Uncategorised / Thursday, 17 January, 2019

New leaders to grow LIDA success

Four key appointments will build on the success of the Leeds Institute of Data Analytics.

In autumn 2018 LIDA has established four new deputy director roles to support the development of the Institute’s Research & Innovation, Education & Training and Research Technology portfolios. Appointments to these new roles took effect from 1 September 2018;

LIDA Deputy Director {Research & Innovation}

Professor Mark Gilthorpe, Professor of Statistical Epidemiology, School of Medicine

Mark Gilthorpe is Professor of Statistical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Trained as a mathematical physicist, Mark’s driving interest centres on improving our understanding of the observable world through modelling. After his PhD, he spent time as a consultant data analyst before being recruited into academia. Mark has since fashioned a programme of interdisciplinary research that spans the gap between theoretical and applied data analytics, focussing particularly on modelling complexity and highlighting and solving common analytical problems. Mark is a recognised expert in latent variable modelling and the analysis of observational and longitudinal data. More recently, his research and teaching interests have converged around the insights and utility of so-called ‘causal inference’ methods, and how these might be integrated with machine learning and AI. As Deputy Director for Research and Innovation, Mark is especially keen on further developing and promoting the unique collaborative and cross-disciplinary opportunities provided by LIDA.

LIDA Deputy Directors {Education & Training}

Dr Luke Burns, Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography, School of Geography

Luke Burns is a Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds.  Having worked in both industry and academia, Luke has developed expertise in several areas of quantitative spatial analysis including the advanced application of geographical information systems (GIS) and development of geodemographic classifications and composite indicators.  Luke leads an innovative online Masters programme in GIS and teaches on a broad selection of analytical courses comprising undergraduate, taught postgraduate, open distance learning and continuing professional development.  He also holds a visiting lectureship at the University of Strathclyde. Luke is a member of the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has undertaken considerable work on the importance of embedding quantitative and data skills into university curricula. Luke has been recognised by the Association for Geographic Information and Times Higher Education for contributions to student education.

Dr George Ellison, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Medicine

George Ellison is Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Leeds Medical School. His research spans the biological and social sciences, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary work exploring bias and error within scientific method and practice. Throughout his academic career, George has been involved in the design, delivery and quality assurance of award-bearing courses and skills-based training. This has included a range of roles at Departmental, Faculty- and University-level, including as Graduate School and Enterprise Office Director. In his new role within LIDA, he is keen to explore the many opportunities available across the University of Leeds to generate both: innovative data analytics courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level; and bespoke CPD training developed in collaboration with public, private and voluntary sector partners.

LIDA Deputy Director {Research Technology}

Professor Roy Ruddle, Professor of Computing, School of Computing

Roy Ruddle is a Professor of Computing at the University of Leeds and has worked in both academia and industry. He researches visualization, visual analytics and human-computer interaction in spaces that range from virtual reality and the real world to high-dimensional data. Currently, he is PI on the EPSRC QuantiCode ‘making sense of data’ project and CoI on the NIHR QualDash project which is developing dashboards for National Clinical Audit data. He helped to develop the Leeds Virtual Microscope for the visualization of tera-pixel image collections, leading to its use for pathology training in NHS hospitals and commercialisation by Roche. His petrophysics research led to the spin-off company Petriva and his current collaborators include NHS Digital, Leeds City Council, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and J Sainsbury Plc.