The Mathematical Science group has a strong track record of applying statistics methods to improve and study road safety. Recently, our Julian Stander joined forces with excellent colleagues in the School of Psychology to publish a paper in the journal Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour entitled “Evaluating the effectiveness of a young driver-education intervention: Learn2Live”. This paper reports that a fear-based road safety intervention had an effect on decreasing young drivers’ attitudes towards risky driving and that young drivers preferred a peer-led educational road safety intervention experience, rather than an adult-led intervention experience.
The 6th Edition of Modern Engineering Mathematics has just been published. This is one of the most popular textbooks amongst all students of engineering worldwide. Phil Dyke (Professor of Applied Mathematics) is the editor, succeeding Glyn James who sadly died last year. Matthew Craven (Lecturer in Applied Mathematics) and Yinghui Wei (Associate professor of Statistics) helped produce this new edition, available from 26th February 2020. Its production follows a year of hard work.
Malgorzata Wojtys and Craig McNeile been awarded a small grant, from the IMA/RSS, to organize a 1 day workshop on developing curriculum in mathematical sciences with employers. The website for the workshop is here.
Prof Li Zhang from Yunnan University, China, visited the University of Plymouth for a few months. Before she left, she presented a talk on her research in the statistics seminar.
Comprehensive Analysis of Innovate Activities in Science and Technology
Date/Time: Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 4pm,
Li Zhang, Yunnan University, China
The purpose of this research is to
provide a set of statistical methods for administrative authority who
organizes and evaluates innovate activities in science and technology.
Statistical methods can be used to describe innovate
activities, evaluate the innovators, and extract information from the
large and sparse data, in order to help administrative authority to
develop effective science and technology policy.
With a case study on the evaluation of 31 districts in China, this research includes the following aspects:
· Establish an indicator system about innovate input, output and environment.
· Describe the quantitative features of indicators by data visualization and summary statistics.
· Create composite indicators to evaluate the innovate activities across 31 districts in China.