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Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy V

June 13-17, 2011

Speaker Biographies

 

Scientific Organizing Committee


Statisticians

G. Jogesh Babu <babu@psu.edu> http://www.stat.psu.edu/~babu/
Professor of Statistics, Director of the Center for Astrostatistics, Penn State University. Fellow AAAS, ASA, IMS, Elected member ISI. Founding editor Statistical Methodology. Co-author of monograph Astrostatistics, co-organizer of SCMA conferences and statistics Summer Schools. Research in asymptotic theory, bootstrap theory, number theory, astrostatistics, and other topics of mathematical statistics.

David Banks http://www.stat.duke.edu/~banks/
Professor of Statistical Science, Duke University. Fellow ASA, various government achievement awards. Former positions as statistician for U.S. Dept. of Transportation, FDA, and NIST. Co-editor of six books including Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences. Research in data mining, Bayesian methodology, risk assessment, multivariate statistics and other topics of mathematical statistics.

Lawrence D. Brown http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~lbrown/
Miers Busch Professor of Statistics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Member NAS, Fellow IMS, ASA Wilks Award, former Pres. IMS. Former editor Annals of Statistics. Resarch in regression, Bayesian methodology, density estimation, wavelet analysis, Poisson processes, decision theory, and other topics of mathematical statistics.

David van Dyk  http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dvd/
Professor of Statistics, University of California-Irvine.  Fellow ASA and IMS.  Former editor Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics. Coordinator, California Harvard Astro-Statistics Collaboration.  Research in astrostatistics, Bayesian methodology and computation, causal inference, and other topics of statistical methodology.  

Chris Koen http://www.uwc.ac.za/
Professor of Statistics, University of Western Cape SA. Ph.D’s in both astronomy and statistics. Research in time series analysis, variable stars, and astrostatistics.

Fionn Murtagh http://www.cs.rhul.ac.uk/home/fionn/
Science Foundation of Ireland. Member Royal Irish Academy, Fellow IAPR, BCS. Director, Science Foundation Ireland. Former Professor of Computer Science, University of London. Past-President Classification Society and British Classification Society. Past Editor The Computer Journal. Co-author five monographs on astronomical image processing and signal processing, co-editor of ~15 volumes in informations. Research on machine vision, image analysis, signal processing, classification, semantics, and other topics in informatics.

Chad Schafer http://www.stat.cmu.edu/~cschafer
Asst. Professor of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University. Member, McWilliams Center for Cosmology. Research in methodology for astronomical inference problems including construction of optimal constraints on cosmological parameters, bivariate luminosity functions, and low-dimensional characterizations of complex data.


Astronomers

Kirk Borne http://classweb.gmu.edu/kborne/
Assoc. Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science, Dept. of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University. Chair, LSST Informatics and Statistics Science Collaboration, former scientist at Space Telescope Science Institute. Research in galaxy dynamics and evolution, Virtual Observatory and LSST informatics, data mining, citizen science and public outreach.

Eric Feigelson <edf@astro.psu.edu> http://astro.psu.edu/users/edf
Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Penn State University. Member VAO Science Council, NRAO Users Committee, Chandra ACIS Team. Sci. Editor Astrophyscal Journal. Co-author of monograph Astrostatistics, co-organizer of SCMA conferences and statistics Summer Schools. Research in X-ray astronomy, star and planet formation, statistical education for astronomy.

Alan Heavens http://www.roe.ac.uk/~afh/
Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics. Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh UK. Fellow RAS and RSE. Research includes statistical cosmology (galaxy clustering, weak lensing, cosmic background radiation), likelihood theory and Bayesian methodology, medical imaging, statistics education.

Thomas Loredo http://www.astro.cornell.edu/staff/loredo/
Senior Research Associate, Department of Astronomy, Cornell University. Research in astrostatistics, Bayesian inference for astronomy, statistical computation, statistics education, extrasolar planets, Solar System minor bodies.

Pavlos Protopapas http://timemachine.iic.harvard.edu/
Senior scientist and lead investigator, Time Series Center, Institute for Innovative Computing, Harvard University. Research in time series methodology for astronomy, data mining and classification, grid computing, Solar System minor bodies.

Jean-Luc Starck  http://jstarck.free.fr/
Senior scientist, Service d’Astrophysique, CEA-Saclay, France. Coauthor of four monographs on astronomical image analysis, coeditor of ten conferences including Astronomical Data Analysis conferences.  Research in statistical cosmology (cosmic microwave background fluctuations, weak lensing, and large-scale structure), sparse representations (wavelet, curvelet, etc) and their applications in astronomy.

