Australia New Zealand Applied Probability Workshop 2015

The School of Mathematical Sciences at The University of Adelaide is hosting the fourth Australia New Zealand Applied Probability Workshop at Vine Inn Barossa, April 7-10, 2015. The workshop aims to bring together researchers in Applied Probability from all regions to make new connections as well as present current work to their peers.

Ton Dieker

Ton Dieker is a leader in the international Applied Probability community, with expertise in stochastic networks and stochastic analysis of algorithms. He has achieved major breakthroughs in several challenging problems, most notably in the conjecture about the convergence rate to stationarity in Markov chains. For his contributions, he has received the Goldstine Fellowship from IBM Research, a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, and the Erlang Prize from the Applied Probability Society of INFORMS.

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Mariana Olvera-Cravioto

Mariana Olvera-Cravioto has made major contributions in the asymptotic analysis involving heavy tailed distributions. Her current work is focused on the analysis of information ranking algorithms and their large scale behaviour, which is closely related to the study of the asymptotic properties of solutions to certain stochastic recursions, in particular, weighted branching processes.

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Kavita Ramanan

Kavita Ramanan works on probability theory, stochastic processes and their applications. Her focus has been to develop basic mathematical tools for the study of stochastic processes that arise in applications, especially those modeling stochastic networks. In recognition of her fundamental work on reflected processes and large deviations, she was awarded the Erlang prize in 2006 for "outstanding contributions to applied probability" by the INFORMS Applied Probability Society. In addition, she has contributed to a number of other areas such as Gibbs measures, phase transitions and measure valued processes. She was also granted several patents for applied work that she carried out while at Bell Laboratories.

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Coach pickup information

The pickup point for the bus from Adelaide Uni will be in front of the Benham building (campus map) or (Google maps). The meeting point at the airport will be at the bottom of the stairs on the ground floor, near to the luggage area. The driver will have a sign.

Conference Program

Click for a pdf of the conference program.


Click the thumbnail above for a pdf version of the conference poster.

Registration and Abstract Submission

Registration and abstract submission are now closed.

All lunches, tea/coffee and the conference dinner are included in the registration costs.

Membership type Price
AMSI member $280
Student $190
Non-AMSI member $330

Refunds are available in full up till March 1 and partially (75%) until March 15.

Abstract Submission

If you would like to give a talk, please fill out the abstract template and send it to

Venue and Travel

The workshop will be located in the heart of Barossa, a world-famous wine region of South Australia, about 1.5 hours from Adelaide International Airport.

- Arrival: On Tuesday April 7, there will be a coach to pick up participants at 9:00 from the University of Adelaide campus, and 9:30 from Adelaide airport to go to the workshop venue. Please note that these times have been updated.

- Departure: There will be a coach to take participants at 3:00 pm from Vine Inn to Adelaide CBD and Adelaide Airport. The estimated arrival time to the Airport is 4:30 pm.

These coaches are provided by the workshop at no cost to the participants.

Travel assistance is also available through the AMSI Travel Fund:


Vine Inn provides a range of rooms, at a special rate for the workshop participants.

Room type Number available Price
Standard 18 $105 per night
Executive Motel Room 18 $120 per night
1 bedroom self-contained apartment 7 $155 per night
2 bedroom self-contained apartments 4 $210 per night

Please contact the Vine Inn directly to book your accommodation—first come first served! Some of the standard rooms have twin beds if students wish to share.

Organising Committee

Nigel Bean (Adelaide)
Andrew Black (Adelaide)
Jeff Hunter (Auckland University of Technology)
Fima Klebaner (Monash)
Yoni Nazarathy (Queensland)
Giang Nguyen (Adelaide)
Phil Pollett (Queensland)
Leonardo Rojas-Nandayapa (Queensland)
Joshua Ross (Adelaide)
Peter Taylor (Melbourne)
Ilze Ziedins (Auckland)

Local organisers

Nigel Bean
Andrew Black
Michael Lydeamore
Giang Nguyen
Joshua Ross
Vikram Sunkara
Mingmei Teo

Previous Events

2013: Australia New Zealand Applied Probability Workshop - The University of Queensland

2012: New Zealand Probability Workshop and Australia and New Zealand Applied Probability Workshop - The University of Auckland

1997: First Australia and New Zealand Applied Probability Workshop - Second Valley, South Australia


This event is sponsored by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). AMSI allocates a travel allowance annually to each of its member universities (for list of members, see Students or early career researchers from AMSI member universities without access to a suitable research grant or other source of funding may apply to the Head of Mathematical Sciences for subsidy of travel and accommodation out of the departmental travel allowance.

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