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Professor Giovanni Montana

I am a data scientist and machine learning researcher. I am currently Professor of Data Science at the University of Warwick where I have a joint appointment with the Department of Statistics and Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). From 2013 to 2017, I was Professor of Bioinformatics & Biostatistics in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at King’s College London. Prior to that, starting in 2005, I led a statistical learning group in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London where I was Associate Professor (Reader). In 2002, after earning a PhD in Computational Statistics from the Department of Statistics in Warwick, I spent some time in the USA working on statistical models for genetic and genomics data, first as post-doctoral researcher at the University of Chicago and then as data scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton. Since 2016, I’ve been a Chartered Statistician and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. I am currently a UKRI Turing AI Acceleration Fellow (2021-25).


I am interested in developing statistical and machine learning methods to make sense of real-world data, especially in the biomedical domain. More recently, I’ve been focusing on reinforcement learning approaches to deliver autonomous systems capable of sequential decision-making. My research work has been supported by the EPSRC, Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, Medical Research Council, Innovate UK, amongst other funders including private companies.

Below are selected publications representative of research areas I have an interest in. For a complete and up-to-date list see Google Scholar.

Selected media coverage