Licia Verde http://icc.ub.edu/~liciaverde
ICREA Professor, Institute of Cosmological Sciences, University of Barcelona ES. Former Chandra/Spitzer Fellow. Research in statistical cosmology (cosmic background fluctuations, large-scale structure, astronomical surveys, statistical computation, statistics education.


Invited Speakers and Commentators

Ethan Anderes http://www.stat.ucdavis.edu/~anderes
Asst. Professor, Statistics Department, University of California - Davis

Nicholas Ball https://www.astrosci.ca/users/NickBall/
Assistant Research Officer, Herzberg Institute for Astrophysics, Canada

Richard Baraniuk http://www.ece.rice.edu/~richb/
Cameron Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rice University

Othman Benomar
Postdoctoral researcher, School of Physics, University of Sydney AU

Alexander Blocker http://www.awblocker.com/
Graduate student, Dept. of Statistics, Harvard University

Joshua Bloom http://astro.berkeley.edu/~jbloom/
Associate Professor, Astronomy Dept. University of California - Berkeley

Tamas Budavari http://www.sdss.jhu.edu/
Research scientist, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

Andrew Connolly http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/ajc/
Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Washington

David Donoho http://www-stat.stanford.edu/~donoho/
Bass Professor of Humanities and Sciences, Dept. of Statistics, Stanford University

Didier Fraix-Burnet http://www-laog.obs.ujf-grenoble.fr/~fraix/accueildfb.htm
Docteur, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble

Peter Freeman http://www.stat.cmu.edu/~pfreeman/
Project Scientist, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

Christopher Genovese http://www.stat.cmu.edu/~genovese/
Professor, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

Alexander Gray http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~agray/
Assistant Professor, College of Computing, George Institute of Technology

Carlo Graziani
Senior Resaerch Associate, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago

Philip Gregory http://www.physics.ubc.ca/~gregory/gregory.html
Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia

Fabrizia Guglielmetti http://www.mpe.mpg.de/rumwuslerseite.php?user=fabrizia
Postdoctoral researcher, High-Energy Astrophysics, Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany

Martin Hendry home page
Faculty, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow

David Higdon http://www.stat.lanl.gov/source/orgs/ccs/ccs6/staff/DHigdon
Group Leader, Statistical Sciences, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Joseph Hilbe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Hilbe
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Statistics, Arizona State University

Raul Jimenez http://icc.ub.edu/~jimenez/
ICREA Chair in Physics, University of Barcelona ES

Vinay Kashyap http://hea-www.harvard.edu/AstroStat/
Research scientist, High Energy Astrophysics Division, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Brandon Kelly http://hea-www.harvard.edu/AstroStat/
Hubble Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Ann Lee http://www.stat.cmu.edu/~annlee/
Associate Professor, Dept. of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

Thomas Lee http://anson.ucdavis.edu/~tcmlee/
Professor of Statistics, University of California - Davis

Kaisey Mandel https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~kmandel/
Graduate student, Dept. of Astronomy, Harvard University

Domenico Marinucci http://www.mat.uniroma2.it/~marinucc/
Director and Professor of Mathematics, University of Rome 'Tor Vergata'

Donald Percival http://staff.washington.edu/dbp/
Professor of Statistics, Principal Mathematician of Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington

Erik Rosolowsky https://people.ok.ubc.ca/erosolo
Professor, School of Arts and Sciences, University of British Columbia - Okanagan

David Ruppert home page
Andrew Schultz Jr. Professor of Engineering, Cornell University

Sanat Sarkar http://astro.temple.edu/~sanat/
Professor of Statistics, Fox School of Business & Management, Temple University

Jeffrey Scargle http://astrophysics.arc.nasa.gov/~jeffrey/
Senior Scientist, Planetary Systems Branch, Ames Research Center, NASA

Eric Switzer
Institute Fellow, Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago

Luke Tierney http://www.stat.uiowa.edu/~luke/
Professor of Statistics & Actuarial Science, University of Iowa

Roberto Trotta http://astro.ic.ac.uk/rtrotta/home
Lecturer in Astrophysics, Imperial College London

Ricardo Vilalta http://www2.cs.uh.edu/~vilalta/
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Houston

Michael Way http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/mway/
Scientist, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA

Benjamin Wandelt
Professor and Chair of Theoretical Cosmology, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris

Martin Weinberg http://www.astro.umass.edu/~weinberg/
Professor of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts