BSc Financial Mathematics, PhD Statistics
Current job title:
Assistant Professor in Statistics
I am an Assistant Professor of Statistics at the School of Mathematics & Statistics at UCD. My research combines mathematics, engineering, and statistics to create physics-informed data-driven models. Among other applications, I use these models to quantify financial risk; determine a person's genetic response to an infection or disease; quantify Cerebral Palsy severity in children; examine the relationship between air quality and respiratory conditions. I am the industrial liaison for the school. In my role, I collaborate with a number of industrial partners (ESB, Met Eireann, Davy, Bank of Ireland, Dell, Bord Gais, and Irish Rail) in order to predict outcomes, optimize processes, and reduce costs. Some of the projects I have worked on include forecasting short-term wind power, modeling supply chains, and forecasting service part demand.
I direct the functional data analysis group with five PhD students and two MSc students. I am responsible for Data and Dynamics at the UCD Centre for Mechanics. This centre champions data-driven science and engineering. I am also a funded investigator in the Next Generation Energy Systems (NexSys) and the VistaMilk SFI Research Centre. In addition, I am a supervisor at the SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science and the SFI Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Science.
I started my career as an undergraduate in Financial Mathematics at the University of Limerick (UL). It was a research project with Dr. Kevin Hayes in my final year that inspired me to pursue a PhD in Statistics. UL's Kemmy Business School hired me as a Lecturer in Finance in 2011. In 2013, I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in Biostatistics at the University of Rochester, New York, USA. I then received the prestigious Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute distinguished postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University, Canada, in 2015. In 2017, I joined the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UCD.