Dr James Nelson

Position Senior Lecturer
Phone (external) +44 (0)20 7679 1875
Phone (internal) 41875
Email(*) j.nelson
Personal webpage http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucakjdb/
Themes Stochastic Modelling and Time Series

* @ucl.ac.uk

Biographical Details

James Nelson

James Nelson joined the Department of Statistical Science as a lecturer in 2010. After a PhD in applied harmonic analysis from the Mathematics Department at Anglia Polytechnic University (1998-2001), he held post-doc positions in: the Applied Mathematics and Computing Group at the University of Cranfield (2001-2004); the Information: Signals, Images, and Systems Research Group at the University of Southampton (2004-2006); and the Signal Processing and Communications Laboratory at the University of Cambridge (2006-2010).

Research Interests

Multiresolution analysis; random fields; spatial models; statistical machine learning; statistical signal and image processing. Examples: Markov random fields; wavelet/Riesz basis construction and pursuit/optimisation; sparsity and other regularisation with applications to detection and classification; weak self-similar random fields; support vector machine kernel construction and hyper-parameter estimation; generalised sampling theory; Hurst index estimation for texture and volatility models.


  • Alfredo Kalaitzis (multivariate time series and sparse methods on networks)
  • Vladimir Krylov

    • statistical image analysis for mammography
    • anomaly detection and semi-supervised learning methods for underwater acoustics
  • Diego Tomassi (sparse regularisation and group sparsity)

Research Students

  • Alex Gibberd (sparsity on graphs and statistical machine learning for network traffic anomaly detection)
  • Daniel Knight-Gaynor (statistical learning for histopathological data)
  • Maria Toomik (multiresolution analysis and regularisation for highly structured data)
  • TBC: [see opportunities below] (computational statistics and spatial models for image data)
  • Christian Niedworok (automated cell detection algorithms in 2-photon microscopy of whole brain images; 1st supervisor Prof. Troy Margrie, MRC National Institute for Medical Research)


Selected publications

  • Nelson, J. D. B. (2014+) On the equivalence between a minimal codomain cardinality Riesz basis, a system of Hadamard-Sylvester operators, and a class of sparse, binary optimisation problems. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (accepted)
  • Gibberd, A. J. and Nelson, J. D. B. (2014) High dimensional changepoint detection with a dynamic graphical lasso. IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing 
  • Nelson, J. D. B. (2013) Fused Lasso and rotation invariant autoregressive models for texture classification. Pattern Recognition Letters 34(16):2166-2172 
  • Nelson, J. D. B. and Kingsbury, N. G. (2012) Fractal dimension, wavelet shrinkage, and anomaly detection for mine hunting. IET Signal Processing Journal.
  • Nelson, J. D. B. and Kingsbury, N. G. (2011) Enhanced shift and scale tolerance for rotation invariant polar matching with dual-tree wavelets. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 20(3): 814-821.
  • Nelson, J. D. B. and Kingsbury, N. G. (2010) Fractal dimension based sand ripple suppression for mine hunting with sidescan sonar. Institute of Acoustics International Conference on Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Synthetic Aperture Radar.
  • Nelson, J. D. B., Damper, R. I., Gunn, S. R. and Guo, B. (2009) A signal theory approach to support vector classification: the Sinc kernel. Neural Networks, 22 (1): 49-57.
  • Guo, B., Gunn, S. R., Damper, R. I. and Nelson, J. D. B. (2008) "A fast separability-based feature selection method for highdimensional remotely-sensed image classification". Pattern Recognition 41 (8): 1670-1679
  • Nelson, J. D. B. (2005) A wavelet filter enhancement scheme with a fast integral B-wavelet transform and pyramidal multi-B wavelet algorithm, Journal of Applied & Computational Harmonic Analysis, 18(3): 234-251.

    More publications, with preprints, can be found here

    See also my Google Scholar and Google Sites pages and the Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning site.

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