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Prof Seb Oliver

Post:Professor of Astrophysics (Physics and Astronomy, Astronomy Centre)
Other posts:Lead Academic (Data Intensive Science Centre at the University of Sussex)
Location:PEVENSEY 3 4C22

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678852
International:+44 1273 678852

Research expertise:
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  • 2009 - Present: Professor of Astrophysics, University of Sussex
  • 2003 - 2009: Reader in Astronomy, University of Sussex
  • 2000 - 2003: Lecturer in Astronomy, University of Sussex
  • 1993 - 1999: Research Associate, Imperial College, London
  • 1993 - 1993: Research Associate, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London


  • 1989 - 1993: Ph.D. in Astrophysics, University of London (Queen Mary & Westfield College)
  • 1986 - 1989: B.A. (Hons) Class 2:1 in Physics, University of Oxford (Balliol College)
  • 1978 - 1985: Monmouth School, Monmouth, Gwent
  • 1974 - 1978: Pembridge Primary School, Pembridge, Hereford & Worcs.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the menus which you can hopefully see at the left hand side of this page


  • Director Data Intensive Science Centre in SEPnet (DISCnet)
  • Director of Research & Knowledge Exchange, School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences
  • Director of Research & Knowledge Exchange, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Coordinator of the Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Survey (HELP)
  • Coordinator of Herschel Multi-Tiered Extragalactic Survey (HerMES)
  • Data Science Champion for the STFC Food+ Network
  • Chair of STFC's Education Training and Careers Committee

Community and Business

I and my research team have a lot of experience in data analaysis and modeling techniques.  This includes image and signal-processing, object detection, Bayesian inference and machine learning techniques.

We are applying these techniques to a number of different areas inparticular in health and biosciences.

  • We've applied Bayesian probabalistic matching to link patient records in the European Cystic Fibrosis Society patient registry
  • We've applied Gaussian Processes to classification of Altzheimer's and Mild Cognative Imparement in fMRI images, published in Neuroimage
  • We've worked on microscopy imaging of nano-scale protein structures published in PNAS