Frank Kelly has been Professor of the Mathematics of Systems in the University of Cambridge since 1990, and became Master of Christ’s College in 2006. His main research interests are in random processes, networks and optimisation. He is especially interested in applications to the design and control of networks and to the understanding of self-regulation in large-scale systems. His particular administrative interests are relationships between the Colleges and the University, and the University’s role in society.
Frank served as Director of the Statistical Laboratory from 1991 to 1993, was the initial chair of the Advisory Board of the Royal Institution/University of Cambridge Mathematics Enrichment Project (a site encouraging schoolchildren interested in mathematics), and has chaired the Management Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. At various times he has served as a member of the Scientific Board of Hewlett-Packard’s Basic Research Institute in Mathematical Sciences, the Scientific Council of EURANDOM, the Conseil Scientifique of France Télécom, and the Council of Royal Society.
Frank spent the academic year 2001-2 as visiting professor at Stanford University. From 2003-06, he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the United Kingdom's Department for Transport, and in 2011-12, he was a non-executive director of Autonomy plc.
Frank Kelly was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989, a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering in 2012, and he was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year's honours list for services to mathematical sciences.