Professor Irene Lena Hudson
- Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
- School of Health Sciences
- Department of Statistics Data Science and Epidemiology
- Hawthorn campus
Professor Irene Hudson joined the SDSE in March 2017. She is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society UK, holds Adjunct positions at the University of Newcastle and the University of Melbourne and is a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics.
Mapping /modelling/visualization of micro systems (brain voxels, molecules, wood anatomy) and macro systems (global disease, global tobacco use with the WHO, climate change, risk and prevalence estimation) underpins Hudson’s research, along with computational intelligence.
Irene has over 25 years experience in academia having held posts at the University of Cambridge UK, ANU, The University of Melbourne, Canterbury University NZ, UniSA and Newcastle University. Her academic research has been aligned with active consulting with the biomedical and health sector industry, the forest industry, and in climatics and health. Prior to coming to Swinburne, Professor Hudson had earlier academic roles as the Founding Director of the Biostatistics Unit at RCH (The University of Melbourne), and as Sub-Program Leader of the CRC HFPS, University of Melbourne, where her group mathematically mapped wood fibre, tree microstructure as a spatio-temporal grid, this in collaboration with CSIRO Forest Products, Monash University - this research was aligned with the pulp and paper industry in Australasia as industry partners.
Professor Hudson has an international and national reputation in developing analytics for climate change research, with her work with the University of Melbourne, reported to the IPCC 2014 and her research advances analytics in climate change phenology with current research and an earlier pivotal Springer book in 2010, Hudson authored 9 of the 20 chapters; Irene L Hudson & Marie R. Keatley (eds) (2010) “Phenological Research: Methods for Environmental and Climate Change Analysis”, 552p, Springer ISBN: 978-90-481-3334-5 (Print) [91 citations]
I currently supervise 1 PhD student at Swinburne, as Coordinating supervisor and supervise 2 PhD students in statistics enrolled at the University of Newcastle, at which I hold the post of an Adjunct (Conjoint) Professor of Statistics. Over her career Professor Hudson has successfully supervised 27 PhD Doctoral students and 6 Masters by research and 7 Honours students in areas that both develop and also apply methods to climate change, longitudinal trajectory modelling, time series, epidemiology, brain imaging, psychometrics, biomedical engineering, health metrics, randomised control trials, aggregate data and biomarker methods. Hudson can also supervise areas broadly known as informatics - chemo-informatics, bioinformatics and health informatics.
Currently Hudson is advancing big data analytics and likewise works on a new stroke device, ArMM, (as 1 of 3 inventors) ( ARM MOVEMENT MEASURE (ArMM) FOR STROKE RECOVERY, 23rd February 2016. http://newcastleinnovation.com.au/portfolio-items/arm-movement-measure-armm-for-stroke-recovery-2/) - this stroke research is funded by an NHMRC DG.
Hudson currently collaborates with external research organisations including:
- The WHO Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) on global health and tobacco control (WHO grants);
- Brunel University and Imperial College London on Bayesian longitudinal methods and prevalence estimates;
- The Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science, Human Factors and Safety, CqU on modelling work/rest/sleep scheduling to minimise fatigue in the railway industry - funded by a CRC Rail Innovation grant to develop Algorithms for scheduling for fatigue minimisation in the railway industry (2010-2012)
- The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) modelling physical & mental health, sleep, morbidity with mortality.
Hudson engages in social, quantitative and qualitative research with the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics on Assessing Impact of Mandatory DNA Testing of NSW Prison Inmates on Clearance, Charge & Conviction Rates; Statistics NZ on voting patterns and the ABS on health surveillance.
