IDSAI Affiliated Academics

NameDepartment/CollegeProfile
Dr Oliver Hauser  Business School Dr. Oliver Hauser is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Exeter Business School and a Research Fellow at Harvard University. His research focuses on social and economic inequality (including gender and racial discrimination) and cooperative and ethical behaviour. Oliver joined the University of Exeter’s Department of Economics in July 2018, where he is also the Theme Lead for economics, business and finance at the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and a faculty affiliate of the Centre for Leadership.
David Plans   David's research interests include computational psychiatry models of stress and emotional resilience, and telemetric approaches to digital therapeutics for mental health. His work involves models through which we might understand the human body's response to stress from a psychobiology perspective, using data from body sensors and smartphone applications to build models that can predict mental disorder in individuals and within social frameworks such as workplaces.

 

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Professor  Jason Hall English Jason is a historian of literature, culture and science, specializing in the period 1800-1930. His background is in English literature, specifically poetics. His work is characterized by interdisciplinary analysis and involves collaborations with colleges in the physical and computer sciences. At present, he is working on a project focusing on large-scale digital rendering and the analysis of unstructured historical datasets.
Professor Leif Isaksen Department of Classics and Ancient History As Professor of Digital Humanities, Leif's research interests lie in two distant but related fields: the development of geographic thought and representation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the emerging role of the Web as a transformational medium for communicating and connecting complex information. For the former he has undertaken theoretical and digital analyses of specific documents from ancient world, including the Geographike Hyphegesis of Claudius Ptolemy and the Roman Itineraries. In the latter he applies Web-based (and Linked Open Data) technologies to annotate, connect and revisualize geographic aspects of the past through its textual and material culture, most notably as Director of the Pelagios Commons.

 

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Professor Gavin Shaddick Department of Mathematics Gavin is a statistician and data scientist who is interested in how data from multiple, diverse sources can be integrated in a coherent fashion to produce the information required for evidence-based decision making. Of particular interest are computational techniques that allow the implementation of complex statistical models to real-life applications where the scope over both space and time may be very large. His research interests are the theory and application of Bayesian hierarchical models and spatio-temporal modelling in a number of fields including epidemiology, environmental modelling, disease progression in rheumatology and demand profiling in the power industry.
Professor Peter Challenor Department of Mathematics Peter is a mathematician with broad interests; mainly about uncertainty in the natural world. These range from the statistical analysis of complex numerical models (such as those used to simulate climate) to the interpolation of noisy data and the estimation of the amount of renewable energy in the ocean
Professor David Stephenson Department of Mathematics David is Director of the Exeter Climate Systems (XCS) research centre, which has grown impressively since he founded it upon his arrival in Exeter in 2007. His research focuses on the development and novel application of statistical modelling to understand climate processes and predictions. Since 1989, he has published more than 100 well-cited papers and a leading book on forecast verification
Professor Peter Cox Department of Mathematics Prof Peter Cox is a climate scientist who is based within Mathematics at the University of Exeter. He led the team at the Met Office-Hadley Centre that first included vegetation and the carbon cycle in a climate model projection. Of late, Peter has become very interested in finding ‘emergent constraints’ on the uncertain climate-carbon cycle feedbacks identified in that first study, using an ensemble of model projections to find a mapping between current observations and future changes. This approach involves combining big-data from state-of-the-art Earth System Models, with big-data from ground-based and satellite observations. Peter is therefore very interested in contributing to, and using, techniques developed at the IDSAI.
Dr Chris Ferro Department of Mathematics Assessing the performance of predictions such as weather forecasts or medical diagnoses helps forecasters to improve their predictions and helps recipients to decide how to respond to predictions. My research aims to improve how predictions are assessed. The statistical tools that I develop are applicable to many phenomena but my main interests are in weather forecasting and climate prediction
Dr Theo Economou Department of Mathematics Theo is an applied statistician with experience in applying statistical models to solve problems in a variety of areas, including environmental sciences, hydroinformatics, epidemiology and public health - with emphasis on connections between these, such as weather effects on health. He is particularly interested in developing statistical models for integrating data sources, such as multiple weather forecasts for optimal weather predictions or hospital level and individual level patient data for estimating the underlying disease risk across space
Professor Hywel Williams Department of Computer Science Hywell’s research interests focus primarily on the analysis of complex data from the Web and social media, with a particular emphasis on environmental issues. This work includes network analysis and text mining to understand online political and environmental debates, modelling/predicting collective attention in social media, understanding social biases in online news consumption, and using Web data to track natural hazards
Professor Tim Lenton Department of Geography Tim and his group are focusing on understanding key events in the coupled evolution of life and the planet, including human-induced global change, developing an evolutionary model of the marine ecosystem, and on early warning of climate tipping points. Tim is Director of Exeter's Global Systems Institute and works closely with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research on the overall environmental research strategy for the University.
Dr Frederico Caprotti Department of Geography Federico is an urban geographer interested in urban futures. Over the last few years, he has been working especially at the interface between eco-urban and smart city research with a focus on future city initiatives in the EU and China. He currently leads the SMART-ECO research consortium, funded by EU and Chinese funding agencies, and has co-edited Inside Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation (Routledge, 2018), which makes the case for the need to engage with specific and often ‘second-tier’ cities for understanding future urban trajectories.
Professor Alberto Arribas Computer Science/Met Office Prof. Alberto Arribas leads the Informatics Lab, a multi-disciplinary department at the Met Office. His work focuses around strategic innovation, scalable infrastructure to enable scientific research, and the use of data science to convert knowledge into socio-economic benefit. His background is in Physics and Business Strategy. His work is driven by the development of teams and networks across academia, government and industry to address relevant problems.
Dr Markus Mueller

