Dr Julian Stander
Profiles

Dr Julian Stander

Associate Professor (Reader) in Mathematics and Statistics

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Qualifications

 I have:
 
an MA degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford (First Class Honours Moderations, First Class Honours Finals, Scholar of Hertford College)
 
a Diploma in Mathematical Statistics (with distinction and University prize) from the University of Cambridge (Darwin College)

a PhD from the University of Bath for a thesis entitled Some Topics in Statistical Image Analysis.

I have been at the University of Plymouth since October 1993.  Before coming to Plymouth, I held a Royal Society European Science Exchange Programme Fellowship at the Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo,CNR, Rome. I worked again at this institute for six months during 2000 supported by the European Union's research network on Statistical and Computational Methods for the Analysis of Spatial Data.

Professional membership

I was a Council member of the Royal Statistical Society for four years ending December 2015.

I am also the treasurer for COPS, the UK and Ireland Committee of Professors of Statistics.

I am Chair and Treasurer of the Royal Statistical Society South West Local Group.

I served for many years on the committees of the General Applications Section (Secretary and Chair). 

I was Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series D (The Statistician).

I was chairman of the Local Organising Committee for RSS 2002, which was held in Plymouth. 
I  have also organized other meetings.

In addition am a member of the Bernoulli Society, the British-Italian Society, the Venice in Peril and the British Flute Society.

Roles on external bodies

Chairman and Treasurer of the South West Local Group of the Royal Statistical Society.

[On-going]

Treasurer of the UK and Ireland Committee of Professors of Statistics.

[On-going]

Various refereeing duties.

[On-going]

I was a Council Member of the Royal Statistical Society for four years.

Associate Editor of The Statistician.

I was Secretary and Chair of the General Applications Section, Royal Statistical Society for many years.

Committee Member of the Statistical Image Analysis and Processing Study Group.

Member of the President Nominating Committee, Royal Statistical Society.

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for RSS 2002,  the international conference of the Royal Statistical Society

I was invited to be a member of the three person International Review of Research of the Department of Statistical Science, University of Bologna, Italy, 2003.

I have served as an External Examiner at a number of universities (Reading, Oxford, Bath, etc).

Teaching interests

I have led modules on degree programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate) offered by the School of Computing and Mathematics and across the University.  

This year I am teaching on STAT208 Quantitative Financial Modelling (Module Leader) and
MATH3502 Mathematics in Context (for which I have contributed six mini-projects) .

I am co-architect (with Dr Luciana Dalla Valle) of the forthcoming modules:

MATH1608PP Understanding Big Data from Social Networks

MATH3613 Data Modelling

MATH3620 Analytics Project

I am also co-architect (with Dr Luciana Dalla Valle) of the BSc (Hons) Data Modelling and Analytics.

I have served as Stage 1 tuttor for students studying on the Mathematics and Statistics degrees. 

I have supervised project students.

I have supervised PhD and MSc students. 
Application areas include medical image analysis, environmental monitoring and finance.

I have been active in establishing Socrates (Erasmus) links with the Universities of Bologna, Rome and Trieste, Italy.  We also have other Socrates links and other International Opportunities for students.

I have written a book of statistical exercises Statistica: Esercizi per le Scienze Applicate in Italian with Luisa Franconi and Sergio Pezzulli.

I have made a contribution to PASS Maths (Public Awareness and Schools Support for Mathematics).

I has developed a recent research interest in statistical pedagogy.  As part of this
I have recently published with others

Stander, J., Dalla Valle, L., Eales, J., Baldino, A. and Cortina Borja, M. (2016)

The EU referendum: extracting insights from Facebook using R.

Significance.

https://www.statslife.org.uk/politics/2889-what-information-can-we-extract-from-social-media-about-the-uk-s-eu-referendum

Published 19th May 2016, updated 20th June 2016.
Online ISSN: 
[Research and Public Awareness article]

Stander, J., Dalla Valle, L. and Cortina Borja, M. (2016)

How long can Pope Francis expect to live?

Significance, February 2016, Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 12-13.

