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Seminar 24 August @ 6 pm

  On behalf of SSA NSW branch, we would like to invite you to join the virtual event we are holding on Wed, 24th August 2022. Dr Steph Stammel , the Principal Econometrician at Transurban will speak about how an interdisciplinary approach builds a more detailed, robust view of our future cities. Date:  Wednesday, 24th August 2022 Time:  6:00pm - 7:00pm (AEST) Location:  This is a virtual event. You will need to register in advance  here  to obtain the Zoom link.  Steph Stammel  - Transurban Title:  Managing uncertainty: statistics and econometrics as part of a multidisciplinary approach Abstract: Long range forecasting is difficult at the best of times. In current times, increasing sophistication is simply not enough to manage the high levels of uncertainty we face. At Transurban, our mission is to create and manage road transport solutions that serve our communities now – and in the future. To do this well, we need a detailed and long-term view of the cities we serve. Data science, st
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(Cancelled) Seminar 19 Aug @2pm

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Seminar 18 August @ 10 am AEST

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Seminar 9 August @ 6:00pm (AEST)

    The population properties of merging compact binaries from gravitational waves. Date: Tuesday, 9 August 2022   Time: 6:00pm (AEST)   Speaker:  Eric Thrane (Monash University, Australia)  Contact the organizer: Andriy Olenko Abstract: With the publication of the third gravitational-wave transient catalog (GWTC-3), the LIGO and Virgo Collaborations have confidently identified 90 signals from merging compact binaries. By analysing the morphology of each gravitational waveform, we are able to work out the masses and spins of the black holes and neutron stars that source these signals. By studying the distributions of black-hole mass, spin, and distance, we are painting a picture of the population properties of compact mergers, providing clues about the fate of massive stars and telling us how and where binary black holes are assembled. In this talk, I describe how we use Bayesian hierarchical modelling to study merging black holes. I emphasise the importance of