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Research led by Dr Ioannis Kosmidis used to optimise training schedules of gold medal winning athletes at 2016 Olympics

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Data-analytic methods developed by the Department's Statistics in Sports and Health Research Group have been instrumental in the optimisation of the training schedules of English Institute of Sport (EIS) supported, gold medal winning athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Research Fellowship in Data Science and Food at UCL

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UCL's Big Data Institute is pleased to announce a five-year Research Fellowship in Data Science and Food, as part of a new first-of-its-kind collaborative research programme with the UK Food Standards Agency.

Dr James Nelson

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our colleague Dr James Nelson, who passed away on Monday, 5 September 2016. He will be greatly missed. An obituary will follow in due course.

Dr Ricardo Silva to give a Distinguished Lecture at the Center for Causal Discovery, Pittsburgh, PA

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Dr Ricardo Silva will give a Distinguished Lecture on 15 September 2016 at the Pittsburgh Center for Causal Discovery. The center is led by Drs Gregory Cooper, Ivet Bahar, Jeremy Berg, and Clark Glymour, and represents a partnership among data scientists from the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) who will develop the algorithms, software, and system architecture needed by biomedical scientists seeking to discover and represent causality using their large and diverse data sets.

Dr Gareth Peters part of first international delegation to give keynote speech at JAFEE Japan conference

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Dr Gareth Peters and Dr Andrea Macrina (UCL Mathematics) formed a delegation that were the first invited international speakers to present at the Japanese Association of Financial Econometrics and Engineering (JAFEE) in the 20+ year history of the country wide bi-annual conference. The 2016 Summer JAFEE tournament was held over 2 days in Seijo University, Tokyo and was attended by 130 people from all over Japan.

Dr Ricardo Silva invited to participate in summer research program at University of Montreal

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Dr Ricardo Silva will participate in a short summer research program on causal inference at the University of Montreal, by invitation of the program committee. The program will take place from July 24th to August 19th, and will focus on methods for understanding and discovering causal relationships in large observational datasets with applications to genetics. Dr Silva will be partially sponsored by the Centre de Recherches Mathematiques.

Dr Codina Cotar receives Royal Society International Exchanges Grant

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Dr Codina Cotar and Dr Mircea Petrache (MPI Bonn/Leipzig) have been jointly awarded a two-year Royal Society International Exchanges Grant for their project on density functional theory. Additionally, the two investigators have been awarded a Colin Pillinger International Exchanges Award to communicate their resulting research to the general public.

EU referendum: UCL Provost's message to students and staff

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In light of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur assures UCL students and staff from EU countries that they will continue to be as valued and as welcome as before. Professor Arthur also confirms that there will be no immediate changes to arrangements for EU staff and students.

2015-16 Senior Academic Staff Promotions Announced

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The department is delighted to congratulate the following staff who were successful in this year’s senior promotion round:

Dr Ricardo Silva receives award from Adobe’s University Collaborations Program

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Dr Ricardo Silva has received an unrestricted gift of $5,000 in support of his research activities from Adobe Research. Also included is a software donation of 5 membership licenses to Adobe’s Creative Cloud for a period of 2 years. Adobe Research describes the programme as aiming “to establish long-term relationships between academic and Adobe’s researchers for the purpose of increasing Adobe’s knowledge in technology areas relevant to Adobe’s business and strategic directions.”

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