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Dr Dan Cornford

Dr Dan Cornford

Reader in Computer Science

Phone number
+44 (0)121 204 3451 

Email
d.cornford@aston.ac.uk 

Web
http://wiki.aston.ac.uk/DanCornford 

Room number
MB318B

Profile
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.

Qualifications & Education  

  • 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

Employment  

  • 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

Teaching activity
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. 

Research interests

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. 

Recent projects

  • 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)  

PhD Supervision

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. 

Membership of Professional Bodies
Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society 

Selected publications  

Shen, Y., Archambeau, C., Cornford, D., Opper, M., Shawe-Taylor, J. and Barillec, R. 2008. A comparison of variational and Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods for inference in partially observed stochastic dynamic systems, Journal of Signal Processing Systems

Schroeder, M., Cornford, D., Farrimond, P. and Cornford, C., 2008. Addressing missing data in geochemistry: A non-linear approach, Organic Geochemistry, 39, 879-886.

Ingram, B. R., Cornford, D. and Evans, D. J. 2008. Fast algorithms for automatic mapping with space-limited covariance functions. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 22, 661-670.

Cornford, D., Csato, L., Evans, D. J. and Opper, M. 2004. Bayesian analysis of the scatterometer wind retrieval inverse problem: some new approaches, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society - B, 66, 609-626.

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