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Dr Gareth Peters' new book "Fundamental Aspects of Operational Risk and Insurance Analytics: A Handbook of Operational Risk" available.

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Together with Drs Pavel Shevchenko (CSIRO) and Marcelo Cruz (NYU), Dr Gareth Peters has completed an invited manuscript for the special series in financial mathematics in the Wiley Handbook Series. The book represents the culmination of three years of writing and provides a comprehensive guide to quantitative modelling topics, supported by over 50 journal articles on this topic written by the co-authors, who have published actively in this area over the last ten years. At over 900 pages, the book features in-depth discussions on a large number of topics of relevance to Operational Risk modelling. 

Dr Afzal Siddiqui gives keynote address in infrastructure stream at OR56

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Dr Afzal Siddiqui was invited to give the keynote address in the infrastructure stream at the OR56 Conference at Royal Holloway University of London (9-11 September 2014).

Dr Afzal Siddiqui to co-author new book on analysis of investment problems pertaining to electric energy infrastructure

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Together with Drs Antonio J. Conejo (Ohio State University), Luis Baringo (ETH Zurich), and S. Jalal Kazempour (Johns Hopkins University), Dr Afzal Siddiqui has finalised an agreement with Springer International Publishing to work on a book entitled Investment in Electricity Generation and Transmission: Decision Making Under Uncertainty.

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.

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