The research team consists of leading experts in risk analysis, risk modelling and risk evaluation at the University of Leicester.

Dr Bogdan Grechuk is the programme’s Principal Investigator. He is a member of the School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science at the University of Leicester, specialising in risk analysis and machine learning. He has led risk analysis research in several projects, including the recently funded Innovate UK KTP grant with TG0 Ltd. In 2010, Dr Grechuk et al. developed a theory of generalized Chebyshev inequalities which can be used for robust estimation of the probabilities of rare events. In 2014, he developed with Zabarankin a novel theory for studying the risk of catastrophic events. More recently, he participated in developing mathematical foundations for an error correction mechanism in data-driven artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Dr Grechuk has led undergraduate and MSc modules on the principles of actuarial modelling, with applications to mortality and morbidity modelling.

Prof Alexander Gorban is the Director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Data Analysis and Modelling (AIDAM) and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leicester. He is known for the development of algorithms for the fast learning of neural networks, methods for dimensionality reduction in machine learning and beyond, applied data mining projects, and recently developed the technology of AI correctors. He is the Academic Leader in three Innovate UK KTP grants and a Co-Investigator of a £1M AHRC grant on using AI and Machine Learning in Archaeology. He was a visiting professor and research scholar at the Clay Mathematics Institute, IHES, Courant Institute, and Isaac Newton Institute. He has active academic collaborations with IHES, ETH Zurich, Institut Curie, Saint Louis University, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Toyota Technical Centre, Ann Arbor. He has been the Principal Investigator of various EPSRC, Royal Society, LMS and British Council projects for the organisation of research workshops and the development of international scientific collaboration. Among his collaborators and co-authors are two Presidents of the International Neural Network Society, D. Wunsch and D. Prokhorov. Prof Gorban was an invited plenary speaker at the 2020 IEEE World Congress of Artificial Intelligence. He has over 11,000 citations with an h-index of 51 on Google Scholar.

Dr Evgeny Mirkes has experience in practical data analysis and the implementation of various data-driven models, including models for mortality evaluation, risk evaluation. His main research interests are biomathematics, data mining and software engineering, neural network and artificial intelligence. He has led and supervised many projects in data analysis and the development of decision-support systems for computational diagnosis and treatment planning, and has participated in applied projects in Natural Language Processing in the area of social media data analysis. He has rich experience in Predictive Mathematical and Computational Modelling and in finding solutions to classification, clustering and auto coding problems. In particular, he developed a special programming language for Neural Networks, created a theory on geometrical complexity which is applicable to approximators of several types and allows the comparing of various methods of data approximations. He elaborated a new and universal framework to minimise arbitrary sub-quadratic error potentials in machine learning and developed new machine learning methods, which achieve orders of magnitude with faster computational performance than corresponding state-of-the-art methods.

 

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    The General Insurance (GI) Spring Conference is a result of the General Insurance Lifelong Learning Committee (GILL) combining this year’s 'Current Issues in General Insurance' (CIGI) and 'Technical Issues in General Insurance' (TIGI) conferences into a virtual webinar series over 19 – 25 May that will be available to watch online globally.

  • CILA 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    19-21 May 2021
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    We continue to live in a world of global uncertainty. Survival depends on our ability to simultaneously navigate through the diverse root-causes, ranging from: the consequences of Climate Change; on-going financial consequences of the COVID pandemic; or self-imposed changes in regulatory requirements and accounting standards.

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    This is a free webinar on the consultation on changes to the Practising Certificates (PC) Scheme.

    The proposals come from a recent review of the PC Scheme which was the first substantive look at the IFoA’s approach to the requirements and process for PCs since 2010. It responds directly to feedback received on how the current scheme works especially that received from members and PC Holders.

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    Behavioural Science Webinar SeriesThe world is changing. The fourth industrial revolution, globalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic are up-ending traditional social and business norms around the world; changes that were once predictable and steady are now faster and more profound.

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    Risk Management Webinar PrgrammeTools like python/R are being heavily used to provide end-to-end analytical solutions for risk management. They help to set up a framework/platform to collect risk data and work out stochastic analytics to provide insights into the risks faced by a firm, be it in any sector.

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    The webinar will look at several aspects of intergenerational fairness and our panel of experts will challenge you, society, taxpayers and generations X, Y and Z on key aspects of DB v DC pensions, public v private sector pensions, state benefits and key aspects of sustainability.

  • Pensions Conference 2021

    Online webinar series
    16-22 June 2021
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    Welcome to the programme for our 2nd Virtual Pensions Conference. This year's conference features 11 webinars offering members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the pension industry. There will also be opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.

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    Mathematical Futures: The Actuary in a World Transformed – Sir Adrian Smith will outline how advances in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence in the world of big data will transform the nature of many industries, including financial services. The broader environment within which mathematics is applied will change rapidly, often led by innovative yet disruptive forces outside. These changes will undoubtedly have an impact on the work of actuaries - and the profession will need to adapt quickly to thrive.

     

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    Given our commitment to the safety of our members and employees, and as the easing of restrictions in respect of COVID-19 cannot be guaranteed at this point in time, we have decided to hold our AGM virtually again this year.

    The Business of the AGM

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    Join newly inaugurated IFoA President Dr. Louise Pryor as she explores what we need to do to keep abreast of the changing world – and how we can seize the resulting opportunities – in her Presidential Address, ‘A Learning Society’

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    This is a free webinar on the consultation on changes to the Practising Certificates (PC) Scheme.

    The proposals come from a recent review of the PC Scheme which was the first substantive look at the IFoA’s approach to the requirements and process for PCs since 2010. It responds directly to feedback received on how the current scheme works especially that received from members and PC Holders.

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    The paper “Asset liability modelling in the quantum era” shall be presented by its authors, Tim Berry and James Sharpe, and chaired by Andrew Smith, Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin.

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    Risk Management Webinar ProgrammeInternal audit is often the Cinderella of the audit world. It’s a regulatory requirement for insurance companies to have an internal audit function, so why not make it as useful as possible?  This session will look at how to link an internal audit plan to the risk register, and how that helps audit committees and boards to spot problems and fix them.