Dr Robert Durrant

Senior Lecturer (Statistics)

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) Open; MSc Birm; PhD Birm

Contact Details

Room: G.3.30
Phone: +64 7 838 4466
Extension: 8334
Fax: +64 7 838 4155

About Robert

Bob joined the Department of Statistics as a lecturer in July 2013, following a short stint as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has a BSc(Hons) with first-class honours in Mathematical Sciences, obtained through the Open University while still working in industry, an MSc with distinction in Natural Computation from the University of Birmingham, and a PhD in Computer Science also from Birmingham.

Research Interests

Machine Learning and Statistical Pattern Recognition.

Dimensionality Reduction and Feature Selection.

Heuristic Optimization.

Learning Theory and Mathematical Statistics, especially non-asymptotic (finite sample) theory.

Random Matrix Theory.

Measure Concentration.

Applications of all of the above.  In particular using theory to better understand existing techniques, and to develop efficient, effective, and principled methods for high-dimensional problems with performance guarantees.