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Dr Ricardo Silva to give invited talk at the 2017 Royal Statistical Society Conference

Dr Ricardo Silva will give one of the invited talks at the Grand Challenges in Data-Centric Engineering session of the 2017 RSS Conference. The conference will take place at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, from 4-7 September. 2017. More...

Published: Aug 31, 2017 11:53:34 AM

UCL EU project develops new methods for modelling ocean flows

Understanding ocean circulation is key to understanding the climate system. The UCL research project OceanDataModels, led by Professor Sofia Olhede of UCL’s Centre for Data Science, has developed new analysis techniques for observation buoys known as drifters that record the motion of water particles at the ocean’s surface. The project, that employed researcher Dr Adam Sykulski, now at Lancaster University, built new models to describe the motion caused by the Earth’s rotation, as well as effects from tides, their counter-currents known as eddies, and water turbulence. These models can be used by oceanographers to track the movement of species, as well as climate change scientists trying to understand climate change. More...

Published: Aug 29, 2017 8:18:26 PM

Dr Gareth Peters to deliver keynote presentation at 108th AGM of Swiss Association of Actuaries

Dr Gareth Peters has been invited to deliver the keynote speech at the 108th Annual General Meeting of the Swiss Association of Actuaries in Lugano, Switzerland, in September 2017. He will present a recently published work on stochastic modelling and robust probabilistic feature extraction methods for mortality forecasting. This will demonstrate how to incorporate mortality modelling and demographic features to improve forecasts of life expectancy. More...

Published: Aug 21, 2017 3:42:25 PM

Dr Christian Hennig invited as plenary speaker at IFCS 2017 in Tokyo and ECDA 2017 in Wroclaw

Dr Christian Hennig will present his recent work on the evaluation and general principles of cluster analysis as a plenary speaker at the conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies in Tokyo, 8-10 August 2017. He has also been invited as plenary speaker to the European Conference on Data Analysis, 27-29 September 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. More...

Published: Jul 26, 2017 10:42:30 AM

Statistical Science staff organise Royal Society meeting on “The Growing Ubiquity of Algorithms in Society: Implications, Impacts and Innovations”

Professors Sofia Olhede and Patrick Wolfe are organising a meeting on the impacts of the usage of algorithms in society, October 30-31 2017 at the Royal Society at Carlton House in London.  The usage of algorithms and analytics in society is exploding: from machine learning recommender systems in commerce, to credit scoring methods outside of standard regulatory practice and self-driving cars. The rapid adoption of new technology has the potential to greatly improve citizens’ experiences, but also poses a number of new challenges. This meeting will highlight opportunities and challenges in this rapidly changing landscape, bringing legal and ethics experts together with technologists to discuss implications, impacts and innovations. More...

Published: Jul 24, 2017 1:45:51 PM