Posted on 01/02/2011
Professor Fionn Murtagh
Professor Fionn Murtagh, from the Department of Computer Science at Royal Holloway, University of London, has achieved the distinction of being elected into the Academia Europaea, an organisation of eminent scholars from across Europe.
Founded in 1988, members of the Academia Europaea cover the full range of academic disciplines that comprises the humanities, social, physical and life sciences as well as mathematics, engineering and medicine.
The statement by his nominators for election to Academia Europaea included: "Professor Fionn Murtagh is a leader in the field of pattern and data analysis and classification. He has contributed a variety of mathematically motivated methods to data analysis, often involving massive, high dimensional data sets, and has contributed novel algorithms and evaluated their performance both by using mathematical-statistical methods such as Bayesian analysis and by conducting experimental evaluations and operational deployment."
Fionn Murtagh’s most recent book is on machine learning and data mining in the context of demanding applications including astronomy, forensics, earth observation, and digital media. Entitled Sparse Image and Signal Processing – Wavelets, Curvelets, Morphological Diversity, and co-authored with Jean-Luc Starck and Jalal Fadili, published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.
Professor Murtagh comments: "I am delighted to be elected into the Academia Europaea. The success is, however, tinged with sadness as my nominator for this was Professor Robin Milner, who died in March 2010 in Cambridge. Robin was without doubt one of the greats of computing and of scholarship.”