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2014 Nominees

President Elect Nominee

Richard Davis

Howard Levene Professor and Chair of Statistics, Columbia University

Education

1974: BA Mathematics, University of California at San Diego

1979: PhD Mathematics, University of California at San Diego



Research Interests

  • Time series analysis
  • Extreme value for stationary sequence and space-time processes
  • Spatial statistics with application to environmental data
  • Applied probability

Previous Service to the Profession

  • IMS Council (2013—present)
  • Joint IMS/Bernoulli Society Publications Management Committee (Jan '14-present)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Bernoulli (Jan '10– Dec '12)
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Applied Probability (Jan '94–Jan '00)
  • Associate Editor, Extremes (Jan '07 – present)
  • Associate Editor, Bernoulli (Jan '07 – Dec '08)
  • Editor, Statistical Science (Jan '08 – Dec '10)
  • Associate Editor, Stochastic Processes and Their Applications (Jan '93-Jan '96, Mar '08– Jan '10)
  • Business and Economics Statistics Section, Chair-elect (2009), Chair (2010)
  • Co-organizer (with James Stock, Ruey Tsay, and Serena Ng) NBER/NSF Workshops in Time Series (2001–present)

Brief Statement

I am honored to have the opportunity to stand for election as president-elect of IMS. With many areas in our field currently in the public eye, these are heady and exciting times for probabilists and statisticians. Fortunately, IMS is well positioned to provide timely fora to address the challenges of an expanding and changing research landscape and must do so while maintaining the high quality expected of IMS sponsored activities. It is also crucial for IMS to be proactive in expanding its outreach and support of young researchers—these actions help build a more vibrant and engaged community.

Web

http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~rdavis/


Council Nominees

Marek Biskup

Professor, Department of Mathematics, UCLA

Education

PhD Mathematics, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands




Research Interests


Probability related to statistical mechanics including:

  • Phase transitions and critical phenomena
  • Random motions in random media
  • Homogenization and heat-kernel estimates
  • Percolation
  • Extrema of Gaussian processes
  • Random Schroedinger operators

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Associate Editor, Electronic Journal of Probability and Electronic Communications in Probability, 2007-present
  • Summer school organizer (Prague schools on statistical mechanics) and lecturer (e.g. 2007 Park City Summer School)
  • Frequent conference organizer (Oberwolfach, Banff, IPAM, probability sessions at AMS meetings, etc)
  • Steering committee member for the RGLIS program at the European Science Foundation

Brief Statement

The IMS should maintain its indispensable role in providing outlets for high-quality publications and making them widely accessible at affordable price. Further expansion should be considered by inviting other valuable probability/statistics journals under the IMS umbrella. The IMS should also try to capitalize on a recent influx of motivated young researchers into probability. This could be done by offering a shelter, and providing support within means, for young-researcher symposia and/or summer schools around the world. Finally, the IMS is primarily a meeting ground for probabilists and statisticians but it should also constantly develop further means of outreach to other areas of mathematics, computer science and applied sciences. If elected, I will do my best to represent the probability community in these endeavors.

Web

http://www.math.ucla.edu/~biskup/


Peter Bühlmann

Professor, Seminar for Statistics, Department of Mathematics, ETH Zurich

Education

Ph.D. Mathematics (Statistics), ETH Zurich 1993


Research Interests

  • High-dimensional statistics
  • Computational statistics and machine learning
  • Statistics in life sciences

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Annals of Statistics, Co-Editor 2010-2012
  • Annals of Statistics, Assoc. Editor 2005-2009
  • Journal of Machine Learning Research, Editorial Board 2001-2009
  • Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, Assoc. Editor 2004-2007
  • Biometrical Journal, Assoc. Editor 2004-2009

Brief Statement

I like IMS very much: it is a broad-minded society for statistics, probability theory, and interdisciplinary applications. If elected to the council, I would contribute towards maintaining this broad-minded spirit of the society and opening new connections with other fields from e.g. computer science, mathematics, natural and social sciences. To achieve these goals, the current high quality of IMS publications and conferences is of utmost importance for outstanding communication of science within and across fields, and IMS' engagement in education and training of young researchers worldwide should be further strengthened.

