Probability and Statistics
Statistics and probability are the complementary disciplines of the science of uncertainty. That is, they deal both with systems that are intrinsically uncertain, such as the choice of a gene passed at random from parent to child, and with systems we believe not to be random but which are too complicated to model exactly, such as the climate.
There is uncertainty in almost every aspect of everyday life and, despite its reputation for exactness, in the scientific world too. Probability and statistics give us tools to handle this uncertainty in a principled manner.
The Probability and Statistics group in Bristol carries out research on many aspects of this science: modelling of random phenomena, methods for the analysis of data, and computational techniques for performing this modelling and analysis. The applications of this research are many and varied, ranging from the analysis of solar flares to robot navigation, from the behaviour of socially organised animals to traffic queues and from genetic research to signal processing.
- 27 April 2013
- Congratulations to Margaritis Voliotis, who has won a fellowship worth 232,225 pounds over 3 years from MRC (Medical Research Council) on the project "Computational Approaches to In Vivo Cell Signalling: Inference, Network Structure and Dynamic Decision-Making".
- 26 April 2013
- Congratulations to Marcelo Pereyra, Brunel Fellow, who has won
additional postdoctoral funding of 46,000 euros from the
French Ministere de la Defense to support research into
"Hybrid and Particle MCMC Methods for SAR and hyperspectral image analysis".
- Congratulations to Ioannis Papastathopoulos, Brunel Fellow, who has been awarded the Eleneio Doctoral Thesis Award in Statistics by Greek Statistical Institute for the best dissertation written by a Greek statistician in Greece or abroad on Statistics for the two year period 2011-2012.
- 22 April 2013
- Marianne Menictas, a PhD student from UTS in Sydney, will be visiting the group for the next 3 weeks. She works on variational methods for fitting Bayesian models, especially in semi-parametric regression. She will be sharing office 4.13.
- 15 April 2013
- Professor Peter Green gives the 14th Bahadur Memorial Lecture at the University of Chicago.
- 10 April 2013
- Kara Stevens has passed her viva. Many congratulations to her.
- 8 April 2013
- Professor Guy Nason has been awarded a prestigious Established Career Fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Our research is internationally recognised, receives the top rating from the national funding council, and is funded by a wide range of public and commercial organisations. It includes both fundamental work on the core of our disciplines, and inter-disciplinary collaboration with researchers in other subjects, both in Bristol and beyond. All of our work is mathematically rigourous, and all is ultimately stimulated by its potential in understanding the world around us.