Colin Fox

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Colin Fox
photo by Eloisa Fox, age 6


Colin Fox

Associate Professor of Physics, Electronics research group, University of Otago
BSc, MSc(Hons I) (Auckland) PhD (Cambridge) FASA
Email: Fox email.png, GSM: 021 438369, office: 03 479 7806, room 523 street address, skype:, linphone,

Current Research

  • Bayesian inference : MCMC with physics-based likelihoods, polynomial accelerated (MCMSki presentation) and conjugate direction sampling (tech report paper), Gaussian processes via FEM (presentation), analog to inference converters (MCMC in a FPGA) (ENZCon paper)
  • Inverse problems : Imaging and machine vision, computational inference for inverse problems (Annotated Bibliography), geothermal fields and groundwater (WRR paper), capacitance tomography (MST review)
  • Acoustics : Sound transmission in light-weight timber-framed construction (paper), aurilization, modelling and measuring vibration in complex random structures
  • Semi-analytic methods : Wave propagation in sea-ice (paper) and other composite structures, random structures

SUQ'13 conference

The Southern Uncertainty Quantification workshop SUQ'13 was held at Otago, 7-9 January 2013.

Editorial roles

ASA/SIAM Journal on Uncertainty Quantification (JUQ)

Guest editor Statistics and Computing

Teaching in 2014

  • ELEC 361 Measurement and Analysis (semester 1)
  • ELEC 353 Analogue Electronics (semester 1)
  • Module 412 Computational Inference (semester 2)
  • Module 413 BVPs of Mathematical Physics (semester 2)


Colin's publications, presentations, internal reports, travel calendar, previous teaching, grad students and postdocs, lecture notes

Code: twalk in MatLab

Otago: library catalogue, lecture theatre map, publication database, electron wiki, physics wiki, academic dates

Academic: UoA library catalogue, league tables of universities: from imperial, Shanghai Jiaotong, impact factors for NA journals, predatory open-access publishers

News: Guardian weekly technology Gary Younge

Misc: tacos near LAX on New Mexican food places I have worked ASNZ ASP OPG Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty. T.S. Eliot