Mathematics / ESI

Markus is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics a background in mathematical systems and control theory. He is based at the university’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI). Since joining the ESI, he has developed a strong applied focus on robust and optimal management solutions, working on research questions in energy engineering, buildings and infrastructure, the natural environment, quantitative biology and ecology, and human health and well-being. Markus also works very closely with a number of small and medium enterprises to enable transformative processes, for example, the development of a tool to improve resource efficiency of health-care service providers.
Dr Mario Recker

Mathematics / ESI

Mario is a computational biologists working on the evolutionary ecology of various infectious diseases, including malaria and dengue. He employs a wide range of mathematical and data modelling techniques to investigate host-pathogen interactions at different ecological scales, from within-host infection dynamics to population-level spread of disease. His work frequently involves the analysis of large, complex datasets to discover predictive biomarkers of disease and to inform public health relevant models.
Professor Stuart Townsley

Mathematics and Environment

Stuart is an interdisciplinary mathematician who draws on a background in dynamical systems, control theory and systems engineering. His research, funding and publications range from fundamental theory to societal applications and span operator theory, mathematical analysis, adaptive and robust control, industrial applied mathematics, energy engineering, neural networks, e-Health, mathematical biology, evolution and population and conservation ecology.

 

NameDepartment/CollegeProfile
Professor Richard Everson Department of Computer Science / IDSAI Previously Head of Department for Computer Science in Exeter, Richard is Professor of Machine Learning and Director of the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. His research interests are in machine learning, statistical pattern recognition, multi-objective optimisation and the links between them. Current areas of focus are in optimisation in wireless and mobile networks to maintain quality of service, in automatic analysis of video and accelerometer data for inferring behaviour of animals (funded by NERC and the Open Innovation Platform) and people (with the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital), and in modelling big data storage systems (with the Met Office).
Dr Chunbo Luo Department of Computer Science Chunbo’s research interest mainly focuses on model based and machine learning algorithms to address issues from contemporary networks and UAV networks, as well as the data that are transported by these networks. He received his PhD on the study of high performance cooperative networks, with further investigation on cooperative strategies and spatial-temporal data processing techniques for UAV networks.
Dr Oliver Stoner Department of Mathematics / IDSAI Oliver is an applied statistical data modeller, working primarily in the fields of environment and health. His main strength is using Bayesian hierarchical models, which may involve complex spatio-temporal structures, to estimate relationships and make predictions. He has a data-driven approach to modelling, where methods are considered and developed in the context of real world problems.
Professor Ed Keedwell Department of Computer Science Ed is a Computer Scientist with interests in optimisation and machine learning with applications to bioinformatics and hydroinformatics. He has particular interests in the beneficial combination of optimisation and machine learning both to discover new insight in large-scale biological (e.g. GWAS) and hydrological data sets and to create new approaches to learning optimisation algorithms known as hyperheuristics
Dr Fabrizio Costa Department of Computer Science Fabrizio's main research interest is in extending Machine Learning techniques to complex and structured data. The application domains of such algorithms range from biotechnology (the prediction of the properties of a drug), to medicine (what is the next gene to study to gain more understanding in the mechanism of a disease), to language processing (given a sentence disambiguate to which noun is a specific pronoun referring to). Recently his interests focussed on the development of constructive algorithms, that is programs that can learn how to build new objects endowed with some desired property, for example building novel drugs or novel web site in an automatic way.
Professor Jonathan Fieldsend Department of Computer Science Jonathan is Associate Professor in Computational Intelligence with specific expertise in developing multi-objective/non-traditional objective optimisation methods, multi-modal optimisation, optimisation with uncertainty, evolutionary approaches to learning, data visualisation, as well as the use of Bayesian classification/modelling techniques.
Dr Lorenzo Livi Department of Computer Science Lorenzo Livi is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Data Science with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. His research interests revolve around machine learning, time-series analysis and complex (networked) dynamical systems, with applications in systems biology and computational neuroscience. Dr Livi’s theoretical research focuses on recurrent neural networks and their dynamics, and change detection on sequences of time-varying graphs. Applications of interest include prediction of epileptic seizures by combining machine learning and complex network methods, and the design of generative models of networks representing protein native structures
Professor David Stephenson Department of Mathematics

David is Director of the Exeter Climate Systems (XCS) research centre, which has grown impressively since he founded it upon his arrival in Exeter in 2007. His research focuses on the development and novel application of statistical modelling to understand climate processes and predictions. Since 1989, he has published more than 100 well-cited papers and a leading book on forecast verification

