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Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy V

June 13-17, 2011

Speaker Biographies


Scientific Organizing Committee


G. Jogesh 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.


Kirk Borne
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 <>
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
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
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
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
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
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
Asst. Professor, Statistics Department, University of California - Davis

Nicholas Ball
Assistant Research Officer, Herzberg Institute for Astrophysics, Canada

Richard Baraniuk
Cameron Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rice University

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

Alexander Blocker
Graduate student, Dept. of Statistics, Harvard University

Joshua Bloom
Associate Professor, Astronomy Dept. University of California - Berkeley

Tamas Budavari
Research scientist, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

Andrew Connolly
Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Washington

David Donoho
Bass Professor of Humanities and Sciences, Dept. of Statistics, Stanford University

Didier Fraix-Burnet
Docteur, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble

Peter Freeman
Project Scientist, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

Christopher Genovese
Professor, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

Alexander Gray
Assistant Professor, College of Computing, George Institute of Technology

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

Philip Gregory
Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia

Fabrizia Guglielmetti
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
Group Leader, Statistical Sciences, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Joseph Hilbe
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Statistics, Arizona State University

Raul Jimenez
ICREA Chair in Physics, University of Barcelona ES

Vinay Kashyap
Research scientist, High Energy Astrophysics Division, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Brandon Kelly
Hubble Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Ann Lee
Associate Professor, Dept. of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

Thomas Lee
Professor of Statistics, University of California - Davis

Kaisey Mandel
Graduate student, Dept. of Astronomy, Harvard University

Domenico Marinucci
Director and Professor of Mathematics, University of Rome 'Tor Vergata'

Donald Percival
Professor of Statistics, Principal Mathematician of Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington

Erik Rosolowsky
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
Professor of Statistics, Fox School of Business & Management, Temple University

Jeffrey Scargle
Senior Scientist, Planetary Systems Branch, Ames Research Center, NASA

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

Luke Tierney
Professor of Statistics & Actuarial Science, University of Iowa

Roberto Trotta
Lecturer in Astrophysics, Imperial College London

Ricardo Vilalta
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Houston

Michael Way
Scientist, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA

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

Martin Weinberg
Professor of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts