Ruth King is the Thomas Bayes' Chair of Statistics at the University of Edinburgh. She was awarded her PhD in 2001 from the University of Bristol, supervised by Steve Brooks. She then held positions at the Universities of Cambridge (PDRA; 2001-3) and St Andrews (EPSRC post-doctoral fellow in Mathematics 2003-5; lecturer 2003-10; reader 2010-15) before taking up her current appointment at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. Ruth was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2017; and to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2018.
Ruth’s research lies in the development of statistical methodology and their applications, primarily within the fields of ecology and epidemiology. A significant part of her research has involved dealing with intractable likelihoods, and the associated tools to fitting such models using a variety of different approaches, including Bayesian approaches, approximate likelihoods, imputation approaches and numerical integration. State-space models and hidden (semi-)Markov models have proven to be a very powerful tool in modelling a vast range of different systems, separating the true underlying system from the associated observation process are of particular interest, including the associated model-fitting tools. Further interest lies in integrating different forms of data within a single robust analysis; dealing with missing data and incorporating different forms of heterogeneity within a variety of application areas.