Martine J. Barons
Contact: Department of Statistics, Zeeman Building, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
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Mathematical modelling and analysis of human systems, Decision support, Machine Learning, Complex systems, Data analysis.
In November 2016 I was appointed to a permanent position as Director of the Applied Statistics & Risk Unit, department of Statistics.
Before that I held a Research fellow position for 3 years to work with Prof Jim Q Smith on coherent inference over a network of probabilistic systems for decision support with applications to food security.
I first joined the Department of Statistics in December 2012 to work with Professor Jane Hutton , Professor Jim Smith and Professor Tony Marson , exploring the role of Chain Event Graphs in modelling and managing chronic diseases.
My doctoral research in Complexity Science involved the use of relevant machine learning techniques to analyse healthcare data sets with a view to personalising healthcare. I used two contrasting datasets from a clinical trial and an observational study and compare the performance of the machine learning technique relative to standard statistical analysis.
I am a responsible individual with excellent organisational skills, able to work on my own initiative or contribute as part of a team. I am able to plan a project and see it through to fruition, using creative thinking to circumnavigate the obstacles. I am able to motivate others to work towards a shared goal, to create and maintain professional networks, to teach and to engage members of the public with science at an appropriate level. I enjoy media work and have successfully created opportunities for myself in this area.
Link to list of publications
2017 Monash Warwick Alliance Visiting Educator Scheme AUD9892 to increase Monash academic staff and undergraduate and postgraduate students (across Faculty) knowledge and skills in the use and development of Bayesian Decision Support Systems to address complex public health issues such as food security and explore the creation of teaching content that could be shared across Monash Master of Sustainable Development and Warwick MSc food security, IFSTAL, Global Sustainable Development Food Module and Complexity in the Social Sciences modules.
2016 Monash-Warwick Alliance AUD7250 plus £1275 for workshop ‘Taking action on food security in High income countries’ Joint workshop with Monash academics, to be held at Warwick September 2016
2016 Food GRP £3500 co-funding for workshop ‘Taking action on food security in High income countries’ to support the inclusion of non- Monash/Warwick participants.
2016 Food GRP £5000 for Data linkage by Coventry City Council to support novel analysis and publication
2015 Warwick Behavioural Science GRP and Warwick Food GRP £7000 to run an expert elicitation exercise with top UK experts in pollination.
2015 Warwick International Partnership Fund £5000 to visit Melbourne University and build collaboration between the two institutions.
2015 Melbourne University A$5500 (~£3000) to extend IPF collaboration visit to two months.
2015 Newton Fund programme via the British Council funded participation in Workshop on Eco food supply chains: Exploring industrial ecosystems to minimize food waste and maximize social benefits. Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24-26 August 2015; value per person was £1125
2015 Warwick Food GRP £12099 sponsorship of 'Evidence based decision support for food security' workshop.
2014: Warwick Learning and Development Centre Funding for Research Active Staff Networks £1000 to set up and run the Public Engagement Practitioner Network
2013: IMA Small Grant awarded £600 to attend IEEE CICARE 2013 is being held as part of the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI’2013), Singapore
2011: IMA small grant award £1200 sponsorship for Young Researchers in Mathematics conference held at Warwick in 2011
2011: The Warwick Research Student Skills Programme award £600 sponsorship for Young Researchers in Mathematics conference held at Warwick in 2011
2009-13 PhD in Complexity Science and Health Sciences, ‘What is the added value of using non-linear models to explore complex healthcare data sets?’ University of Warwick, UK
2011-12 PG Cert Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice (H.E.Teaching), University of Warwick, UK
- 2008-09 MSc Complexity Science, University of Warwick, UK
2005-08 BSc (Hons) in Mathematics (First Class) Coventry University, UK
HND: Business Studies with Accountancy, Distinction
In reverse chronological order:
- University of Warwick
Director of the Applied Statistics & Risk Unit November 2016
- University of Warwick
Research Fellow: Coherent inference over a network of probabilistic systems for decision support with applications to food security 2013/16
- University of Warwick
Research Assistant: Chain Event Graphs for modelling and managing chronic disease 2012/13
- University of Warwick
Studentship in Complexity Science doctoral training centre. MSc in 2008/9, Doctoral research 2009/12.
- Coventry University
Lecturer (HPL, part time). Delivery of the second half of the module 123MSE Mathematical Modelling and Problem Solving in two consecutive academic years. Performance rated 'Excellent' under the annual review process.
