Robert Fildes is Distinguished Professor in the Management School, Lancaster University, Director of the Centre for Marketing Analytics and Forecasting.
He graduated from Oxford and the University of California, and went on to write one of the early forecasting texts. In 1981, with Spyros Makridakis and Scott Armstrong, he founded the International Institute of Forecasters, which has organized conferences for nearly 40 years and, more recently, workshops on all aspects of forecasting.
Robert was co-founder in 1985 of the International Journal of Forecasting, the premier academic forecasting journal.
His current research interests are concerned with the comparative evaluation of different forecasting methods, particularly applied to retailing and the implementation of improved forecasting procedures and systems: in a nutshell, getting improvements into practice.