Academic CV

Robert A. J. Matthews MA(Oxon) CPhys MInstP FRAS

Visiting Professor, Department of Mathematics, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET UK

Email: rajm@physics.org; Aston University website here; Google Scholar page here; Academia.edu page here.

Analytics: Google Scholar total citations (March 2016): 1668; h-index: 19;  i10-index: 23; Academia.edu views ranking: top 2%.

 Professional posts, qualifications and memberships

  • Visiting Professor, Aston University Dept of Mathematics 2015-date
  • Visiting Reader, Aston University Dept of Information Engineering 2002-2015
  • Visiting Fellow, Aston University Neural Computing Research Group 1993-2002
  • Fellowship, Royal Statistical Society, 1997
  • Chartered Physicist, 1996
  • Membership, Institute of Physics, 1996
  • MA(Oxon) 1984
  • BA (Hons) Physics, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, 1981
  • Fellowship, Royal Astronomical Society, 1980

Other distinctions

  • Member, Editorial Board, Significance Royal Statistical Society
  • Member, Ethics Working Party of EU Biopattern initiative 2005-date
  • Science consultant, Department of Education/Arla National Schools Project, 2001
  • Lecturer, Royal Institution, February 1998
  • C Oswald George Best Paper Prize, Royal Statistical Society, 1997
  • Sidgwick Essay Prize, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, 1981
  • Membership of Royal Statistical Society Media Working Party, 1997

Selected Refereed Publications

Statistical inference & decision theory

  • Inference with legal evidence: common sense is necessary but not sufficient Med Sci Law 44(3) 189-192 (2004)
  • Methods for assessing the credibility of clinical trial outcomes Drug Inf J 35(4) 1468-1478 (2001)
  • Decision-theoretic limits on earthquake prediction Geophys J Intl 131 (3) 526-529 (1997)
  • Base-rate errors and rain forecasts Nature 382 (6594) 766 (1996)

Medical statistics 

  • Why should clinicians care about Bayesian methods? J Stat Plan Inf 94(1) 43-58 2001
  • What are the implications of optimism bias in clinical research ? (with Chalmers, I) The Lancet 367 (9509) 449-450 2006
  • Medical progress depends on animal models – doesn’t it ? J Roy Soc Med 101 (2) 95-98 (2008)

Pedagogic

  • String theory in science lessons: the investigation of a notoriously knotty problem Sch Sci Rev 96(356) 69-74 (2015)
  • Why do people believe weird things? Significance 2(4) 182-184 (2005)
  • Storks deliver babies (p = 0.008) Teaching Statistics 22 (2) 36-38 (2000)
  • Tumbling Toast, Murphy’s Law and the fundamental constants Euro J Phys 16(4) 172 (1995)

Computation

  • Neural computation in stylometry I: An application to the works of Shakespeare and Fletcher (with T V N Merriam) Lit & Ling Comp 8 (4) 203-209 (1993)
  • Neural computation in stylometry II: An application to the works of Shakespeare and Marlowe (with T V N Merriam) Lit & Ling Comp 9 (1) 1 -6  (1994)
  • Shakespeare v Fletcher: A stylometric analysis by radial basis functions (with Lowe, D.) Comp & Hum 29 (6) 449-461 (1995)
  • On the derivation of a chaotic encryption algorithm Cryptologia 13 (1) 29-42 (1989)
  • The use of genetic algorithms in cryptanalysis Cryptologia 17 (2) 187-201 (1993)

Astronomy/astrophysics

  • The darkening of Iapetus and the origin of Hyperion Qtr J Roy Astr Soc 33 253
  • Is Proxima really in orbit around a Cen A/B ? (with Gilmore, G), MN Roy Astr Soc 261(1) L5-L7 (1993)
  • The close approach of stars in the Solar Neighbourhood Qtr J Roy Astr Soc 35, 1 (1994)

(Last updated: 15 April 2016)