Qualification: Warwick’s Postgraduate award ‘Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice’ (IAPP I & II)
Undergraduate: 132 hours’ undergraduate lecturing: 'mathematical modelling and problems solving' module
Masters in Medical Education course, Research Methods in Clinical Education module MD967-20, ‘Concepts of Descriptive and Analytical Stats, including generalised linear modelling’
Masters level Complexity in the Social Sciences module, ‘Food security and a quantitative approach to policy design’.
MSc Food security ‘Decision support for food security: approaches and potential’
I designed the content and approach for all the Masters level teaching and received very positive feedback form clearly engaged and enthused non-specialist students
Awards and Memberships
Poster Prize: research poster presented at European Conference on Complex Systems 2011, Vienna, September 2011.
Eportfolio competition winner: Warwick Medical School inaugural e-portfolio competition September 2011.
Poster Highly commended: research poster presented at Warwick Medical School Annual Research Student Symposium January 2011.
Sigma Prize for excellence in supporting and encouraging the learning of Mathematics, 2006.
Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Member of the Royal Statistical Society
Junior Membership of the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Scientific committee COST IS1304 Expert Judgment Network: Bridging the Gap between Scientific Uncertainty and Evidence-Based Decision Making - Workshop on Food Safety and Food Security, Dubrovnik, April 2016.
International workshop on ‘Evidence-based decision support for food security’, Warwick, April 2015.
IMA West Midlands Branch Chairman, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (Re-established branch)
IMA representative for University of Warwick
IMA Chairman of Branches committee
Organising committee for the inauguaral Young Researcher Network at European Conference on Complex Systems 2011, sponsored by FuturICT YRN at ECCS2011.
Organising committee for Young Researchers in Mathematics 2011 YRM2011.
Organising committee for Satellite meeting of European Conference on Complex Systems 2010 Young researchers session at ECCS 2010.
Organising committee for Satellite meeting of European Conference on Complex Systems 2009 PhD "In Progress" Workshop (inaugural event).
Continuing professional development
- Australasian Bayesian Network Modelling Society Modelling tutorials
- Royal Statistical Society writing webinar.
- Diversity in the workplace
- Public engagement practitioner network meetings
- Practical Project Management
- Warwick Preparing to Manage
- Data management seminar
- Internal research funding – a collaborative approach
- Women in Science
- Time Management
- Working with other departments
Research Student Skills Programme and other courses:
- Effective Research (2-day course)
- Poster Creation and Design
- Presenting to an Academic Audience
- Voice training
- Science Communication
- Presentations Training (2-day course)
- Effective Literature Searching Techniques
- Introduction to SPSS (PASW) Statistics 17
- Microsoft Publisher 2007 Overview for beginners
- Microsoft Access 2007 Introduction to design
- How to Write a Literature Review - Science and Medicine
- Developing and improving your memory
- Interview success workshop
- Microsoft Access 2007 - using filters and queries to extract information
- Organising an academic conference
- Getting the most out of conferences
- SPSS (PASW) Statistics 17 - Data operations
- Microsoft Excel 2007 - New features for experienced users
- Negotiate like a pro
- One-day Media workshop
- Getting Published - Successfully (for Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine)
- Writing for Publication
- Mature Student Careers Workshop
- MSOR Network: Supporting Postgraduates who teach Mathematics
- Institute for Advanced Study: Early Career Fellowships, successful applications.
- Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, ECM conference: Facilitation, a skill for life.
- Sitebuilder2 - creating forms and quizzes
- Sitebuilder2 - adding news and events
- How to make a Digital Poster
- Maths Busking
- Writing that is interesting to read
- Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice parts I and II (H.E.Teaching)
- Managing Transition in Complex environments
Preparing for and Surviving your Viva
- Kitchen Hygiene Certificate Level 2; 2003, 2008, 2011
I am proficient at both written and verbal communication for audiences with technical and non technical backgrounds alike. I have given talks at Conferences and at internal events and received compliments for the quality of my presentations' I had one of my posters highly commended, and another awarded a prize at a large, international conference.
I am experienced and successful in leadership in a variety of contexts. I ran, with 7 others, a 3-day conference called ‘Young Researchers in Mathematics 2011 for around 200 delegates, plus keynote speakers. We received many compliments for the running of the conference, and during the planning phase, my detailed forward planning was particularly appreciated by my peers.
