Idris is Professor of Statistics and Co-Director of Lancaster University's Data Science Institute. Together with John Aston, Richard Samworth (Cambridge) and Paul Fearnhead (Lancaster) he also leads StatScale, a multi-million pound EPSRC Programme Grant focussed on Statistical Scalability for Streaming Data.
Idris joined the Statistics Group at Lancaster University in 2007, having previously worked as an internal Statistical Consulant at Shell Global Solutions. At Lancaster, he established the Changepoint and Non-stationary Time Series research group. Together with Jon Tawn and Kevin Glazebrook, he has played a leading role in the development of the EPSRC-funded STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training. As Co-Director of STOR-i, he leads the Centre's substantial industrially-engaged research programme.
Idris' primary research interests lie in the development of changepoint methods (including the development of changepoint search algorithms) and multiscale methods for the analysis of non-stationary time series. Other areas of interest include
- the development of novel methods for streaming data;
- statistical approaches to texture analysis;
- the application of statistics within Business and Industry.
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During his PhD, Idris collaborated with scientists at Unilever Research to develop a multiscale statistical framework for the analysis of textured images. This theme of yielding insight via novel methodological developments continued whilst at Shell where Idris was a consultant in Shell's Statistical Consulting group. During this period he worked with various parts of the Shell group including Refining, Exploration and Production, Trading and Bitumen, leading large-scale inter-disciplinary projects which sought to create business insight from data.