Biography – Peter Taylor
Peter Taylor received a BSc(Hons) and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Adelaide in 1980 and 1987 respectively. In between, he spent time working for
the Australian Public Service in Canberra. After periods at the Universities of Western Australia and Adelaide, he moved at the beginning of 2002 to the University of Melbourne.
In January 2003, he took up a position as the inaugural Professor of Operations Research.
He was Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from 2005 until 2010.
Peter’s research interests lie in the elds of stochastic modelling and applied probability, with particular emphasis on applications in telecommunications, biological modelling,
economics, healthcare and disaster management. He is regularly invited to present plenary papers at international conferences.
From 2002 to 2018, Peter was the Editor-in-Chief of Stochastic Models. He serves on the editorial board of Queueing Systems and, from the beginning of 2019, he will become the
Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Applied Probability and Advances in Applied Probability.
He served on the Awards Committee of the Applied Probability Section of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) from 2005-2007 and has
been co-chair of the INFORMS committee for the Nicholson Prize, awarded for the best student paper in operations research.
From February 2006 to February 2008, Peter was Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Division of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM), and from September
2010 to September 2012 he was the President of the Australian Mathematical Society. In 2013 he was awarded a Laureate Fellowship by the Australian Research Council and he is
currently Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS).