A/PROF Owen Jones

A/PROF Owen Jones


  • Stochastic Processes; Statistics; Data Science; Simulation; Optimisation



  • Dr Jones is an applied mathematician with a background in data analytics, optimisation and simulation. Many of his projects involve assembling data from divers sources, using it to build simulation models, then using those models to inform management decisions. Previous collaborators include the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (planning for the Post Entry Quarantine facility, a national infrastructure project); the Office of Transport Security (improving security procedures in Australian airports); Rate Valuation Services (a financial services company); McLaran International (the racing team); Merlin Power Systems (a feasibility study for an emergency response scheme for power generators in the UK); and National Air Traffic Systems (responsible for air traffic control in the UK). Dr Jones’ work utilises a wide range of computational, analytical and mathematical techniques. He has taught graduate courses in machine learning and data mining, and is the principal author of a best-selling text book on programming and simulation using the language R. Much of his current research work concerns complex spatio-temporal environmental data, in particular problems of water runoff in catchment areas.    


Member of

  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. Fellow 2002 -
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Academic 2000 -
  • Australian Mathematical Society. Academic 1996 -
  • Statistical Society of Australia. Academic 1996 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Cambridge 1995
  • BSc (Hons), The University of Queensland 1989
  • BSc, The University of Queensland 1988



Available for supervision

  • Y