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Past CATS Members and Associates

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Daniel-HawalleckDaniel Hawellek (Bruynooghe) has studied economics, mathematics and statistics in Hamburg, Cambridge and at LSE. His research interests are local moments, cumulants and dependency structures. Thesis title: Differential cumulants, hierarchical models and monomial ideals.  

Noha_YoussefNoha Youssef is a Research Officer in CATS working on the Research Councils UK funded project MUCM| (Managing Uncertainty in Complex Models) with Professor Henry Wynn. Her PhD at LSE is on optimal design for computer experiments. She obtained her MSc from Cairo University on handling incomplete data for longitudinal studies.  

Howell_TongProfessor Howell Tong is Emeritus Professor of Statistics at LSE. He was the founding member of CATS in 2000. 

Qiwei_YaoProfessor Qiwei Yao is Professor of Statistics at LSE with research interests including: time series analysis; non-parametric regression; Dimension reduction and factor modelling; Spatio-temporal modelling; Financial econometrics.

HugoPhoto_PrimroseHill_100x130Dr Hugo Maruri Aguilar is now lecturing in the Statistics Department at Queen Mary, University of London. He was a Research Officer on the CATS EPSRC funded project, MUCM| from 2006 to 2009, working with Henry Wynn.

Dr Mary Altalo
was a Visiting Research Fellow to CATS from 2004 to 2006 and also Programme Director of the LSE CATS and IOC/BPOS programme|. She was Vice-Chair of the Board of the Intergovernmental Panel of the Global Ocean Observing System.

Anna_AndrianovaAnna Andrianova, completed her PhD at CATS, thesis title: 'Incorporating weather forecasts into the energy markets'. Anna now works as a Coal and freight Options trader for RWE, an energy company that owns Npower and is the biggest Utillity company in Germany. RWE trades Gas, Power, Coal, Freight, Oil and CO2. It trades physical assets and also paper markets. They also optimise the run of power stations and invest in pipe lines and infrastructure around the world.

Anthony AtkinsonProfessor Anthony Atkinson is Emeritus Professor of the Department of Statistics at LSE. A member of the Statistics Department since 1989, he was a Visiting Professor to CATS from 2004 to 2006. Although his main research interests are experimental design, clinical trials and robust data analysis using the Forward Search, he has an interest in the analysis of times series using the Kalman filter.

Dr Ron Bates was a senior Research Fellow in the Department of Statistics and CATS from 2003 to 2008, working with Henry Wynn on a number of European and EPSRC funded projects. He has a BSc in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Robust design of complex systems. He is currently working at Rolls Royce. His main research interests are: Robust Design; Design of Experiments; Spatial modelling (emulators, response surface methods, neural networks, etc.); Numerical Optimisation; Multiphysics modelling; Multivariate Process Control; Process Economics; Product Development Risk. 

Neil Bathia completed his PhD in 2010, thesis title: 'Factor modelling for high dimensional time'. He is currently doing a postdoc with Professor Peter Hall in the Maths department at the University of Melbourne and is working on problems in high dimensional data analysis and model selection.

Roman Binter is finishing his PhD thesis and began working with Penson GHCO at the beginning of May 2010. 

LiamPhoto_100x131Dr Liam Clarke is a Technical Specialist in the Prudential Regulatory Authority. He was a research officer at CATS from 2003 to 2008, working on the EPSRC funded project REMIND| and then then the NERC funded project NAPSTER|.

Joe daronJoseph Daron completed his PhD at CATS sponsored by Lloyd's of London in October 2011. He is now a post-doc at the Climate Systems Analysis Group| at the University of Cape Town| as part of a team engaged in the development of climate services establishing relationships between scientists and decision makers across Africa.

Max FehrDr Max Fehr was a Research Assistant on the Munich Re program 'Enabling Carbon Markets: efficient carbon trading systems and finance'. He now works in the private sector in London.

clip_image002_100x140Dr Neil Gordon, General Manager, Science Research and Development, at Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited, was a Senior Visiting Fellow to CATS. He joined MetService in 1968, and has been a senior manager since 1988. He played a key role in its transition from a government department to a government-owned commercial company in 1992. From then until 2005, as General Manager National Weather Services, he was responsible for the delivery of public good services under a commercial contract with the New Zealand government. He currently runs the MetService Advanced Technology division which incorporates training, the Automated Meteorological Prediction Systems group, and development and support of the Weatherscape television weather graphics system. Neil has been involved in CAeM since 1983; he was vice President from 1990 to 1999, and President from 1999 to 2006. He has also been actively involved in PWS activities including expert teams and in-country training events, and co-authored a publication on performance assessment of public weather services.

Dr Jost Graf von Hardenberg has worked with CATS on applications of prediction research in the European theatre (precipitation) and print work with ECMWF. He is a researcher at the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, CNR, Turin, Italy.



Dr Devin Kilminster carried out joint research on CATS' NOAA and UCAR-funded projects on prediction and forecasting from 2003 to 2006, and was subsequently a Visiting Fellow from 2004 to 2006.

Frank_KwasniokDr Frank Kwasniok
was a Research Officer in CATS and subsequently a Visiting Fellow from 2004 to 2006. Previously he held research positions at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Bremerhaven, Germany), the University of Oldenburg (Germany), the Leibniz Institute for Atmospheric Physics (Kuehlungsborn, Germany) and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Hamburg, Germany). He joined the University of Exeter in March 2006 as a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics. He is a member of the Exeter Climate Systems Centre and the |Centre for Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics|.

christian_MerkwirthDr Christian Merkwirth is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department for Information Technology of the Jagiellonian University (UJ), Poland. He obtained the German doctorate degree in 2000 from the University of Goettingen, Germany. He is a physicist with strong experience in numerical methods and computer science. His teaching experience comprises various aspects of computer science, statistical /machine learning, applied data analysis, operating system principles as well as programming in C++. His key research areas are statistical learning/machine learning, time series forecasting and nonlinear dynamics.

Jeremy_PenzerJeremy Penzer started working at LSE in 1995 as a Research Assistant to Professor Atkinson. He took up a lectureship in 1997 and in 1998 became the Programme Director for the MSc in Statistics. During his time as an academic, his research interests were state space modelling and applied time series analysis. While at LSE, Jeremy taught and developed a large number of courses and, in his own words, "was privileged to teach and supervise a remarkably talented group of people". Jeremy left LSE in 2007 to pursue a career in financial services.

Edward Tredger undertook a PhD in CATS with thesis title 'What can Insurers learn from Climate Models?' He completed in 2009 and is currently working at DEFRA.

Roland_YoungRoland Young, who was a Research Officer at CATS in 2009, is now back in Oxford where he did his D.Phil., working as a postdoc in Peter Read's group. He has moved from studying the rotating annulus to studying the dynamics of giant planet atmospheres (specifically Jupiter and Saturn) using general circulation models.