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Professor John Aston

Statistical phonetics; spoken language evolution; functional data analysis for linguistics
Professor John Aston

Professor of Statistics, Statistical Laboratory

Currently on secondment as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office

Statistical phonetics

Spoken language evolution

Functional data analysis for linguistics

Research Interests

My interests include all areas of Applied Statistics but particularly Statistical Neuroimaging and Statistical Linguistics. I also have an active collaboration with the Office for National Statistics. I have methodological interests amongst other things in Functional Data Analysis, Time Series Analysis, Image Analysis, Changepoint Analysis, and Spatial-Temporal Statistics.


  • Phonetics
  • Statistics