The University of Bath is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Andreas Kyprianou as the new Director of the Institute for Mathematical Innovation from 1 August 2020.

Professor Kyprianou is a specialist in probability theory and is co-founder of the Probability Laboratory at Bath (Prob-L@B), based in the University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences, serving as its Director from 2008-2019. Since 2014, he has also been co-Director and PI of the multi-million-pound EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics at Bath (SAMBa).

Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Sheffield, he spent an early part of his career working at the Shell International Exploration and Production R&D laboratories in The Hague. Before joining the University of Bath in 2006, he also held academic positions at the London School of Economics, Edinburgh University, Utrecht University and Heriot Watt University. Additionally, he has held visiting professorships at ETH Zürich, Université Libre de Bruxelles and the CONACyT Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas in Mexico.

The Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI) was launched in 2015 with an outward facing vision in the field of data analytics and mathematical modelling. During the last five years IMI has become a recognised leader in applied mathematics, assisting industry, researchers and public sector organisations with solving complex real-world challenges.

Looking ahead, the Institute aims to build a stronger alignment with the University’s emerging areas of research strength, enabling both a greater funding flow and also an enhanced exploitation of our broader areas of excellence.

Professor Jonathan Knight said: “I’m delighted that Andreas has agreed to accept this role; he clearly has the skills and the experience to continue to develop the IMI over the years ahead.

“The IMI has developed into a recognised asset for the University, and I would like to thank the outgoing Director Professor Jonathan Dawes and those who have worked alongside him for their contributions.”

Professor Kyprianou said: “I’m looking forward to developing a new interactive way of working across campus, both simulating and adding value to major research grant capture, focusing on themes of excellence through partnership.

“The recent uplift in Government investment supporting research and academia-industry partnership means there is a welcome increase in funding available. Data analytics, mathematical modelling and AI lie at the heart of those competitive funding streams.

“Bath has a unique combination of interdisciplinary campus culture and outstanding research; the IMI will focus on this special mix to turbo charge our response.”