I am willing to make things happen and capable of setting up a project from new. With one other collaborator, a mathematician working in industry, I set up the West Midlands Branch of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, which is now thriving with good audience numbers and regular, interesting speakers.
I am interested and successful in building a cohesive and effective team in whatever context I am working. I have used informal social events to successfully foster a sense of unity within the Complexity Science doctoral training centre particularly across cohorts, despite being a mature student, and therefore needing first to overcome the natural social difference across generations.
I am skilled and practised at networking and maintaining relevant contacts. Within the research arena, I have maintained contact with colleagues with whom I have shared interests, e.g. I kept sufficient communication with researchers I met at a conference that I was able to invite them to a seminar of shared interest when they were visiting my institution, and was subsequently able to make fruitful contact with their student at another conference. I have also been able to link my contacts to each other where their work is related, to the benefit of those concerned e.g. a Warwick colleague and an ICCS delegate both analysing patient interviews.
I am skilled at identifying the root of a problem and proposing and evaluating candidate solutions against relevant criteria. My Doctoral research has provided many such examples, including the need to identify pertinent research questions and select the most appropriate technique or software for the analysis.
I can successfully prioritise and plan tasks so that my time is used to maximum advantage. I have undertaken my both undergraduate and postgraduate study against a background of family responsibilities and still managed to engage significantly with professional bodies and the wider research community.
I am able to adapt to colleagues with a wide variety of working styles and preferences and work together towards a shared goal. Complexity science is deliberately multi-disciplinary, requiring significant communication and interpersonal skills. I have helped to inaugurate and maintain a young researcher’s presence within the European Conference on Complex Systems with colleagues from scientific backgrounds ranging from psychology to physical sciences.
I am able to prioritise, plan and manage spending of a budget. I effectively managed a small travel budget during my PhD, including augmenting it with outside funding, and maximising the benefit of the expenditure by choosing conferences and other meetings with care, and following up on the research and researchers I encountered there.
I have the ability to define useful research directions, access literature and other background information and evaluate and implement suitable methodologies for answering the question. I have acquired knowledge and understanding of unfamiliar contextual and technical background to my research area, particularly medical background. I have proposed and discussed research questions and methodologies and have been successful in identifying sub-groups in the patient data.
I have effective teaching skills with secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate students. I have built on the experience I had in presenting health messages in schools, and have taught an undergraduate module on Mathematical Modelling and Problem solving to two consecutive cohorts of first-year mathematicians. I have also taught elementary statistics to postgraduate students on Masters Programmes and the Medical School, and am working towards a H.E. teaching qualification.
I like to motivate and inspire others to achieve, especially to achieve beyond what they believe they can. I have been instrumental in encouraging others to take up hobbies and courses of study which they formerly believed they were incapable of, such as learning musical instruments and embarking on a PhD. My own experience of being denied access to A-level maths at secondary school only to be highly successful as a mature student is useful for leading by example.
Ability to learn
I am able to identify my own learning needs and to access relevant training and to learn independently. I have been proactive in accessing appropriate elements of the rich Research Student Skills Programme during my PhD, and have embedded the relevant principles into my personal practice, e.g. meeting my supervisors face to face once a month but keeping in touch by sending a brief weekly report.
I am passionate about sharing my love of science, and in particular mathematics, with the wider public. I have delivered a talk on Machine Learning to members of the public at my local Cafe Scientifique. The audience was very mixed, most having no scientific background, but I was able to help them understand machine learning and its relevance to their lives and to I answer their questions. Public engagement
I have a good level of skill in dealing appropriately with the media. I have taken training and written a number of press releases leading to maths reseach – related newspaper articles and a live broadcast radio interview. Following my first radio interview, the broadcaster has asked me to provide maths-related content on subsequent occasions, also as live broadcast interviews and at short notice.
Strengths analysis using the Realise2 tool identified my strengths as: planning, mission, catalyst, gratitude, order, change agent, explainer, humour, self-awareness, counterpoint, work ethic, growth, personalisation and resilience.
1996-2002 Stratford Primary School, Finance & Governor training.
2000 -2005 Stratford-upon-Avon High School, Curriculum & Head’s Performance Management.
Sunday school: teach and organise curriculum and rota.
Holiday Bible Club for 4 to 11 year olds; teach and organise age groups.
Women’s Study Group; teach and organise.
Speaker’s Corner; training for speaking engagements.