School of Mathematics

Colin Aitken

Professor
The University of Edinburgh The School of Mathematics Room: 4605 James Clerk Maxwell Building, The King's Buildings, Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD Scotland
Tel: Work 0131 650 4877

Web: http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~cgga

Research Interests

Research Groups

Current and Recent PhD Students

Amy Wilson (EPSRC CASE studentship) in collaboration with Mass Spec Analytical Ltd (Bristol) :

'Establishment of frameworks for the evaluation of evidence relating to traces of drugs.'

2010 - 2013

Sabrina (Ya-Ting) Chang (Principal's Career Development Scholarship) 'Functional data analysis and forensic statistics'

Recent Conference and Workshop Involvement

Co-Chairman of organising committee of 'FORSTAT', a sub-group of the European Academy of Forensic Sciences, charged with organising annual workshops on statistics in forensic science

Biographical Statement

I am interested in the applications of statistics to forensic science and legal reasoning, with an emphasis on Bayesian approaches. Particular applications include determination of likelihood ratios, estimation of sample sizes, and evidence interpretation. Publications in statistical, legal and forensic scientific journals, and co-author of three books in the area. I have written several witness statements and been an expert witness in a trial related to drugs on banknotes. I have been involved in a project sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation to produce a series of reports for the criminal legal profession on probabilistic and statistical reasoning in criminal proceedings. These are published by the Royal Statistical Society (http://www.rss.org.uk/statsandlaw) I have recently completed a project sponsored by the EPSRC and MSA Ltd. to evaluate evidence in the form of drugs on banknotes.

Professional Activities

Chairman of the Royal Statistical Society section on Statistics and the Law, 2014 - .

Editor, 'Law, Probability and Risk', Oxford University Press.

Education Background

FCSFS (2007)

C Stat (1993)

PhD University of Glasgow (1979)

Diploma in Mathematical Statistics University of Cambridge (1975)

BSc University of Edinburgh (1974)

Education

FFSSoc (2007)

C Stat (1993)

PhD University of Glasgow (1979)

Diploma in Mathematical Statistics University of Cambridge (1975)

BSc University of Edinburgh (1974)