First contribution to the new Statistically Speaking section                                                                                             

Available on line at https://www.statslife.org.uk/culture/2686-statistically-speaking-how-long-can-pope-francis-expect-to-live with some discussion.

Print ISSN: 1740-9705. Online ISSN: 1740-9713

This material was features in the BBC Radio Programme "More or Less" on 15th April 2016:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03qc7b7

(starting at the beginning) and on the Radio 4 version of this programme on 24th April 2016.

[Public Awareness and Teaching article]

Cortina Borja, M. and Stander, J. (2015)
How Frank Wilcoxon helped statisticians walk the non-parametric path.
Significance.
http://www.significancemagazine.com/2590-how-frank-wilcoxon-helped-statisticians-walk-the-non-parametric-path
Published 7th December 2015
Online ISSN: 1740-9713

[Public Awareness and Teaching article]

Stander, J. and Eales, J.
Using R for Teaching Financial Mathematics and Statistics.
MSOR Connections, Vol 11, No 1, 7-11, Spring Term 2011.
[Pedagogical Research Article]

Stander, J. and Moyeed, R.
Contribution to the Discussion on the paper by
Wild, C. J., Pfannkuch, M., Regan, M. and Horton, N. J. (2011) Towards
more accessible conceptions of statistical inference.  Journal
of the Royal Statistical Society, 174, 247–295, our contribution 274–275.
[Contribution to the Discussion of a read paper]

Hewson, P., Kalinauskaite, A., Stander, J. and Cai, Y.  (2010)
Barefoot statisticians. 
Significance, Volume 7, Issue 4, 182–184, December 2010.
[Public awareness article about Vice Chancellor's Community Research Scheme]

Eales, J. and Stander, J. (2009)
Using Minitab for teaching statistics in higher education.
MSOR Connections, Vol 9 No 3 August-October 2009, 39-41.
[Pedagogical Research Article]

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner for the MSc in Applied Statistics, University of Oxford, 2008-2011.

External Examiner for the Statistics Programmes, University of Reading, 2004-2008

 I have also served as External Examiner for the Statistics Programmes, University of Bath.

Various PhD examinations

Research interests

I was returned with four papers in the Research Excellence Framework and contributed to the successful Impact Case Study.

I was returned in every Research Assessment Exercise since coming to Plymouth University. 

My main  research interest is now in Bayesian dependence modelling.

I have a track record of research in areas include image analysis, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, spatial statistics, statistical disclosure limitation, quantile regression, extreme value theory and finance.  

I am also interested in statistical pedagogy.

I played a part in one of the Vice Chancellor's Community Research Scheme 2008.  This project answered
research questions for the Stoke Damerel Parish Management Committee.  It was led by Dr Paul Hewson.
Dr Yuzhi Cai was also a co-investigator.  The project employed Aiste Kalinauskaite as an R and CGI programmer.  An article about the project appeared in Signficance.

Other research

For many years I analysed the annual Plymouth and South West Co-operative Society Staff Questionnaire.  I provide help with data analysis across the University.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

I have supervised six successful PhD students.

I have supervised many Italian project students.

Grants & contracts

2001-2003. Grant of £32K from the EU's Fifth Framework Programme for the project IST-2000-25069 CASC on Computational Aspects of Statistical Confidentiality. The majority of this money was used to employ a postdoctoral worker for one year.

I have obtained a number of grants of travel and long visits. One such visit was over 6 months.

Research groups

  • Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
  • Statistics

Here are my main outputs from 2001. 

Stander, J., Dalla Valle, L. and Contina Borja, M. (2016)

Sentiments, surnames and so long EU.

Communicator Autumn 2016 - Special Supplement Science Communication.  Pages 19-23.

ISSN 0953-3699.

Cortina Borja, M., Stander, J. and Dalla Valle, L.

The EU referendum: surname diversity and voting patterns.

Significance, August 2016, Volume 13, Issue 4, pages 8-9.

