Sheffield has a proud tradition of research and teaching in both probability and statistics, dating back to the early 1950s under Geoffrey Jowett and Hilda Davies. In 1965 Professor Joe Gani was appointed as the first professor and head of the new Department of Probability and Statistics which separated from the Mathematics Departments. He established an MSc course and PhD programme which have now developed into three MSc courses and a large PhD group covering a wide range of areas including many joint projects with other university departments. The research group in probability has 5 academic staff (including 2 professors), and 3 postgraduate students. Together with statistics, the group has a seminar series with external invited speakers, and regular informal research meetings, led by members of the group.

Linked with the group is The Applied Probability Trust, which publishes two major international journals (Journal of Applied Probability and Advances in Applied Probability, both founded by Joe Gani) and which sponsors an annual lecture in Sheffield given by a leading international figure. This APT lecture takes place within the contact of a Sheffield Probability day.

Research in probability includes: branching processes; random walk; large deviations; fractals and random graphs; Levy processes; probability on groups; stochastic analysis; stochastic differential and partial differential equations and inference for stochastic processes.


Academic staff
Name Office Phone Email VCard  
Dr Nic Freeman I20 23724 vcard Probability, stochastic processes, random geometry, fractals, population genetics
Dr Jonathan Jordan I9 23873 vcard Random graphs; preferential attachment; reinforced processes; fractals
Dr Robin Nicholas Stephenson I18 23874 vcard

Emeritus professors
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Prof David Applebaum I11 23703 vcard Analytic probability; probability and stochastic processes on abstract structures; stochastic analysis

Postgraduate students
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Rosemary Shewell Brockway   vcard Functional analysis, symmetric spaces, theoretical probability

Applied Probability Trust
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Dr Mark Yarrow K27 23924 vcard Preferential attachment networks, random graphs, algebraic graph theory

Past grants