Paul McNicholas is the University Research Chair in Computational Statistics at the University of Guelph, where he is Associate Professor and Associate Chair at the
Department of Mathematics & Statistics as well as Director of the Bioinformatics Program.
Paul was educated at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where he read mathematics (BA, MA), high-performance computing (MSc), and statistics (PhD).
Paul's primary research concerns model-based clustering and classification. In addition, he has conducted research in other applications of mixture models, such as cure rates in survival analysis, and in data mining. Work in cure rate modelling has focused on process-based approaches, and data mining work has focused on association rule mining.
In 2011, Paul was awarded an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Soon afterwards, he won a Distinguished Professor Teaching Award from the University of Guelph Faculty Association.
Applications of Paul's research can be seen most readily in areas like bioinformatics, food authenticity and sensory science. Applications of his sensory science work are the subject of an industrial collaboration. Paul's research group currently comprises an assistant professor, three postdoctoral research fellows, eleven PhD students, and several Master's students.
Paul's research group is currently supported by the Natural Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Research Fund, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation; and an industry partner.
Paul is an Associate Editor for four journals: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, The Canadian Journal of Statistics, and Statistical Methods and Applications (Journal of the Italian Statistical Society). He is also a Guest Editor for the Computational Statistics and Data Analysis second and third special issues on Advances in Mixture Models. Paul is a Statistical Advisor for the BMC-series journals as well as a Senior Member of the IEEE.
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