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Career Summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Queensland

Research

Research keywords

  • Computational Statistics
  • Distribution Theory
  • Socio-Spatial Statistics
  • Statistical Ecology

Research expertise

I am interested in the study of distributions, particularly the Generalised Lambda Distribution, as well as a number of applied statistical fields, including:

Bayesian "belief updating" in Robotics

Socio-Spatial Statistics - Describing spatial patterns of social measures

Evaluation of the goodness-of-fit of ecological models

Readability - measuring the readability of text, particularly science instructional texts

Statistics for Computing: Applying statistical methods to investigation of the software engineering process

Computing for Statistics: Computational methods for statistics, particularly simulation-based methods

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
010400Statistics55
080100Artificial Intelligence And Image Processing30
080299Computation Theory And Mathematics Not Elsewhere Classified15

Awards

Prize winner

2006World Champion, 4-legged league
Robocup Federation (Germany)
I am a member of the University of Newcastle Robot soccer team, the NUBots. The NUBots won the 4-legged league of the world robot soccer championship in 2006 in Bremen, Germany. RoboCup is an international joint project to promote AI, robotics, and related field. It is an attempt to foster AI and intelligent robotics research by providing a standard problem where wide range of technologies can be integrated and examined. The NUBots finished 3rd in the 4-legged league in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and 2nd in 2005.

Invitations

Symposium on Fitting Statistical Distributions to Data
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, United States (Symposium)
2006

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Statistics
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004King RA, 'gld package for R,', 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, The R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna (2004) [G1]
2009Allingham D, King RA, Mengersen KL, 'Bayesian estimation of quantile distributions', Statistics and Computing, 19 189-201 (2009) [C1]
2013King RAR, Blackmore KL, 'Physical and political boundaries as barriers to the continuity of social vulnerability', Applied Geography, 44 79-87 (2013) [C1]
2013Hong K, Chalup SK, King RAR, 'A component based approach for classifying the seven universal facial expressions of emotion', Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Creativity and Affective Computing, CICAC 2013 - 2013 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, SSCI 2013, Singapore (2013) [E1]
2005Moffiet TN, Mengersen K, Witte C, King RA, Denham R, 'Airborne laser scanning: Exploratory data analysis indicates potential variables for classification of individual trees or forest stands according to species', Isprs Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 59 289-309 (2005) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007O'Neill P, McGuirk PM, Mee KJ, Wright SL, Markwell KW, Momtaz S, King RA, Urban Development and the Lower Hunter: Understanding Context, Connections and Flows, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, N.S.W., 359 (2007) [A2]

Journal article (16 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Diawara N, Oluyede B, King RAR, 'Structural equation modeling of multivariate gamma density', Afrika Matematika, 25 345-356 (2014) [C1]
2013Khan MS, King RA, 'Transmuted modified Weibull distribution: A generalization of the modified Weibull probability distribution', European Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, 6 66-88 (2013) [C1]
2013King RAR, Blackmore KL, 'Physical and political boundaries as barriers to the continuity of social vulnerability', Applied Geography, 44 79-87 (2013) [C1]
2013Khan M, King R, 'Transmuted Modified Weibull Distribution: A Generalization of the Modified Weibull Probability Distribution', European Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, 6 66-88 (2013) [C1]
2011O'Toole JM, King RA, 'The deceptive mean: Conceptual scoring of cloze entries differentially advantages more able readers', Language Testing, 28 127-144 (2011) [C1]
2010Cassey JG, King RA, Armstrong P, 'Is there thermal benefit from preoperative warming in children?', Paediatric Anesthesia, 20 63-71 (2010) [C1]
2010King KJ, Douglas MJ, Unger W, Wong A, King RA, 'Five unit bolus oxytocin at cesarean delivery in women at risk of atony: A randomized, double-blind, controlled trial', Anesthesia and Analgesia, 111 1460-1466 (2010) [C1]
2010O'Toole JM, King RA, 'A matter of significance: Can sampling error invalidate cloze estimates of text readability?', Language Assessment Quarterly, 7 303-316 (2010) [C1]
2010O'Toole JM, King RA, 'Reading by the numbers: Reconsidering numerical estimates of reading difficulty', The International Journal of Learning, 17 181-194 (2010) [C1]

