Statistical Science News

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.”

UCL Statistical Science secures top ten position in Guardian 2017 university league tables

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In the Guardian University Guide published earlier this week, UCL was the 7th highest ranked UK university in the subject area of Mathematics (which includes Statistical Science).

Dr Gareth Peters invited to mentor team in 3rd international financial mathematics team challenge, hosted in Cape Town University, South Africa

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Dr Peters has been invited to prepare a financial mathematics challenge that he will mentor a team of PhD and MSc students to tackle and present findings for over a two week period from mid-June 2016 to July 2016 in Cape Town University , South Africa.

Dr Gareth Peters co-organises NIES-ISM-UCL International Global Carbon Project (GCP) workshop

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Exploring Interfaces between Financial and Climate Risk Modellings towards Climate Resilient Cities

Organizers: Prof. Yoshiki Yamagata, Dr. Ayyoob Sharifi and Dr. Murakami Daisuke of the National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES), Tskuba, Japan; Dr. Gareth Peters (UCL); and Prof. Tomoko Matsui of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM)

Dr Gareth Peters co-organises fourth ISM-UCL International Workshop on Spatial Temporal Modelling

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Fourth ISM-UCL International Research Program on Spatial Temporal Modelling from Statistical, Machine Learning and Engineering Perspectives

Paper selected as recipient of the 2015 Wiley-TIES Best Environmetrics Paper Award

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A paper based on part of her UCL PhD thesis, by Dr Joanna Kaczmarska with co-authors Professor Valerie Isham and Dr Paul Northrop, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Wiley-TIES Best Environmetrics Paper Award. The paper "Local generalised method of moments: an application to point process-based rainfall models” appeared in Environmetrics (2015), 26, 312—325. The paper will be presented by Dr Northrop at the TIES 2016 meeting in Edinburgh, July 18-22nd

Professor Valerie Isham to give Bernoulli Lecture at 9th Bernoulli/IMS World Congress

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Professor Valerie Isham will give the Bernoulli Lecture at the 9th Bernoulli/IMS World Congress in Probability and Statistics, to be held in Toronto from July 11th to 15th, 2016. The Lecture is awarded for outstanding contributions in applications in statistics or probability, and the title will be Applied Stochastic Modelling for Structured Physical Processes.

Dr Tom Bartlett’s work published in Nature Communications

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Dr Tom Bartlett's work analysing epigenomic data, in collaboration with Professor Martin Widschwendter's team at UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health (IfWH), has just been published in Nature Communications. In this work, Tom carried out statistical analyses to identify epigenomic reprogramming which takes place near to the ovaries of women with mutations to the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes (who are known to be at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers) before any cancerous changes could be seen. Experimental colleagues then identified a particular enzyme that seems to trigger this reprogramming. The identification of this molecular pathway opens up possibilities for intervention before a woman develops ovarian cancer.

Dr Pierre-André Maugis promoted to Senior Research Associate

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The department wishes to congratulate Dr Pierre-André Maugis on his promotion to the role of Senior Research Associate. Dr Maugis joined the department after completing his PhD with the Applied Mathematics Laboratory, Sorbonne University, with his thesis work on "Dependence Models in High Dimensions". Pierre-André is working on developing nonparametric methods for network analysis, and is simultaneously leading the technology transfer of the UCL Big Data Institute.

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