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Dr Ioannis Kosmidis to lead collaborative project with English Institute of Sport on developing statistical methods for sport performance data

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Dr Ioannis Kosmidis will lead a collaborative project with the English Institute of Sport on developing statistical methodology with applications to the analysis of high-frequency dependent data from tracking and monitoring systems that are nowadays used in high-performance sports.

Dr Gianluca Baio elected Secretary of the ISBA Section on Biostatistics and Pharmaceutical Statistics

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Dr Gianluca Baio has been elected Secretary of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) Section on Biostatistics and Pharmaceutical Statistics. The aim of this specialised section of ISBA is to help network and federate under a common well-known "brand" all the initiatives to spread Bayesian methods and ideas, to solve problems in Biostatistics and its applications to the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr Alex Beskos awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize

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Dr Alex Beskos has been selected to receive one of this year's Philip Leverhulme Prizes. These awards recognise the accomplishments of researchers who have already achieved international success in the early stages of their careers. Prizewinners get £100,000 to spend on their research.

Dr Gianluca Baio to speak at "Calculating and Communicating Uncertainty" Conference

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Dr Gianluca Baio will present his work on "Bayesian models for cost-effectiveness analysis in the presence of structural zero costs" at the Calculating and Communicating Uncertainty Conference, which will be held in London in January 2015. The conference aims at bringing together decision makers, analysts and researchers from government, industry and academia to explore state of the art techniques and common problems, and share best practice.

Matthew Ames, Dr Gareth Peters and Dr Pavel Shevchenko awarded prestigious Australian Government Endeavour Fellowship

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Research student Matthew Ames (supervisors: Dr Gareth Peters, Dr Guillaume Bagnarossa, Dr Pavel Shevchenko and Dr Ioannis Kosmidis) has been awarded a 2015 Endeavour Fellowship from the Australian Government Department of Education. This substantial award will fund Matthew's research visit to Australia to work with Dr Shevchenko and Dr Peters for up to six months in 2015. The fellowship will cover relocation allowance, airfares and all accommodation and living expenses in Australia.

Dr Serge Guillas receives funding to work with Aspen Insurance UK on catastrophe modelling

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A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) has been funded by Aspen Insurance UK, EPSRC and NERC to conduct novel catastrophe modelling for a combination of earthquake and tsunami events. This will include numerical simulations of tsunami waves, statistical approximations of these simulations and financial modelling of potential losses, as well as uncertainty and sensitivity assessments.

Statistical Science researchers publish new methods on visualising networks as connection surfaces in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Networks are generally visualised using a "spaghetti plot" of entities under study, and the linkages between them. This becomes unfeasible as the networks grow in size, as the plots cannot convey any meaningful information. New methods for visualising such large networks have been proposed by Statistical Science researchers, building on the fundamental notion of a histogram representation of a density.

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.

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