"Michael Jordan, a leading UC Berkeley researcher in the fields of computer science and statistics, is the 2015 recipient of the David E. Rumelhart Prize, a prestigious honor reserved for those who have made fundamental contributions to the theoretical foundations of human cognition."
Prof. Martin Wainwright has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). An induction ceremony took place July 8, 2014 at the IMS Annual Meeting in Sydney, Australia.
Professor Wainwright received the award for his fundamental research in statistical machine learning and high-dimensional statistics, specifically sparse modeling, graphical models, data compression and coding.
Former VIGRE Postdoc Emilia Huerta-Sanchez and her advisor, Rasmus Nielsen, have found a genetic link between Tibetans, Sherpas and an extinct race, the Denisovans. The gene enables its bearers to live at very high altitudes. "Sorting out obscure genetic evidence like this required intricate statistical calculations, and it was Huerta-Sánchez who did it," Nielsen said.
A conference "Combinatorial Stochastic Processes" in celebration of Jim Pitman's work was held at U.C. San Diego, June 20-21 2014.
See http://www.stat.berkeley.edu/~aldous/Pitman_Conference/ for photos and slides from the talks.
Congratulations to Bin Yu on her election to the National Academy of Sciences!
Registration for the 2014 Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets (MMDS 2014) is now available.
Congratulations to two of our first-year Statistics PhD students, Yannik Pitcan and Andre Waschka, who won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships!
Prof. Bin Yu and five other Berkeley faculty--Josh Bloom (Astronomy), Michael Franklin (EECS), Joseph Hellerstein (EECS), AnnaLee Saxenian (I School), and Ion Stoica (EECS)--named among "21 Thought-Leader Professors in Data Science".
Assistant professor Ben Recht and graduate student Ashia Wilson are featured on the Berkeley Research Highlights web page. Read more about the work and life of Ben Recht – a winner of the White House with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers here.
Continuing the series of three highly successful MOOCS she taught last year, Prof. Ani Adhikari is teaching Statistics 2.1X again right now, to an audience of over 28,000 students. Last year's 2.1X-2.3X series had near-record completion rates of 15%, 17%, and 9%, compared to typical completion rates of 4-5%.
Professor Brillinger will receive an honorary D.Sc. from the University of Toronto in June, in recognition "of his pioneering contributions to the fields of stochastic analysis and time series analysis." This is Prof. Brillinger's fourth honorary doctorate.
Assistant Professor Ben Recht, who holds a joint appointment in the departments of EECS and Statistics, is one of 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Fighting Cancer by the Numbers--Prof. Terry Speed, Department of Statistics, wins 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
Terry Speed, will receive the 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in recognition of his life’s work using mathematics and statistics to solve real world issues.
Professor in the Department of Statistics, Nicholas Jewell, has won the Berkeley Academic Senates Faculty Service Award. The award is given to "honor a member of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate who has given outstanding and dedicated service to the Berkeley campus". The Academic Senate provided the following statement to motivate the choice of Prof. Jewell: