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Associate Professor Ute Mueller

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5272, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO5.208
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5272  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5811  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO5.208  


Ute is an Associate Professor in Mathematics in the School of Engineering and a member of the Natural Resources Modelling and Simulation Research Group.


  • Since 2008: Associate Professor in Mathematics, Edith Cowan University
  • 2003-2008: Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, Edith Cowan University
  • 1998-2002: Lecturer B in Mathematics, Edith Cowan University
  • 1994-1997: Lecturer A in Mathematics, Edith Cowan University
  • 1989-1990: Temporary Lecturer in Mathematics, Murdoch University
  • 1986-1988: Tutor/Senior Tutor in Mathematics, Murdoch University, Australia
  • 1983-1985: Part-time Lecturer in Mathematics, Concordia University, Canada
  • 1982-1983: Tutor in Theoretical Physics, Technical University of Clausthal
  • 1977-1981: Part-time Tutor in Mathematics, Technical University of Clausthal

Professional Associations

  • Australian Mathematical Society
  • International Association of Mathematical Geology
  • Geostatistical Association of Australasia
  • Australian Society for Operations Research
  • Institution of Engineers, Australia (Companion)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Geostatistics, Multivariate Methods,Technology in Mathematics Education
  • Applications of geostatistics to health and natural resources data

Staff Qualifications

  • GradCert (Graduate Certificate), Edith Cowan University, 2012.
  • PhD, Germany, 1987.
  • Master of Science, Canada, 1985.
  • Master of Science, Germany, 1983.


Recent Research Grants

  • Integrated state-wide survey of recreational fishing Phase 2: boat- and shore based activity ,  Department of Fisheries WA,  Grant,  2015 - 2019,  $3,297,050.
  • CodaBlockCoEstimation,  Edith Cowan University,  Australia-Germany JRC Scheme (UA-DAAD),  2015 - 2017,  $19,000.
  • Boat -based recreational boat fishing activity in Western Australia: a long term profile,  Department of Fisheries WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2015,  $2,407,195.
  • Foundational aspects for a research consortium on health, water and landscapes: a database and a learning network,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Development Grant,  2013 - 2015,  $80,624.
  • The use of Geostatistical Simulation in Mine Planning,  RIO Tinto (Technological Resources Pty Ltd),  Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $24,319.
  • Space-time analysis of western king prawns, brown tiger prawns and saucer scallops in Shark Bay for improved fisheries management,  Fisheries Research and Development Corporation,  Fisheries R&D Corporation - Grant,  2005 - 2009,  $196,895.
  • Spatiotemporal modelling of the prawn and scallop catch and fishing effort in the Shark Bay fishery in Western Australia,  Department of Fisheries WA,  Grant,  2003 - 2005,  $40,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Aboagye-Sarfo, P., Mueller, U., Cross, J., (2015), The impact of the activities of Ghana AIDS Commission on new HIV infections in Ghana: An intervention time series analysis. HIV & AIDS Review, 14(4), 97-103, Warsaw, Poland, DOI: 10.1016/j.hivar.2015.03.003.
  • Aidoo, E., Mueller, U., Goovaerts, P., Hyndes, G., (2015), Evaluation of geostatistical estimators and their applicability to characterise the spatial patterns of recreational fishing catch rates. Fisheries Research, 168(2015), 20-32, Amsterdam, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2015.03.013.
  • Tolosana-Delgado, R., Mueller, U., Van Den Boogaart, KG., Ward, C., Gutzmer, J., (2015), Improving processing by adaption to conditional geostatistical simulation of block compositions. The Journal of The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 115(1), 13-26, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Cannon, JW., Mueller, U., Hornbuckle, J., Larson, A., Simmer, K., Newnham, J., Doherty, D., (2013), Economic implications of poor access to antenatal care in rural and remote Western Australian Aboriginal communities: an individual sampling model of pregnancy. European Journal of Operations Research, 226(2), 313-324, DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2012.10.041.
  • Grunsky, EC., Mueller, U., Corrigan, D., (2013), A study of the lake sediment geochemistry of the Melville Peninsula using multivariatemethods: Applications for predictive geological mapping. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 141(Special), 15-41, DOI:
  • Mueller, U., Kangas, M., Sporer, E., Caputi, N., (2012), Variability in the spatial and temporal distribution of the saucer scallop, Amusium balloti, in Shark Bay-management implications. Marine and Freshwater Research, 63(11), 1152-1164, Australia, DOI:
  • Mueller, U., Ferreira, J., (2012), The U-Wedge Transformation Method for Mutlivariate Geostatistical Simulation. Mathematical Geosciences, 44(4), 427-448, DOI: 10.1007/s11004-012-9384-7.

