I am confident that Mathematics will always play a crucial role to better understand the world and I hope to see the number of Women in Mathematics to increase year by year."Kalliopi Mylona
09 October 2022
King's women in maths: Kalliopi Mylona
Kalliopi Mylona interview
Who are you and what is your area of research?
My name is Kalliopi Mylona and I am a Senior Lecturer in Statistics, in the Department of Mathematics. I am also currently the Chair of Equality Diversity and Inclusion committee in the department. My main research area is the design of factorial experiments (DOE) and the analysis of experimental data, both the development of new statistical methodology and its application to real scientific problems.
Tell us about something you are working on at the moment - what is exciting about it?
At the moment, I am working on designing optimal experiments for pharmaceutical science, the food industry, the material science and agriculture. Haphazard experimentation can be very wasteful of resources. Improvements in the way experiments are designed thus have the potential to generate important increases in knowledge and savings in time and money in many disciplines.
What is the most unexpectedly pleasant event that has happened to you since entering mathematics?
After receiving my PhD in Greece in 2009, I obtained a two year Marie Curie postdoctoral position in Belgium. Prior to my appointment at King’s as a Lecturer in Statistics, I was granted a CONEX Marie Curie research fellowship in the Department of Statistics, at the Carlos III University in Madrid (UC3M). The research grants allowed me to work to innovate research problems, to expand my research network and collaborate with scientists from other disciplines (e.g. sociologists, engineers, chemists, biologists).
What do you hope to achieve through your work at King’s?
To continue to conduct high-quality research, to work in projects with useful impact at the society and to inspire future mathematicians.
What advice would you give to someone considering studying maths?
To find ways to never stop to enjoy maths, via well-motivating mathematical problems and real life applications.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy playing padel and tennis and I like travelling.