Melanie Roberts  Melanie Roberts photo         

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Research Scientist
Melbourne, Australia




Melanie is a research scientist with the Predictive Resource Optimisation team at IBM Research - Australia and honorary research fellow with the University of Melbourne, working at the intersection of data and mathematical modelling. Melanie has experience with developing and implementing decision tools across emergency management, agriculture, water management and insurance. Her recent work is focussed on developing models to understand household-based risk from bushfires to assist communities in reducing their risk while maintaining the benefits of living in a bushland environment.

Melanie received her PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Western Australia in 2012, and holds degrees in mathematics, education and science communication.

Melanie holds a number of positions to advance the discipline of mathematics. She is Chair of the Victorian Branch of ANZIAM (Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics), returning office for the ANZIAM executive, a member of the advisory committee for both the University of Wollongong School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics and the Australian Mathematical Society Membership Committee, a member of Mathematicians in Schools, and contributor to many outreach events.