Bernd Sturmfels received doctoral degrees in Mathematics in 1987 from the University of Washington, Seattle, and the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. After postdoctoral years in Minneapolis and Linz, Austria, he taught at Cornell University, before joining UC Berkeley in 1995, where he is Professor of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. His honors include a National Young Investigator Fellowship, a Sloan Fellowship, and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, a Clay Senior Scholarship, an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Prize, the SIAM von Neumann Lecturership, and a Sarlo Distinguished Mentoring Award. Recently, he served as Vice President of the American Mathematical Society. A leading experimentalist among mathematicians, Sturmfels has authored ten books and over 200 research articles, in the areas of combinatorics, algebraic geometry, symbolic computation and their applications. He has mentored 35 doctoral students and numerous postdocs. His current research focuses on algebraic statistics and computational algebraic geometry.
I am mathematician with a wide range of interests ranging from combinatorics and algebraic geometry to optimization and computational biology. I have always been fascinated with numerical experiments and data analysis, and this led me quite naturally into the emerging field of algebraic statistics. Here I have worked on phylogenetics, Markov bases, symbolic computation of Bayesian integrals, likelihood inference, and the geometry of conditional independence models for discrete and Gaussian random variables.