Ninth Annual Conference of the Australasian Bayesian Network Modelling Society (ABNMS2017)

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November 20 & 23, 2017 : Workshops
November 21 - 22, 2017 : Conference
University of Melbourne


ABNMS 2017 will be held at the University of Melbourne from the 20-23rd November 2017. Modelling tutorials will be held on the 20th and 23rd November, and in between will be the ABNMS Conference on the 21-22nd November, both at the University of Melbourne.

You will be able to register for the tutorials and the conference separately or together.

Keynote Speakers

The conference organisers are pleased to announce that Dr Bruce Marcot of the US Forest Service will deliver the keynote address.

Dr Bruce Marcot

Dr Marcot's research includes the assessment and modelling the of future climate change effects and other stressors on at-risk species, including the polar bear, northern spotted owl, Pacific walrus, and other high-latitude wildlife species. He is also developing and applying structured decision-aiding models and methods for informing listing decisions and threats evaluations of at-risk species and injurious invasive species; assessing causes and effects of sea level rise on coastal marshes; modelling the influence of alternative old-forest reserve designs on the viability of northern spotted owls; and developing new ways to bridge ecological and cultural values of subsistence resources used by indigenous peoples of southeast Alaska. A comprehensive summary of Dr Marcot's Bayesian Network research can be found on his personal website.

Call for Abstracts and Participation

The organising committee for ABNMS 2017 is pleased to invite the submission of abstracts.

Abstracts are invited from all fields. Past presentations have covered a wide range of disciplines including environmental management, geology, law, ecology and medicine, and a variety of technical aspects on methods of development, data mining, linking GIS with Bayesian Networks, and lessons learned from particular BN projects.

Those beginning to use Bayesian networks are invited to present prospective projects for discussion.

Key Dates

Call for abstracts: 20th June, 2017
Abstract submission deadline:(Extended) 20th August, 2017
Decision on abstracts:25th August, 2017
Deadline for conference registration
(including pre-conference tutorials):
13th Nov, 2017

Abstracts for ABNMS 2017 should be no longer than 300 words. Please submit your abstracts via

Include the title of your presentation, authors, affiliations, contact details for the corresponding author and abstract. The abstract should be self-contained and explicit, covering the aims, methods, results and main conclusions of the work. The abstract should not contain figures, tables or references.

Travel Grants

The Australasian Bayesian Network Modelling Society (ABNMS) is offering 4 travel grants to attend the ABNMS Tutorials and Conference on November 20 - 23, 2017 in Melbourne, Victoria. Awards will be for $250 to $500 to contribute to the costs of travel to and from the conference.

Three Student Grants will be awarded and one 2017 Travel Grant for any person who attended the ABNMS tutorials in 2016 and will present in 2017.

Applications should include a brief statement indicating the type of travel grant being applied for, justifying the application, an estimate of travel costs, a scanned signed statement from an academic supervisor verifying student status (if in application for one of the student travel grants), and a CV. An abstract of the talk to be presented at the conference must be submitted in parallel (see above). Student travel grants will only be awarded if the recipient registers for the conference and tutorials. Please note the 2017 Travel Grant recipient is not required to register for the pre-conference tutorials.

Travel grant applications must be submitted by email to by 6th Oct ,2017.

If you have any questions regarding ABNMS2017, please email


ABNMS would like to gratefully acknowledge our conference sponsors: