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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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Aboagye-Sarfo, P., Cross, J., Mueller, U., (2010), Trend analysis and short-term forecast of incident HIV infection in Ghana. African Journal of AIDS Research, 9(2), 165-173, South Africa.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ward, C., Mueller, U., (2013), Compositions, Log Ratios and Bias - From Grade Contol to Resource Definition. Iron Ore Conference, 313-319, Carton, VIC.
  • 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.
  • Bandarian, E., Mueller, U., Ferreira, J., Richardson, S., (2010), Transformation Methods for Multivariate Geostatistical Simulation - Minimum/Maximum Autocorrelation Factors and Alternating Columns Diagonal Centres. Advances in Orebody Modelling and Strategic Mine Planning 1: Old and New Dimensions in a Changing World, 17(16-18 March 2009), 79-89, Carlton Victoria Australia.
  • Denham, A., Mueller, U., (2010), Incorporating survey data to improve space-time geostatistical analysis of king-prawn catch rate. geoENV VII - Geostatistics for environmental Applications. Proceedings of the seventh European conference on geostatistics for environmental applications, 16 Quantitative Geology and Geostatistics(10/9/2008), 13-26, Dordrecht, DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-2322-3.

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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