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About me:

I am Chair / Professor in Statistics at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Manchester.

I am working on the following Departmental research themes: Statistics and Mathematical foundations of data science and AI.

In my research I am interested in the principles of statistical learning from data and I develop corresponding probabilistic methods, models and computational tools. Many of these methods are motivated by challenges in the analysis of high-dimensional biomedical data.

I currently teach the modules Statistics 2: Likelihood and Bayes and in Multivariate Statistics and Machine Learning to about 400 mathematics and computer science students each year. In addition I supervise the short-term and long-term thesis projects of taught and research students. I am the personal academic advisor of about 30 students.

Adminstratively, I am the Head of the Statistics and Probability group consisting of about 30 academics working in Statistics, Data Science and Probability, in Actuarial and Financial Mathematics and in Epidemiology.

See also the interview with me in the "Meet our Academics" series on the Departmental Blog.


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I have been selected by Clarivate / Thomson Reuters as "Highly Cited Researcher" in the field of computer science in the years 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 taking into account publications from 2002 to 2015. HighlyCited logo

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