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Dr Ricardo Silva awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant for research on sports analytics

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Dr Ricardo Silva has been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant along with Stratagem Technologies Limited, a London-based company focused on analytics for sports trading market. The grant will sponsor a Research Associate for two years, who along with the company will develop capabilities in modelling network-level effects of sport outcomes.

Dr Ricardo Silva to participate in the analysis of a massive new study on dementia research

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Dr Ricardo Silva will contribute to a research initiative led by Dr Hugo Spiers (UCL Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience), with the participation of Dr Ed Manley (UCL, CASA), on the analysis the human navigation behaviour with the goal of better understanding dementia. The data used in the study, unique on its scale, will primarily consist of a massive number of gameplay hours obtained through the mobile game Sea Hero Quest, available on Google Play Store and iTunes. Participants all around the world are expected to download the game and provide information about patterns of human navigation through a series of increasingly difficult tasks.

Workshop on Infectious Disease Modelling in Public Health Policy: Current Status and Challenges

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The research group in Statistics and Health Economics, in collaboration with Mapi, is organising a workshop on Infectious Disease Modelling in Public Health Policy. The workshop will be held at UCL on 4 July 2016 and is aimed at discussing the methodological status quo in infectious disease modelling and the potential issues associated with its extension to an economic (rather than a purely epidemiological) context. Details are available at the link below.

Dr Gareth Peters to discuss the future of Operational Risk Quantitative Modelling and Risk Management at OpRisk Europe

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Dr Ariane Chapelle and Dr Gareth Peters of UCL Network of Operational Risk Managers UCL-NORM will lead a day long workshop on the future of Operational Risk practice to debate the new regulatory proposals of the Basel committee on the Standardized Measurement Approach (SMA) framework versus Advanced Measurement Approach (AMA).

Dr Gareth Peters and colleagues provide response to banking sector on new Operational Risk proposed guidelines

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Currently new banking regulation for Operational Risk is being considered and the proposed changes will affect significantly the range of quantitative modelling and risk management practice throughout the world. This is a critical time for banking supervision and regulation and it is important that all points related to the quantitative, qualitative and practical considerations for operational risk modelling be carefully considered.

Short Course on Statistical Methods for the Value of Information Analysis

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The "Statistics in Health Economic Evaluation" Research Group, in collaboration with colleagues in Bristol and Sheffield, is organising a short course on Statistical Methods for the Value of Information Analysis. The aim of the course is to present the basic ideas underpinning the analysis of the value of information as a tool to identify research priorities and uncertainty analysis, with a particular reference to health economic evaluations.

NIHR MSc Studentships in Medical Statistics Now Available

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The Department of Statistical Science has been awarded two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) studentships in Medical Statistics for the 2016/17 academic year. The Department is ideally placed at the centre of collaborative research work through the involvement of staff in several NIHR funded research projects  It is closely linked with the UCL Priment Clinical Trials Unit and the NIHR UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre. There is a clear opportunity for students to be exposed to real-world medical statistics problems. In addition to the core modules, the MSc Statistics (Medical Statistics) teaches contemporary methods, such as Bayesian statistics, applications in health economics and statistical genetics. The course content is aimed to provide both a solid theoretical foundation in statistics and the experience to apply statistical methods to real medical data.

Dr Ricardo Silva awarded EPSRC Standard Grant for research on large scale modelling of transport networks

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Dr Ricardo Silva and Dr Soong Kang (UCL School of Management) have been awarded the EPSRC grant  EP/N020723/1, “Nodes from the Underground: Causal and Probabilistic Approaches for Complex Transportation Networks”. This three-year grant will fund a project on developing large-scale models and algorithms for modelling patterns of passenger movement in large urban transport networks, the London Underground being the primary case study. Transport for London will provide data and feedback on the outcomes of the project.

Dr Ricardo Silva awarded a 2016 Research Catalyst Award for work on distance-learning technologies

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Dr Ricardo Silva and Dr Soong Kang (UCL School of Management) have been given one of the 2016 UCL Research Catalyst Awards, which aim to foster collaboration between UCL and universities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

Professor Sofia Olhede awarded €1.6m ERC grant to study networks

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Professor Sofia Olhede has been awarded 1,587,602 by the Mathematics panel of the European Research Council to design new methods for studying large networks that evolve over time.

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