IMS Council recently approved the appointment of John Aston as statistics editor for the successful IMS–Cambridge University Press book series, IMS Monographs and IMS Textbooks ( for a three-year term starting January 1, 2021. He takes over from Xuming He, and joins Nancy Reid (coordinating editor, 2018–2021), Ramon van Handel (Probability editor, 2018–2021), and Arnaud Doucet (Algorithms editor, 2020–2023).

John Aston is Professor of Statistics in the Statslab at the University of Cambridge and is currently on secondment as Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK’s Home Office. His interests include all areas of Applied Statistics but particularly Statistical Neuroimaging and Statistical Linguistics. He also has an active collaboration with the Office for National Statistics. He has methodological interests amongst other things in functional data analysis, time series analysis, image analysis, changepoint analysis, and spatial-temporal statistics. From 2015–2017, he was a trustee and member of the board of directors of the Alan Turing Institute. Prior to being at Cambridge, he held academic positions at the University of Warwick and at Academia Sinica. He was secretary of the Royal Statistical Society Research Section during 2013–2014.

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