Welcome New Faculty, Visitors, and Students

August,  2008

The Department of Statistics would like to welcome the new faculty, visitors, and students to the department.

Guang Cheng

Guang Cheng joined the Department of Statistics as an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. Prior to coming to Purdue University, Professor Cheng was a visiting assistant professor at Duke University (2006-2007) and a postdoctoral fellow at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) (2007-2008). His research interests are: Asymptotics, Bayesian, Modeling and Model Selection, Nonparametric Regression/Density and Models, Empirical Processes, and Semiparametric Model. This semester he will be teaching STAT 517, Statistical Inference.

Sergey Kirshner

Sergey Kirshner joined the Department of Statistics as an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science in March 2005 from the University of California, Irvine. After that, he spent another year at the Computer Science Department at UCI as a postdoctoral scholar, and another two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning, in the Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta, Canada. His current research spans many areas of machine learning including techniques for analysis and modeling of high-dimensional temporal data, graphical models, and Bayesian approaches.

Bo Li

Bo Li joined the Department of Statistics as an assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Statistics in August 2006. Prior to coming to Purdue University she worked as a post graduate scientist for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Her research interests include univariate and multivariate spatio-temporal process modeling, Bayesian hierarchical modeling, large data analysis in climatology, atmospheric and environmental science, public health including childhood cancer and human morbidity, and time series data analysis. She is teaching STAT 512, Applied Regression Analysis, this semester.

Stephen J. Ruberg

Stephen J. Ruberg joined the Department of Statistics this summer as an adjunct professor. He is a Senior Research Fellow, Global Medical Information Science, for Eli Lilly and Company where he is responsible for technical leadership in the areas of Global Statistical Sciences and Global Data Sciences, supporting a broad range of Discovery, Development, Medical and Manufacturing projects. He received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Cincinnati in 1984. In 1994 he was elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association. His research interests include global clinical drug development, medical informatics, statistical consulting/collaboration and statistical methodology related to dose response and multiple comparisons.

Walid K. Sharabati joined the Department of Statistics as a visiting assistant professor. He received his PhD in Computational Statistics: Network Theory from George Mason University, VA. His research interests include Network Theory, Social Networks, Population Ecology, Chaos (Chaotic Dynamical Systems), Data Mining (Text Mining), Data Visualization, Machine Learning, Mathematical Physics, and Partial Differential Equations. He will be teaching STAT 301 and STAT 503 this semester.

S.V.N. Vishwanathan

S.V.N. Vishwanathan joined the Department of Statistics as an assistant professor. He has a joint appointment with the Department of Computer Sciences. Professor Vishwanathan received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2002. Prior to coming to Purdue University, he served as the Principal Researcher for the Statistical Machine Learning Program, NICTA, Canberra, Australia. His research interests include Computational Methods for Statistical Inference, Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Massive Data.

Twenty-five new graduate students, including 11 Ph.D. students and 14 M.S. students, entered the Department of Statistics graduate program during this past summer and fall. The new graduate students attended an orientation hosted by the Department on Sunday, August 17, 2008. The following week students attended several orientations and workshops at Purdue. On Monday, August 18, 2008, Doug Crabill, Manager, Computer Systems, instructed two computer classes on the computing facilities within the Department of Statistics and at Purdue University for the new students and faculty. A reception in honor of the new students was held on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 for all the Department of Statistics faculty, staff, and students.

Currently, the Department of Statistics has 61 faculty members, 15 full and part-time staff members, 92 graduate students (61 Ph.D. students and 31 M.S. students) and 24 Certificate students.

August 2008