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Dr Roslyn Hickson is a Research Scientist at IBM Research Australia. Her research is at the intersection of applied mathematics and public health, with infectious disease modelling ranging from methodological contributions to working on multidisciplinary teams for specific diseases, including tuberculosis, dengue fever, influenza, and ebola. Roslyn has been a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Newcastle since April 2015, and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne since September 2015.

Roslyn completed her PhD studies through UNSW Canberra in 2010, where her research into the critical times of heat and mass transfer through multiple layers was jointly awarded the Ria de Groot prize for the best female postgraduate student. Roslyn then became a Research Fellow with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, where she focussed on informing policy and practice through the mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. In December 2011 she was awarded a four year University of Newcastle Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, before joining IBM Research in May 2014.

In both 2016 and 2017 Roslyn was one of twenty finalists for the EmTech Asia Innovators Under 35 list by MIT Technology Review. In 2017 she was one of 35 early career female and gender diverse researchers in mathematics and physics accepted into MAGIC (Mentoring and guidance in careers workshop). In 2016 Roslyn was heavily involved in the philanthropic IBM Health Corps program, having assessed multiple applications as the subject matter expert and then attended as a key member of the team in Taiwan. She was also one of sixteen honorees for 2016 IBM Regional Journal of Eminence in Australia and New Zealand. Roslyn has received IBM awards in outstanding communication in 2015 and 2016, an A-level Accomplishment for "IBM leadership in the fight against ebola" in 2015, and the IBM Client Value Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 2014.

Roslyn has a keen interest in outreach, and has contributed to multiple high school outreach programs. Since 2017 she has been one of the mentors for the AMSI "Choose Maths" mentoring programme for high school girls. In 2016 she was invited to give the opening keynote at the Curious Minds program in Canberra on "Mathematical modelling applied across the STEM spectrum", aimed at year 9-10 girls. Roslyn was invited to talk about her career path at "Girls do the maths" in 2016, aimed at senior high school students to encourage selection of mathematics subjects.

Roslyn has been heavily involved in the Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics professional body, having served on the national executive from 2010-2018. Roslyn has made significant contributions to the organisation of eight conferences, including chairing an international workshop on infectious disease modelling in Newcastle. Roslyn has been instrumental in creating opportunities for early career mathematicians, having successfully advocated for the inclusion of a research student representative on the national executive of ANZIAM, and the co-location of the AMSI Early Career Research Workshops with the ANZIAM conference. She also served for two years on the Australian Academy of Science Early and Mid Career Researcher Forum executive in 2015-6.