Web

http://stat.ethz.ch/~buhlmann/


Florentina Bunea

Professor of Statistical Science, Department of Statistical Science, Cornell University

Education

MS in Mathematics, University of Bucharest, 1991

Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Washington, Seattle, 2000

 

Research Interests

  • High dimensional parametric and semi-parametric inference
  • Model selection and aggregation
  • High dimensional matrix modeling and inference
  • Statistical theory

Previous Service to the Profession


  • Series Co-Editor, Monographs on Statistics and Applied Probability, (The Green Series), Chapman & Hall CRC, since 2009
  • Associate Editor, JASA, since 2011
  • Associate Editor, Bernoulli, since 2010
  • Associate Editor, The Electronic Journal of Statistics, since 2007
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (JRSS)-B (2012- 2014)
  • Associate Editor, The Annals of Applied Statistics (2011 - 2012)
  • Associate Editor, The International Journal of Biostatistics, Berkeley Press (2007 - 2012)
  • Associate Editor, The Annals of Statistics (2007 - 2010)
  • Program leader for the 2013 - 2014 SAMSI Program on Low-dimensional Structure in High-dimensional Systems (LDHD)
  • IMS representative for the COPSS F.N. David Award committee, 2014-2018

Brief Statement

If elected, my efforts in the IMS council will be directed towards activities that will promote the new wave of mathematical statistics that is rapidly developing in response to emerging applications of unprecedented complexity. I view training the next generation of statisticians in this spirit as key for statistics as a discipline to maintain a leading role in sciences. I will work on developing new IMS initiatives that can make this happen.

Web

https://courses.cit.cornell.edu/fb238/


Sourav Chatterjee

Professor, Statistics and Mathematics, Stanford University

Education

Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2005



Research Interests

  • Probability theory
  • Mathematical statistics

Previous Service to the Profession


Served on the editorial boards for:

  • Annals of Probability
  • Probability Theory and Related Fields
  • Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincare
  • Sankhya

Brief Statement

I will be honored to serve as a member of the council, if elected. I will be particularly interested in forwarding the interests of young researchers, because I have personal experience in benefitting from the IMS's commendable role in supporting young people at the beginning stages of their career. There are very few academic institutions that play this role with as much sincerity. I will also try to forward the interests of the probability community, because that is where I primarily belong.

Web

http://statweb.stanford.edu/~souravc/


Frank Den Hollander

Prof. Dr., Mathematical Institute, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Education

MSc 1980 Theoretical Physics

PhD 1985 Mathematical Physics


Research Interests

  • Probability Theory
  • Statistical Physics
  • Ergodic Theory
  • Population Genetics

Previous Service to the Profession


  • Scientific Director of EURANDOM (2000-2005)
  • Council of the Bernoulli Society (2003-2007)
  • Council of the IMS (2006-2009)
  • Publications Committee of the Bernoulli Society (since 2011)
  • Advisory Council for Exact Sciences of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (since 2011, chair)
  • Mathematics Advisory Council of Elsevier (since 2012)
  • Served on 10 editorial boards

Brief Statement


Internationalisation continues to be a key challenge for mathematics. A viable model for open access, combined with a refereeing system that works efficiently and does justice to high-quality papers, need our attention as well. Over the years I have been active both within the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Bernoulli Society, trying to help our profession wherever I can. The stochastic sciences are flourishing. This offers unique possibilities for the future, especially close interaction with other sciences.

Web

http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~denholla/


Holger Dette

Professor, Department of Mathematics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Education

PhD, 1989, Universität Hannover, Germany

Habilitation, 1992;  Universität Göttingen, Germany


Research Interests

  • Design of experiments
  • Nonparametric regression
  • Time series, locally stationary processes
  • Random matrices 
  • Matrix measures
  • Birth and death processes
  • Approximation theory and orthogonal polynomials

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Editor: Metrika (2008 - 2012)
  • Editor: Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference (2012 - present)
  • Editor: Stat (2012 - present)
  • Associate Editor: Annals of Statistics (1995 - 2007, 2011 - present)
  • Associate Editor: Bernoulli (2013 - present)
  • Associate Editor: International Statistical Review (2011 - present)
  • Associate Editor: Journal of the American Statistical Association (2011- present)
  • Associate Editor: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B (2007 - present)
  • Associate Editor: Test (2000 - present)
  • Associate Editor: Sankhya (2004 - present)
  • Associate Editor: ESAIM: Probability and Statistics (2005 - present)
  • Associate Editor: Statistics & Probability Letters (2007 - present)
  • Associate Editor: Statistics & Decisions (2007 - present)

Brief Statement

The IMS plays a major role for the development of Probability and Statistics in the future.  My  list of priorites for the work in the council is:

1)   Promotion of young researchers.
2)   Improving the collaboration between probability and statistics. Improving the quality of refereing.
3)   Supporting interactions between IMS and other scientific organisation in mathematics – in particular SIAM.
4)   Improving the visibility of our field to other disciplines, where massive and new data structures require the development of new methodology and theory .
5)   Support of open access electronic publishing.

