Dr. Emilio Porcu
Dr. Emilio Porcu Professor
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Professor, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Emilio Porcu did his PhD in Space-Time Statistics and studied Spatial Statistics at the Ecole des Mines at Fontainbleau (Paris). He then did a Postdoc in Spain, and in 2008 he became Research Fellow at the University of Goettingen in Germany. In 2010, he came back to Spain, and in 2012 he became Full Professor of Statistics at the University of Valparaiso, in Chile, and then moved in 2013 to Technical University Federico Santa Maria, Chile. In 2016, he moved to Newcastle (UK) as Chair of Spatial Statistics and co-Chair of Spatial Analytics Research Center in Newcastle. In 2019, he moved to Trinity College Dublin as Chair of Statistics, and he is currently a Senior Scientist at the Research Center for Big and Complex Data in Chile. He is also an invited Professor at the University of Newcastle.

Dr. Porcu's research interests are on natural and anthropogenic phenomena that evolve temporarily over a given spatial domain: amongst those, earthquakes, tsunamis, climate change, and other catastrophes. He moves within the intersection of mathematics, statistics, physics, and computer sciences, with applied sciences such as climatology, seismology, oceanography, geography, and geology.

Dr. Porcu has published over 140 papers in international journals that are ranked as top journals in Statistics and Probability. He has published 5 books and around 200 proceedings in conferences, many of which he has attended as keynote speaker. 

He has has supervised 15 PhD thesis and most of his students are now employed as academics in prestigious universities in Europe, the US, and South America.

Dr. Porcu has received several international awards for his research: from the TIES Environmetrics Society, he was awarded the Stuart Hunter Lecturer Prize, and received other important prizes from the University of Kansas (US) and Padova (Italy). Recently, he has been appointed as Ambassador for the City of Viña del Mar, Chile, for his research activity. In 2020, he has been awarded as Elected Fellow at the International Statistical Institute. He is also Associate Editor of five top-ranked international journals in statistics, and member of several international societies in Statistics and Mathematics. Dr. Porcu speaks 6 languages.

Education
  • PhD, Statistics, University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy (2005)
Teaching Areas
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Stochastic Processes
Research Interests
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Climate
  • Environment
  • Data Science