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Dr Francois-Xavier Briol
Office 144
Department of Statistical Science
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Lecturer in Statistical Science
  • Dept of Statistical Science
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Dr Briol is a Lecturer in Statistical Science at UCL, and a group leader in Data-Centric Engineering at The Alan Turing Institute, where he leads a project called Fundamentals of Statistical Machine Learning. Full details can be found on his personal webpage

Prior to joining UCL, Dr Briol did his undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Warwick. His PhD was part of the joint centre for doctoral training between the departments of Statistics at Warwick and Oxford. Dr Briol then spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher, first in the department of Mathematics at Imperial College London, then in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

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Dr Briol's research focuses on building statistical and machine learning methods which enable the use of large-scale models in the physical, environmental and engineering sciences. He focuses on both foundational and computational problems. On the foundational side, Dr Briol is developing methods to merge large-scale models with data, focusing on robustness to model misspecification. On the computational side, his work focuess on algorithms which can make use of the structure of these complex models to vastly reduce the associated computational challenges. 

Teaching Summary
Dr Briol is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He teaches primarily at MSc level at UCL, where he is in charge of the module STAT0032 Introduction to Statistical Data Science. Additionally, he supervises a number of research projects at BSc, MSc and PhD level.
01-DEC-2019 Group Leader in Data-Centric Engineering Data-Centric Engineering Programme The Alan Turing Institute, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2019 Lecturer in Statistical Science Statistical Science University College London, United Kingdom
01-MAR-2019 – 31-JUL-2019 Research Associate Department of Engineering University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
01-JUL-2018 – 01-MAR-2019 Research Assistant Department of Mathematics Imperial College London, United Kingdom
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