Prof. Bruce Bassett


University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Bruce Bassett is Professor of Applied Mathematics at UCT, research astronomer at SAAO and Head of Cosmology and Machine Learning at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. His research interests include cosmology, Bayesian statistics, optimisation and machine learning. Bruce did his PhD at SISSA in Italy, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford University. After being a senior lecturer and Reader at the University of Portsmouth and following an extended sabbatical at the University of Kyoto, Bruce returned to Cape Town in 2004. He was vice-president of the International Astrostatistics Association from 2011-2017 and Head of Data Science at the South African Radio Astronomical Observatory from 2017-2020. In 2018 Bruce founded the Data Science Intensive (DSI) program which provides African graduates with hands-on training in cutting-edge data science and artificial intelligence techniques for real world applications. He is the author of the popular science book "Introducing Relativity".