Simon Maskell

Professor Simon Maskell sits at the interface between Computer Science, Engineering and Statistics, and is focused on developing ground-breaking algorithmic solutions that can be translated into tangible advantage across multiple sectors in both industry and government.

Simon is a Professor of Autonomous Systems at the University of Liverpool within the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science where he is the Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Distributed Algorithms, which seeks to train 60 future leaders in next-generation data science. Simon is also President of the International Society of Information Fusion, the professional body associated with combining data from disparate sources to generate information that can inform decision making.

Simon uses a combination of numerical Bayesian statistics and High-Performance Computing to generate state-of-the-art solutions that can make a difference in the context of important real-world problems. The solutions that Simon has developed have, for example, benefited organisations operating within defence, security, insurance, petrochemicals, health and transport. A recent pertinent example was work at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the UK government using a model developed by Simon’s team as part of the process for calculating England’s R-Number.

Currently teaching “Control Theory”, Simon also historically taught “Image Processing” and a Big Data Analytics module as part of the MSc on Big Data and High Performance Computing (being delivered in partnership with the UK centre for supercomputing at STFC’s Hartree Centre).