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Dr Alvaro Faria
Post:Lecturer in Statistics
Department:Mathematics And Statistics
Group Affiliation:Statistics
E-Mail:alvaro.faria @ open.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1908 858 212
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I joined the OU in 2001, after 2 years as a Lecturer in Management Science at Lancaster University. Previously, I was a Research Fellow in the Statistics Department at Warwick University where I worked on the development of uncertainty handling and data assimilation models for environmental models associated with nuclear emergencies.

I obtained a PhD in Statistics at Warwick in 1996 where I extended non-linear models for the combination of expert judgements to multivariate settings represented by graphical models. I obtained, in 1992, an MSc in Control Systems in the Department of Electric Engineering (DEE) at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) in Brazil. I have worked for 3 years as an Engineer at the CAD/CAM Unit of the Brazilian National Institute of Technology in the development of quality control systems for Industry.

Other Activities

  • Coordinator of the Statistical Advisory and Consultancy Services
  • OU Teaching: M248 (Exams and Awards Board Chair) and M346 (Exams and Awards Board member) 
  • Postgraduate Supervision: Alexandre Santos (full time PhD student) and Luiz Albino (from DEE- PUC/Rio in Brazil as co-supervisor).


  • Bayesian non-linear time series models
  • Fast computing statistical models for time series processes
  • Uncertainty in complex models  
  • Bayesian models for time series processes in space
  • Bayesian time series analysis 
  • The combination of expert judgement


  • M248: Analysing data
  • M346: Linear statistical modelling

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