Available online at https://www.statslife.org.uk/politics/2943-the-eu-referendum-surname-diversity-and-voting-patterns

Published 18th July 2016

Print ISSN: 1740-9705. Online ISSN: 1740-9713
[Research and Public Awareness article]

Stander, J., Dalla Valle, L., Eales, J., Baldino, A. and Cortina Borja, M. (2016)

The EU referendum: extracting insights from Facebook using R.

Significance.

https://www.statslife.org.uk/politics/2889-what-information-can-we-extract-from-social-media-about-the-uk-s-eu-referendum

Published 19th May 2016, updated 20th June 2016
Online ISSN:  1740-9713.
[Research and Public Awareness article]

Stander, J., Dalla Valle, L. and Cortina Borja, M. (2016)

How long can Pope Francis expect to live?

Significance, February 2016, Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 12-13.

First contribution to the new Statistically Speaking section.

Available on line at https://www.statslife.org.uk/culture/2686-statistically-speaking-how-long-can-pope-francis-expect-to-live with some discussion.

Print ISSN: 1740-9705. Online ISSN: 1740-9713

This material was features in the BBC Radio Programme "More or Less" on 15th April 2016:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03qc7b7

(starting at the beginning) and on the Radio 4 version of this programme on 24th April 2016.

[Public Awareness and Teaching article]

Cortina Borja, M. and Stander, J. (2015)
How Frank Wilcoxon helped statisticians walk the non-parametric path.
Significance.
http://www.significancemagazine.com/2590-how-frank-wilcoxon-helped-statisticians-walk-the-non-parametric-path
Published 7th December 2015
Online ISSN: 1740-9713

[Public Awareness and Teaching article]

Al-Saadony, M., Hewson, P. and Stander, J. (2013)
Cholesky decomposition for the Vasicek interest rate model.
International Journal of Statistics and Probability, Vol 2, 22-28.
[Article in Mainstream Statistics Journal]

Cai, Y., Stander, J. and Davies, N.  (2012)
A new Bayesian approach to quantile autoregressive time series model estimation and forecasting.
Journal of Time Series Analysis, Vol 33, 683-698.
[Article in Mainstream Statistics Journal]

Stander, J. and Eales, J.
Using R for Teaching Financial Mathematics and Statistics.
MSOR Connections, Vol 11, No 1, 7-11, Spring Term 2011.
[Pedagogical Research Article]

Stander, J. and Moyeed, R.
Contribution to the Discussion on the paper by
Wild, C. J., Pfannkuch, M., Regan, M. and Horton, N. J. (2011) Towards
more accessible conceptions of statistical inference.  Journal
of the Royal Statistical Society, 174, 247–295, our contribution 274–275.
[Contribution to the Discussion of a read paper]

Hewson, P., Kalinauskaite, A., Stander, J. and Cai, Y.  (2010)
Barefoot statisticians. 
Significance, Volume 7, Issue 4, 182–184, December 2010.
[Public awareness article about Vice Chancellor's Community Research Scheme]

Thompson, P., Cai, Y., Moyeed, R., Reeve, D. and Stander, J. (2010)
 Bayesian nonparametric quantile regression using splines.
Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Vol 54, 1138-1150.
[Article in Mainstream Statistics Journal] 

 Thompson, P., Cai, Y., Reeve, D. and Stander, J. (2009)
 Automated threshold selection methods for extreme wave analysis.
Coastal Engineering, Vol 56, 1013-1021.
[Statistics methodology article in Engineering Journal]

Eales, J. and Stander, J. (2009)
Using Minitab for teaching statistics in higher education.
MSOR Connections, Vol 9 No 3 August-October 2009, 39-41.
[Pedagogical Research Article]

De Pasquale, F. and Stander, J., (2009)
A multi-scale method based on non parametric deformable templates for medical image analysis.
Pattern Analysis and Applications12, 179-192.
Published online: 22 April 2008.
[Article in Mainstream Statistics Journal]

Cai, Y. and Stander, J. (2008)
Quantile Self-exciting Threshold Autoregressive Time Series Models.
Journal of Time Series Analysis,  29, 186-202.
[Article in Mainstream Statistics Journal]

