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Peter Whigham

Peter Whigham imageBSc(Hons)(ANU), PhD(NSW)
Associate Professor

Room 9.04, Otago Business School
Tel +64 3 479 7391
Email peter.whigham@otago.ac.nz

Background and interests

Associate Professor Peter A Whigham is Director of the Spatial Information Research Centre (SIRC) and actively pursues research interests in spatial modelling, theoretical population genetics and evolutionary computation models.

Dr Whigham’s interests include many aspects of spatial research including the use of machine learning techniques for modelling spatio-temporal patterns and the use of spatial systems for modelling ecological behaviour, aspects of public health and theoretical population genetics.

He also performs basic research in the field of evolutionary computation, especially genetic programming. His teaching interests include spatial modelling and analysis, intelligent information systems and applied ecology.

Current PhD students are performing research in ecology, new forms of information systems and financial modelling.

Dr Whigham is also a member of the research group:
Data Science

Dr Whigham is also the recipient of Teaching Awards and Supervisor Awards.

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Papers

Supervision

Currently supervising

  • Valentin Kiselev
  • Harry Peyhani
  • Mahsa Toorchi
  • Adriaan Lotter

Currently co-supervising

  • Saeed Rahimi
  • Caitlin Owen
  • Maryam Nakhoda

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Publications

Rahimi, S., Moore, A. B., & Whigham, P. A. (2020). Beyond objects in space-time: Towards a movement analysis framework with ‘How’and ‘Why’elements. Journal of Spatial Information Science. Advance online publication. Retrieved from http://josis.org/index.php

Dick, G., Owen, C. A., & Whigham, P. A. (2020). Feature standardisation and coefficient optimisation for effective symbolic regression. Proceedings of the 2020 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO). (pp. 306-314). ACM. doi: 10.1145/3377930.3390237

Easton, L. J., Bishop, P. J., & Whigham, P. A. (2019). Balancing act: Modelling sustainable release numbers for translocations. Animal Conservation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/acv.12558

Easton, L. J., Rawlence, N. J., Worthy, T. H., Tennyson, A. J. D., Scofield, R. P., Easton, C. J., … Whigham, P. A., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Bishop, P. J. (2018). Testing species limits of New Zealand’s leiopelmatid frogs through morphometric analyses. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 183(2), 431-444. doi: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx080

Whigham, P. A., Chugh, M., & Dick, G. (2018). Measuring language complexity using word embeddings. In T. Mitrovic, B. Xue & X. Li (Eds.), Advances in artifical intelligence: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 11320). (pp. 843-854). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-03991-2_76

Chapter in Book - Research

Dick, G., & Whigham, P. A. (2008). A weighted local sharing technique for multimodal optimisation. In X. Li & et al (Eds.), Simulated evolution and learning: Lecture notes in computer science (Vol. 5361). (pp. 452-461). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

Whigham, P. A. (2005). Applying case-based reasoning to explore freshwater phytoplankton dynamics. In S. Lek, M. Scardi, P. F. M. Verdonschot, J.-P. Descy & Y.-S. Park (Eds.), Modelling community structure in freshwater ecosystems. (pp. 263-272). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

Whigham, P., & Fogel, G. (2002). Ecological applications of evolutionary algorithms. In F. Recknagel (Ed.), Ecological Informatics: Understanding Ecology by Biologically Inspired Computation. (N/A ed.) (pp. 49-72). New York: Springer Verlag.

Whigham, P., & Crapper, P. F. (1999). Time series modelling using genetic programming: an application to rainfall-runoff models. In L. Spector, W. B. Langdon, U. O'Reilly & P. J. Angeline (Eds.), Advances in Genetic Programming 3. (pp. 89-104). Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Rahimi, S., Moore, A. B., & Whigham, P. A. (2020). Beyond objects in space-time: Towards a movement analysis framework with ‘How’and ‘Why’elements. Journal of Spatial Information Science. Advance online publication. Retrieved from http://josis.org/index.php

Easton, L. J., Bishop, P. J., & Whigham, P. A. (2019). Balancing act: Modelling sustainable release numbers for translocations. Animal Conservation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/acv.12558

Easton, L. J., Rawlence, N. J., Worthy, T. H., Tennyson, A. J. D., Scofield, R. P., Easton, C. J., … Whigham, P. A., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Bishop, P. J. (2018). Testing species limits of New Zealand’s leiopelmatid frogs through morphometric analyses. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 183(2), 431-444. doi: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx080

