The Department of Statistics at Florida State University is pleased to announce Susan Murphy, Professor of Statistics at Harvard University, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, and Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as the 2021 speaker for the Myles Hollander Distinguished Lecture.

Murphy will present “We used a Bandit Algorithm to Personalize But Did It Work?,” September 24, 2021.

Murphy’s lab works on clinical trial designs and online learning algorithms in sequential decision making, in particular in the area of digital health. She developed the micro-randomized trial for use in constructing mobile health interventions which is in use across a broad range of health related areas. She is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, both of the US National Academies. She is a Past-President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and of the Bernoulli Society and a former editor of the Annals of Statistics. She is a prior recipient of the RA Fisher Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) and the Guy Medal in Silver from the Royal Statistical Society.

The Myles Hollander Distinguished Lectureship was established by Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor and statistics professor emeritus at Florida State University Myles Hollander, in appreciation of the university, its statistics department, and the statistics profession. The annual lectureship recognizes an internationally renowned leader and pioneering researcher in statistics who has made a sustained impact on the field, and the lectures will feature topics spanning the breadth of statistics.

IMS Representative(s) on Program and Local Arrangements Committees: Elizabeth H Slate