 Yu, K. and Stander, J. (2007)
Bayesian analysis of a Tobit quantile regression model.
Journal of Econometrics, 137, 260-276.
[Article in Mainstream Statistics Journal]

Brooker, S., Alexander. N., Geiger, S., Moyeed, R. A., Stander, J.,
Fleming, F., Hotez, P., Correa-Oliveira, R. and Bethony, J. (2006)
Contrasting patterns in the small-scale heterogeneity of human helminth infections
in urban and rural environments in Brazil.
International Journal for Parasitology, 36 , 1143-1151.
[Applied Article in a Medical Journal ]

Polettini S. and Stander, J. (2005)
Bayesian models for risk estimation in statistical disclosure limitation.
Quaderni di Statistica, 7, 69-90.
[Article in Statistics Journal]

De Pasquale, F., Barone, P., Sebastiani, G. and Stander, J. (2004)
Bayesian analysis of dynamic Magnetic Resonance breast images.
Applied Statistics, 53, 475-493.
[Article in Mainstream Statistics Journal]

Polettini, S. and Stander, J.  (2004)
A Bayesian hierarchical model approach to risk estimation in statistical disclosure limitation.
In Domingo-Ferrer, J. and Torra, V. (Eds.)
Privacy in Statistical Databases.
Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 247-261.
[Book Chapter]

Alexander, N. D., Moyeed, R. A., Hyun, P. J., Dimber, Z. B., Bockarie, M. J., Stander, J., Grenfell, B. T., Kazura, J. W. and Alpers, M. P. (2003)
Spatial variation of Anopheles-transmitted Wuchereria bancrofti and Plasmodium falciparum infection densities in Papua New Guinea.
Filaria Journal, 2003, 2:14.
[Applied Article in a Medical Journal Published Online. This work builds on a previous paper Alexander, Moyeed and Stander (2000).]

Franconi, L. and Stander, J. (2003)
Spatial and non-spatial model-based protection for the release of business microdata.
Statistics and Computing, 13, 295-305.
[Article in a Special Issue of a Mainstream Statistics Journal]

Polettini, S. and Stander, J. (2003)
A Comment on ‘A Theoretical Basis for Perturbation Methods'’ by Krishnamurty Muralidhar and Rathindra Sarathy. Statistics and Computing, 13, 337-338.
[Invited Comment in a Special Issue of a Mainstream Statistics Journal]

Yu, K., Lu, Z. and Stander, J. (2003)
Quantile regression: applications and current research areas.
The Statistician, 52, 331-350.
[Review Article in a Mainstream Statistics]

Barone, P., Sebastiani, G. and Stander, J. (2002)
Over-relaxation methods and coupled Markov chains for Monte Carlo simulation.
Statistics and Computing, 12, 17-26.
[Article in a Mainstream Statistics Journal]

Franconi, L. and Stander, J. (2002)
Model based disclosure limitation for business microdata.
The Statistician, 51, 51-61.
[Article in a Mainstream Statistics Journal]

Polettini, S., Franconi, L. and Stander, J. (2002)
Model based disclosure protection.
In Domingo-Ferrer, J. (Ed.) Inference Control in Statistical Databases: from Theory to Practice. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 83-96.
[Book Chapter]

 

Ambroze, A., Wade, G., Serdean, C., Tomlinson M., Stander, J. and Borda, M. (2001)
urbo code protection of a video watermark channel.
IEE Proc.-Vis. Image Signal Process., 148, 54-58.
[Applied Article in an Engineering Journal]

 

Barone, P., Sebastiani, G. and Stander, J. (2001)
General over-relaxation Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms for Gaussian densities.
Statistics and Probability Letters, 52, 115-124.
[Article (‘letter’) in a Mainstream Statistics Journal]

Many conference contributions.

 

Further details can be obtained by sending an

email to jstander@plymouth.ac.uk

Other academic activities

I have published in the areas of methodological and computational statistics, motivated by applications
areas such as medicine, government, engineering, environmental monitoring, finance and economics. 

I also have expertise in the use of statistical software such as R and in statistical pedagogy.

Additional information

I play the flute.

 

I lived and worked in Italy and can speak good Italian.