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Sophia Wright

I am a final year student on the OxWaSP Centre for Doctoral Training programme, a joint statistics programme run between the University of Warwick and the University of Oxford. I currently work under the supervision of Prof. Jim Smith.

My current research focuses on the robustness in Bayesian Networks and the uncertainty associated with eliciting expert judgements. I am interested in the interface between statistics and industrial applications, and my work is currently on the field of Food Security.


Eliciting Probabilistic Judgements for Integrating Decision Support Systems. Barons, M. J., Wright, S. K. & Smith, J. Q. in Elicitation: The science and art of structuring judgement, Dias LC, Morton A, Quigley J (eds), Springer, New York, 2018 (Chapter 17)

Selected Talks

June 2016: Presentation of a poster titled 'Eliciting Probabilistic Judgements for Integrating Decisions Support Systems' at ISBA 2016 in Sardinia, Italy.

May 2016: Presentation of a poster titled 'Robustness of Bayesian Networks' and contributed a spotlight presentation at Amazon Research Centre, Berlin as part of the OxWaSP CTD research-network activities.

April 2016: Contributed an Early Career Researchers talk at the COST Food Safety and Food Security Workshop in Dubrovnik, Croatia.


Autumn 2016: ST116 Tutorial - Mathematical Techniques

Spring 2016: ST115 Tutorial - Introduction to Probability

Autumn 2015: ST220 Tutorial - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics


  • January 2016 - March 2016: Attended Woodlands Acadmey School, Coventry to help in Mathematics lessons for pupils aged 11-16 and GCSE re-sit classes for older students. Awarded a Warwick Volunteers Award.
  • Organised and Hosted the Warwick Statisitcs YRM (Young Researchers' Meeting), 2016–17
  • 2nd September 2016: Organised and hosted the Fourth Subjective Bayesian Meeting including securing external funding
  • Awarded COST Action IS1304:Expert Judgment Network, Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) funding to enable a three-week collaborative visit to work with Dr. Tina Nane, TU Delft (Netherlands). Looked at eliciting Baysian Network structure from experts using citation data.


Contact Details

Department of Statistics
University of Warwick, Coventry