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Drs Gianluca Baio and Aidan O'Keeffe to take up new positions within the department

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Dr Gianluca Baio has received a five year research grant from Mapi, a consultancy company working in the area of health economic evaluation. This research income has been used to co-fund a new Lectureship in Statistics and Health Economics that Dr Baio has just taken up. In his new post, Dr Baio will continue developing statistical methodology, particularly in the area of Bayesian analysis in health economic evaluations.

Team from UCL Statistical Science win RSS Challenge 2014

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A team from the UCL Department of Statistical Science were the overall winners of the Royal Statistical Society Statistical Analytics Challenge 2014, organized by The Young Statisticians Section & Research Section of the Royal Statistical Society and sponsored by Select Statistics.

Professor Petros Dellaportas to join Department

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The Department is delighted to announce that Petros Dellaportas, currently Professor of Statistics at the Athens University of Business and Economics, will be taking up a full-time post as Professor of Statistics here at UCL from 1 October 2015.

MLSP paper by Dr Alfredo Kalaitzis and Dr James Nelson accepted for publication

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Dr Alfredo Kalaitzis and Dr James Nelson's paper “Online Joint Classification And Anomaly Detection Via Sparse Coding” has been accepted for publication in the 2014 IEEE Machine Learning for Signal Processing conference (MLSP). They have also been invited to present their work at the MLSP conference, to be held in Reims, France in September 2014.

Dr Ioannis Kosmidis wins MAPS Faculty Teaching Award

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Dr Ioannis Kosmidis has been annouced as the recipient of this year's MAPS Faculty Teaching Award in the academic staff category. His nomination was supported by numerous recommendations from students and colleagues. Dr Kosmidis will be presented with his award at the graduation ceremony on 5 September 2014.

Dr Gareth Peters and Professor Pavel Shevchenko jointly Awarded OCE-CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Dr Gareth Peters and Professor Pavel Shevchenko are part of a successful team that has been awarded a highly competitive Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia.

First UCL Workshop on the Theory of Big Data, January 2015

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Big Data has become ubiquitous in modern society. It challenges state-of-the-art data acquisition, computation and analysis methods. Much focus has been placed on the application of Big Data methods, less of a focus on the theoretical underpinning of the field.

Dr Gianluca Baio's research on Eurovision voting widely covered in the media

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Dr Gianluca Baio's research on the voting patterns in the Eurovision Song Contest has received much attention in the national and international media. Dr Baio and co-author Dr Marta Blangiardo's (Imperial College London) paper, published in the Journal of Applied Statistics, has been quoted in the Channel 4 news website, The Economist, Liberation and Significance among others, and Dr Baio has been interviewed live on BBC radio Merseyside.

Drs Ardo van den Hout, Gareth Peters and Jinghao Xue nominated for UCLU Student Choice Teaching Awards

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The results of the UCL Union Student Choice Teaching Awards 2014 were recently announced. The criteria for these awards are set by students, who also make up the entirety of the judging panel.

Dr Ioannis Kosmidis to give course at 1st R Summer School, Athens University of Economics and Business

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The 1st R Summer School @ AUEB will take place at the Athens University of Economics and Business from 23-27 June 2014. The summer school is intended for Statistics graduates, MSc and PhD students, junior researchers, lecturers at universities, and professionals working in industry. It involves a week of intensive training in statistical computing with R. Participants are expected to have a good background in statistics and a strong interest in statistical computing.

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