Harmonic Analytics Prizes

2016 Winners

Talk WinnerNiffe HermanssonUser equilibria in systems of processor sharing queues
Highly CommendedMatt EdwardsBayesian non-parametric spectral density estimation using B-spline priors
Highly CommendedOscar DowsonPOWDER: A strategic planning tool for New Zealand dairy farmers
Highly CommendedAlastair LamontEstimation of quantitative genetics parameters in partially-genotyped populations 

Student talk prize winners (from left): Alastair Lamont (University of Otago), Matt Edwards (University of Auckland), Oscar Dowson (University of Auckland), Niffe Hermannson (University of Auckland) with Sam Caldwell (Harmonic Analytics) and Martin Hazelton (NZSA President)

2015 Winners

Talk 1st =Roy CostillaA Bayesian model-based approach to cluster repeated ordinal data 
Talk 1st =Sarah PirikahuBayesian inference for population attributable risk
Joint Runner UpMaarten KruijverCharacterising the genetic structure of a DNA database using a latent variable approach
Joint Runner UpAnjali GuptaUnderstanding intra-day variation in LIBS spectra

Left to Right: Roy Costilla, Sarah Pirikahu, Shirley Wu (Harmonic Analytics), Anjali Gupta, Maarten Kruijver, Martin Hazelton (NZSA President)

2014 Winners

Talk 1st =Daniel FernandezReversible-Jump MCMC for Likelihood-Based Finite Mixture Models for Ordinal
Talk 1st =Alison SeftonDiagnostics checks for anomalous small-area estimates
Talk Runner UpZoe WilliamsModelling New Zealand Guest Nights
Poster 1stRoy CostillaCluster analysis of repeated ordinal data: a Bayesian Hierarchical approach to estimate
finite mixtures

Left to Right: Shirley Pledger (NZSA Chief Judge), Roy Costilla, Daniel Fernandez, Alison Sefton, Zoe Williams, Shirley Wu (Harmonic Analytics)

2013 Winners

1st “Senior” PostgraduateDaniel FernandezLikelihood‐Based Finite Mixture Models for Ecological Ordinal Data 
1st “Junior” Postgraduate  (Year 1 – 2 PhD student)Roy CostillaCluster Analysis for Longitudinal Ordinal Data: A likelihood−based approach based on finite mixture models
1st UndergraduateChristopher BryantOutliers in Time Series –  Using Aggregated Unit Record Data 

Left to Right: Daniel Fernandez,  Shirley Wu (Harmonic Analytics), Roy Costilla, James Curran (NZSA President), Christopher Bryant

For many years Hoare Research Software (HRS) sponsored the best student talks at NZSA conferences.  A list of prize-winners can be found here.