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Professor Sofia Olhede elected a member of the International Statistical Institute

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Professor Sofia Olhede has been elected a member of the International Statistical Institute at the 2014 Membership Elections following her services to the international workshop on the Future of Statistics. This meeting produced the International Year of Statistics Report (accessible via the below link).

Dr Gareth Peters to lead team of international researchers studying Operational Risk models in partnership with ORX Banking Association

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Dr Gareth Peters has been awarded a research grant from ORX Association, the world's leading banking association for Operational Risk data, to lead a team of researchers including Drs Tomaso Aste, Ariane Chapelle, Pavel Shevchenko and Simon Fung. The research will be developed jointly with a banking steering group comprised of members from ORX (Luke Carrivick), Credit Agricole, Morgan Stanley, RBI, Santander and State Street.

PhD Opportunities: Data Planning & Analytics with UCL and Channel 4

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An opportunity to work with cutting-edge data science technologies while carrying out pioneering research at UCL.

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.

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