THE IMPERIAL CENTRE FOR INFERENCE AND COSMOLOGY:
The Imperial Centre for Inference and Cosmology (ICIC) is a newly formed centre for the study of statistical and inferential challenges associated with massive and/or complex data streams in astrophysics and cosmology. It is a collaborative effort between the Astrophysics Group in the Department of Physics and the Statistics Section in the Department of Mathematics. These two groups have been substantially transformed in recent years, expanding significantly and synergistically together. Alan Heavens (Chair) and Jonathan Pritchard (Lecturer) are new appointments in Astrophysics; David van Dyk (Chair) in Statistics, and Daniel Mortlock (Lecturer) is a joint Astrophysics/Statistics appointment. All have significant publication records in astrostatistics that complement those of existing staff ( Andrew Jaffe and Roberto Trotta in Astrophysics and David Hand and Axel Gandy in Statistics). These appointments have created a world-class centre of expertise in the statistical analysis of large astronomical datasets. Together this group is spearheading the establishment of astrostatistics as a discipline capable of providing accurate, robust, and insightful answers to complex theoretical problems in astrophysics and cosmology.