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The Team


Professor John C. Gittins


John C. Gittins is a researcher in applied probability and operations research.  He is a professor and Emeritus Fellow at Keble College, Oxford University.


He is renowned as the developer of the "Gittins index", which is used for sequential decision-making, notably in website morphing.  He has research interests in applied probability, decision analysis and optimal decisions, including optimal stopping and stochastic optimization.


Gittins was an Assistant Director of Research at the Department of Engineering, Cambridge University from 1967 to 1974. Then he was a lecturer at Oxford University from 1974 to 2005 and head of the Department of Statistics there for 6 years. In 1992, Oxford University awarded him the degree Doctor of Science (DSc). In 1996 he became a Professor of Statistics at Oxford University.  He has been awarded the Rollo Davidson Prize (1982) for early-career probabilists, and the Guy Medal in Silver (1984).


He has written the following books:
Multi-Armed Bandit Allocation Indices. Wiley (1989), and 2nd edition, with Kevin Glazebrook and Richard Weber, (2011), and Statistical Methods for Pharmaceutical Research Planning, with Sten Bergman, Decker (1985).


In total, he has written 72 papers and books.  A full list may be seen at


A list of articles about Professor Gittins can be found on our Online Articles page.


Dr. Anne Marie

Dr. Anne Marie received her AB in Mathematics from Harvard University, and her PhD from Oxford University, supervised by Professor John C. Gittins.  With Gittins, she published three journal articles, rewrote the OPRRA software, and developed the GO risk measures.

Her awards include the following:

Harvard Phi Beta Kappa, Marshall Scholarship, Clarendon Scholarship, USA TODAY All-American Academic First Team, John Harvard Scholarship for Academic Achievement of Highest Distinction, Harvard Dean’s List, Harvard Academic Rank Group I, Wendell Prize, Detur Book Prize, Pauley Fellowship, State Farm Scholarship, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholarship for Academic Achievement of Highest Distinction, National Library of Congress Inductee.


She has presented the GO research across the world, including at the 2012 OR54 Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the OR2012 International Annual Conference in Hannover, Germany, at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington, and at the 2012 Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry (PSI) Conference in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, UK.


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