Idris joined the Statistics Group at Lancaster University in August 2007. Prior to starting at Lancaster University, he worked as an internal Statistical Consulant at Shell Global Solutions.
At Lancaster he leads the Changepoint and Non-stationary Time Series research group. Idris is also Co-Director of the EPSRC-funded STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training. Together with Jon Tawn and Kevin Glazebrook, he led the development of STOR-i in 2010, which was subsequently renewed in 2014 (until 2022). Within STOR-i he leads the Centre's industrially-engaged research activity.
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
- statistical approaches to texture analysis;
- the development of novel classification methods such as boosting methods and approaches for dealing with streaming data;
- the application of statistics within Business and Industry.
For further details of current and past projects please visit here.
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.