Dr Dan Cornford

Dr Dan Cornford

Reader in Computer Science

Phone number: 0121 204 3451 
Email: d.cornford@aston.ac.uk  
Room number: MB318B
Personal website: http://wiki.aston.ac.uk/DanCornford 


I am a Reader in Computer Science at Aston University, having been appointed in 1999 after undertaking a postdoc in the Neural Computing Research Group exploring the application of neural network methods to remote sensing problems. Prior to that I completed a PhD at Birmingham University on the application of spatial statistics to road weather climate modelling.

  • 1993 – 1996  PhD, School of Geography, University of Birmingham, Birmingham (The Development and Application of Techniques for Mapping Daily Minimum Air Temperatures, November 1996)
  • 1991 – 1992  MSc Applied Meteorology and Climatology, School of Geography, University of Birmingham
  • 1988 – 1991  BSc Joint Honours Mathematics and Meteorology, Reading University
  • 1987 – 1988  ‘A’ levels:  Maths; Chemistry; Geography, Bideford College, Bideford, Devon


  • 2010 – Reader in Computer Science, Aston University
  • 2006 – 2010 Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Aston University
  • 1999 – 2006  Lecturer in Computer Science, Aston University
  • 1996 – 1999  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Neural Computing Research Group, Aston University


 At present I teach an MSc module on Sensing Informatics. I also supervise a number of final year individual projects. I am also the final year tutor to Combined Honours Computer Science students. 

 My particular research interests focus on data assimilation in a Bayesian context (from optimal interpolation to particle filters and variational methods), the links between models and observation (via their combined relation to reality) and the different analysis paradigms, observation models, geostatistics, nowcasting, representation of spatial data / models (web based including GML), object oriented approaches to modelling large complex systems and visualisation. I supervise PhD students and run several research projects, including industrial collaborations. 

  • UncertWeb: The uncertainty enabled model web (Coordinator)
  • VISDEM: Variational Inference in Stochastic Dynamic Environmental Models (PI)
  • MUCM: Managing Uncertainty in Complex Models (CI)
  • INTAMAP: Interoperability and Automatic Mapping (CI)
  • Intelligent OO design in KeyLines (PI)  


I currently supervise 4 PhD students, Alexis Boukouvalas, Micheal Vrettas, Matt Williams and Richard Jones. 
I have supervised 5 who have graduated: David Evans, Anthony Jones, Ben Ingram, Remi Barillec, Martin Schroeder.
I am always interested in supervising new students in my research areas

 Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society