Cécile Mailler

Lecturer in Probability

Department of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Bath
Claverton Down
Bath BA2 7AY

(+44)1225 38 5304

Room 6W 1.25a
Photo credit: Gabriel Gilson (University of Bath)

I am a lecturer at the University of Bath, where I am a member of the probability group Prob-L@B. Between 2013 and 2016, I was a postdoc at Prob-L@B, as part of Peter Mörters' EPSRC project Emergence of Condensation in Stochastic Networks. Between 2010 and 2013, I was a PhD student whithin the Laboratoire de Mathématiques de Versailles under the supervision of Brigitte Chauvin and Danièle Gardy.

I am interested in:

Since October 2020, I have been serving as an Associate Editor of the Applied Probability Trust.

I wrote a general introduction to Pólya urns for the LMS Newsletter (November 2020, page 24). The intended audience is mathematicians in all areas of maths, starting at postgraduate level: the non-official title is "Why do probabilists still study coloured balls being drawn from urns?" [pdf]


Workshop on "Pólya urns, stochastic approximation and quasi-stationary distributions: new developments"

I co-organise this workshop with Denis Villemonais. We are hoping to hold this workshop at the University of Bath in April 2022 (11th to 14th). There is more information on the website.

The next conferences I will attend (in person) are:



Journal Publications

Articles in conference proceedings

PhD Thesis

Teaching at summer schools

Selected recent talks

The ants walk: finding geodesics in a graph using reinforcement learning.

Study of extremes in three competing growth processes.

Dynamical models for random simplices.

Stochastic approximation on a non-compact space and application to measure-valued Pólya processes.

The monkey walk: a random walk with random reinforced relocations.

PhD students

My résumé