Dr Chris Ferro Department of Mathematics Assessing the performance of predictions such as weather forecasts or medical diagnoses helps forecasters to improve their predictions and helps recipients to decide how to respond to predictions. My research aims to improve how predictions are assessed. The statistical tools that I develop are applicable to many phenomena but my main interests are in weather forecasting and climate prediction
Dr Theo Economou Department of Mathematics Theo is an applied statistician with experience in applying statistical models to solve problems in a variety of areas, including environmental sciences, hydroinformatics, epidemiology and public health - with emphasis on connections between these, such as weather effects on health. He is particularly interested in developing statistical models for integrating data sources, such as multiple weather forecasts for optimal weather predictions or hospital level and individual level patient data for estimating the underlying disease risk across space
Professor Gavin Shaddick Department of Mathematics Gavin is a statistician and data scientist who is interested in how data from multiple, diverse sources can be integrated in a coherent fashion to produce the information required for evidence-based decision making. Of particular interest are computational techniques that allow the implementation of complex statistical models to real-life applications where the scope over both space and time may be very large. His research interests are the theory and application of Bayesian hierarchical models and spatio-temporal modelling in a number of fields including epidemiology, environmental modelling, disease progression in rheumatology and demand profiling in the power industry.
Professor Peter Challenor Department of Mathematics Peter is a mathematician with broad interests; mainly about uncertainty in the natural world. These range from the statistical analysis of complex numerical models (such as those used to simulate climate) to the interpolation of noisy data and the estimation of the amount of renewable energy in the ocean
Dr Stefan Siegert Department of Mathematics Stefan has an interdisciplinary background in Theoretical Physics, Computational Science and Statistics. His research interests are in predictability of complex systems, particularly the climate system. He is developing new methodology to evaluate the quality of weather and climate forecasts, and statistical modelling methods to improve the predictive performance of numerical simulations.
Dr Mark Kelson Department of Mathematics Mark is a statistician with a background in clinical trials. His research focuses on both mental health and physical activity. In particular, he is excited by recent advances in the field of accelerometry data collection and believes data science, underpinned by appropriately rigorous statistical methodology, can be usefully applied in this area to greatly increase our understanding of the impact of activity on health
Dr Nicolas Pugeault Department of Computer Science Nicolas Pugeault is an interdisciplinary scientist interested in robot and human vision. His research is at the connection between robotics, AI and psychology and investigates problems such as visual attention, autonomous vehicles and autonomous robots and the interpretation of visual scenes. In addition, he is interested in biologically plausible functional models of human vision.
Dr Anastasios Roussos Department of Computer Science Anastasios (Tassos) is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Exeter. He is also affiliated with the Department of Computing, Imperial College London. Prior to these positions, he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University College London (UCL) and Queen Mary, University of London. He has studied Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD 2010, Dipl-Ing 2005) at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. His research specialises in the fields of Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Variational Methods and Partial Differential Equations. The focus of his current research is the development of novel methods for detailed 3D modelling and reconstruction of real-world objects from image data. The main motivation for his work stems from the vision of building robust 3D Computer Vision algorithms that would provide highly-accurate estimations in challenging real-world scenarios. Such algorithms have applications to a plethora of fields, such as gesture and sign language recognition, computer-aided surgery, marker-less motion and performance capture, augmented reality, visual effects, facial expression recognition, and biomedical image processing.
