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Prof Valerie Isham
1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 6BT
Tel: 020 7679 1868
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  • Emeritus Professor of Probability and Statistics
  • Dept of Statistical Science
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Valerie Isham has a PhD in Statistics from the University of London (Imperial College) for a thesis on multidimensional point processes. She joined UCL in 1978 and has been a professor since 1992. She was previously Head of Department from 1996-2002 and again from 2010-2011. She served as  President of the Royal Statistical Society in 2011 and 2012.She currently chairs the Biometrioka Trust and the Scientitific Steering Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK.

Research Summary

Applied probability: broadly, the development and application of stochastic models; in particular, spatial/spatio-temporal processes and point processes including
i) the generic development of models for point processes and determination of their properties;
ii) development of models for spatial and spatio-temporal processes arising in the physical sciences, and especially in hydrology (eg soil moisture and precipitation);
iii) models for applications in the life and medical sciences, focussing particularly on population processes, epidemics and the transmission dynamics of infection and information on networks.

Academic Background
1974   Doctor of Philosophy Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1974   Diploma of the Imperial College Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1968   Bachelor of Science (Honours) Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
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