Sofia Olhede

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Sofia Charlotta Olhede is a British mathematical statistician known for her research on wavelets, graphons, and high-dimensional statistics[1] and for her columns on algorithmic bias. She is a professor of statistical science at University College London.

Education and career[edit]

Olhede earned a master's degree from Imperial College London in 2000, and completed her doctorate there in 2003.[2] Her dissertation, Analysis via Time, Frequency and Scale of Nonstationary Signals, was supervised by Andrew T. Walden.[3]

She began her academic career as a lecturer in statistics at Imperial in 2002, and moved to University College London as a professor in 2007. At University College London, she is also an honorary professor of computer science and an honorary senior research associate in mathematics.[2]

She is also a member of the Public Policy Commission of the Law Society of England and Wales,[4] and served as university liaison director for University College London at the Alan Turing Institute for 2015–2016.[5]


Olhede won an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Leadership Fellowship in 2010.[6] She was elected as a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2018 "for seminal contributions to the theory and application of large and heterogeneous networks, random fields and point process, for advancing research in data science, and for service to the profession through editorial and committee work".[7]


  1. ^ Professor Sofia Olhede awarded £366k EPSRC grant to study modelling and inference for massive populations of heterogeneous point processes, AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programe, Centre for Sustainable Heritage, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, 22 September 2015, retrieved 2018-10-03
  2. ^ a b Curriculum vitae (PDF), 2016, retrieved 2018-10-03
  3. ^ Sofia Olhede at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Using algorithms to deliver justice – bias or boost?, Law Society of England and Wales, 14 June 2018, retrieved 2018-10-03
  5. ^ Alan Turing Institute Appoints New Directors, Alan Turing Institute, 22 December 2015, retrieved 2018-10-03
  6. ^ UCL professor recognised as 'next-gen' scientific leader, University College London, 22 July 2010, retrieved 2018-10-03
  7. ^ "Introducing the 2018 class of IMS Fellows", IMS Bulletin, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, May 15, 2018

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