Dr Danny Williamson Department of Mathematics Daniel is a Bayesian statistician whose research interests include uncertainty quantification, decision theory and support, statistical foundations, Bayesian modelling and Bayesian computation. His research develops methods and theory in these areas combining ideas that span from mathematical Analysis to machine learning. His applied work has largely focussed on climate models including how they can be calibrated/tuned and in using them to quantify uncertainty for the real climate in combination with data to support decision making. He has also worked on using large public surveys to design interventions to help reduce traffic congestion
NameDepartment/CollegeProfile
Professor Sabina Leonelli Egenis Sabina Leonelli works in the philosophy, history and social studies of data science and AI, and heads the Data Studies research strand within Egenis (the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences). Her research investigates the implications of specific ways of managing, mobilising and (re)using data for the knowledge bring produced, with particularly emphasis on the biological and biomedical domains; and the standards, presuppositions, ethics and social concerns involved in sharing data, with reference to the implementation of Open Science and the FAIR principles. She has published widely on data epistemology, governance and ethics, including the books Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study (2016) and The Impact of Big and Open Data on Research (2018).
Niccolo Tempini Department of Sociology Philosophy and Anthropology Niccolò Tempini is an interdisciplinary social scientist interested in questions of information, data, technology, organization, value and knowledge. He researches big data research and digital infrastructures, investigating the specific knowledge production economies, organization forms and data management innovations that these projects engender with a focus in their social and epistemic consequences. He studies the practices of data scientists, software developers, researchers and non-professionalised experts, to understand how different forms of knowledge and value intersect with each other when different actors come to grips with new methods and new forms of data, information technology and organization.

 

NameDepartment/CollegeProfile
Professor Rob Beardmore Department of Biosciences Antibiotic resistant microbes are an immense risk for human medicine. I take the perspective that
while the discovery of new small molecules is needed, it will not be the only answer.
I therefore undertake complementary work on fundamental evolutionary and pharmacological questions.
After all, we are here because of a lack of understanding of the rapidity of microbial adaptation
so I take a quantitative, mathematical approach and apply it to in-house laboratory data to better
understand how might predict, and somehow control, that rapidity. My lab works in close collaboration
with engineers, microbiologists and clinicians to address this from a highly inter-disciplinary perspective
Dr Fabrizio Costa Department of Computer Science Fabrizio's main research interest is in extending Machine Learning techniques to complex and structured data. The application domains of such algorithms range from biotechnology (the prediction of the properties of a drug), to medicine (what is the next gene to study to gain more understanding in the mechanism of a disease), to language processing (given a sentence disambiguate to which noun is a specific pronoun referring to). Recently his interests focussed on the development of constructive algorithms, that is programs that can learn how to build new objects endowed with some desired property, for example building novel drugs or novel web site in an automatic way.
Dr Leon Danon

