Professor Sir John Aston

Professor at Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge

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Harding Professor of Statistics in Public Life, Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Sir John Aston is Harding Professor of Statistics in Public Life at the University of Cambridge and between 2017 and 2020 served as Chief Scientific Adviser at the Home Office. John is Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Analysis of Multimodal Clinical Imaging Data and on the management board of the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information. He also has an active collaboration with the Office for National Statistics and served on the board of directors of the Alan Turing Institute 2015-2017.

John's interests include all areas of Applied Statistics but particularly Statistical Neuroimaging and Statistical Linguistics. John has methodological interests amongst other things in Functional Data Analysis, Time Series Analysis, Image Analysis, Changepoint Analysis, and Spatial-Temporal Statistics.

Prior to taking up his position at Cambridge, John held academic positions at the University of Warwick and at Academia Sinica in Taiwan.

John was knighted in the 2021 Birthday Honours for services to statistics and public policymaking.