Prof Geoff Nicholls [photo]

Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Oxford
Tutor in Statistics, St Peter's College Oxford

I joined the CSML group in the Statistics Department here in Oxford in 2005 from the Math department
in Auckland in New Zealand. I was HOD here from 2012-2015. I have a college homepage at St Peters.

Contact details

Address: Department of Statistics, 24-29 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LB, UK
Phone: Dept +44-1865-282853; College +44-1865-278938
Office: Room 1.12
Maps: [Dept/College], [Streetview].


Publications : Oxford CSML and Google Scholar

Keywords: Bayesian inference, approximation methods and calibration; misspecified models
and Semi-Modular Inference (SMI); Ranking and partial orders; Monte Carlo methods. Biclustering.

Current Research Students - DPhil:
Sitong Liu Generalised Bayesian inference
Laura Battaglia Bayes methods for misspecified models
Jessie Jiang Statistical inference for partial orders
Schyan Zafar Bayesian inference for multivariate time series

Recent Graduates - DPhil:

Chris Carmona (2023) Bayesian Semi-Modular Inference
Lorenzo Pacchiardi (2022) Statistical inference in generative models using scoring rules
Hanwen Xing (2022) Diagnostic Methods for Bayesian Inference

Teaching and Supervision

I tutor Statistics and Probability and some Applied Math in College. In the Statistics Department
I teach part of a module on Bayesian Inference in the StatML Doctoral training CDT, a Part C

and MSc course in Bayes Methods, the MSc Case Studies course (a journal club) and a Part A
course on Statistical Programming. Here is a pointer to these Department Courses.


Here are the lecture notes for SC7 Bayes Methods. Previous version are ghastly.

This version is… less horrible. Exercises are here.


I also supervise Part C and MSc dissertations.

Recent Graduate Projects - MSc in Statistical Science, and MMath and MMathStats Part C
Florian Wittstock (2023) Target-Aware Amortized Ratio Importance Sampling
Andrew Challenger (2023) Time-series models for context dependent ranking
Yuqi Zhang, Zackary Allinson, Abhinav Mukherjee and Barney Hong (2023) Models for Rank Data
Qinyu Li (2022)
Modifications to Bayesian Inference under Model Misspecification
Xinan Xu (2022) Estimation of Marginal Likelihoods and Bayes Factors
Alexander Barry (2022) Generalised Bayes
Weiting Yi (2022) An Enhanced Generalised Emulation Framework for the Lorenz-96 Inverse Problem
Xiangyu Wu (2021) Monte Carlo methods for the parameters of a Strauss Process likelihood
Varsha Ramineni (2021) Robust Bayesian inference for Indo-European lexical trait evolution
Cameron Bell, Dennis Christensen, Andrei Crisan, Joshua King (2021) Topics in Contrastive Learning
Alex Sauer (2020) Contrastive Learning and related likelihood-free methods for statistical inference
Olle Tieljooij (2020) Deep-learning statistical models for investment factors
Juha Kreula (2020) Spatio-temporal species distributions and presence-only data
Chunyi Luo, Hongyu Qian, Sam Field and Yuyang Shi (2020) Component-wise ABC and Random forest ABC

Here are the term dates for the next few years.