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Nicholas Tierney

Research Fellow in Statistics, Monash University

nicholas.tierney@gmail.com | njtierney | nj_tierney

Education

Postgraduate

2013-17 PhD Statistics, Queensland University of Technology. Supervisors: Kerrie Mengersen, Fiona Harden, Maurice Harden, Antonietta Mira, Angelo Auricchio

Award APA ($24,500 Annually for 4 years) ; IDTC Top Up ($10,000 Annually for 4 years) .

Research Research covers model-based exploration methods of missing data, Bayesian longitudinal modelling of individual and group health in a mining site, optimal placement of Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs), modelling geospatial cardiac risk, and the production of R packages to facilitate research impact.

Undergraduate

2008-12 B. PsychSc (Honours), University of Queensland. Supervisor: Philip Grove.

Research Conducted psychophysical research on whether sharpness of a leading edge in a 3D environment improves under specific scenarios of monocular occlusion in the thesis: “How Sharp is Sharp?: The Effect of Monocular Texture on Enhancing Sharpness.” Awarded first class honours.

2010 Exchange semester, McGill University. Studied History of Personality Theory, Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships, Ethics, and Intermediate French.

Teaching

SEB113

2015 “Statistical Methods for Science”. Developed computer lab material with RMarkdown, produced instructional videos, and taught workshops.

Awards

2015 Overall University Winner “The Joy of Stats” Sessional Teaching and Reflection Showcase (STARS)(Presentation).

2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award for innovation in teaching in SEB113 ($2,500).

Publications

Papers

2015 “Using Decision Trees to Understand Structure in Missing Data.” Tierney, N.J., Mengersen, K., Harden, F., Harden M. BMJ Open 5 (6). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007450.

2016 “S3 Methods: A Simple Guide.” Tierney, N.J. The R Journal. Submitted. [Pre-print]

2016 “Bayesian Approaches to Modelling Occupational Health.” Tierney, N.J. Mengersen, K., Harden, F., Harden, M. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In Preparation.

2016 “Optimising placement of AEDs in cases of geographic variability”, Tierney, N.J., Mira, A., Jost, Mengersen, KL., Aurrichio, A. Circulation. In Preparation.

Projects

R packages

2015- narnia: Tidy data structures, summaries, and visualisations for missing data.

2016- visdat: Preliminary exploratory visualisation of data once.

2016- treezy: Tools for working with decision trees in R.

2017- mmcc: Fast and tidy methods for summarising mcmc chains using data.table

2014- neato: Miscellaneous Utility functions in R

Blog

2013- I maintain a personal blog, njtierney.com, to share code and statistics, and to engage in dialogue with the statistics and r-programming communities.

Conference Items

Contributed Talks

2017 “Narnia: Data structures and functions for consistent exploration of missing data”, UseR!2017 Brussels, Belgium

2017 “Narnia: Data structures and functions for consistent exploration of missing data” Angletr Anglet, France

2017 “Towards Tidy Missing Data”, Workshop Organised by Monash Business Analytics Team (WOMBAT). NAB, Melbourne, Australia.

2016 “Be a Hawk Not a Turkey: How A Bird’s Eye View can Streamline Data Analysis”, Workshop Organised by Monash Business Analytics Team (WOMBAT). Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, Australia.

2014 Tierney, N.J., Mengersen, K., Pitchforth, J. “Understanding Missing Data: The Use of Classification and Regression Trees, and Boosted Regression Trees”, ASC / IMS Meeting. Sydney, Australia.

Posters

2016 “Bayesian Approachs in Occupational Health Surveillance” Tierney, N.J., Mengersen, K., Clifford, S., Drovandi, C., Harden, F., Harden, M. World Meeting for the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.

2015 “The Sharpest Tool in the Shed” Tierney, N.J., Mengersen, K., Harden, F., Harden, M. Bayes on the Beach.

2015 “Integrating Occupational Hygiene, Medicine and Engineering in a Mining Context.” Harden, M., Steer, C., Harden, F., Butler, G., Mengersen, K., Tierney, N.J., Ann. Occup. Hyg., Vol. 59, No. Supplement 1, 1–47 doi:10.1093/annhyg/meu119. (Peer Reviewed Poster).

2014 “Missingness, Mixtures, and Multiple Imputation” Tierney, N.J., Mengersen, K., Harden, F., Harden, M. Bayes on the Beach.

Tutorial

2017 Reproducible documents with Rstudio, Markdown, Github, Angletr, Anglet, France. (Invited Speaker)

2015 Developing Bayesian Models for Ranking Academic Papers, Bayes on the Beach, Gold Coast, Australia.

Presentations

Invited Talks

2016 “Interactive Maps in R: Getting a lay of the land”, Nicholas Tierney, Gates Cambridge group, Cambridge University, UK.

2016 “Data Mining Mining Data: Statistical Approaches in Occupational Health for a Mining Site” Nicholas Tierney, Università della Svizzera italiana Lugano, Switzerland.

Professional Experience

Invited Academic

2017 Inter-Disciplinary Institute of Data Science at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland, July 10 - July 14. Collaboration with Professor Antonietta Mira of USI and Professor Angelo Auricchio of the Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology (CCMC) on optimising placement of Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) in Switzerland.

2016 Inter-Disciplinary Institute of Data Science at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland, June 18 - July 9. Collaboration with Professor Antonietta Mira of USI and Professor Angelo Auricchio of the Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology (CCMC) on optimising placement of Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) in Switzerland.

Invited speaker

2016 Gates-Cambridge Group, Cambridge University, England. July 20 - July 23. Presented a 2-hour workshop on using R for the exploration and visualisation of geospatial data.

Science Communication

2016 “Science Meets Parliament”, Canberra, Australia, fully sponsored travel provided by SSAI.

2013 “Statistics for Journalists”, Australian Science Media Centre Brisbane, Australia.

rOpenSci

2016 Organiser of the first rOpenSci Unconference in Australia.

SSAI

2013- SSAI Assistant Chair of Biostatistics.

2013-16 SSAI Young Statisticians Representative for Queensland.

BRAG

2014 Meeting Chair for Bayesian Research and Applications Group (BRAG), QUT.

Talks

2016 “Reproducible Research: Now you can, too! Reproducible Research: Now you can, too!“, BURGr Meetup, Brisbane, Australia.

2013-16 Industry Doctoral Training Centre (IDTC) Student Conferences, Various.

2013-16 Bayesian Research and Applications Group (BRAG) Research Meetings, Various.

Technical skills

Social Activities

Climbing

2014- Master of Ceremonies at State and National Climbing Championships.

2012,14 Executive Committee of the University of Queensland Mountain Club (UQMC).

2014 Appointed Honourary Life Member of the UQMC.

2015-16 Archivist and Magazine Editor of the UQMC.

Social Justice

2007-09 Volunteer at Edmund Rice Camps.

References

Available upon request