I am a Lecturer/ tenured-Asst. Professor (as in United States). My research expertise are in modelling and methodology statistical analysis of time series and spatial processes. I investigate natural events that evolve over space and time. Of particular interest are landslides, tropical cyclones, river flow, and human diseases. The statistical problems are wide rannging and complex.

Current Interests

My immediate interests fall into the following categories-

Statistical Methodology

  1. Modelling of spatial and temporal covariance structures.
  2. Computational and statistically efficient models for natural hazards.
  3. Interface of maximum likelihood and interpretable machine learning algorithms for streaming data.


  1. Algorithms for landslide monitoring.
  2. Methods for detecting structural changes in neurological time series.
  3. Statistical variation in river flow and tropical cyclones.
  4. Spatial variation in tropical ecological process.
  5. Spatial epidemiology for infectious diseases and mental health.


If you wish to pursue a PhD with me or want to discuss some of my current research interests please contact me at sourav.das@jcu.edu.au. I am particularly keen to hear from students with background in one or more of the following- statistical analysis of time series, applied stochastic process, multivariate statistical methods, mixed effects modelling or spatial statistics.

  • MA1580: Foundations of Data Science (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • MA5800: Foundations for Data Science (Level 5; CNS & ONL)
  • MA5810: Introduction to Data Mining (Level 5; CNS, ONL & TSV)
  • Algorithms for streaming data monitoring - land displacement, EEG, ECG, Seismic signals. Statistical models for environmental events - floods, precipitation, cyclones. Spatial and environmental epidemiology for mental health and infectious diseases.
  • 2019 to present - Lecturer (Asst Prof.-US), Statistics and Data Science, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Clinical Biostatistician, Royal Melbourne Hospital/ University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2015 to 2017 - Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol (Bristol, UK)
  • 2012 to 2015 - Research Fellow, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • 2007 to 2011 - PhD, University of Manchester (Manchester, UK)
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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Health informatics for mental health at FNQ

Indicative Funding
$5,000 over 1 year
This project will construct a mental health database combining demographic, household economic, geographic and pharmaceutical information on 1000 unique emergency mental health related admissions at four FNQ Hospital and Health Services, Cairns, Townsville, Mount Isa and Atherton. The construction of the database will follow the relevant privacy and data security protocols. It would then be used for a more detailed evidence-based explanation of patterns and variation of incidents adjusting for confounding and contributing factors and offsets including economic and demographic factors such as age-stratified population, household income, existing co-morbidities and lifestyle choices.
Sourav Das and Alan Clough (College of Science & Engineering, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Mental Health; spatial epidemiology; health informatics

Wet Tropics Management Authority - Contract Research

Research to inform yellow crazy ant management in the Wet Tropics

Indicative Funding
$740,187 over 2 years
Continuation and consolidation of four years of scientific activities to support yellow crazy ant eradication in the Wet Tropics (data analysis, monitoring non-target effects of baiting, probability of detection).
Lori Lach, Sourav Das, Peter Yeeles and Angela Strain (College of Science & Engineering)
Yellow Crazy Ants (Formicidae); Detection; Baiting; Population Dynamics; Wet Tropics World Heritage Area; Non-target effects

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Using Weather Radars to Inform Data-Driven Irrigation Practices (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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