Web

http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/mathematik3/en/dette.html


Geoffrey Grimmett

Professor of Mathematical Statistics, Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Education

BA (1971), MSc (1972), MA (1974), DPhil (1974), DSc (2010), Oxford University

Research Interests

  • Probability theory
  • Stochastic processes on graphs
  • Percolation and disordered systems

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Membership of numerous IMS committees including Council (2007-10)
  • AE, Annals of Probability (1988-94)
  • Managing Editor, Probability Surveys (2009-11)
  • Managing Editor, Probability Theory and Related Fields (2000-05)

Brief Statement

The IMS has a very special role as a beacon publisher of top-rank and widely accessible journals and books in probability and statistics. I support activities in North America and further afield that support our community worldwide, and I will take some interest in matters of governance.

Web

http://www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/~grg/


Davy Paindaveine

Professor of Statistics, ECARES and Department of Mathematics, Université libre de Bruxelles

Education

MA in Mathematics, 1998, Université libre de Bruxelles

Ph.D. in Statistics, 2002, Université libre de Bruxelles

Research Interests

  • Nonparametric Statistics
  • Robust inference
  • Asymptotic Statistics
  • Multivariate analysis
  • High-dimensional data

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Statistics and Probability Letters, since 2014
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Statistics: since 2013
  • Associate Editor, ESAIM Probability and Statistics: since 2013
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference: since 2012
  • Associate Editor, Statistica Sinica: since 2011
  • Associate Editor, International Statistical Review: since 2011
  • Associate Editor, Statistics and Probability Letters: 2010-2013
  • IMS Committee on New Researchers: 2011-2013

Brief Statement

"The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard" (John Tukey). I could not agree more with this point and see this as a further reason to try and strengthen the links between the IMS and scientific societies in other fields. At least as important is to pursue the on-going efforts to make the IMS more and more useful and visible to young statisticians.

Web

http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~dpaindav/


Kavita Ramanan

Professor, Applied Mathematics, Brown University

Education

B. Tech. Chemical Engineering, IIT Mumbai, 1992

MS Applied Mathematics, Brown University, 1993

PhD Applied Mathematics, Brown University, 1998

Research Interests

  • Probability theory, stochastic processes and their applications
  • large deviations
  • concentration of measure
  • Gibbs measures and phase transitions
  • stochastic analysis
  • stochastic networks and their scaling limits

Previous Service to the Profession


  • Editorial Board of: Annals of Probability (2006-2012), Annals of Applied Probability (2009--present), Mathematics of Operations Research (2007--present), Queueing Systems (2008--present), Stochastic Analysis and Applications (2002-2012)
  • IMS Committee on Nominations, Member (2011-2013)
  • IMS Membership Comittee (2007)
  • Bernoulli Society Nominations Committee, Member (2014--)
  • Prize Committees: (i) George Nicholson Prize (2013 member; 2014 Chair); (ii) Erlang Prize of the Applied Probability Society(2014-)
  • AMS (American Mathematical Society) Eastern Section Program Committee, Member 2012, Chair 2013
  • Organizer/Co-Organizer of several international Conferences, including (i) "Computational Challenges in Probability", semester program at ICERM, Providence, RI (Fall '12) (ii) "INFORMS Applied Probability Conference" (Stockholm, Sweden, July '11) (iii) "Stochastic Networks Meeting" (Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK, Mar '10) (iv) IMI Meeting on "Limit Theorems in Probability", Bangalore India (Jan '13)
  • Scientific Committee of various Conference Series, including (i) "Committee for the Conferences on Stochastic Processes" (2010--) (ii) "Seminar on Stochastic Processes", Long-term member (2014--) (iii) "Stochastic Networks" (2008--present)
  • International research panels, including for NSF (National Science Foundation), ERC (European Research Commission), INRIA
  • Faculty Sponsor AWM (Association for Women in Mathematics) Chapter Division of Applied Math, Brown University
  • Outreach Activities, including talks at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI Center for Women in Mathematics, Smith College, MLK Elementary School, Providence Girl's Science Club, Jewish Day School, Pittsburgh

Brief Statement


I am honored to have been nominated as a candidate for the IMS Council. This is an exciting era for probability and statistics, with significant advances in both theory and applications. If elected to the council, I would help foster interaction between probability, statistics, and other mathematical and scientific disciplines, and take measures to improve public understanding of the importance of these fields. I would strongly encourage meetings and other activities that support young researchers from around the world and continue to support the IMS in its mission to maintain the highest standards for its publications.

