Tuesday 8 March 2016

Anthony Constantinou presents BAYES-KNOWLEDGE work in Parliament

Anthony Constantinou and his poster

Updated 8 March 2016

Anthony Constantinou was selected to present his work (summarised in this poster) on the BAYES-KNOWLEDGE project in Parliament on 7 March 2016 as part of the SET for Britain awards 2016 This was the Press Release from Parliament:

Dr Anthony Constantinou, 31, a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Queen Mary University of London, hailing from Limassol, Cyprus, is attending Parliament to present his mathematics research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 7 March.

Anthony’s poster on research about Decision Systems which are based on probabilistic graphical models for uncertainty quantification and risk management, will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind. Anthony is funded as part of the BAYES-KNOWLEDGE project (

Anthony was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

On presenting his research in Parliament, he said, “This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the art of intelligent decision making, which is merely based on identifying the best possible set of actions to be taken on the basis of trade-offs in an effort to achieve some objectives; then having to explain why an objective has not been met! Having applied these methods to a diverse range of real-world application domains, spanning from forensics and medical sciences to sports and gambling market efficiency, I do hope I can keep the audience entertained.”

Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said:

“This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.

“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

Anthony’s research has been entered into the Mathematical Sciences session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Biology, The Physiological Society and the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, with financial support from Essar, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Bank of England and the Society of Chemical Industry.
Although Anthony did not win one of the final prizes his entry was highly praised by the judges and many MPs who he spoke with.

Anthony about to enter the Houses of Parliament
Anthony with Nick Clegg and David Cameron!
Anthony with poster

The prize giving bit with Science Minister Joe Johnson (5th from right)

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