Fellow Short Talks – Professor David Pym, Professor Francois Caron and Professor Peter Boyle

Date: 22 November 2016

Time: 11:00am – 12.30pm

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Professor David Pym (UCL)
David Pym is Professor of Information, Logic, and Security at UCL. He holds a PhD in logic and theoretical computer science from Edinburgh, and an MA and an ScD in mathematics from Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the IMA and the BCS. David spent many years with Hewlett-Packard’s Research Laboratories, where he developed interests in systems, security, and economics.

David will work on a range of topics in security and privacy in distributed information-processing systems. He is interested in questions about access control in distributed systens, security and privacy policy, and the economics of security management. He is also interested in understanding basic questions in distributed systems architecture and behaviour, such as consistency and the relationship between systems management policies and systems architecture.

David addresses these issues using ideas and techniques from logic, Theoretical computer science, probability theory, and economics. He aims to build both conceptual and implemented tools to support decision-making in systems and policy design.

Professor David Pym’s website: http://www0.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/D.Pym/

Professor Francois Caron (Oxford)
Since September 2015, Professor Francois Caron has been an Associate Professor in the department of Statistics and a tutorial Fellow at Keble College, University of Oxford. From September 2013 to August 2015, he was a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the department of Statistics at the University of Oxford. From 2008 to 2013, he was a Research Scientist (Chargé de Recherche) at INRIA Bordeaux. He completed his Ph.D. in Information Engineering at the University of Lille I in 2006, and spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the departments of Computer Science and Statistics at the University of British Columbia (2006-2008).

François Caron’s research interests lie in the development of statistical models and computational procedures for the analysis of structured data, with particular interest in Bayesian nonparametrics and Monte Carlo methods. His recent research focuses on building probabilistic models of network data which can capture the salient properties of real-world networks (sparsity, modularity), as well as efficient algorithms for learning the hidden structure of those networks.

Professor Peter Boyle (Edinburgh)
Low energy Quantum Chromodynamics using computer  simulation, and particularly matrix elements of hadrons that are required to constrain fundamental parameters of the standard model and search for physics beyond the standard model. I believe my publications represent the best constraints on Vus and BK which enter the famous unitarity triangle.

Subtopics: Kaon matrix elements – BK, Kl3 , K->pi pi. Non-perturbative renormalisation of Lattice operators. Chiral lagrangian. Hadron spectrum and decay constants. Electromagnetic effects.

Peter is a member of the RBC-UKQCD collaboration, and collaborates with Columbia University, Southampton, Brookhaven National Laboratory, RIKEN Brookhaven Research Center, University of Virginia and University of Connecticut.

Professor Peter Boyle’s website: http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~paboyle/