Philip Ernst

The Institute of Mathematical Statistics has selected Philip A. Ernst as the winner of this year’s Tweedie New Researcher Award. Dr. Ernst received his PhD in 2014 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is now an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Rice University: Philip’s research interests include exact distribution theory, stochastic control, optimal stopping, mathematical finance and statistical inference for stochastic processes.

The IMS Travel Awards Committee selected Philip “for his fundamental contributions to exact distribution theory, in particular for his elegant resolution of the Yule’s nonsense correlation problem, and for his development of novel stochastic control techniques for computing the value of insider information in mathematical finance problems.”

Philip Ernst will present the Tweedie New Researcher Invited Lecture at the IMS New Researchers Conference, held this year at Simon Fraser University from July 26–28 (immediately before JSM). Visit for more information about the New Researchers Conference.

The other invited speakers at the New Researchers Conference are: IMS President Alison Etheridge, Oxford University; IMS President-Elect Xiao-Li Meng, Harvard University; Marc Suchard, University of California, Los Angeles; Hongyu Zhao, Yale University; and Jennifer Hill, New York University.

The Tweedie award is named for Richard L. Tweedie (1947–2001), the Australian-born professor of biostatistics and head of the Division of Biostatistics at the University of Minnesota, who mentored many young colleagues at work and through professional society activities.