Conference Publications

  • Mueller, U., Tolosana-Delgado, R., Van Den Boogaart, KG., (2014), Approaches to the simulation of compositional data - a Nickel-Laterite comparative case study. Orebody Modelling and Strategic Mine Planning Symposium 2014. Proceedings, 61-72, Carlton, Victoria.
  • Van Den Boogaart, KG., Tolosana-Delgado, R., Lehmann, M., Mueller, U., (2014), On the joint multipoint simulation of discrete and continuous geometallurgical parameters. Orebody Modelling and Strategic Mine Planning Symposium 2014. Proceedings, 379-388, Carlton, Victoria.
  • Tolosana-Delgado, R., Mueller, U., Van Den Boogaart, KG., (2014), Compositionally compliant contact analysis. Geostatistical and Geospatial Approaches for the Characterization of Natural Resources in the Environment: Challenges,Processes and Strategies, 6-8, New Delhi.
  • Tolosana-Delgado, R., Mueller, U., Van Den Boogaart, KG., Ward, C., (2014), Compositional Block Co-Kriging. Mathematics of Planet Earth, Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the International Association of Geosciences, 713-716, Heidelberg, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32407-6_154.
  • Mueller, U., Lo, J., De Caritat, P., Grunsky, E., (2014), Structural analysis of the National Geochemistry Survey of Australia Data. Mathematics of Planet Earth, Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the International Association of Geosciences, 99-102, Heidelberg, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32408-6_24.
  • Ward, C., Mueller, U., (2013), Compositions, Log Ratios and Bias - From Grade Contol to Resource Definition. Iron Ore Conference, 313-319, Carton, VIC.
  • Tolosana-Delgado, R., Mueller, U., Van Den Boogaart, KG., Ward, C., (2013), Compositional Block Kriging for Geometallurgical Optimization. 23rd World Mining Congress 2013 Proceedings, 13p., Canada.
  • Tolosana-Delgado, R., Mueller, U., Van Den Boogaart, KG., Ward, C., (2013), Block Cokriging of a whole composition. Conference Proceedings/36th APCOM International Symposium on the Applications of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry, 12p., Online.
  • Ward, C., Mueller, U., (2012), Multivariate Estimation using Log-Ratios: A Worked Alternative. Geostatistics Oslo 2012, 333-344, Dordrecht.
  • Mueller, U., Ferreira, J., (2011), Multivariate Geostatistical Simulation via Joint Approximate Diagonalisation ? A Case Study. Proceedings of the 35th APCOM Symposium, 217-230, Victoria.
  • Appiah, S., Mueller, U., Cross, J., (2011), Spatio-temporal modelling of malaria incidence for evaluation of public health policy interventions in Ghana, West Africa. MODSIM2011, 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 676-682, Canberra, ACT.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  The Simulation Of Material Types In A Western Australian Iron Deposit.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Approaches To The Spatial Modeling Of Cancer Incidence And Mortality In Metropolitan Perth, Western Australia, 1990- 2005
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Space-time Statistical Analysis Of Malaria Morbidity Incidence Cases In Ghana: A Geostatistical Modelling Approach
  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  Compositions, Logratios And Geostatistics: An Application To Iron Ore
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Geostatistical Spatiotemporal Modelling With Application To The Shark Bay Managed Prawn Fishery.
  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  Goestatistical Methods For Estimating Iron, Silica And Alumina Grades Within The Hardcap Of The Section Seven Iron Deposit, Tom Price
  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  Plurigaussian Simulation Of Rocktypes Using Data From A Gold Mine In Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Linear Transformation Methods For Multivariate Geostatistical Simulation

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  The Western Australian Charter Industry: Working Towards Long Term Sustainability

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Time Series Analysis Of Hiv Incidence Cases In Ghana: Trends, Predictions And Impact Of Interventions
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