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Biography

Ann E. Nicholson is a Professor and Deputy Dean Research in the Faculty of Information Technology. Other recent leadership roles including (Acting) Deputy Dean 2016-2017, and Associate Dean (Education) 2014-2016. After completing her BSc (Hons) and MSc in Computer Sciene at the University of Melbourne, in 1988 she was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, where she  did her doctorate in the Robotics Research Group. After completing a post-doc at Brown University, she returned to Australia to take up a lecturing position position at Monash in 1994. Prof. Nicholson specialises in the broad area of Artificial Intelligence, a  sub-discipline of computer science.  She is a leading international researcher in the specialised area of Bayesian networks, now the dominant technology for probabilistic causal modelling in intelligent systems. She has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers, co-authored the well-received book "Bayesian Artificial Intelligence", and attracted more than $8M in research funding. She has applied Bayesian Network technology to problem-solving in many domains including meteorology, epidemiology, medicine, education and environmental science. Examples include the use of BNs in biosecurity risk assessment, predicting the impact of conservation actions on threats and habitats of threatened species, fog forecasting and decision support for clinical cardiovascular risk assessment.

 

Community service

(Current 2016)

  • Editorial Board, Knowledge Engineering Journal
  • Association of Rhodes Scholars in Australia: National Executive

 

Monash teaching commitment

Professor Ann Nicholson has experience as the Chief Examiner and/or lecturer for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT1010 Introduction to software engineering
  • FIT1016/2044 Advanced project level 1 & 2
  • FIT1049/2003 IT professional practice

Research interests

Ann specialises in Bayesian network modelling and is an expert in dynamic Bayesian networks, planning under uncertainty, user modelling, Bayesian inference methods, and knowledge engineering with Bayesian networks.

Keywords

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Bayesian networks
  • Data Mining
  • Evolutionary ethics
  • Intelligent Agents
  • Knowledge Engineering
  • Plan recognition
  • Probabilistic reasoning
  • User modelling

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Projects 2002 2021

MCDA: The Development of Novel Bayesian Network and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Techniques

Shahzad, A., Nicholson, A., Korb, K., Mascaro, S. & Cao, T.

15/02/1731/03/20

Project: Research

BARD: Bayesian ARgumentation via Delphi

Korb, K., Nicholson, A., Nyberg, E., Morris, S., Bolger, F., Rowe, G., Wright, G., Hahn, U., Lagnado, D., Fenton, N., Neil, M., Zukerman, I., Wybrow, M. & Lewis, B.

3/01/172/07/21

Project: Research

Dynamic Bayesian Networks for Strategic Risk Assessment

Nicholson, A. & Korb, K.

30/10/1430/06/16

Project: Research

Research Output 1988 2018

HetFHMM: A Novel Approach to Infer Tumor Heterogeneity Using Factorial Hidden Markov Models

Rahman, M. S., Nicholson, A. E. & Haffari, G., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Computational Biology. 25, 2, p. 182-193 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Learning and inference methodologies for hybrid dynamic Bayesian networks: a case study for a water reservoir system in Andalusia, Spain

Ropero, R. F., Nicholson, A. E., Aguilera, P. A. & Rumí, R., Nov 2018, In : Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment. 32, 11, p. 3117-3135 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Probabilistic modeling of the relationship between socioeconomy and ecosystem services in cultural landscapes

Maldonado, A. D., Aguilera, P. A., Salmerón, A. & Nicholson, A. E., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Ecosystem Services. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Applying dependency patterns in causal discovery of latent variable models

Zhang, X., Korb, K. B., Nicholson, A. E. & Mascaro, S., 2017, Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence: Third Australasian Conference, ACALCI 2017, Geelong, VIC, Australia, January 31 – February 2, 2017, Proceedings. Wagner, M., Li, X. & Hendtlass, T. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, p. 134-143 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence; vol. 10142).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Bayesian Networks for Import Risk Assessment

Nicholson, A. E. & Korb, K. B., Jul 2017, Invasive Species: Risk Assessment and Management. Robinson, A. P., Walshe, T., Burgman, M. A. & Nunn, M. (eds.). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, p. 181-205 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Activities 2011 2016

  • 3 External research and teaching
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Chair - Faculty Education Committee - Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University

Ann Nicholson (Chair/ Co-Chair)
1 Jan 2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research and teaching

Associate Dean (Education) - Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University

Ann Nicholson (Fellow)
1 Jan 201430 Jun 2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research and teaching

Monash University (External organisation)

Ann Nicholson (Member)
1 Jan 201131 Dec 2013

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Course Director - Bachelor of Software Engineering - Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University

Ann Nicholson (Chair/ Co-Chair)
1 Jan 201131 Dec 2013

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research and teaching