 Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data

Research Overview


  • Noel Cressie has been Professor and then Distinguished Professor at the University of Wollongong (UOW) since 2012, during which he has supervised and mentored four postdoctoral fellows, two of whom have gone on to be awarded the ARC's Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA). Noel was awarded an ARC 2015 Discovery Project (2015-2018; “Spatio-Temporal Statistics and its Application to Remote Sensing”) and an ARC 2019 Discovery Project (2019-2022; “Bayesian Inversion and Computation Applied to Atmospheric Flux Fields”). From 2020-2027, he is a Chief Investigator on an ARC Special Research Initiative (“Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future”).
    D/Prof Cressie’s UOW appointment allows him to maintain strong links with colleagues in the USA; from 2013-2017, he was a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Science Team of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite. From 2012-2019, Noel was a contractor on a seven-year National Science Foundation (NSF) award on hierarchical multiscale spatio-temporal statistical models for socio-demographic survey data. This led to a 2017-2018 contract with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to study Australia's unemployment spatially, temporally, and in small areas. From 2003-2014, he had research contracts with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to study the role of specific agricultural and marine processes in the carbon cycle. He was also a CSIRO Visiting Senior Research Fellow and a CSIRO Distinguished Visiting Scientist during this period of collaboration. 

    D/Prof Cressie's first and latest academic appointments have been at “younger” Australian universities in schools of mathematics. In between, he was at Iowa State University (1983-1998) and The Ohio State University (1998-2012), which are both large US universities with high-quality Masters and PhD Statistics Programs. During his career, Noel has supervised 14 Masters’ students and 25 PhD students to completion of their degrees, and he has supervised 13 postdoctoral fellows. He has published (or has accepted for publication) 4 books, more than 235 journal articles, and more than 40 book chapters.  

Member Of


Attended Event


Selected Publications


Presentations


Impact Story


  • <p>We have been looking up at the stars for millennia, trying to figure out our place in space, making small steps out and sending probes out even further. We are space travellers, but for the foreseeable future, Earth is our “mother ship,” and this story is about a mission to our own planet.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Deep Statistical Models with Applications to Environmental Data Vu, Quan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Statistical Aggregation of Remote Sensing Data for Atmospheric Inversion of CO2 Pearse, Alan
    Doctor of Philosophy Long-and-Short-Term-Memory and Focused Bayesian Inference for Spatio-Temporal Models Sainsbury-Dale, Matthew
    Doctor of Philosophy Statistical Methods to Predict Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fluxes Jacobson, Josh

Reviewer Of


Professional Service Activities


Awards And Honors


Teaching Overview


  • STAT904, Statistical Consulting (Honours; guest lectures), University of Wollongong, 2016 - present

    MATH100, Introduction to Mathematics (Undergraduate, guest lectures), University of Wollongong, 2018 - present

Keywords


  • Remote-Sensing | Environmental-Informatics | Spatio-Temporal-Statistics | Empirical-Bayes | Hierarchical-Statistical-Models | Small-Area-Estimation | Statistical-Modelling | Bayesian-Methods | Disease-Mapping | Statistics

Full Name


  • Noel A Cressie

Mailing Address


  • School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Fax


  • 02-42215076

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • B-8858-2009