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Dr Gareth Peters is co-recipient of Australian Research Council grant to develop new algorithms and theory for fast approximateinference

Professor Matthew Wand (Chief Investigator, University of Technology Sydney) and Dr Gareth Peters (Partner Investigator, UCL) have been awarded a highly competitive Australian Research Council grant from 2017-2023 totalling $386,828 AUD, with Dr Peters also due to receive as part of this grant an additional component known as a Discovery International Award (DIA).

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Paper by Dr Gianluca Baio selected as Taylor and Francis "STEM Hero" article

Taylor and Francis, one of the main scientific publishers in the areas of Statistics and Mathematics, have put together a campaign to promote the launch of a new Twitter channel dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. As part of that campaign, Dr Baio's paper on bias in the Eurovision song contest has featured as a "HERO story" of a successful paper.

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

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.

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UCL EU project develops new methods for modelling ocean flows

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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