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Dr Codina Cotar accepts department's Athena SWAN award at Greenwich ceremony

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Athena SWAN Bronze Award

In April we reported that the department had been announced as one the latest recipients of an Athena SWAN award.

Dr Serge Guillas awarded ESRC-DFID-NERC funding for tsunami project

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(from left to right) S. Guillas, K. Rajendran, D. Roy and PhD student G. Devaraj, May 2015 in Bangalore, India

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have approved funding for a project led by Dr Serge Guillas on the topic of Big Data for Resilience: realising the benefits for developing countries.

Dr Elinor Jones nominated for UCLU Student Choice Teaching Award

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The results of the UCL Union Student Choice Teaching Awards 2015 were recently announced. The criteria for these awards are set by students, who also make up the entirety of the judging panel.

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.

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