Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK
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List of publications
Nonparametric Predictive Inference: NPI webpage
Survival Signatures for System Reliability: Survival Signatures webpage
My colleagues David Wooff, Michael Goldstein and I wrote a chapter for the book `Analytic Methods in
Systems and Software Testing' (Wiley, 2018, edited by Kenett, Ruggeri and Faltin). The chapter (pp. 213-243)
is entitled `Bayesian Graphical Models for High Complexity Testing: Aspects of Implementation' and is
Mathematical Genealogy: Ancestors and
EU training network: UTOPIAE
- My good friend Erik van Doorn, PhD supervisor of my wife Pauline at Twente University and a frequent visitor to Durham, passed away on
1 November 2019, following a traffic accident while enjoying a cycle ride. Erik retired from his academic position in 2014, but remained
research active while also enjoying many other activities which make life worth living. Erik's research was mainly in applied probability,
in particular birth-death processes, details can be found on his
Google Scholar page.
Erik's recent research output is available from his webpage.
- My former PhD student Dr Brett Houlding passed away on 14 September 2019. After completing his PhD in 2008, he joined
Trinity College Dublin and recently he moved to University College Cork as Senior Lecturer. Details on Brett's academic work can be found on
his Google Scholar page. In his PhD thesis (see link lower on
this page) Brett developed theory and methods for adaptive utility in Bayesian decision theory, which is important material that deserves much
- The 1st UK Reliability Meeting took place in Durham from 1 to 3 April 2019.
The meeting was a great success and participants agreed that it will be great to organize a similar meeting in 2020, this is likely
to take place at Strathclyde University organised by Edoardo Patelli.
- The 12th Workshop on Principles and Methods of Statistical Inference with Interval Probabilities 2019 (WPMSIIP 2019) took place in
Durham from 9 to 12 September 2019, with 13 Sept as an optional day for hiking. See: WPMSIIP 2019.
It was enjoyable and useful to the participants, with several PhD students giving their first presentations. We hope WPMSIIP 2020 will be
hosted elsewhere (do let me know if you are interested) and will also be successful as an informal meeting.
Current and Future Visitors
- Dr. Jinlei Qin (North China Electric Power University)
is visiting from 1 Sept 2019 till 30 August 2020 for collaboration on topics in multi-state systems reliability.
- Prof. Gert de Cooman (Gent University, Belgium) will visit from 16 May till 1 June 2020
for collaboration on topics in imprecise probability.
- Prof. Yakov Ben Haim (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology) will visit from 1 till 30 June 2020
for collaboration on topics in decision theory with deep uncertainty.
- Prof. Maria Kateri (Aachen University, Germany) will visit
from 7 till 16 November 2020 for collaboration on topics in accelerated life testing and contingency tables.
- Prof. Gert de Cooman (Gent University, Belgium) visited
from 20 May till 9 June 2019 for collaboration on topics in imprecise probability.
- Prof. Maria Kateri (Aachen University, Germany) visited
from 12 till 19 May 2019 for collaboration on topics in accelerated life testing.
- Dr. Filipe Marques (Lisbon, Portugal) visited from 5 till 10 May 2019
for collaboration on reproducibility of likelihood ratio tests.
- Prof. Thomas Augustin
(LMU Munich, Germany) visited from 1 till 4 May 2019 for collaboration on statistical inference with set-valued data.
- Prof. Sat Gupta (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, US)
visited from 25 March till 7 April 2019 for collaboration on test reproducibility related to randomised response techniques.
- Prof. Geert-Jan van Houtum (Eindhoven University of
Technology, The Netherlands) visited from 1 till 3 April 2019 as guest speaker at the 1st UK Reliability Meeting, and
for collaboration on topics in reliability.
- Prof. Balakrishnan (McMaster University, Canada) visited from 25
November till 2 December 2018 for collaboration on a wide range of topics with Dr Tahani Coolen-Maturi and me.
- Prof. Xianzhen Huang (Northeastern University, China), visited for
a year from September 2017 for collaboration on topics in reliability.
- Prof. Radim Bris (Ostrava, Czech Republic) visited from 18
to 30 May 2018 for collaboration on computational methods for high reliability.
- Dr. Filipe Marques (Lisbon, Portugal) visited in May 2018
for collaboration on reproducibility of likelihood ratio tests.
- Dr. Filipe Marques (Lisbon, Portugal) visited in May 2017
for collaboration on reproducibility of tests.
- Prof. Serkan Eryilmaz (Atilim University, Turkey) visited
March-May 2017 for collaboration on topics in reliability theory.
- Prof. Balakrishnan (McMaster University, Canada) visited in February 2017 for
collaboration on topics related to the survival signature.
I am supervising the following PhD students at Durham.
- Loic Cosyns: `Quasi-Bayesian inference with applications in finance' (part/time)
- Ali Mahnashi: `Nonparametric predictive inference for multiple future observations based on right-censored data' (jointly supervised by Tahani Coolen-Maturi)
- Andrea Simkus: `Reproducibility of statistical tests in pharmaceutical products development' (jointly supervised by Tahani Coolen-Maturi;
EPSRC-CASE project with AstraZeneca)
- Fatimah Alghamdi: `Reproducibility of statistical tests based on randomised response data' (jointly supervised by Tahani Coolen-Maturi)
- Ahmad Albaiti: `Imprecise statistical methods for the proportional hazards model' (jointly supervised by Peter Craig)
- Daniel Krpelik: `Prediction of system reliability during design phases' (UTOPIAE ESR8 project; jointly supervised by Louis Aslett)
- Asamh Alluhayb: `NPI-Bootstrap with right-censored data' (jointly supervised by Tahani Coolen-Maturi)
- Kholood Alyazidi: `Nonparametric predictive inference for inventory decisions' (jointly supervised by Tahani Coolen-Maturi)
- Abdulmajeed Alharbi: `Nonparametric predictive inference for classification' (jointly supervised by Tahani Coolen-Maturi)
- Masad Alrasheedi: `Nonparametric predictive inference for credit scoring and loan data' (jointly supervised by Tahani Coolen-Maturi)
- Sultan Albalwy: `Imprecise statistical inference for accelerated life test data' (jointly supervised by Jonathan Cumming)
- Mosa Alsabhi: `Robust statistical methods for virtual age models in reliability' (jointly supervised by Jonathan Cumming)
- Norah Alalyani: `Reproducibility of one-way layout tests' (jointly supervised by Tahani Coolen-Maturi)
- Abdulrahman Aldawsari: `New developments in parametric bootstrap' (jointly supervised by Tahani Coolen-Maturi)
- Reid Alotaibi: `Imprecise statistical methods for contingency tables' (jointly supervised by Tahani Coolen-Maturi)
- Anas Alharshan: `Bayesian inference in reliability' (jointly supervised by Louis Aslett) - starting December 2019
These students have successfully completed their PhD studies at Durham under my supervision.
I collaborate(d) with these students in part of their PhD (or MSc) research.
- Jacko Verheijen (1996) Combining two classical approaches for statistical selection (MSc at Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands); Supervisor: Paul van der Laan; visiting student at Durham for 6 months)
- Fabio Spinato (2008) The reliability of wind turbines (PhD at Durham, Engineering Department, Supervisor: Peter Tavner)
- Gero Walter (2013) Generalized Bayesian inference under prior-data conflict (PhD at Munich University (Germany); Supervisor: Thomas Augustin)
- Geng Feng (2017) Efficient reliability and sensitivity analysis of complex systems and networks with imprecise probability (PhD at Liverpool University; supervised by Michael Beer and Edoardo Patelli)
- Yi-Chao Yin: working on accelerated life testing (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu (China); supervised by Hong-Zhong Huang; visiting student at Durham Oct 15 - Oct 16)
- Tien Thanh Thach: workinig on mixtures of failure rate models (PhD at Technical University of Ostrava (Czechia); supervised by Radim Bris)
- Yao Li: working on prediction of remaining life of systems (PhD at Chongqing University, China; visiting student at Durham Sept 17 - March 19)
- Zarif Zaman: working on reliability estimation on complex networks (PhD at Liverpool University; 2018-2022; main supervisor Edoardo Patelli)
I am married to Tahani Coolen-Maturi, who is a colleague in our Department.
My beloved wife Pauline died in 2008 - remember Pauline, she is with me.
Webpage: Pauline Coolen-Schrijner
(picture 2004) (picture 1994)
Tribute to Pauline in Journal of Risk and Reliability
`In searching out the truth be ready for the unexpected, for it is difficult to find and puzzling when you find it'