Statistical Science News
Dr Kai-Lan Chang awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship by the United States of America's National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Publication date: 27 November 2015
The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Fellowships Office has awarded an NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship to Dr Kai-Lan Chang, PhD graduate of the Department of Statistical Science in 2015, supervised by Dr. Serge Guillas. The objectives of the NRC Research Associateship Programs are (1) to provide postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability opportunities for research on problems, largely of their own choice that are compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratories and (2) to, thereby, contribute to the overall efforts of the laboratories.
Dr Afzal Siddiqui offers game-theoretic critique of security policy in a letter to Foreign Affairs
Publication date: 25 November 2015
In response to a recent article in Foreign Affairs that advocates American disengagement from the India-Pakistan conflict, Dr Afzal Siddiqui draws upon game theory to explain why such a move would only increase regional instability. Instead, American diplomatic involvement is necessary for reducing the range of strategic decisions that might be appealing to both participants in the conflict.
Work on robust clustering by Dr Pietro Coretto and Dr Christian Hennig to appear in JASA
Publication date: 24 November 2015
The Journal of the American Statistical Association has accepted the paper "Robust improper maximum likelihood: tuning, computation, and a comparison with other methods for robust Gaussian clustering" for publication. The authors are Dr Pietro Coretto, University of Salerno, a former PhD student of the Department of Statistical Science, UCL, and Dr Christian Hennig of the Department of Statistical Science.
Professor Valerie Isham to give keynote address at Fields Institute workshop
Publication date: 23 November 2015
Professor Valerie Isham will give the keynote address at the Workshop on Evolving Marked Point Processes with Application to Wildland Fire Regime Modeling, to be held at the Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Toronto, Canada on 26-27 November 2015.
Research by Dr Paul Northrop and Professor Richard Chandler featured in The Climate CIRCulator
Publication date: 3 November 2015
Methodology and findings from Dr Paul Northrop and Professor Richard Chandler’s paper "Quantifying Sources of Uncertainty in Projections of Future Climate" (Journal of Climate, volume 27, pp 8793–8808) are featured in The Climate CIRCulator, a newsletter written by climate researchers and communicators at the Climate Impacts Research Consortium and the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute in the United States of America.
Dr Gareth Peters to present ORIC International masterclass on operational risk modelling and banking regulation to industry quantitative analysts
Publication date: 21 October 2015
ORIC International's Advanced Operational Risk Modelling training course on 29 October 2015 will be delivered by Dr Gareth Peters.
Dr Gareth Peters awarded prestigious visiting lectureship at ETH Zurich
Publication date: 21 October 2015
Dr Gareth Peters has been generously invited by the Institute for Mathematical Research (FIM) and RiskLab Switzerland in the Department of Mathematics at ETH Zurich to present a six month course as part of their Nachdiplom lecture series. The course on modern data analytics, computational statistics and machine learning practices in risk and insurance modelling will take place in the autumn of 2017.
Professor Sofia Olhede awarded £366k EPSRC grant to study modelling and inference for massive populations of heterogeneous point processes
Publication date: 22 September 2015
Professor Sofia Olhede and her co-investigators, Dr David Murrell and Dr James Martin, have been awarded the EPSRC grant EP/N007336/1 under the standard research scheme.
Professor Valerie Isham elected as Bernoulli Society Councillor for 2015-2019
Publication date: 24 July 2015
Professor Isham will be installed as a member of Council of the Bernoulli Society for Probability and Mathematical Statistics at the 60th World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute (26-31 July 2015) in Rio de Janeiro. She previously served on Council during 2003-7.
Professor Valerie Isham gives plenary lecture at Research Students' Conference
Publication date: 23 July 2015
The 38th Research Students’ Conference in Probability and Statistics is taking place in Leeds from 3-6 August 2015. Professor Isham’s plenary lecture is entitled Stochastic Modelling: some personal highlights.