Professor of Mathematics, University of Salford

I am a Professor of Mathematics in Salford Business School, Associate Director of the Centre for Sports Business, Chair of the Research, Enterprise and Engagement Ethics Approval Panel, and Member of the School Ethics Committee. I deliver lectures and tutorials for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and have experience as visiting professor, external examiner, reviewer, editor, referee, research committee member, academic investigator, research convener, doctoral supervisor, programme leader, module leader, internal examiner, industrial placements tutor and admissions tutor.

My research involves applications of mathematics in sport, reliability and healthcare. Original contributions include hybrid intensity models, generic handicapping systems, randomness tests, roulette bets and an optimal dartboard, with developments in multivariate analysis, stochastic processes and Bayesian inference. Impact includes improvements to arterial disease diagnosis, dengue disease mapping, national lottery regulation, preventive maintenance scheduling, Alpine skiing analysis, vehicle inspection centres, trauma hospital performance and badminton scoring systems.

I hold honorary positions for the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications as Chair of the Mathematics Today Editorial Board, Chair of the Conferences Committee, a Member of the Finance Committee and a Member of the North West Branch Committee, having previously served as a Member of Council and Chair of the NWB Committee. I am also a Member of the Mathematical Methods in Reliability Joint Research Group and previously served as Chair of the General Applications Section of the Royal Statistical Society.

Project collaborators include the National Health Service, Trauma Audit and Research Network, National Lottery Commission, Detectronic, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, International Paralympic Committee, Magnetic Resonance and Image Analysis Research Centre, Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering, Malaysian Ministry of Transport, Malaysian Ministry of Health, Winmau, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, and various academics, surgeons and solicitors.

I have organised research conferences, hosted visits and workshops, presented academic seminars and public lectures, published 75 refereed articles, received 27 grants, supervised 2 postdoctoral researchers and graduated 13 research students. I would be interested in supervising self-funding PhD students for mathematical modelling and statistical analysis in sport, if they have original ideas or access to novel data sets.


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    Professor of Mathematics, University of Salford