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UCL Women in Mathematical Sciences


This event series is aimed at (and organised by) female 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, postgraduate students and research staff from the UCL Departments of Mathematics and Statistical Science and the Centre for Mathematics, Physics and Engineering in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX). It's objective is to encourage female researchers from these departments to come and meet in an informal environment. The meetings are a mixture of research presentations by leading female researchers in the mathematical sciences and talks where female researchers describe how they succeeded in their careers and what difficulties they encountered along the way. The presentations are followed by further discussions over lunch.

Events

30 October 2013: First Women's Lunch

PhD Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Staff from CoMPLEX, Mathematics Department, Statistical Science Department.

Come and meet other female researchers of the departments in an informal environment. Lunch will be provided.

Date

Wednesday, 30 October 2013, 12.00-14.00.

Room

Pearson Room (Room 116), 1-19 Torrington Place.

12 March 2014: Speaker - Emma McCoy

Title

Mathematics for solving real problems

Abstract

This talk will describe the research developments associated with two projects that I am involved in via my collaborations with both industry and academics from different disciplines. They are two completely different problems, requiring very different approaches and working with very different people, but both rely on the development of new methodology. The first is associated with the development of software to allow for the breakdown of intra-day volatility into daily, monthly and longer term volatility for commodity prices. The second is the development of statistical techniques which allow us to quantify the effect of area deprivation on child pedestrian casualties. Through these two case studies, I will attempt to give a flavour of the issues, both good and bad, that I have found in my experience of collaborative work on real problems.

Short Bio

Emma McCoy is the Deputy Head of the Mathematics Department and a member of the Statistics Section at Imperial College London. She holds an MSc in Computational Statistics from the University of Bath and a PhD from the Department of Mathematics at Imperial. Emma has been a mathematics subject expert for the Department for Education and teaches statistics at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She regularly participates in mathematics dissemination activities including delivering Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses and has given the London Mathematical Society Popular Lecture. Her published research includes work on the development of statistical methodology for time series, with applications in signal processing and financial time series analysis, incorporating methods for prediction and inference. Her most recent research involves the development of novel causal methods for statistical inference.

Date

Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 12.00-13.00.

Room

Pearson Lecture Theatre, G22 Pearson (North East Entrance).

11 June 2014: Speaker - Irini Moustaki

Title

Handling missing values in cross-national surveys: a latent variable approach

Abstract

Sample surveys collect information on a number of variables for a randomly selected number of respondents. Among other things, the aim is often to measure some underlying trait(s) of the respondents through their responses to a set of questions. In the paper, we focus on cross-national surveys. The main research objective is to compare the distribution of the latent variables across countries (structural model). In some applications, latent variables will be considered continuous (e.g. ability) and in some other applications discrete (e.g. health state). Here, our focus will be primarily the modelling of item non-response and studying its effect on cross-countries comparisons. Measurement invariance will be assumed for the observed indicators conditional on the latent variables across countries. Various model extensions are proposed here to model the missing data mechanism together with the measurement and structural model. The model for the missing data mechanism will serve two purposes: first to characterize the item non-response as ignorable or non-ignorable and consequently to study the patterns of missingness and characteristics of non-respondents across countries but also to study the effect that a misspecified model for the missing data mechanism might have on the structural part of the model.

Short Bio

Irini Moustaki is a professor of Social Statistics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests are in the areas of latent variable models and structural equation models that are widely used in Social Sciences and Educational Testing for measuring unobserved constructs such as attitudes, health status, behaviours, intelligence, performance, etc. Her methodological work includes treatment of missing data, longitudinal data, detection of outliers, goodness-of-fit tests and advanced estimation methods. Furthermore, she has made methodological and applied contributions in the areas of comparative cross-national studies and epidemiological studies on rare diseases.

Date

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 12.00-13.00.

Room

Room 102, 1-19 Torrington Place.

30 October 2014: Women's Lunch

All female 4th year, MSc and PhD Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Staff from the Department of Mathematics, Department of Statistical Science and CoMPLEX are warmly invited to attend. We will provide a delicious lunch in an informal, friendly environment. This is a great opportunity for female students to get to know each other and to meet leading female professionals in mathematical sciences such as statistics, mathematics, computer science etc.

Date

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12.00-14.00.

Room

Room 502, Department of Mathematics, 25 Gordon Street.

26 February 2015: Women's lunch

All female 4th year, MSc and PhD Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Staff from the Department of Mathematics, Department of Statistical Science and CoMPLEX are warmly invited to attend. We will provide a delicious lunch in an informal, friendly environment. This is a great opportunity for female students to get to know each other and to meet leading female professionals in mathematical sciences such as statistics, mathematics, computer science etc.

Date

Thursday, 26th February 2015, 12.00-14.00.

Room

Room 102, Department of Statistical Science, 1-19 Torrington Place.

1 May 2015: Speaker - Rachel McKendry

Title

Harnessing the power of mobile phones and big data for global health

Abstract

Worldwide many infections remain undiagnosed and untreated due to poor diagnostic tools at the point of care. Professor Rachel McKendry will present her research to create a new generation of mobile phone-connected diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. The widespread use of mobile phones could dramatically increase access to testing outside of hospital settings, particularly in developing countries. This research sets the foundations of a global early-warning system, linking the millions of symptoms that are self-reported on the web each day to mobile phone-connected tests, in real-time and with geographically-linked information. This research lies at the cutting edge of infectious diseases, nanotechnology, telecommunications, big data and public health.

Short Bio

Rachel McKendry is Professor of Biomedical Nanotechnology at UCL and holds a joint position at the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Division of Medicine. She is Director of i-sense, a national £11M EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases and Director of Biomedicine and Life Sciences at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL. Rachel has won several prestigious fellowships and awards including a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, Institute of Physics Paterson Media and a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. Most recently, Rachel was awarded a Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific achievements, suitability as a role model and proposal to launch a national competition to create mobile phone apps to inspire women to become leaders in STEM.

Date

Friday, 1 May 2015, 13.00-14.00.

Room

Room 102, 1-19 Torrington Place.


Organisers

Name Role
Email*
Codina Cotar Lecturer, Statistical Science
c.cotar
Jacqui Espina Research Associate, Mathematics
j.espina
Katrin Haeussler PhD Student, Statistical Science
k.haeussler
Nargess Khalilgharibi PhD Student, CoMPLEX
nargess.khalilgharibi.11
Ioanna Manolopolou Lecturer, Statistical Science i.manolopoulou
Sofia Olhede Professor, Statistical Science
s.olhede
Stephanie Reynolds PhD Student, CoMPLEX stephanie.reynolds.13
Helen Wilson Reader, Mathematics
helen.wilson

*@ucl.ac.uk

Suggest a Speaker

To suggest a speaker please contact one of the organisers above.

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