Dr Dan Cornford


Dan Cornford

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I am a Reader in Computer Science at Aston University, having been appointed in 1999 after undertaking a postdoc in the Neural Computing Research Group exploring the application of neural network methods to remote sensing problems. Prior to that I completed a PhD at Birmingham University on the application of spatial statistics to road weather climate modelling.

Research interests

My particular research interests focus on data assimilation in a Bayesian context (from optimal interpolation to particle filters and variational methods), the links between models and observation (via their combined relation to reality) and the different analysis paradigms, observation models, geostatistics, nowcasting, representation of spatial data / models (web based including GML), object oriented approaches to modelling large complex systems and visualisation. I supervise PhD students and run several research projects, including industrial collaborations. 

Teaching Activity

At present I supervise a number of final year individual projects.


  • 1993 – 1996  PhD, School of Geography, University of Birmingham, Birmingham (The Development and Application of Techniques for Mapping Daily Minimum Air Temperatures, November 1996)

  • 1991 – 1992  MSc Applied Meteorology and Climatology, School of Geography, University of Birmingham

  • 1988 – 1991  BSc Joint Honours Mathematics and Meteorology, Reading University

  • 1987 – 1988  ‘A’ levels:  Maths; Chemistry; Geography, Bideford College, Bideford, Devon


  • 2010 – present  Reader in Computer Science, Aston University

  • 2006 – 2010 Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Aston University

  • 1999 – 2006  Lecturer in Computer Science, Aston University

  • 1996 – 1999  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Neural Computing Research Group, Aston University

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society

Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society

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Engineering & Applied Science

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