Economics and Political Science
in 1990. I am
a Professor of Mathematics in
Department, an academic governor (a member of LSE's governing
Council) and a former head of department.
I am originally from Paisley,
in the west of Scotland, near Glasgow. Growing up in Paisley, I
studied at the local
then graduated from the University
of Glasgow with a BSc in Mathematics in 1988. I completed a PhD
having studied at Royal
Holloway College and LSE. I also have an MA in Higher and
Education from the Institute of
University of London.
My research interests are focused on how we can use mathematics to say
provable things about machine learning. I won't bore you here
with the details: see my publications page for hours of enjoyment. If
you would like a non-technical overview, see this short video
or read this expository article.
I've taught a wide variety of courses at LSE (see my teaching page for
current courses) and have also been very involved with the University
of London's International
Programmes directed by LSE.
I live with my wife Colleen
and our son Alistair
in the cheaper end of leafy Twickenham,
a place I like very much. I enjoy vegetarian cookery, cycling,
to music and reading fiction.