Co-authors: Mitch OToole

2009Allingham D, King RA, Mengersen KL, 'Bayesian estimation of quantile distributions', Statistics and Computing, 19 189-201 (2009) [C1]
2007King RA, Macgillivray HL, 'Fitting the generalized lambda distribution with location and scale-free shape functionals', American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences, 27 441-460 (2007) [C1]
2005Moffiet TN, Mengersen K, Witte C, King RA, Denham R, 'Airborne laser scanning: Exploratory data analysis indicates potential variables for classification of individual trees or forest stands according to species', Isprs Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 59 289-309 (2005) [C1]
2003Ewen JG, Cassey P, King RA, 'An assessment of the randomization test for binomial sex-ratio distributions in birds', The Auk, 120 1-7 (2003) [C1]
2001Cassey P, King RA, 'The problem of testing the goodness-of-fit of stochastic resource apportionment models', Environmetrics, 12 691-698 (2001) [C1]
1999King RAR, Macgillivray HL, 'A starship estimation method for the generalized ¿ distributions', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 41 353-374 (1999)
1999King RAR, MacGillivray HL, 'A starship method for fitting the generalized $¿ $ distributions', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 41 353-374 (1999)
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Conference (28 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Hong K, Chalup SK, King RAR, Ostwald MJ, 'Scene perception using pareidolia of faces and expressions of emotion', Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Creativity and Affective Computing, CICAC 2013 - 2013 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, SSCI 2013 (2013) [E1]
2013Hong K, Chalup SK, King RAR, 'A component based approach for classifying the seven universal facial expressions of emotion', Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Creativity and Affective Computing, CICAC 2013 - 2013 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, SSCI 2013, Singapore (2013) [E1]
2013Khan MS, King R, Hudson IL, 'Characterizations of the Transmuted Inverse Weibull Distribution', Proceedings of 11th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia (2013) [E3]

Co-authors: Irene Hudson

2012Hong K, Chalup SK, King RA, 'An experimental evaluation of pairwise adaptive support vector machines', Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2012), Brisbane (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: Stephan Chalup

2012Saaid FA, Nur D, King RA, 'SDVAR algorithm for detecting fraud in telecommunications', World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Tokyo, Japan (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: Darfiana Nur

2012Irish JL, King RA, 'What is the number of distinct surnames in a population?', Handbook. Australian Statistical Conference, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2012King RA, 'Maximum product of spacings estimation of the generalized lamda distribution', Handbook. Australian Statistical Conference, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2010Allingham D, King RA, 'Optimizing a stochastic dynamic scheduling problem using mathematical statistics', Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science, San Francisco (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: David Allingham

2010Hong K, Chalup SK, King RA, 'A component based approach improves classification of discrete facial expressions over a holistic approach', 2010 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, Barcelona, Spain (2010) [E1]
2010Indika SHS, Diawara N, King RA, 'Efficient semi-parametric estimation for marginal correlated small sampled data', Proceedings of Neural, Parallel, and Scientific Computations, Atlanta Georgia, US (2010) [E2]
2009Dean B, King RA, 'Versatile regression: Simple regression with a non-normal error distribution', ASEARC: Proceedings of the Third Annual ASEARC Research Conference, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
2009Saaid FA, King RA, Nur D, 'Development of users' call profiles using unsupervised random forest', ASEARC: Proceedings of the Third Annual ASEARC Research Conference, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: Darfiana Nur

2008Henderson N, King R, Middleton RH, 'An application of Gaussian mixtures: Colour segmenting for the four Legged League using HSI colour space', ROBOCUP 2007: ROBOT SOCCER WORLD CUP XI, Atlanta, GA (2008) [E1]
2008Henderson N, King RA, Chalup SK, 'An automated colour calibration system using multivariate Gaussian mixtures to segment HSI colour space', Proceedings of the 2008 Australasian Conference on Robotics & Automation, Canberra, ACT (2008) [E1]

