Compass Research Areas

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The core of Compass is the Institute for Statistical Science in the School of Mathematics, integrated with internal partners from across the University and external partners from industry and government.

Our team of PhD supervisors (listed below) incorporates world-leading statisticians and data scientists, and experts from the Faculties of Health Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences and Law and Life Sciences.


Our PhD students research topics ranging from statistical theory and methods to collaborations with experimental scientists and businesses.

Bayesian Modelling and Computation

Christophe Andrieu | Mark Beaumont | William Browne | Matteo FasioloPeter Green | Mathieu Gerber | Daniel Lawson | Anthony Lee | Vladislav TadicMax Werner | Nick WhiteleyFeng Yu | Dennis Prangle | Robert Allison | Sam Power | Juliette Unwin

Bioinformatics and Genetics

Christopher Andrieu | Daniel Lawson | Patrick Rubin-Delanchy


Daniel Lawson | Patrick Rubin-Delanchy | Sidharth Jaggi | Ayalvadi Ganesh

High-Dimensional and Highly-Structured Data

Haeran Cho | Peter Green | Oliver Johnson | Rihuan Ke | Daniel Lawson | Anthony Lee | Henry ReevePatrick Rubin-Delanchy | Feng Yu | Sidharth Jaggi

High Performance Computing 

Anthony Lee Nick Whiteley | Robert Allison


Andrew Dowsey | Peter Green | Rihuan Ke 

Information Theory 

Oliver Johnson | Sidharth Jaggi

Longitudinal Data

Matteo Fasiolo | Katarzyna Reluga

Machine Learning and AI

Rihuan KeSong Liu | Henry ReevePatrick Rubin-DelanchyNick Whiteley | Max Werner | Laurence Aitchison | Emmanouil Tranos | Robert Allison | Katarzyna Reluga

Medical Sciences and Causality 

Andrew Dowsey | Dan Lawson | Jonathan Sterne | Kate Tilling | Nicky Welton | Feng Yu | Juliette Unwin | Katarzyna Reluga

Multilevel Modelling

William Browne| Levi Wolf | Katarzyna Reluga

Multiscale Methods

Haeran Cho


Haeran Cho | Sidharth Jaggi | Ayalvadi Ganesh | Emmanouil Tranos

Spatial Statistics

Matteo FasioloLevi Wolf | Max Werner | Emmanouil Tranos

Stochastic Models for Life Sciences

Juliette Unwin

Times Series

Haeran Cho Matteo Fasiolo | Song Liu | Vlad Tadic | Feng Yu

Uncertainty Assessment and Risk

Jeremy C Phillips | Max Werner

The Data Science behind COVID Modelling The Data Science behind COVID Modelling

Watch the video where Dr Daniel Lawson (Compass CDT Co-Director) talks about the Data Science behind Bristol's COVID Modelling.  

Faculty of Science excels in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Bristol’s Faculty of Science has been shown to lead the UK in the most recent national research assessment exercise, REF2021 across its five Units of Assessment (UOAs) according to the Times Higher Education analysis. Read more here

Students talking to tutor about research opportunities

'Earth Sciences is a very data-intensive research field and with lots of opportunities for researchers with depth and breadth in computational and statistical methods for make big leaps in our understanding of fundamental problems.' Dr Maximilian Werner, School of Earth Science, University of Bristol


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