I joined the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1990 and I'm still here. (It's a great place to be.) I am a Professor of Mathematics in the Mathematics Department and currently Head of Department. I've been an Academic Governor, a member of LSE's Council, and a member of committees and working groups too exciting and numerous to mention (or perhaps even remember).

I am originally from Paisley, in the west of Scotland, near Glasgow. Growing up in Paisley, I studied at Castlehead High School, then the University of Glasgow, graduating with a BSc in Mathematics in 1988. I completed a PhD in Mathematics
in 1991, having studied at Royal Holloway College and LSE. I also have an MA in Higher and Professional Education (2002) from the Institute of Education, University of London and I was a member of the first cohort on LSE's Leadership Development Programme (2012-14).

My research interests are primarily focused on how we can use mathematics to say provable things about machine learning and I am also increasingly interested in problems related to the theory of Boolean and pseudo-Boolean functions. 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 of how mathematics can help with machine learning, 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.)
I won the inaugural 2014 LSE Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award for Sharing Expertise and Knowledge and I was a recipient in 2016 and 2017 of LSE Education Excellence Awards. I'm interested in transnational education: I've been very involved with the University of London's International Programmes directed by LSE and I co-direct the partnership between LSE and the Kazakh-British Technical University that has established the ISE (International School of Economics) in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

I live with Colleen and our son Alistair in the cheaper end of leafy Twickenham. I am an award-winning vegetarian chef and a former governor of the local Trafalgar Junior School.

Surprisingly, I have recently been listed as one of the 1000 most influential people in London. It just goes to show you can't believe what you read in the newspapers. 

Here is a brief CV.

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