Co-authors: Stephan Chalup

2008Stojanovski E, Lane JP, King RA, 'Spatial assessment of crime', Proceedings: IASC 2008: Joint Meeting of 4th World Conference of the IASC and 6th Conference of the Asian Regional Section of the IASC on Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Yokohama, Japan (2008) [E1]
2008Allingham D, King RA, Nur D, Mengersen KL, 'Further DNA segmentation analysis using approximate Bayesian computation', Proceedings: IASC 2008: Joint Meeting of 4th World Conference of the IASC and 6th Conference of the Asian Regional Section of the IASC on Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Yokohama, Japan (2008) [E1]
2008King RA, 'Sampling behaviour of estimators for the generalized lambda distribution using distributed computing', Proceedings: IASC 2008: Joint Meeting of 4th World Conference of the IASC and 6th Conference of the Asian Regional Section of the IASC on Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Yokohama, Japan (2008) [E1]
2007Henderson N, King RA, Middleton RH, 'An application of Gaussian mixtures: Colour segmenting for the four legged league using HSI colour space', 11th Annual RoboCup International Symposium 2007. Proceedings, Atlanta, Georgia (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Richard Middleton

2007Allingham D, King RA, Nur D, Mengersen K, 'Analysis of DNA sequence segmentation using approximate bayesian computation', ISI 2007 Book of Abstracts. 56th Session of the International Statistical Institute, Lisboa, Portugal (2007) [E2]
2007Moffiet TN, Mengerson K, King RA, Witte C, 'Relationship modelling on bounded spaces with example application to the estimation of forest foliage cover by remote sensing', TIES North American Regional Meeting. Program, Seattle, WA (2007) [E3]

Co-authors: Trevor Moffiet

2007King KJ, Douglas J, Unger W, Wong AB, Espinosa V, King RA, '5U bolus oxytocin at cesarean section in women at risk of atony', ANESTHESIOLOGY, Banff, CANADA (2007)
2006Moffiet TN, Mengersen K, King RA, Armston JD, Witte C, 'Modelling of foliage projected cover using Landsat-7 spectral imagery: spectral indices for greenness and brightness', The 13th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference, Canberra, Australia (2006) [E2]

Co-authors: Trevor Moffiet

2006Lane JP, King RA, 'C for Children: An adaptation of the ABS SEIFA targeted for children in a region', The 55th Session of the International Statistical Institute: Proceedings, Sydney, Australia (2006) [E3]
2006King RA, 'Investigating Response Times using the Generalised Lambda Distribution', The 55th Session of the International Statistical Institute: Proceedings, Sydney, Australia (2006) [E3]
2006King RA, 'How do you believe that? Why Bayesians aren't subjective enough', Spring Bayes 2006: List of Abstracts, Brisbane, Australia (2006) [E3]
2004McGuirk PM, O'Neill PM, Mee KJ, King RA, Lane PA, Moore NM, et al., 'Creating loose can(n)ons: protocols and procedures for accessing agency data', Spatial Indicators and GIS in human geography workshop, Newcastle, Australia (2004) [E3]

Co-authors: Pauline McGuirk

2004King RA, Gerlach RH, Wraith D, 'Starship Regression: A Regression Method with Flexibly-Shaped Errors', Conference Handbook, Cairns, Qld (2004) [E3]
2003King RA, 'What can we predict for the establishment success of novelty land bird introductions?', Proceedings, Lund (2003) [E3]
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Software (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014King RA, Dean B, 'gld R package', 2.2, The Comprehensive R Archive Network (2014)
2004King RA, 'gld package for R,', 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, The R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna (2004) [G1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants13
Total funding$509,848

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2008 (1 grants)

Australian Statistical Conference 2008, Melbourne, 30/6/2008 - 3/7/2008$1,075
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Robert King
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,07520082008
GNo:G0189205

2007 (2 grants)

Enabling inter-agency data sharing to support the spatial analysis of social vulnerability in a transforming region$155,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Pauline McGuirk, Professor Phillip O'Neill, Doctor Kathleen Mee, Doctor Robert King, Doctor Lesley Instone
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$155,00020072010
GNo:G0187218

