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Third ISM-UCL International Research Program on Spatial Temporal Modelling from Statistical, Machine Learning and Engineering Perspectives

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Organizers: Gareth Peters (UCL) and Tomoko Matsui (ISM)

Date: 13-17 July 2015

Dr Afzal Siddiqui lectures at Ph.D. Winter School on Energy Systems and Markets in Kvitfjell, Norway

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Organised by the Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES), the winter school was held during 22-28 March 2015. It offered Ph.D students an in-depth treatment of pertinent issues in the energy sector. The topics ranged from instruction on state-of-the-art techniques in optimisation to applications to market design.

Dr Ricardo Silva’s work with Transport for London published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Dr Silva’s project on modelling the behaviour of passengers in the London transportation network has just been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, volume 112, number 18. This work, done jointly with Dr Soong M. Kang (Management Science and Innovation, UCL) and Prof Edoardo Airoldi (Statistics, Harvard), makes use of several million records of Oyster card events to understand how passengers react to unplanned disruptions. A description of the paper for a general audience has been published by Ars Technica UK, among other venues.

Department achieves ECU Athena SWAN Bronze Award

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The latest round of Athena SWAN award winners were announced today and the Department was delighted to learn that our submission for a bronze award was judged to have reached the required standard by the assessment panel. The awards recognise commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in higher education and research.

Dr Gareth Peters' new book "Advances in Heavy Tailed Risk Modelling: A Handbook of Operational Risk" now available

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Together with Dr Pavel Shevchenko (CSIRO), Dr Gareth Peters has completed a second volume of invited manuscripts on Operational Risk and Insurance Analytics for the special series in financial mathematics in the Wiley Handbook Series:

Dr Codina Cotar awarded £98k EPSRC First Grant to study Continuous Gradient Models

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Dr Codina Cotar has been awarded the EPSRC Grant EP/M027694/1 under the First Grant Scheme. The project is called “Continuous gradient interfaces with disorder”. 

MAPS Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize awarded to Ah Yeon Park

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The Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS) has awarded its 2014 Postgraduate Research Prize to Ah Yeon Park for her outstanding achievements in her PhD in Statistical Science. Further details are available via the link below.

Biqi Fang passed away

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We are saddened to learn that Dr Biqi Fang, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, who did her PhD here with Philip Dawid in the 1990s, has died as a result of a traffic accident.

Dr Serge Guillas elected Vice-Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Uncertainty Quantification

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The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is an international community of over 14,000 individual members and the SIAM Activity Group on Uncertainty Quantification has over 500 members worldwide. This group promotes the study of uncertainties across Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, and various scientific fields of application. It organised elections in 2014 and Dr Serge Guillas was elected Vice-Chair.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results

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The REF exercise is a major six-yearly evaluation of research outputs, research environment and research impact for university departments across the UK. In a change from previous exercises, mathematical sciences was assessed as a single unit, with a joint submission from the departments of Mathematics and of Statistical Science at UCL being one of the 53 submissions to UoA10.

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