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Tim Pollington AMIMA

infectious disease modelling | cvxpy | teaching | education

Visceral leishmaniasis spatial modelling

I joined the MathSys CDT MSc/PhD programme in September 2015 and in September 2016 began a PhD in infectious disease modelling with supervisors Déirdre Hollingsworth & Lloyd Chapman. My MSc summer project spatially modelled visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in Fulbaria, Bangladesh during 2002-10. My PhD will expand on this further to also model the epidemic cycles of VL in the Indian subcontinent (also presented as a poster at the NGCM summer academy in June 2016). In January 2017 I was awarded a Newton Bhabha PhD placement grant to fund a four-month visit to an Indian research institution from August - November 2017 under the guidance of Dr N Siddiqui. I am particularly keen to work with researchers from the Indian subcontinent, so please do get in touch.

October 2014: Screening & data extraction phases of a systematic review of S.pneumoniae serotype carriage globally, in parallel with my colleague, Riya Moodley. This study, managed by Olivier Le Polain at LSHTM and with involvement from other CMMID members, will record serotype prevalence by geographic region. Combined with invasive pneumococcal disease estimates, it will estimate the impact of polysaccharide conjugate vaccines.

I digitised situation reports during the Ebola epidemic 2014/5 that contributed to real-time forecasts and Temporal Changes in Ebola Transmission in Sierra Leone and Implications for Control Requirements: a Real-time Modelling Study.

My laboratory research project in summer 2014 assessed the effectiveness of combining indoor residual spraying with bednets in Sudan, through the measurement of specific malarial antibody titres.

cvxpy implementation for wireless systems

Research study group on Convex Optimisation in communications (Apr-Jun 2016). cvxpy Python code of communication examples by Gowers, Al-Izzi, Pollington, Hall & Briggs, based on problems from Boyd & Vandenberghe's Convex Optimisation book:

Read more about our project experience from a magazine article featured in the Warwick Centre for Complexity Science Newsletter, Summer 2016 (p4). A detailed article for inclusion in IMA's Mathematics Today magazine under the same authorship has recently been accepted and is due for publication in late 2017/early 2018.


Teaching in computer practicals on LSHTM's Statistical Methods in Epidemiology and exam question testing for Statistics for Epidemiology & Population Health course.


  • MSc Mathematics of Real-World Systems (Warwick, 2015/6)
  • MSc Control of Infectious Diseases (LSHTM, 2013/4)
  • CertPG Geographical Information Systems (Birkbeck, 2009)
  • BSc(Hons) Mathematical Physics (Nottingham, 2005).

Tim Pollington


  • Epidemics6 poster presentation 29 November - 1 December 2017, poster code P1.071
  • Spatial Statistics oral presentation 4 - 7 July 2017
  • WorldLEISH6 poster presentation 16 - 20 May 2017, code C0636 p1385

Reading groups


  • C, R, CUDA, OpenCV 2.4 gpu::GpuMat, MATLAB, Python, cvxpy, ArcGIS & Stata
  • Epidemiology
  • GIS/Spatial analysis
  • Seroepidemiology
  • Systematic review (screening + data extraction)
  • Cluster Randomised Trials
  • Laboratory ELISAs

Contact details

  • Email: My first name initial followed by a full stop, then my surname, then an at symbol, then warwick etc! (26 chars in total)
  • Twitter: @TimPollington
  • Spatially: Maths D1.02