[Blueboard] Mathematics Seminar

Editha V. Bagtas ebagtas at ateneo.edu
Tue Nov 11 13:47:06 PHT 2014

*The Ateneo de Manila University*

*Mathematics Department*

*cordially invites you to a talk on*

*Computational Modelling and Simulation in*
Environmental-Economic Accounting*

*Dr. Joselito Chua*

LexisNexis Risk Solutions

*on Friday, November 14, 2014*

*4:30 - 6:00 pm at SECA 303.*


In 2013, the UN Statistics Division published a white-cover edition of Part
II of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Titled
“Experimental Ecosystem Accounting”, it was motivated by a wide range of
emerging demands for integrating information on natural ecosystems,
environmental sustainability and human well-being.  The publication aims to
provide a framework for organizing statistical data for the derivation of
coherent indicators and descriptive statistics to monitor the interactions
between the economy and the environment and the state of the environment to
better inform decision-making.  The draft was the result of a
multidisciplinary collaboration including statisticians, ecologists, policy
makers, social scientists, engineers, and computer scientists.

This seminar presents an overview of the challenges in the development and
implementation of a framework for ecosystem accounting, particularly on the
gathering and derivation of statistical data to describe the state of
complex ecosystems.  Mathematical principles, computational modelling and
simulation provide useful theoretical frameworks and practical tools for
addressing issues on measurement, accuracy, uncertainty, and their
potential impacts on decision making. There are still several open
questions and unresolved issues that require further studies towards the
next iteration of the ecosystem accounting framework.  Research and
investigation on these issues would help improve information on the
potential economic impacts of the decline in the health of natural
ecosystems, and hopefully lead to better decisions on how to manage the

 *About the Speaker*

Dr. Joselito (Joey) Chua was part of the Expert Groups who contributed to
the development and drafting of the Experimental Ecosystem Accounting
framework.  His research interests include information theoretic approaches
to case-based reasoning and decision support.  This seminar presents his
work while employed at the ecoMarkets Project in the Department of
Environment and Primary Industries (State of Victoria) from 2008 to 2013.
He received his BS Math degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in
1992.  After teaching undergraduate mathematics at the Ateneo de Manila for
several years, he did postgraduate work at Monash University where he
obtained his Master of Computing and PhD, with the support of
DOST-ESEP and Monash
Graduate Scholarships.  He joined The University of Melbourne in 2005 as a
Lecturer and Research Fellow.  He currently manages a team of software
engineers developing the Optimal Decisions Toolkit at LexisNexis Risk
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