Statistics and Data Analytics


Dr Andrej Aderhold : Research Associate

Supervisor: Dirk Husmeier

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  • Dr Craig Alexander : Lecturer


    Research student: Peter Radvanyi

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  • Dr Linda Altieri : Environmental Research Associate

    Dr Craig Anderson : Lecturer

    Research students: Alison Smith, Xueqing Yin, Riham Ismail, Kamol Sanittham, Michael Waltenberger

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  • Dr Mitchum Bock : Lecturer

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  • Dr Agnieszka Borowska : Research Assistant

    Supervisor: Dirk Husmeier

  • Prof Adrian Bowman : Professor of Statistics

    Research students: Yinuo Liu, George Vazanellis

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  • Dr Daniela Castro-Camilo : Lecturer

    Research student: Daniela Cuba

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  • Dr Charalampos Chanialidis : Lecturer

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  • Dr Christina A Cobbold : Reader

    Population dynamics of ecological systems; spatial ecology; evolutionary ecology in changing environments

    Member of other research groups: Mathematical Biology
    Research student: Renato Andrade

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  • Dr Nema Dean : Lecturer

    Supervised and unsupervised learning; mixture models; variable selection; educational testing data; dynamic treatment regime estimation

    Research students: Shuhrah Alghamdi, Riham Ismail, Sebastian Martinez Bustos, Robin Muegge, Aldawarsi Bashayr, Alastair Gemmell

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  • Dr Amira Elayouty : Lecturer

  • Ludger Evers : Lecturer (part-time)

    Research students: Benjamin Szili, Ivona Voroneckaja, Shuhrah Alghamdi, Dimitra Eleftheriou

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  • Prof James Campbell Gemmell : Honorary Professor

    Prof Gemmell is chief executive of the Environment Protection Agency of South Australia.

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  • Dr Mayetri Gupta : Reader

    Research students: Flynn Gewirtz-O'Reilly, Lanxin Li, Kannat Na Bangchang

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  • Prof Dirk Husmeier : Chair of Statistics

    Machine learning and Bayesian statistics applied to systems biology and bioinformatics; Bayesian networks; statistical phylogenetics

    Research staff: Andrej Aderhold, Agnieszka Borowska, Benn Macdonald
    Research students: Shaykah Aldossari, Aldawarsi Bashayr, Dalton David, Alan Lazarus, Luisa Paun, Campioni Nazareno, Ionut Paun, Yalei Yang
    Postgraduate opportunities: Assessing risk of heart failure with cardiac modelling and statistical inference

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  • Prof Janine Illian : Chair/Professor in Statistical Science

    Research students: Andrew Seaton, Stephen Jun Villejo

  • Dr Eilidh Jack : Lecturer

    Research student: Robin Muegge

  • Prof Duncan Lee : Professor

    Spatiotemporal modelling; Bayesian methods; environmental epidemiology and disease mapping

    Research students: George Gerogiannis, Kamol Sanittham, Michael Waltenberger, Robin Muegge, Yoana Napier, Xueqing Yin

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  • Dr Marnie Low : Lecturer

    Research student: Peter Radvanyi

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  • Dr Vincent Macaulay : Reader

    Statistical genetics; population genetics; Bayesian methods; phylogenetics; GPs

    Research student: Laura Stewart

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  • Dr Benn Macdonald : Research Assistant

    Member of other research groups: Mathematical Biology
    Research student: Hanadi Alzahrani
    Supervisor: Dirk Husmeier

  • Dr Colette Mair : Lecturer

  • Prof Claire Miller (née Ferguson): Professor

    Environmental and ecological modelling; nonparametric smoothing; time series analysis; functional data analysis

    Research students: Peter Radvanyi, Jafet Belmont Osuna, Michael Currie

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  • Dr Gary Napier : Lecturer

    Research students: Catherine Holland, Michael Waltenberger

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  • Dr Tereza Neocleous : Lecturer

    Forensic statistics; quantile regression; semiparametric models; biostatistics applications

    Research students: Dimitra Eleftheriou, Catherine Holland

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  • Dr Mu Niu : Lecturer

    Research student: Wenhui Zhang

  • Dr Agostino Nobile : Honorary Research Fellow

    Bayesian statistics; MCMC and other Monte Carlo methods; mixture models; discrete choice models

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  • Dr Ruth O'Donnell : Lecturer

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  • Dr Theo Papamarkou : Lecturer

    Research students: Benjamin Szili, Dimitra Eleftheriou

  • Dr Surajit Ray : Senior lecturer

    COVID Resarch, Functional Data Analysis; Analysis of mixture models; high-dimensional data; medical image analysis; analysis of earth systems data; immunoinformatics

    Research students: Maryam Al Alawi , Salihah Alghamdi, Yangsong Cheng, Alastair Gemmell, Bader Lafi Q Alruwaili, Wenhui Zhang, Flynn Gewirtz-O'Reilly
    Postgraduate opportunities: Robust COVID Mortality score using Demographics, lab results and Imaging, Analysis of Spatially correlated functional data objects.

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  • Prof Marian Scott OBE: Professor of Environmental Statistics

    Radio-carbon and cosmogenic dating-design and analysis of proficiency trials; environmental radioactivity; sensitivity and uncertainty analysis applied to complex environmental models; spatial and spatiotemporal modeling of water quality; flood risk modeling; environmental indicators; developing the evidence base for environmental policy and regulation

    Research students: Jafet Belmont Osuna, Michael Currie, Yoana Napier, Daniela Cuba

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  • Qingying Shu : Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Supervisor: Xiaoyu Luo

  • Dr Ron Smith : Honorary Senior Research Fellow

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  • Dr Ben Swallow : Lecturer

    Bayesian statistical inference; Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods; data integration; model selection; stochastic processes

    Member of other research groups: Mathematical Biology
    Research student: Stephen Jun Villejo

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  • Prof Michael Titterington : Honorary Senior Research Fellow

    Statistical analysis of mixture distributions; latent structure analysis; pattern recognition; machine learning; smoothing and nonparametric statistics; optimum design of experiments

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  • Dr Bernard Torsney : Honorary Research Fellow

    Non-parametric inference; optimisation; optimal experimental design; sampling theory; applications in economics; multiple comparisons

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  • Dr Liberty Vittert : Mitchell Lecturer

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  • Dr Vlad Vyshemirsky : Lecturer

    Research student: Lida Mavrogonatou

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  • Dr Xiaochen Yang : Lecturer

    Supervised learning; distance metric learning; hyperspectral image analysis

  • Postgraduates

    Maryam Al Alawi : PhD Student

    Supervisor: Surajit Ray

  • Salihah Alghamdi : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Analysis of Spatially correlated functional data objects.
    Supervisor: Surajit Ray

  • Jafet Belmont Osuna : PhD Student

    Supervisors: Marian Scott OBE, Claire Miller (née Ferguson)

  • Yangsong Cheng : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Computing, Inference and Applications of Hierarchical Mode Association Clustering
    Supervisor: Surajit Ray

  • Daniela Cuba : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Statistical tools to interpret soil variation
    Supervisors: Daniela Castro-Camilo, Marian Scott OBE

  • Michael Currie : PhD Student

    Supervisors: Marian Scott OBE, Claire Miller (née Ferguson)

  • Dimitra Eleftheriou : PhD Student

    Supervisors: Tereza Neocleous, Ludger Evers, Theo Papamarkou

  • Flynn Gewirtz-O'Reilly : PhD Student

    Supervisors: Mayetri Gupta, Surajit Ray

  • Catherine Holland : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Bayesian approaches to compositional data with structural zeros
    Supervisors: Gary Napier, Tereza Neocleous

  • Bader Lafi Q Alruwaili : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Clustering and Cluster Inference of complex data structures
    Supervisor: Surajit Ray

  • Yinuo Liu : PhD Student

    Supervisor: Adrian Bowman

  • Lida Mavrogonatou : PhD Student

    Supervisor: Vlad Vyshemirsky

  • Robin Muegge : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Estimating the effects of air pollution on human health
    Supervisors: Nema Dean, Duncan Lee, Eilidh Jack

  • Kannat Na Bangchang : PhD Student

    Supervisors: Mayetri Gupta, Manuele Leonelli

  • Yoana Napier : PhD Student

    Supervisors: Marian Scott OBE, Duncan Lee

  • Luisa Paun : PhD Student

    Supervisor: Dirk Husmeier

  • Peter Radvanyi : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Groundwater monitoring design
    Supervisors: Claire Miller (née Ferguson), Craig Alexander, Marnie Low

  • Kamol Sanittham : PhD Student

    Supervisors: Duncan Lee, Craig Anderson

  • Andrew Seaton : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Spatial Point Process Models
    Supervisor: Janine Illian

  • Alison Smith : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Developing novel ways to represent spatial patterns in disease risk
    Supervisor: Craig Anderson

  • Laura Stewart : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Development and application of stochastic models of agglomeration
    Supervisors: Vincent Macaulay, Alexey Lindo

  • Benjamin Szili : PhD Student

    Supervisors: Ludger Evers, Theo Papamarkou

  • George Vazanellis : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Spatiotemporal models for environmental data
    Supervisor: Adrian Bowman

  • Stephen Jun Villejo : PhD Student

    Research Topic: A Bayesian Spatio-Temporal Model to Test for Stability of Risks for Spatially Misaligned Data
    Supervisors: Ben Swallow, Janine Illian

  • Ivona Voroneckaja : PhD Student

    Supervisor: Ludger Evers

  • Michael Waltenberger : PhD Student

    Supervisors: Duncan Lee, Craig Anderson, Gary Napier

  • Yalei Yang : PhD Student

    Supervisors: Hao Gao, Dirk Husmeier

  • Xueqing Yin : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Mapping disease risk in space and time
    Supervisors: Craig Anderson, Duncan Lee

  • Wenhui Zhang : PhD Student

    Research Topic: Analysis of Positron Emission Tomography data for tumour detection and delineation
    Supervisors: Surajit Ray, Mu Niu

  • Postgraduate opportunities

    Analysis of Spatially correlated functional data objects. (PhD)

    Supervisors: Surajit Ray
    Relevant research groups: Statistics and Data Analytics

    Historically, functional data analysis techniques have widely been used to analyze traditional time series data, albeit from a different perspective. Of late, FDA techniques are increasingly being used in domains such as environmental science, where the data are spatio-temporal in nature and hence is it typical to consider such data as functional data where the functions are correlated in time or space. An example where modeling the dependencies is crucial is in analyzing remotely sensed data observed over a number of years across the surface of the earth, where each year forms a single functional data object. One might be interested in decomposing the overall variation across space and time and attribute it to covariates of interest. Another interesting class of data with dependence structure consists of weather data on several variables collected from balloons where the domain of the functions is a vertical strip in the atmosphere, and the data are spatially correlated. One of the challenges in such type of data is the problem of missingness, to address which one needs develop appropriate spatial smoothing techniques for spatially dependent functional data. There are also interesting design of experiment issues, as well as questions of data calibration to account for the variability in sensing instruments. Inspite of the research initiative in analyzing dependent functional data there are several unresolved problems, which the student will work on:

    • robust statistical models for incorporating temporal and spatial dependencies in functional data
    • developing reliable prediction and interpolation techniques for dependent functional data
    • developing inferential framework for testing hypotheses related to simplified dependent structures
    • analysing sparsely observed functional data by borrowing information from neighbours
    • visualisation of data summaries associated with dependent functional data
    • Clustering of functional data


    Predicting patterns of retinal haemorrhage (PhD)

    Supervisors: Peter Stewart
    Relevant research groups: Continuum Mechanics - Fluid Dynamics and Magnetohydrodynamics, Continuum Mechanics - Modelling and Analysis of Material Systems, Mathematical Biology, Statistics and Data Analytics

    Retinal haemorrhage (bleeding of the blood vessels in the retina) often accompanies traumatic brain injury and is one of the clinical indicators of `shaken baby syndrome'. This PhD project will give you the opportunity to develop a combination of mathematical and statistical models to help explain the onset of retinal haemorrhage. You will devise and implement image processing algorithms to quantify the pattern of bleeding in clinical images of haemorrhaged retinas. In addition, you will develop a mathematical model for pressure wave propagation through the retinal circulation in response to an acute rise in intracranial pressure, to predict the pattern of retinal bleeding and correlate to the images. Cutting-edge pattern recognition methods from Machine Learning and Bayesian modelling will be used to infer characteristic signatures of different types of brain trauma. These will be used to help clinicians in characterising the origin of traumatic brain injury and diagnosing its severity. This is an ideal project for a postgraduate student with an interest in applying mathematical modelling, image analysis and machine learning to predictive healthcare. The project will give you the opportunity to join a cross-disciplinary Research Hub that aims to push the boundaries of quantitative medicine and improve clinical decision making in cases of suspected non-accidental head injury using innovative mathematical and statistical modelling.


    Assessing risk of heart failure with cardiac modelling and statistical inference (PhD)

    Supervisors: Dirk Husmeier, Hao Gao, Xiaoyu Luo
    Relevant research groups: Mathematical Biology, Statistics and Data Analytics

    In recent years, we have witnessed impressive developments in the mathematical modelling of complex physiological systems. However, parameter estimation and uncertainty quantification still remain challenging. This PhD project will give you the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary research team to develop new methodologies for computational modelling and inference in cardio-mechanic models. Your ultimate objective will be to contribute to paving the path to a new generation of clinical decision support systems for cardiac disease risk assessment based on complex mathematical-physiological models. You will aim to  achieve patient-specific calibration of these models in real time, using magnetic resonance imaging data. Sound uncertainty quantification for informed risk assessment will be paramount. This is an ideal PhD project for a postgraduate student with a strong applied mathematics and statistics or Computer Science background who is interested in computational mechanics and adapting cutting-edge inference and pattern recognition methods from Machine Learning and Bayesian modelling to challenging cardio-mechanic modelling problems. The project will give you the opportunity to join a cross-disciplinary Research Hub that aims to push the boundaries of quantitative medicine and improve cardio-vascular healthcare by bringing cutting-edge mathematical and statistical modelling into the clinic.


    Robust COVID Mortality score using Demographics, lab results and Imaging (PhD)

    Supervisors: Surajit Ray
    Relevant research groups: Statistics and Data Analytics


    In this project, you will develop a host of robust prediction tools for COVID-19 patient care. Our team has access to diverse in-patient data from three health boards in the UK. The novelty of this research lies in the inclusion of an extensive range of data from haematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, virology, and medical imaging to design a visual and comprehensive clinical picture for COVID-19 patients. This will help to improve a healthcare provider’s capacity in the diagnostic process and in the management of resources. Crucially, this research will develop an app that can be used by healthcare providers immediately that will better equip health organizations with adaptive and predictive screening tools from early-onset which will control future peaks of the pandemic. Our method would allow rapid screening and prediction a week before the window for full diagnosis and enable early quarantine of predicted cases.

    The successful candidate will have the chance to work in a very dynamic academic environment offered by the Statistics research group at University of Glasgow along with a diverse team of researchers from University of Brighton, University of Lincoln and the NHS. If you are interested in a sample of our research, then please read the paper Use of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to predict SARS-CoV-2 infection from Full Blood Counts in a population. Our research is supported by EPSRC Impact Acceleration Grant through the University of Glasgow and seed grants offered through the University of Brighto.

    During the PhD the student will be expected to master a broad range of statistical and computational knowledge, including Big data, Bayesian Analysis, Functional data Analysis, Spatial Statistics and Machine learning in order to tackle the mathematical and computational challenges associated with prediction from disparate sources of data. The project provides an excellent opportunity to conduct cutting edge methodological development complemented by production of user-friendly software. The successful candidate will need to be comfortable with interfacing with professionals from other disciplines and industry partner and be passionate about their research.


     Funding Notes

    The successful candidate will be considered for funding to cover domestic tuition fees, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,609 for Session 2021-22) for four years.