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Professor Valerie Isham

Position Professor of Probability and Statistics
Phone (external) 020 7679 1868
Phone (internal) 41868
Email(*) v.isham
Themes Stochastic Modelling and Time Series,  Biostatistics

* @ucl.ac.uk

Biographical Details

Valerie Isham

Valerie has a PhD in Statistics from the University of London (Imperial College) for a thesis on multidimensional point processes. She joined UCL in 1978 and has been a professor since 1992. She was previously Head of Department from 1996-2002 and again from 2010-2011. She is currently President of the Royal Statistical Society.

Research Interests

Applied probability: broadly, the development and application of stochastic models; in particular,spatial/spatio-temporal processes and point processes including i) the generic development of models for point processes and determination of their properties; ii) development of models for spatial and spatio-temporal processes arising in the physical sciences, and especially in hydrology (eg soil moisture and precipitation); iii) models for applications in the life and medical sciences, focussing particularly on population processes, epidemics and the transmission dynamics of infection and information on networks.

Selected publications

  • Isham, V. (2010) Spatial point process models. In Handbook of Spatial Statistics eds Gelfand, A, Diggle, PJ, Fuentes, M and Guttorp, P. Chapman and Hall/CRC, pp ???.
  • Isham, V, Harden, S and Nekovee, M. (2009) Stochastic epidemics and rumours on finite random networks. Physica A, 389, 561-576. doi:10.1016/j.physa.2009.10.001
  • Bottomley, C, Isham, V, Collins, R and Basanez, M-G. (2008) Rates of microfilarial produc- tion by Onchocerca volvulus are not cumulatively reduced by multiple ivermectin treatments. Parasitology 135, 1571-1581. doi:10.1017/S0031182008000425 
  • Stone, P, Herbots-Wilkinson, H and Isham, V. (2008) A stochastic model for head lice infec- tions. Journal of Mathematical Biology 56, 743-763. 
  • Cowpertwait, P, Isham, V and Onof, C. (2007) Point process models of rainfall: developments for fine-scale structure. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A 463, 2569-2588. DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2007.1889

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