Some recent grants: * indicates CI
 * National Health Medical Research Council Development Grant 2015-2017 Portable motor rehab device to improve arm movement after stroke, all CIs.Prof Paulette Van Vliet (Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), Brain & Mental Health), James Welsh (eng), IL Hudson (MAPS), Michael Nilsson (Director HMRI) $241K.*
 * WHO Geneva 2016: Project to produce estimation of mortality gains from possible interventions to reduce tobacco use in the WHO Interactive Smoking Projection Tool (ISPT). World Health Organization Tobacco Free Initiative, Comprehensive Information Systems for Tobacco Control: WHO Coordinator: Dr E Tursan d'Espaignet, with the University of Newcastle School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS), CIs F Tuyl & IL Hudson (Statistics) *
 * WHO Geneva 2016: Project to adjust method to generate prevalence trends in tobacco smoking with a logistic function and to enable mortality gains from tobacco interventions.WHO Coordinator: Dr E Tursan d'Espaignet, with University of Newcastle School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, CIs F Tuyl & IL Hudson (Statistics) *
 * WHO Geneva 2015: Development of statistical methods to estimate past, current and future prevalence of tobacco use at country, regional and global levels. World Health Organization Tobacco Free Initiative, Comprehensive Information Systems for Tobacco Control, WHO Coordinator: Dr E Tursan d'Espaignet, with the University of Newcastle School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Funded by Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing: CIs F Tuyl & IL Hudson (Statistics) *
 * WHO Geneva 2014-2015: Development of statistical methods to estimate past, current and future prevalence of tobacco use at country, regional and global levels. World Health Organization Tobacco Free Initiative, with University of Newcastle School of Math and Physical Sciences (Statistics); Coordinator: Dr E Tursan d'Espaignet, Funded by Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing: CIs F Tuyl & IL Hudson (Statistics) $175K.*
 * WHU 2014: Literature review into existing tobacco projection tools and development of a blueprint that would allow for exploration of possible interventions necessary to achieve tobacco targets. Funding Body: World Health Organisation. CIs F Tuyl & IL Hudson (Statistics) *
 * University of Newcastle Faculty Strategic Initiatives Research Fund 2014-2015: Assessing the Impact of Mandatory DNA Testing of Prison Inmates in NSW on Clearance, Charge & Conviction Rates from 1995-2014. CIs J Thandrayan & IL Hudson (Statistics) University of Newcastle (MAPS) and NSW Crime Statistics & Research.*
 * Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Rail Innovation Grant 2010-2012: 2010- 2012: Next Generation Fatigue Models: Enhancing the sleep/wake/work database that underpins fatigue‐modelling algorithms. Project Leader: Dr Sally Ferguson (Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science, Human Factors and Safety, CqU); with IL Hudson (MAPS, UoN), S Rajaratnam (Psychiatry & Psychl Med, Monash), L di Milia (School Management and Information Systems, CqU). CRC RIG R2.110, $443. *
 * Australian MathSciences Learning & Teaching Network Grant 2011-2012: Building a Discipline Learning and Teaching Network. Dann Mallet (QUT), Mark Nelson, Anne Porter (Wollongong Uni), A Dekkers (CqU), Maureen Townley-Jones, I Hudson (UoN), S Belward (James Cook), C Coady (UWS). Discipline Learning & Teaching Network, AMSLaTNet Grant DN25. $100K *
 * University of Newcastle ARC Linkage Pilot Grant 2012: Development of ArMM a prototype measure arm coordination in stroke patients. CIs: Paulette van Vliet (CI A, PRC Translational Neuroscience Mental Health), J Welsh (CI B, elec eng), IL Hudson (CI C, Math Stats UoN), 2012.*
 * University of Newcastle Faculty Strategic Initiatives Research Fund 2012: Developing Latent Trait Trajectory models of sleep/work, and shift behaviour: application to Railway Driver Fatigue and Scheduling in the Aust Railway Industry. Hudson IL, (CI), Nur D (AI) with Drew Dawson (Director, Appleton Institute, CqU)*
 * ARC DG 2007–2010: Mimicking peptide structure - towards an aqueous environment - drug discovery. CIs: Prof Abell AD (CI A, the University of Adelaide), Hudson, IL (CI B, UniSA), Nobel Laureate Grubbs Robert (CI C, Caltech, USA) and Neffe Axel (GKSS, Berlin), ARC DG DP0771901, $300K *
 * SA Premier Science & Research Fund (PSRF) 2010-2011: Plant Image Analysis for the development of stress-tolerant Crops, CIs: Desmond Lun (UniSA math, now at Rutgers University), Mark Tester (ACPFG), A van den Hengel (Uni Adelaide), IL Hudson (UniSA) $420K.*
 * Operational Grant, ITEE, UniSA, 2007-2009: Operational Grant for ARCCS Consulting. Funded by PVC King, Division of Information Technology, Engineering & Environment Operational Grant. (CI, IL Hudson, Director, ARCCS Consulting, UniSA) $100K. *
Some Current and Past Supervision
I currently supervise 1 PhD student at Swinburne, as Coordinating supervisor and supervise 2 PhD students from the University of Newcastle, at which I am an Adjunct (Conjoint) Professor of Statistics.
