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Dr Gareth Peters to deliver keynote presentation at 108th AGM of Swiss Association of Actuaries

Dr Gareth Peters has been invited to deliver the keynote speech at the 108th Annual General Meeting of the Swiss Association of Actuaries in Lugano, Switzerland, in September 2017. He will present a recently published work on stochastic modelling and robust probabilistic feature extraction methods for mortality forecasting. This will demonstrate how to incorporate mortality modelling and demographic features to improve forecasts of life expectancy. More...

Published: Aug 21, 2017 3:42:25 PM

Dr Christian Hennig invited as plenary speaker at IFCS 2017 in Tokyo and ECDA 2017 in Wroclaw

Dr Christian Hennig will present his recent work on the evaluation and general principles of cluster analysis as a plenary speaker at the conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies in Tokyo, 8-10 August 2017. He has also been invited as plenary speaker to the European Conference on Data Analysis, 27-29 September 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. More...

Published: Jul 26, 2017 10:42:30 AM

Statistical Science staff organise Royal Society meeting on “The Growing Ubiquity of Algorithms in Society: Implications, Impacts and Innovations”

Professors Sofia Olhede and Patrick Wolfe are organising a meeting on the impacts of the usage of algorithms in society, October 30-31 2017 at the Royal Society at Carlton House in London.  The usage of algorithms and analytics in society is exploding: from machine learning recommender systems in commerce, to credit scoring methods outside of standard regulatory practice and self-driving cars. The rapid adoption of new technology has the potential to greatly improve citizens’ experiences, but also poses a number of new challenges. This meeting will highlight opportunities and challenges in this rapidly changing landscape, bringing legal and ethics experts together with technologists to discuss implications, impacts and innovations. More...

Published: Jul 24, 2017 1:45:51 PM

Professor Sofia Olhede participates in Royal Society panel debate on ‘fake news, filter bubbles and echo chambers’

Professor Sofia Olhede took part in the Royal Society panel debate on ‘Fake news, filter bubbles and echo chambers’. This panel debate was part of the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2017, in particular the adults-only previous of “Twilight Science”. Sofia was joined by UCL academic Uta Frith discussing bias, and City academic Dan Mercea discussing tribal behaviour. More...

Published: Jul 14, 2017 12:25:43 PM

Former Student Dr Carl O’Brien awarded CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Department congratulates Dr Carl O'Brien on being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the management of internationally-shared fisheries in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017. More...

Published: Jun 23, 2017 10:16:10 PM