Hermann Otto Hirschfeld Lecture Series 2012

High Dimensional Statistical Inference

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Tony Cai

Dorothy Silberberg Professor and Professor of Statistics,
The Wharton School,
Department of Statistics,
University of Pennsylvania

12-13 October, 2012


Weierstrass-Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics
Mohrenstraße 39
D-10117 Berlin

In memory of Hermann Otto Hirschfeld

The Lecture Series is named after a remarkable German American scientist Hermann Otto Hirschfeld (H. O. Hartley or shortly known as HOH). After starting his academic career in Germany, he immigrated to England. Later on in 1953 he became Visiting Research Professor at Iowa State College (today: Iowa State University). As a brilliant statistician he was the 74th president of the ASA (American Statistical Association). He had a lot of earnings in establishing statistics as an important scientific area at American universities. In 1963 he founded Texas A&M University's Institute of Statistics. At that time Texas A&M had no formal statistical effort.
In this spirit the Hermann Otto Hirschfeld Lectures at Humboldt-University are given in memory of an excellent scientist and an advocate of quantitative methods since 2003.

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About Tony Cai

Tony Cai is the Dorothy Silberberg Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a professor in the Applied Mathematics and Computational Science Graduate Group and an Associate Scholar of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Penn.

He is the recipient of the 2008 COPSS Presidents' Award, given by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies.

The award citation is as follows.

COPSS Presidents' Award Citation

For fundamental and wide-ranging contributions to the mathematics, theory and methods of statistics, including the theory and application of wavelets, block thresholding in wavelet regression, optimality theory, adaptation in nonparametric function estimation, confidence intervals in small samples, and methods for false discovery rate control; for applications to chemical identification, medical imaging and microarray data analysis; and for outstanding contributions to the statistical profession through extensive editorial work and mentorship of students.

Here you can find an interview he gave after winning the COPSS Presidents' Award.

Tony Cai received his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1996 from Cornell University.
A complete list of his professional services can be found here.

Tony Cai is a Fellow and a Medallion Lecturer of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). He is a Co-Editor of the Annals of Statistics (2010-2012). Previously he has served as an Associate Editor for the Annals of Statistics, the Journal of American Statistical Association, Statistica Sinica, and Statistics Surveys. He is a member of the editorial board of the Fronteirs of Statistics book series. He was also a Guest Editor for a special issue of Statistica Sinica on Multiscale Methods and a Guest Editor for a special issue of the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics for the Inaugural IMS-China International Conference held in Hangzhou, China in 2008.

His current research interests include high dimensional statistical inference, the topic of the HOH 2012. Furthermore, he is interested in large-scale multiple testing, nonparametric function estimation, functional data analysis, inference for discrete distributions, and statistical decision theory. He is also interested in applications to compressed sensing, chemical identification, medical imaging and microarray data analysis. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation since 2000 through a number of research grants.

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Organisation and Contact Information

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Härdle
Prof. Dr. Markus Reiss
Dr. Markus Bibinger

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
C.A.S.E. - Center for Applied Statistics and Economics
School of Business and Economics
Spandauer Str. 1
D-10178 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0)30 2093-5889 and +49 (0)30 2093-5630
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E-Mail: bibinger@mathematik.hu-berlin.de