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Confirmed speakers

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The Australasian Bayesian Network Modelling Society and the Society for Risk Analysis Australia New Zealand are honoured to present two keynote speakers. In addition we have invited distinguished speakers from our varied topic areas and we are pleased to be able to confirm a number of speakers.

Keynote speakers

Dr Daniel Hikuroa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Te Arawa,

The University of Auckland


Dr Daniel (Dan) Hikuroa  is an established world expert on integrating indigenous knowledge and science and has undertaken many projects including co-writing the 2014 State of the Hauraki Gulf Environment Report, geothermal developments, co-writing iwi environmental management plans, hazard and vulnerability assessments and industrial waste rehabilitation. Dan was the Research Director for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga from July 2011 - December 2015. He is currently a senior lecturer in Māori Studies Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland, teaching a course on Tikanga and contributing to courses in natural hazards and disasters, and the Science Scholars programme in the Faculty of Science. He is working on many research projects that seek to realise the dreams or solve issues for Māori communities. He is involved in a number of community roles, including: hāpu representative member on both the Waitomo Caves Management Committee and Waitomo Caves Environmental Advisory Group; independent scientific adviser for various iwi and hapū and on the Science Advisory Panel for the SouthSci Participatory Science Platform project. He also serves on the Statutory Māori Advisory Board for the Environmental Protection Authority, Environmental Advisory Group for Watercare and as science adviser for Foundation North.

Prof Marek Druzdzel


Marek Druzdzel is a professor in the School of Computing and Information and in the Intelligent Systems Program and the director of the Decision Systems Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh.  He holds a joint appointment as a visiting professor in the Computer Science Department, Bialystok University of Technology, Poland.  He received his M.S. degrees in Computer Science (1985) and Electrical Engineering (1987) from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands (both with distinction) and his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy (1992) from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.  Prof. Druzdzel is a recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development Grant (known as CAREER grant) from the National Science Foundation (1996-2000), Outstanding Mentor Award (1997), and University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2007).  He is also a fellow of the Collegium of Eminent Scientists, Kosciuszko Foundation and recipient of the 2009-2010 and 2015-2016 Fulbright Awards for teaching and research at the Bialystok University of Technology.  His research interests concentrate on probabilistic and decision theoretic methods in decision support systems and human aspect of decision support.  His laboratory is widely known for the graphical modeling software GeNIe and SMILE, recently commercialized and available for academic teaching and research use at http://www.bayesfusion.com/.  More details about Prof. Druzdzel’s research interests and publications are available on line at http://www.pitt.edu/~druzdzel.  At the meeting Marek will talk about Bayesian Networks in Risk Modelling and Decision Making.

Other confirmed speakers:

  • Mahina-a-rangi Baker
  • Prof. Roger Cooke
  • A/Prof Nick Golledge
  • Dr Anca Hanea
  • Hana Ihaka-McLeod
  • Dr Gill Jolly
  • A/Prof Tina Nane

We will be shortly updating this page with the speakers' bio and additional speakers.