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Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers & Physicists
June 5-17, 2005


G. Jogesh Babu, Director of the Center for Astrostatistics, received his Ph.D from the Indian Statistical Institute and has been a professor of statistics at Penn State since 1985. He has diverse research interests in both statistics and probability, and in their applications to problems in biomedical research, genetics, astronomy and astrophysics. He has contributed extensively to probabilistic number theory, nonparametric methods, asymptotic theory, bootstrap and other resampling methods. He has long experience in collaborations with astronomers to promote improved statistical methodology for astronomy. He co-authored the monograph `Astrostatistics' (Chapman-Hall 1996) with E. Feigelson. Babu is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, American Statistical Association, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Statistical Methodology. He is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics and Sankhya.

Max Buot received his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Virginia in 2003. His research interests include multivariate analysis, record linkage, applications of algebraic geometry in statistics, and the theory and application of genetic algorithms to restricted maximum likelihood estimation problems. Since 2003, he has been a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University and at the National Institute for Statistical Sciences.

Eric Feigelson, Associate Director of the Center for Astrostatistics, received his Ph.D. in Astronomy at Harvard University and has been a Professor at Penn State since 1983. He has long experience in collaborations with statisticians to promote improved methodology for astronomy. The work includes survival analysis for astronomical data with nondetections and, with G. J. Babu, authoring the monograph `Astrostatistics' (Chapman-Hall 1996) and editing three volumes of `Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy' (Springer, 1992, 1997, 2003). He also is an observational astronomer, primarily in the X-ray band, studying star and planet formation and the early evolution of stars.

William Harkness, Professor Emeritus, has been teaching statistics at Penn State for more than 45 years. Recently he has concentrated on pedagogy and instructional design in statistics education with support from the National Science Foundation and Pew Foundation.

Murali Haran, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Minnesota in 2003. His research interests include Markov chain Monte Carlo methods for Gaussian Markov Field models, which are frequently used for modeling spatial data. He is also working on "perfect" sampling algorithms for some commonly used Bayesian hierarchical models.

David Hunter, Assistant Professor, received his PhD in statistics from the University of Michigan in 1999. His research interests include statistical computing, nonparametric modeling of mixtures, and network modeling. He has extensive experience writing code in various languages including the S language. In the last few years, he has written several packages for the freeware implementation of S known as R.

Thriyambakam Krishnan obtained his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, after which he joined the faculty of the Institute, where he remained until retirement in 1998. His research contributions have been in Biostatistics, Psychometry, Statistical Pattern Recognition and Statistical Computing. He is coauthor of the book `The EM Algorithm and Extensions' (John Wiley,1997). At present he is a full-time technical consultant and the Chief Statistical Architect at the Systat Software Asia--Pacific Ltd., Bangalore, where he is engaged in the development of the statistical software SYSTAT.

Yassir Moudden graduated in electrical engineering from SUPELEC, Gif-sur-Yvette, France and obtained a M.S. degree in physics from the Universite de Paris VII, France, in 1997. He received a Ph. D. degree in signal processing from the Universite de Paris XI, Orsay, France. He was a visitor at IPAM-UCLA during the fall semester in 2004 and is currently a post-docotoral fellow with the CEA, Saclay, France, working on applications of signal and image processing to astronomy with the team of Jean-Luc Starck. His research interests include signal and image processing, multichannel data analysis, statistics and information theory.

Sandrine Pires received her master degree from ENSPM (Ecole Nationale de Physique de Marseille, France) and the DRT degree (Diplome de Recherche Technologique) from INPG (Institut National de Physique de Grenoble, France). She is working at CEA-Saclay, Astrophysics Department, since 2003. Her research interests include image processing, multiscale methods and statistical methods in astrophysics.

C. R. Rao, emeritus holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics received the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research in 2002 from President Bush. Rao's theoretical work helped lay the foundation of modern statistics. He has also concentrated his efforts on employing statistical methods to solve practical problems in such diverse fields as economics, anthropology, geology, medical diagnosis and national planning. A book he wrote in 1965, Linear Statistical Inference and Its Applications, one of the most-often cited books in science, has greatly influenced research work in theory and application of statistics. He is a member of the US National academy of sciences.

Donald Richards, Professor, received his Ph.D. at the University of the West Indies in 1978. His research interests include multivariate analysis, probability inequalities, genetic algorithms, special functions, harmonic analysis, and applied probability. Richards was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 1998, and is an Associate Editor of the Annals of Statistics.

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