Leadership Team

Nigel Davies

Nigel Davies is a Professor of Computer Science and Co-Director of DSI@Lancaster. He has held visiting positions at Sony Electronics, Google Research, ETH Zurich and CMU. His work is in the area of pervasive computing including systems support for new forms of data capture and interaction and is characterized by an experimental approach involving large-scale deployments of novel systems with end-users. He has chaired many of the major conferences in the field and is a former editor of IEEE Pervasive Computing and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. He has been PI or CI on over £4.7 million worth of grants.

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Idris Eckley

Idris Eckley is a Professor of Statistics and Co-Director of DSI@Lancaster. His research focuses on the development of novel statistical methods for time series and changepoint problems. Typically this research is motivated by, and feeds back into, applied challenges arising from long-standing industrial collaborations. Current sponsoring partners include BT, Shell, DSTL and EPSRC. At Lancaster Idris is also Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistics and Operational Research in partnership with Industry (STOR-i) and leads the non-stationary time series and changepoint analysis research group.

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Gordon Blair

Gordon Blair is Distinguished Professor of Distributed Systems and Environment Theme Leader of DSI@Lancaster. His research focuses on middleware architectures that underpin complex distributed systems, and also on how contemporary distributed systems technologies (including an integration of cloud computing and the Internet of Things) can support environmental scientists in tackling global problems such as climate change. He is Director of the RCUK-funded HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training, looking at digital innovation and its impact on society, and is co-editor in chief of Springer's Journal of Internet Services and Applications.

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Jo Knight

Jo Knight is a Reader within the CHICAS research group in Lancaster Medical School and is theme lead for Health. Dr. Jo Knight undertook her PhD at Queen Mary University of London and two fellowships at Kings College London. She moved to Canada in 2012 to start a Statistical Genetics group at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She is involved in the psychiatric genomics consortium and many other international collaborations. She has experience in developing new methods for analyzing genetic data as well as experience in applying known techniques to a large variety of datasets. She has published in journals including Nature and Nature Genetics and has funding from organizations including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).

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David Leslie

David Leslie is Professor of Statistical Learning and theme lead for Foundations in DSI@Lancaster.  His research focuses on development and implementation on online learning, decision-making and game theory.  His research on Thompson sampling is used by many of the world's largest companies to balance exploration and exploitation in real time website optimisation.  He was co-director of the cross-disciplinary decision-making research group at the University of Bristol, and a partner in the ALADDIN project, a large strategic partnership between BAE Systems and EPSRC, and involving researchers from Imperial College, Southampton, Oxford, Bristol and BAE Systems.

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Adrian MacKenzie

Adrian MacKenzie is Professor of Technological Cultures in Sociology, Lancaster. His research concerns the challenges and promises of data science for contemporary knowledge economies, for governance and accountability. His work also focuses on the methodological challenges of data science for social sciences and humanities. His work has been funded by ESRC and Intel Research. Adrian has undergraduate degrees in physics and philosophy and has worked as a software developer in industry and university. He co-edits Big Data and Society and co-directs the Centre for Science Studies at Lancaster.

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Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards is a Postgraduate Studies Associate Dean, and the Education theme lead of DSI@Lancaster. For three years he has been working on improving postgraduate taught education in science and technology at Lancaster, a significant part of which has been to lead the development of the MSc in Data Science, which first recruited in October 2014. The multidisciplinary programme is run jointly by the departments of Computing and Communications and Mathematics and Statistics, with input for specialisms from the Lancaster Environment Centre, the Lancaster Management School, and the Faculty of Health and Medicine. He is also a Senior Lecturer within the School of Computing and Communications, where he researches in the field of Computing Networking and Mobile Communications.

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