Department of Computer Science

Leon is an interdisciplinary scientist interested in collective behaviour, complex networks and public health. His background is in statistical physics of complex systems and mathematical modelling, which he uses to study human behaviour, contacts and social networks, motivated by questions in disease ecology and public health. His work is often driven by analysis of large, relevant datasets that capture human behaviour.
Professor Lora Flemming ECEHH, Medical School Professor Lora E Fleming is a physician and epidemiologist with expertise in Oceans and Human Health based at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health [www.ecehh.org] (University of Exeter Medical School). The research and training at the European Centre is focused on an interdisciplinary approach to the interactions between the health of both humans and the environment. Prof Fleming is interested in the interactions around big data, communities, and environment and human health. In particular, she has co-organized international meetings and co-edited two textbooks and numerous articles dealing with Oceans and Human Health; and she received the Ocean and Human Awards from Edouard Delcroix Foundation and the IOC Bruun Award. Prof Fleming is leading the H2020 funded BlueHealth Project (https://bluehealth2020.eu) and a new H2020 funded Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE) Project to establish a network and create a strategic research agenda for Oceans and Human Health in Europe and beyond.
Professor Tim Frayling Medical School "Data science in human genetics and health
Tim Frayling leads research that aims to understand how the human genome affects health and disease. This research uses tens of millions of pieces of information from our DNA, and 1000s of measurements, including electronic health records, from 100,000s to millions of people. His research focuses on obesity and type 2 diabetes and the data available provides an unprecedented opportunity for making new discoveries of biological and clinical relevance."
Professor David Llewellyn Medical School David is a clinical epidemiologist interested in how data science and machine learning can improve patient and carer outcomes whilst increasing healthcare system efficiency. For example, he has developed a system called DECODE which makes it easier to detect dementia in a timely fashion and is currently being trialled in the NHS. He believes that artificial clinical intelligence has enormous potential to augment existing resources and enhance diagnosis, prognosis and targeted treatments. He is interested in working with healthcare providers and industry to accelerate the application of new discoveries
Dr Karyn Morrissey ECEHH, Medical School Dr Karyn Morrissey is an economist by background but completed her interdisciplinary PhD in a School of Geography. Through her use of various datasets including traditional survey data such as the Census of Population and Health Survey of England, newer web sourced Big Data and administrative data (Hospital records, etc), Karyn’s research cuts across geography, economics and sociology with a particular focus on health and environmental inequalities. Her PhD focused on the estimation of the prevalence of non-communicable diseases at the small area level. Over the last 8 years, Karyn has developed a substantial research profile in applied health statistics and geo-computational methods, particularly spatial microsimulation and small area estimation techniques. Karyn is increasingly interested in the relationship between social and physical environments on health outcomes across the lifecourse.
Dr Jonathan Phillips Department of Biosciences/Living Systems Institute JJ's research seeks to understand and control the dynamic behaviour of protein molecules to perform biochemical computing. His background is in the advancement of computational and experimental methods to study protein dynamics at high spatial and temporal resolution. Data generation is tightly linked with the construction of statistical mechanics and structural models, in order to describe how information is processed at a molecular level in natural, biomedical and artificial systems.
Dr Martin Pitt IHR Professor Martin Pitt is Director of PenCHORD - The Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development. PenCHORD (part of the SW CLAHRC in Exeter University: Medical School) is a research team which works in close collaboration with NHS organisations in the south-west of the UK to improve health and care delivery using Operational Research methods. Martin has wide ranging experience in healthcare modelling ranging from economic modelling in health technology assessment to discrete event simulation and operational models for service re-design. His research interests are the application of modelling techniques and data science to improve health and care with a particular interest in the implementation of these approaches to policy and decision making process. He was recently appointed as first President of the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts (AphA) the organisation which represents health service analysts across the NHS.
Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova Department of Mathematics/Living Systems Institute Krasimira’s research interests lie in the field of applied mathematics for biomedicine and healthcare. Her training in mathematical biology has enabled her to engage in very productive collaborations with biomedical scientists and clinicians working on problems related to endocrinology (e.g. Diabetes, Reproductive system function) and neuroscience (e.g. learning and memory). More recently she has developed an interest in applications at the interface of movement science, psychology and neurology (e.g. Psychosis and Parkinson’s disease) involving modelling and analysis of large, complex data sets capturing movement (e.g. Kinematics and Dynamics) along with measure of (neuro-)physiological activity (e.g. EMG, EEG, etc.)