Enabling inter-agency data sharing to support the spatial analysis of social vulnerability in a transforming region$60,000
Funding Body: Regional Coordination Management Group

Project Team
Professor Pauline McGuirk, Professor Phillip O'Neill, Doctor Kathleen Mee, Doctor Robert King, Doctor Lesley Instone
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$60,00020072009
GNo:G0188090

2006 (1 grants)

Rapid Convergence for Reinforcement Learning with Legged Robots$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Stephan Chalup, Dr Michael Quinlan, Doctor Robert King, Professor Rick Middleton
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020062006
GNo:G0186068

2005 (2 grants)

Dealing with jumps in numerical data to produce a new and powerful quantitative indicator for readability in science text$7,537
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Mitchell O'Toole, Doctor Robert King
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,53720052005
GNo:G0184700

Estimation and modelling for flexibly shaped distributions$6,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Robert King, Doctor Richard Gerlach
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020052005
GNo:G0184698

2004 (1 grants)

2004 Australian Statistical Conference, ASC2004 and XXIInd International Biometric Conference 11 to 16 July 2004$1,138
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Robert King
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,13820042004
GNo:G0183695

2003 (5 grants)

Building technologies and engagement processes for using spatialised data to enhance family and community outcomes in a region experiencing major change$201,682
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Phillip O'Neill, Professor Pauline McGuirk, Doctor Kathleen Mee, Doctor Robert King
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$201,68220032007
GNo:G0182828

Building technologies and engagement processes for using spatialised data to enhance family and community outcomes in a region experiencing major change$30,000
Funding Body: NSW Premiers Department

Project Team
Associate Professor Phillip O'Neill, Professor Pauline McGuirk, Doctor Kathleen Mee, Doctor Robert King
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020032005
GNo:G0183249

Building technologies and engagement processes for using spatialised data to enhance family and community outcomes in a region experiencing major change$25,000
Funding Body: Hunter Area Health Service

Project Team
Associate Professor Phillip O'Neill, Professor Pauline McGuirk, Doctor Kathleen Mee, Doctor Robert King
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020032005
GNo:G0183250

Modelling the appearance and longevity of bugs in the Debian GNU/Linux computer system$9,998
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Robert King
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,99820032003
GNo:G0182747

Statistics in Public Resources and Utilities and in Care of the Environment (SPRUCE), Sweden 15-19 June, 2003$1,816
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Robert King
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,81620032003
GNo:G0182947

2001 (1 grants)

ANZ Statistical Association - Christchurch, New Zealand - 10/12/01 - 13/12/01$602
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Robert King
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$60220012001
GNo:G0181637
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.35

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (Statistics)Principal SupervisorTransmuted Families of Lifetime Distributions with Mixture and Covariates Regression Modelling to Analyse Survival Data
20132018PhD (Statistics)Principal SupervisorSome Studies of Surname Frequency Data
20112013PhD (Computer Science)Co-SupervisorAutomatic Landmark Detection for Localisation and Navigation

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PHD Statistics
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Co-SupervisorMODELING OF GENERALIZED FAMILIES OF PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS IN THE QUANTILE STATISTICAL UNIVERSE
2013PhD (Computer Engineering)Co-SupervisorScene Perception Using Machine Pareidolia of Facial Expressions
2013PhD (Statistics)Principal SupervisorImproved Estimation and Regression Techniques with the Generalised Lambda Distribution
2010M Sc (Statistics) [R]Co-SupervisorStatistical Techniques for Analysing and Reporting on Healthcare
2008PhD (Statistics)Co-SupervisorBivariate Relationship Modelling on Bounded Spaces with Application to the Estimation of Forest Foliage Cover by Landsat Satellite ETM-plus Sensor
2007PhD (Statistics)Co-SupervisorStatistical Methods to Maximise Information in Natural Resource Problems
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Dr Robert King

Work Phone(02) 4921 5548
Fax(02) 4921 6898
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaStatistics
Office
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Mathematics,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/robert-king
Linkhttp://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/~rking/