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Professor Tom Fearn elected President of the International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy (ICNIRS)

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At the 18th International Conference on Near Infrared Spectroscopy in Copenhagen this summer Professor Tom Fearn was elected President of the International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy (ICNIRS) for the next two years.

Dr Ricardo Silva to speak at event organised by Leverhulme Bridges programme

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Dr Ricardo Silva will participate in a panel and give an invited talk at the Causality Conference 2017, part of the Leverhulme Bridges programme, a group that aims to bridge the social and mathematical sciences. The goal of the meeting is to provide the audience with different perspectives in causal inference coming from a variety of disciplines. The panel will take place on 28 September 2017, with Dr Silva's talk scheduled for the following day.

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

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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.

UCL EU project develops new methods for modelling ocean flows

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Professor Sofia Olhede participates in Royal Society panel debate on ‘fake news, filter bubbles and echo chambers’

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Professor Sofia Olhede took part in the Royal Society panel debate on ‘Fake news, filter bubbles and echo chambers’. This panel debate was part of the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2017, in particular the adults-only previous of “Twilight Science”. Sofia was joined by UCL academic Uta Frith discussing bias, and City academic Dan Mercea discussing tribal behaviour.

Former Student Dr Carl O’Brien awarded CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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The Department congratulates Dr Carl O'Brien on being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the management of internationally-shared fisheries in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017.

Dr Gareth Peters invited to deliver special "Red Lecture" at Nomura Investment Bank

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Dr Gareth Peters was invited to make a global telecast lecture at Nomura Investment Bank as part of the "Red Lecture" series they run. This is a prestigious lecture series that is recorded and broadcast to London, Mumbai, Japan, Sydney, France, New York and other offices via video conference. The slides and talk then form part of the education section of Nomura Investment Bank.

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