 

NameDepartment/CollegeProfile
Professor Susan Banducci Q step, Department of Politics Susan is the director of the Exeter Q-Step Centre. Her research interests are in the areas of comparative political behaviour, media and political communication.
One of her current research projects is Measuring Information Exposure in Dynamic and Dependent Networks (ExpoNet) which involves extracting, analysing and measuring media content to model the linkages between consumers and producers of media content in complex information networks, and understand co-development of network structures with consumer attitudes/behaviours.
Professor Mark Levine Department of Psychology Mark is a Professor of Social Psychology at Exeter University. His research focuses on the role of identities and group processes in pro-social and anti-social behaviour. He is particularly interested in the research possibilities afforded by new technologies and digital data. This has included systematic behavioural analysis of CCTV footage of real life violent incidents in night-time economy zones in British town centres. He has also used immersive virtual environments to study the behaviour of bystanders in violent emergencies. More recently he has been analyzing naturally occurring online text data to study identity and privacy concerns. He is also interested in the utility of tracking and sensing technologies for examining contact in public places, and the effect this can have on social cohesion and intergroup relations
Dr Chris Playford Department of Sociology Philosophy and Anthropology Chris is a sociologist with interests in education and the occupational backgrounds and destinations of young people. He uses large-scale survey and administrative datasets to answer social science questions. He specialises in the application of statistical models to better understand the educational routes taken by young people. Chris is the director of the MSc Policy Analytics.

 

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Dr Tim Dodwell Department of Engineering Tim is an applied mathematician interested in developing new methods for solving mathematical models for large complex systems with data. An overarching theme of his research is to exploit different scales to develop efficient, rigorous and computationally tractable methods for industry-focused problems across the high value manufacturing, geoscience and healthcare sectors.
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Professor Guangtao Fu

Department of Engineering

Guangtao’s research interests lie in the development of computer models, optimisation algorithms and data analytics for control and management of water infrastructure systems including water distribution, urban wastewater and green infrastructure. His current research focuses on tackling the water management challenges in leakage, urban flooding, sewer overflow discharges and energy efficiency using new data analytics and artificial intelligence tools
Professor Zoran Kapelan

Department of Engineering

Zoran Kapelan is Professor of Water Systems Engineering and Academic Lead of the Water and Environment Group. His background is in water engineering and research interests are in developing data analytics, smart water technologies and generally novel methods addressing a wide range of challenges in urban water infrastructure. He works closely with the UK water industry which is now using some of the technologies he has developed.

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Professor Dragan Savic

Department of Engineering

Dragan Savic is Professor of Hydroinformatics, a founder and former co-director of the Centre for Water Systems (www.ex.ac.uk/cws), in the College of Engineering Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) at the University of Exeter, which is an internationally recognised group for excellence in water and environmental science research. His research interests cover the interdisciplinary field of Hydroinformatics, which transcends traditional boundaries of water/ environmental sciences, informatics/ computer science (including Artificial Intelligence, data mining and optimisation techniques) and environmental engineering. Applications are generally in the hydro-environmental science/ engineering areas, including water resources management (both quality and quantity), flood management, water & wastewater systems and environmental protection & management.