Institute for Mathematical Innovation

Professor Jim Zidek appointed as Bath IMI Global Chair


We’re delighted to announce that Professor James Zidek, Professor Emeritus and Founding Head of the Department of Statistics at the University of British Columbia, Canada, has been appointed as Bath IMI’s first Global Chair for 2015-16.

Professor Zidek received his PhD from Stanford University and his honours include Fellowships in the Royal Society of Canada, the American Statistical Association (ASA), and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. His contributions to statistics have been recognised by a number of awards, including the Distinguished Achievement Medal in Environmental Statistics of the ASA and the Gold Medal of the Statistical Society of Canada.

He has served on a number of scientific advisory committees, most notably on the United States' Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committees Ozone Panel for the 2008 review of ozone standards. In 2015 he was appointed to the World Health Organisation’s Data Integration Task Group (coordinated by the University of Bath’s Dr Gavin Shaddick), run under the auspices of the Global Platform for Air Quality. Professor Zidek's scientific interests lie equally in environmetrics and in the theory of decision analysis (particularly, the compilation of expert opinion).

He has published over 100 refereed articles which have been cited over 4500 times and has co-authored books on modelling environmental processes (2006) and spatio-temporal methods in environmental epidemiology (2015).

On his appointment, Professor Zidek said: “I am really looking forward to visiting Bath’s Institute for Mathematical Innovation, and engaging with researchers from across the University”.

Bath IMI’s director, Professor Anthony Dooley, added: “We’re delighted that an academic of Professor Zidek’s standing will be contributing to our research activities. His extensive experience of high impact interdisciplinary and industrial research is directly aligned with IMI’s mission.”

Professor Zidek will visit Bath for five weeks in September 2015, and four weeks in May 2016. During his first visit, he will give a public lecture on the intriguing story behind how he became involved in making recommendations to the US Government on ozone standards, that were adopted in 2014.