Whigham, P. A., Dick, G., & Maclaurin, J. (2017). Just because it works: A response to comments on "On the mapping of genotype to phenotype in evolutionary algorithms". Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines, 18(3), 399-405. doi: 10.1007/s10710-017-9289-9

Whigham, P. A., Dick, G., & Maclaurin, J. (2017). On the mapping of genotype to phenotype in evolutionary algorithms. Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines, 18(3), 353-361. doi: 10.1007/s10710-017-9288-x

Whigham, P. A., de Graaf, B., Srivastava, R., & Glue, P. (2016). Managing distance and covariate information with point-based clustering. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 16(1), 115. doi: 10.1186/s12874-016-0218-z

Mark, A. F., Molau, U., Whigham, P., Little, L., & Nielsen, J. (2016). Periglacial tarn on the Rock and Pillar Range crest, south-central South Island, New Zealand, and its surrounding snowbank community. Austral Ecology, 41(3), 282-290. doi: 10.1111/aec.12310

Nielsen, J. A., Frew, R. D., Whigham, P. A., Callaway, R. M., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2016). Thyme travels: 15N isoscapes of Thymus vulgaris L. invasion in lightly grazed pastoral communities. Austral Ecology, 41(1), 28-39. doi: 10.1111/aec.12284

Whigham, P. A., Dick, G., & Parry, M. (2016). Network rewiring dynamics with convergence towards a star network. Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 472(2194), 20160236. doi: 10.1098/rspa.2016.0236

Easton, L. J., Dickinson, K. J. M., Whigham, P. A., & Bishop, P. J. (2016). Habitat suitability and requirements for a threatened New Zealand amphibian. Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.1071

Cranston, B. H., Monks, A., Whigham, P. A., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2015). Variation and response to experimental warming in a New Zealand cushion plant species. Austral Ecology, 40, 642-650. doi: 10.1111/aec.12231

Nielsen, J. A., Whigham, P. A., Frew, R. D., Callaway, R. M., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2015). Thyme and space invasion: Thymus vulgaris decreases exotic plant species diversity in Central Otago, New Zealand. Biological Invasions, 17(8), 2261-2274. doi: 10.1007/s10530-015-0872-9

Whigham, P. A., Owen, C. A., & MacDonell, S. G. (2015). A baseline model for software effort estimation. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering & Methodology, 24(3), 20. doi: 10.1145/2738037

Nielsen, J. A., Frew, R. D., Whigham, P. A., Callaway, R. M., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2015). Germination and growth responses of co-occurring grass species to soil from under invasive Thymus vulgaris. Allelopathy, 35(1), 139-152.

Nielsen, J. A., Frew, R. D., Whigham, P. A., Callaway, R. M., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2014). Thyme invasion and soil properties in the Central Otago region of New Zealand. Geoderma Regional, 1, 48-58. doi: 10.1016/j.geodrs.2014.08.002

Harris, K. M., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Whigham, P. A. (2014). Functional connectivity and matrix quality: Network analysis for a critically endangered New Zealand lizard. Landscape Ecology, 29(1), 41-53. doi: 10.1007/s10980-013-9967-9

Nielsen, J. A., Whigham, P. A., Frew, R. D., Callaway, R. M., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2014). Invasion essentials: Does secondary chemistry plasticity contribute to the invasiveness of Thymus vulgaris L.? Chemoecology, 24(1), 15-27. doi: 10.1007/s00049-013-0142-1

Gebauer, K., Dickinson, K. J. M., Whigham, P. A., & Seddon, P. J. (2013). Matrix matters: Differences of grand skink metapopulation parameters in native tussock grasslands and exotic pasture grasslands. PLoS ONE, 8(10), e76076. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0076076

Withanawasam, R. M., Whigham, P. A., & Crack, T. F. (2013). Characterizing limit order prices. Physica A, 392(21), 5346-5355. doi: 10.1016/j.physa.2013.06.060

Withanawasam, R. M., Whigham, P. A., & Crack, T. F. (2013). Characterising trader manipulation in a limit-order driven market. Mathematics & Computers in Simulation, 93, 43-52. doi: 10.1016/j.matcom.2012.09.012

Mark, A. F., & Whigham, P. A. (2011). Disturbance-induced changes in a high-alpine cushionfield community, south-central New Zealand. Austral Ecology, 36(5), 581-592. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2010.02193.x

Dick, G., & Whigham, P. A. (2011). Weighted local sharing and local clearing for multimodal optimisation. Soft Computing, 15, 1707-1721. doi: 10.1007/s00500-010-0612-0

McKay, R. I., Hoai, N. X., Whigham, P. A., Shan, Y., & O'Neill, M. (2010). Grammar-based genetic programming: A survey. Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines, 11, 365-396. doi: 10.1007/s10710-010-9109-y

Whigham, P. A., & Dick, G. (2010). Implicitly controlling bloat in genetic programming. IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 14(2), 173-190. doi: 10.1109/tevc.2009.2027314

Hay, G. C., Whigham, P. A., Kypri, K., & Langley, J. D. (2009). Neighbourhood deprivation and access to alcohol outlets: A national study. Health & Place, 15(4), 1086-1093. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.05.008

Hay, G., Kypri, K., Whigham, P., & Langley, J. (2009). Potential biases due to geocoding error in spatial analyses of official data. Health & Place, 15(2), 562-567. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2008.09.002

Whigham, P. A., & Dick, G. (2008). Evolutionary dynamics for the spatial Moran process. Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines, 9(2), 157-170. doi: 10.1007/s10710-007-9046-6

Whigham, P. A., & Green, D. (2008). A spatially-explicit model of genetic tradeoff. Complexity International, 12, msid46. Retrieved from http://www.complexity.org.au/vol12/msid46/

Whigham, P. A., Dick, G. C., & Spencer, H. G. (2008). Genetic drift on networks: Ploidy and the time to fixation. Theoretical Population Biology, 74(4), 283-290. doi: 10.1016/j.tpb.2008.08.004

Dick, G., & Whigham, P. (2008). Spatially-structured sharing technique for multimodal problems. Journal of Computer Science & Technology, 23(1), 64-76.

Kim, D.-K., Jeong, K.-S., Whigham, P. A., & Joo, G.-J. (2007). Winter diatom blooms in a regulated river in South Korea: Explanations based on evolutionary computation. Freshwater Biology, 52(10), 2021-2041.

Hammam, Y., Moore, A., & Whigham, P. (2007). The dynamic geometry of geographical vector agents. Computers, Environment & Urban Systems, 31, 502-519.

Whigham, P. A. (2006). Visualising and assessing the probable error from downscaling ecological time series data. Ecological Informatics, 1, 307-314.

Whigham, P. A., Dick, G., & Recknagel, F. (2006). Exploring seasonal patterns using process modelling and evolutionary computation. Ecological Modelling, 195, 146-152.

Wang, X., Whigham, P., Deng, D., & Purvis, M. K. (2004). ″Time-line″ hidden Markov experts for time series prediction. Neural Information Processing - Letters & Reviews, 3(2), 39-48.

Jeong, K.-S., Kim, D.-K., Whigham, P., & Joo, G.-J. (2003). Modelling Microcystis aeruginosa bloom dynamics in the Nakdong River by means of evolutionary computation and statistical approach. Ecological Modelling, 161(1-2), 67-78.

Recknagel, F., Bobbin, J., Whigham, P., & Wilson, H. (2002). Comparative application of artifical neural networks and gentic algorithms for multivariate time series modelling of algal blooms in freshwater lakes. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 4(2), 125-134.

Whigham, P. A., & Recknagel, F. (2001). Predicting chlorophyll-a in freshwater lakes by hybridising process-based models and genetic algorithms. Ecological Modelling, 146, 243-251.

Whigham, P. A., & Young, W. J. (2001). Modelling river and floodplain interactions for ecological response. Mathematical & Computer Modelling, 33, 635-647.

Whigham, P., & Crapper, P. F. (2001). Modelling rainfall-runoff using genetic programming. Mathematical & Computer Modelling, 33(6-7), 707-721.

Whigham, P., & Recknagel, F. (2001). An inductive approach to ecological time series modelling by evolutionary computation. Journal of Ecological Modelling, 146(1-3), 275-287.

Whigham, P. (2000). Induction of a marsupial density model using genetic programming and spatial relationships. Journal of Ecological Modelling, 131, 299-317.

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Journal - Research Other

Whigham, P. A. (2014). Wolfgang Banzhaf: Genetic programming and emergence. Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines, 15(1), 99-101. doi: 10.1007/s10710-013-9204-y

Whigham, P. (2003). [Review of the book Spatial evolutionary modelling]. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 17(3), 291-293.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Moore, A., & Whigham, P. (2014). Special feature: Geographic information science and remote sensing. Journal of Spatial Science, 59(2), 235-236. doi: 10.1080/14498596.2014.922038

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Dick, G., Owen, C. A., & Whigham, P. A. (2020). Feature standardisation and coefficient optimisation for effective symbolic regression. Proceedings of the 2020 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO). (pp. 306-314). ACM. doi: 10.1145/3377930.3390237

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