Web

http://www.dam.brown.edu/people/ramanan/index.htm


Jonathan Taylor

Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, Stanford University

Education

B. Sc., McGill University (1997)

Ph. D., McGill University (2011)

Research Interests


  • Geometric methods in statistics
  • Smooth stochastic processes
  • Optimization methods in statistics (consistency, inference, computation)
  • Multiple comparisons problems with dependent data
  • Extreme value theory

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Current Associate Editor for Annals of Statistics
  • Scandinavian Journal of Statistics
  • IMS Nominations Committee

Brief Statement


The growth of data-intensive scientific applications and big data in industry has greatly increased the importance of probability and statistics to other disciplines. I believe the IMS, as the world's leading society committed to both probability and statistics, has an important role to play in this outreach. If elected, I am committed to ensuring that probability and statistics' role in science, society and computing continues to grow. I am also committed to encouraging the continued communication of research between the theoretical and applied constituencies within the IMS.


Aad van der Vaart

Professor of Stochastics, Mathematical Institute, Leiden University, Netherlands

Education

B.S. Psychology, Leiden University,1983

M.S. Mathematics, Leiden University, 1983

Ph.D. Mathematics, Leiden University, 1987

Research Interests

  • Semiparametric statistics
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Empirical processes
  • Genomics, genetics, imaging, finance

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Associate editor Annals of Statistics, ESAIM, Statistica Neerlandica, Statistics and Decisions, PTRF, Indagationes Mathematicae, JSPI, ALEA.
  • Program chair EMS 2005 Oslo, and BNP10 2015 Rayleigh
  • Chair local organizing committee BNP9, and EMS 2015
  • Member program and organizing committees of workshops and conferences
  • Chair European Regional Committee Bernoulli Society
  • ISI council member
  • President Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research.
  • Member local, European and international scientific councils, review panels, nominating committees, governing boards, prize committees, including some of IMS.
  • Head Department of Mathematics, VU University Amsterdam

Brief Statement

Thanks to the effort of many IMS publishes the most significant journals and organizes main conferences in our area. It is attractive that it keeps statistics and probability together in this effort, without loosing sight of the wider area of statistics. I am more than happy to serve on the council to help IMS continue to be an efficient representative of our profession.

Web

http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~avdvaart/


Naisyin Wang

Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan

Education

Ph.D. Statistics, Cornell University, 1992

M.A. Statistics, Ohio State University, 1987

B.S. Mathematics, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, 1986

Research Interests

  • Non- and Semiparametric Models
  • Functional and Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Weighting and Transformation in Regression
  • Measurement Error and Mixture Modeling
  • Interdisciplinary Research on Nutrition and Dietary Studies

Previous Service to the Profession


  • Co-Chair Editor, Statistica Sinica, 2011-current
  • Associate Editor, JASA, 2008-2012, 2005-2006
  • Associate Editor, Biostatistics, 2008-2011
  • Associate Editor, Statistics and Its Interface, 2008-2011
  • Co-Editor, Biometrics, 2006-2008
  • Editor, Statistical Science, 2005-2006
  • Associate Editor, Biometrics, 1997-2006
  • President, International Chinese Statistical Association, 2011
  • PIMS nomination committee, 2011-2012
  • ASA Wilks Memorial Medal Committee, 2011-2013
  • COPSS Fisher Lecture Committee, 2003-2006, (Chair, 2006)
  • IMS Program Chair, 2003 IMS-WNAR Meeting

Brief Statement

It is an honor to be given this opportunity to serve IMS. We are in an era of big data, which provides excitements as well as challenges. The concepts of building strong applications on the backbone of theoretical statistics/probability seem to be in danger of being lost in this fast-paste world, particularly among some of our younger researchers. If elected, I would work with other council members to identify means that promote the recognition of importance of such support in conducting interdisciplinary research.

Web

http://dept.stat.lsa.umich.edu/~nwangaa/