EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Cloud Computing for Big Data


Dr Murray Pollock

Director of Statistics


I am currently the Director of Statistics within the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University, holding additional responsibility as the Director for the CDT in Cloud Comput­ing and Big Data (run jointly with the School of Computing). I concurrently hold an appointment as a Turing Fellow based within the Alan Turing Institute at the British Library (the United Kingdom’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence), and as an Honorary Associate Professor based within the Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick. I am also a trustee and council member of the Royal Statistical Society, an Associate Editor of "Bayesian Analysis", and act as External for the University of Essex. My research is primarily in computational statistics and data science, and is broadly concerned with addressing practical constraints that arise in modern inferential application settings (for instance algorithmic scalability with data size, working under data privacy constraints, and methodological design in parallel and distributed computing environments).


My current research interests include cryptography, machine learning, Monte Carlo methodology, perfect simulation, risk modelling and stochastic differential equations.


For the 2020/21 academic year I am teaching MAS8951 Modern Bayesian Inference