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Professor David Leslie


David Leslie

Lancaster University

Fylde College



Tel: +44 1524 593063


I am a Professor of Statistical Learning in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University.  I research statistical learning, decision-making, and game theory.  My research on bandit algorithms is used by many of the world's largest companies to balance exploration and exploitation in real time website optimisation. I collaborate with several companies, including Prowler.io and BT (the latter through the NG-CDI project, funded by an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership). I also lead the EPSRC/NERC-funded Data Science of the Natural Environment (DSNE) project at Lancaster University. Prior to my position at Lancaster, I was a senior lecturer in the statistics group of the School of Mathematics, University of Bristol, where I was co-director of the EPSRC-funded cross-disciplinary decision-making research group at the University of Bristol. I was also a partner in the ALADDIN project, a large strategic partnership between BAE Systems and EPSRC, and involving researchers from Imperial College, Southampton, Oxford, Bristol and BAE Systems.

Research Interests

  • statistical learning
  • decision-making
  • game theory, particularly learning in games
  • reinforcement learning
  • stochastic approximation

External Roles

I am currently an external examiner for the University of Kent at Canterbury. Previously I was an external examiner at the University of Leicester.

I have held numerous roles at the Royal Statistical Society.  These include elected Council member, member of the long term strategy group, member of the Academic Affairs Advisory Group, and chair of the Applied Probability Section, and member of the Research Section Committee.

I have served on the programme committe of the London Mathematical Society.

PhD Supervisions Completed

I have had the privilege to supervise some great students.  The following have finished and moved on:

I am always on the lookout for the next good research student. However, note that it is essentially impossible for me to find financial support for students from outside the EU.

Web Links

A small amount of further information is available on my personal webpage

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