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
School, then the University of
Glasgow, graduating with a BSc in Mathematics in 1988. I
completed a PhD in Mathematics in
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
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.