Associate Professor Dale Roberts

Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics (UNSW, 2012), B.Sc. 1st Class Honours in Mathematics (UTS, 2006)
Statistics (RSFAS)
ANU College of Business and Economics
T: +61 2 612 57336

Research interests

My research interests are in probability theory, stochastic processes, and their application to large-scale data science problems.

I currently teach the following two courses that I sprinkle with my own interests and examples:

(1) A research-led course that looks at the application of Random Matrix Theory (RMT) to tackle high-dimensional data science problems. Focus is on understanding how classic statistical approaches break down when the dimensionality of the data becomes large and how these problems may be resolved using recent mathematical results [STAT3017 / STAT7017: Big Data Statistics].

(2) A postgraduate course on stochastic processes: Random walks, Martingales, Markov chains, Brownian motion, their properties and applications [STAT7004: Intro to Stochastic Processes]. Applications to coin flipping, card shuffling, card counting, and other classic problems.


Dale graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) with a first class Honours in Mathematics in 2006. After his honours, Dale spent some time working in the finance industry. In 2012, he completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of New South Wales on the topic of Stochastic Partial Differential Equations (SPDE).

Dale has published extensively since 2012 with more than 20 of his papers published in top-tiered journals (A* and A ranked). He has also secured more than $3.1M in research funding through numerous competitive grants and external funded projects mostly as sole chief investigator.

• 2022 ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
• 2021 College Award for Teaching Excellence
 2020 College Commendation for Outstanding Teaching

Past student projects

The following students have successfully completed theses under my supervision:
  1. Emma Ai. PhD in Statistics
  2. Timothy McLennan-Smith. PhD in Statistics
  3. Wayne Wang. Honours in Statistics
  4. Rui Cheng. First class Honours in Statistics
  5. Michael Winjen. First class Honours in Statistics
  6. Remy Hamilton-Smith. Statistical Learning applied to Burnscar Classification and Natural Hazard Insurance. First class Honours in Actuarial Studies.
  7. Omar Al-Ghattas. Stochastic Portfolio Theory and Information-theoretical Portfolio Tracking. First class Honours in Statistics.
  8. Chaturi Bhaskaran. Overshoots of random walks and Lévy processes. First class Honours in Mathematics.
  9. Nam Ho. Batch and sequential learning with complexity measures. First class Honours in Mathematics.
  10. Emma Ai. Multiwindowed barrier options under stochastic volatility. M.Phil. in Mathematics.
  11. Yang Liu. Existence and uniqueness of solutions to ODEs and SDEs with irregular coefficients. First class Honours in Mathematics.
  12. Anjisht Gosain. Pricing of Himalaya options under the Heston stochastic volatility model. First class Honours in Finance.
  13. Lindon Roberts. Wavelet methods for variational inequalities. First class Honours in Mathematics & University medal.

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