I am a professor in the Statistics department at the University of Warwick. My research interests lie mostly in probability theory, and include: random processes, stochastic geometry, stochastic calculus, computer algebra in statistics and probability, and perfect simulation. I was President of the Bernoulli Society over the period 2013-2015; I served on the Council of the International Statistical Institute over 2015-2019. I was founding co-director of APTS (first with my colleague David Firth, then with my colleague Adam Johansen) over the period October 2007 - September 2016. Quite recently I found myself back on the APTS Executive Committee for a brief period: deja vu all over again.
Here you can see a picture of four of my favourite people from a few years ago,
while here is a picture of me, when I was slightly more youthful.
I have also made available some collections of slides for recent and not-so-recent talks. I occasionally add short entries to my blog Random Curiosities about thoughts that crop up when teaching or researching.
Teaching and Related Matters, 2021/2022
I will assist in teaching the following lecture course this year:
- Term 1: ST333 Applied Stochastic Processes / ST406 Applied Stochastic Processes with Advanced Topics (module led by Dr Karen Habermann).
My office is Room MSB3.07.
My office hours for term 1 are:
Mondays, Wednesdays 11.30am-12.30pm via Microsoft Teams (excluding week 10).
Email me beforehand with specific queries if you wish to video/ phone me in one of those hours, and we will agree a time-slot.
But notice: occasionally I have to be away. On such occasions I always try to give at least 24 hours' notice by email.
Current research projects
I have recently concluded EPSRC-funded research projects on:
- Probabilistic coupling and nilpotent diffusions;
- Inside-out: Statistical methods for Computed Tomography validation:
- Dirichlet forms and Markov chain Monte Carlo.
With my then-research student Dr Giacomo Zanella, I worked on a project to apply statistical methods to contribute to debates in Anglo-Saxon history:
Four ways in which this information is accumulated on the web:
- ORCID page: orcid.org/0000-0001-9799-3480;
- Google Scholar page: scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=0IJZ3EkAAAAJ (includes citation statistics gleaned from Google searches);
- Preprints on arXiv: arxiv.org/a/kendall_w_1 (I now place my major research outputs on arXiv, on or before the date of submission to a journal).
- linked by topic,
- including (some) illustrative pictures.
Seminars and reading groups at Warwick Statistics
Back in 1988 I founded the Midlands Probability Theory Seminars. The Probability at Warwick initiative P@W now collects together this and a number of other activities related to the probability research community. See also the main Statistics (CRiSM) Seminars.