Irene Lena Hudson

Professor of Statistics and Data Analytics, RMIT University

Professor Irene Hudson joined RMIT Mathematical Sciences in April 2019.
Mapping /modelling/visualization of micro systems (brain voxels, molecules, wood anatomy) and macro systems (global disease, global tobacco use with the WHO, climate change, risk and prevalence estimation) underpins Hudson’s research, along with computational intelligence.

Hudson is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society UK and an Elected Fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia & NZ. Hudson has published over 205 research articles, book chapters and refereed conference papers (cited over 5,200 times).

Hudson is part of a team working towards Predictive Analytics as part of the CRC Digital Health RMIT node - to develop algorithms to change health trajectories of the aged, digitally supported intelligent decisions for care management and rehabilitation.

Hudson has over 25 years experience in academia having held posts at the University of Cambridge UK, the ANU, the University of Melbourne, Canterbury University NZ, UniSA, the University of Newcastle, NSW, and Swinburne University. Her academic research has also been strongly aligned with active consulting with the biomedical devices and health sector industry, the forest industry, the drug industry, and the pulp and paper industry.

Prior to her appointment at RMIT Hudson had earlier academic /consulting roles as the Founding Director of the Biostatistics Unit at RCH (The University of Melbourne) and as Sub-Program Leader of the CRC HFPS, the University of Melbourne, where her group mathematically mapped wood fibre, tree micro-structure as a spatio-temporal grid, this in collaboration with CSIRO Forest Products, Monash University - this research was aligned with the pulp and paper industry in Australia and NZ as industry partners.

Professor Hudson has an international and national reputation in developing analytics for climate change research. In 2014 Hudson's joint work with Dr Marie Keatley (Uni Melb) on phenology/climate research was added to the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II 5th Assessment Report. Our research highlighted Australia’s lack of extensive phenological records and provided impetus for the establishment of ClimateWatch, the Southern Hemisphere’s first citizen science phenological network (

Hudson was part of a health, engineering and mathematics focussed team of researchers - in 2015 awarded a Newcastle Innovation for Excellence Award for the ArMM stroke/hand-function device, as 1 of 3 inventors of ArMM (funded by a NHMRC DG 2014-2017).

Hudson was the first ever statistician to present at the International Association of Wood Anatomists at the prestigious Linnean Darwinian Society, London (on plant/wood informatics) - this as part of her role as Sub-Program Leader of the CRC HFPS, the University of Melbourne with Monash University and Appita.



  • 2019–present
    professor, RMIT


First married woman at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, UK (Statistical Laboratory). Sir Ronald Fisher Memorial Prize in Statistics, the University of Adelaide. Biennial Medal Modelling & Simulation Society of Australia & NZ (MSSANZ) 2019.