Shahin Tavakoli

Short Bio

I was born in England, but grew up mostly in France and Switzerland. I am a Swiss citizen of Persian heritage.

I speak French (native), English (fluent), German (good level), Spanish (good level), Italian (intermediate) and Farsi (spoken, not written).

I have done my BA+MA in mathematics at EPFL, followed by a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics. After that, I spent 3 years at the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge, where I worked with Sir John Aston. In September 2017, I joined the Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick as a tenure-track assistant professor. In August 2021, I joined the Research Center for Statistics at the Geneva School of Economics and Management of the University of Geneva as a senior lecturer.

My research is in the field of functional data analysis, which deals with statistics for data that are curves, images, or high-dimensional objects with some kind of smoothness.

Outside of research, I have various interests. I love some jazz musicians, such as Brad Mehldau, Ibrahim Maalouf, and Marc Perrenoud, enjoy experimenting with cooking, am interested in improvisation theater (Keith Johnstone School of improvisation), and enjoy the subtleties of British English (as exemplified by Yes, Prime Minister).