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Dr Jonathan Gillard

Dr Jonathan Gillard

Reader in Statistics
Director of Admissions

School of Mathematics

Email
gillardjw@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0619
Campuses
2.03, Abacws, Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4AG
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am a Reader in Statistics but I also work at the interface of optimization, linear algebra and operational research. My research is intrardisciplinary, straddling several separate disciplines within mathematics. I work on large-scale data-driven and computationally-intensive topics, and on industrial problems with societal impact, having collaborations with the NHS, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, Airbus and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). My main current research topic is in matrix optimization problems and their statistical application.

I am Head of the Statistics Research Group at the School of Mathematics, management board member of the Data Innovation Research Institute and am delighted to be Deputy Chair of Cardiff University's strategic partnership with the Office for National Statistics.

I am always interested to hear from interested PhD candidates. I currently have students working in big data, global optimization and learner analytics. I am interested in supervising students in any of my research areas.

I am Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions at the School of Mathematics. For information on our diverse portfolio of courses, please see here.

Biography

Professional memberships

  • Member of the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics
  • Member of the International Society for Global Optimization
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Publications

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2008

  • Wilson, R. and Gillard, J. W. 2008. Some problems associated with running a Maths Support Service. Presented at: CETL-MSOR Conference 2008, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK, 8-9 September 2008 Presented at Green, D. ed.CETL-MSOR Conference 2008 Conference Proceedings. Birmingham: The Maths, Stats & OR Network pp. 94-99.

2007

Teaching

I am delighted to be a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am presently a module leader for MA1501 Statistical Inference, and have published a textbook with Springer entitled "A First Course in Statistical Inference".

Research interests

  • Matrix low-rank approximation and its interface in statistical methodologies such as time series analysis
  • Development of novel statistical techniques for applied and interdisciplinary research
  • Innovative teaching methods and the analysis of survey data generated from student evaluations

Research group

Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • low-rank matrix optimization problems and their applications
  • time series analysis
  • statistical methodology for industrial application
  • learner analytics

Current supervision

Emily O'Riordan

Research student

Meg Scammell

Research student

Past projects

Some examples of previous projects include:

  • Julie Vile (2013): Time-Dependent Stochastic Modelling for Predicting Demand and Scheduling of Emergency Medical Services.
  • Gareth Davies (2018): Examination of Approaches to Calibration in Survey Sampling.
  • Henry Wilde (2021): New Methods for Algorithm Evaluation and Cluster Initialisation with applications to Healthcare