Some Current Supervision
Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
- 2017 PhD VItamin C and cognition. PhD (Heatlh sciences), FHAD, Swinburne, with NIIM, Coordinating Supervisor
- 2011 PhD The Aggregate Association Index and its Extensions in Ecological Inference and Correspondence Analysis, PhD (Statistics), The University of Newcastle, Co-Supervisor
- 2011 PhD Mathematical Methods for Molecular Drug Discovery, Biomarker Identification, PhD (Statistics), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle, Principal Supervisor
Some Past Supervision
Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
- 2017 PhD Trajectories of Health in 1921-26 cohort of Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, PhD (Stats/Health Sciences), The University of Newcastle School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS), and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), Principal Supervisor, 2011-2015
- 2017 PhD A Bayesian Analysis of a Regime Switching Volatility Model, PhD (Statistics), Faculty of Science , MAPS, The University of Newcastle (UoN), Co-Supervisor
- 2017 PhD Non-iterative Estimation Methods for Ordinal Log-linear Models, PhD (Statistics), MAPS, University of Newcastle, Co-Supervisor
- 2017 PhD Transmuted Families of Lifetime Distributions with Mixtures and Covariates: Analysis Survival Data, PhD (Statistics), MAPS, UoN, Co-Supervisor
- 2016 PhD The Aggregate Association Index and its Extensions, PhD (Statistics), MAPS, The University of Newcastle (UoN), Co-Supervisor
- 2015 PhD Meta-Analysis Adjusting for Heterogeneity, Dependence and Non-Normality: A Bayesian Parametric Approach, PhD (Statistics), MAPS, UoN, Principal Supervisor
- 2015 PhD Mathematical Modelling to Investigate a Wolbachia Intervention to Reduce Dengue Transmission, PhD (Maths), MAPS, UoN, Co-Supervisor
- 2011 PDoc Statistical Methods in Drug Discovery, Post-Doc, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, MAPS, UoN, Sole Mentor/ Supervisor
- 2013 PhD Viet Nam Household Living Standards Surveys 2002-08 in space and time: Managerial Aspects and Multilevel models, PhD (Stats), UniSA, Principal Supervisor
- 2012 PhD Tracking phenological shifts and evolutionary impacts due to climate change, PhD (Biological Sciences), University of Adelaide, Co-Supervisor
- 2011 PhD Wavelets, ICA & SPM: Applications to ICU Agitation- Sedation Modelling, Detecting Change Points and to Neuroinformatics, PhD (Stats), University of Canterbury (UC), NZ, Principal Supervisor
- 2011 PhD Bayesian and non-Bayesian mixture paradigms for clustering multivariate data: time series synchrony tests, PhD (Statistics), UniSA, Principal Supervisor
- 2009 MSc Statistical applications of SOMs in Drug Discovery, Masters of Statistics, Macquarie University, Sole Supervisor
- 2008 MA Modelling of (railway) level crossing risk management strategies. Masters (Mathematics), UniSA, Co-Supervisor
- 2008 PhD Parametric Potential-Outcome Survival Models for Causal Inference: Non-compliance and latent ignorability: with application to the US breast cancer trial. PhD (Stats), University of Canterbury, NZ, Principal Supervisor
- 2004 PhD Poisson mixture methods and change point analyses to study the relationship between temporal profiles of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and climate. PhD (Stats), University of Canterbury, NZ, Principal Supervisor
- 2004 PhD Independent component analysis (ICA) of personality and symptoms of depression and statistical parametric mapping (SPM) of personality and brain function. PhD (Stats), University of Canterbury, NZ, Principal Supervisor
Advanced Statistics and Big Data; Health Promotion; Public and Environmental Health; Neuroscience; Psychological Measurement; Data Visualisation; Mathematical modelling; Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Health research design; Neuroscience; Psychological Measurement
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.
Available to supervise honours students.
Fields of Research
- Applied Statistics - 010401
- Statistical Theory - 010405
- Biostatistics - 010402
Biostatistics;Health research design;statistics
- 2015, National, Research Innovation award for new ArMM stroke device invention (NHMRC grant funded 2014-2017), University of Newcastle
- 2015, National, new stroke device, ArMM, (as 1 of 3 inventors) ( ARM MOVEMENT MEASURE (ArMM) FOR STROKE RECOVERY, 23rd February 2016. http://newcastleinnovation.com.au/portfolio-items/arm-movement-measure-armm-for-stroke-recovery-2/) - this stroke research is funded , University of Newcastle
Also published as: Hudson, Irene; Hudson, I.; Hudson, I. L.; Hudson, Irene L.; Hudson, Irene Lena
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