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Prem S. Puri Memorial Lecture

Prem S. Puri
Prem S. Puri

Professor Prem S. Puri received his M.A. (1963) and Ph.D. (1964) degrees from the University of California at Berkeley where he also taught as acting assistant professor of statistics for one year (1965-66). He joined the Purdue faculty as assistant professor of statistics in 1966, being quickly promoted to associate professor (1968) and full professor (1974). Prem Puri also held visiting positions at the Indian Statistical Institute (1983-84, 1986-88), the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences (6-7/1973), and at UC Berkeley, and served as a consultant to the U.S. Forest Service (1971-73).

Professor Puri was a prolific researcher, publishing more than 70 papers, mostly in the areas of applied probability, theory of statistical inference, and stochastic models. He also produced seven Ph.D. students, one of whom is on Purdue's Statistics faculty. His leadership in research was recognized by his being named a Fellow in both major statistical organizations in the United States: The Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association. He was also an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

Prem S. Puri Memorial Lectures 

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  • April 25, 2019 - Steven P. Lalley, University of Chicago, "Quadratic Voting"

  • April 21, 2017 - Jianqing Fan, Princeton University, "Sparse Learning and Distributed PCA with Control of Statistical Errors and Computing Resources"

  • April 24, 2015 - Xiaotong Shen, University of Minnesota, "Estimation of a Directed Acyclic Gaussian Graph"

  • April 26, 2013 - Iain Johnstone, Stanford University, "Random Matrices in Statistics: Testing in Spiked Models"

  • April 22, 2011 - Tony Cai, Department of Statistics, University of Pennsylvania, "Inference on Covariance Structure and Sparse Discriminant Analysis"

  • April 30, 2009 - Dr. Srinivasa Varadhan, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, "Some Unusual Large Deviation Results"

  • April 5, 2007 - Cun-Hui Zhang, Rutgers University, "Penalized Linear Unbiased Selection Via Non-Convex Minimization"

  • May 13, 2005 - David Siegmund, Stanford University, "Genetic Mapping in Experimental and Human Genetics"

  • March 22, 2001 - Sidney Resnick, Cornell University, "Infinite Source Poisson Models with Heavy Tailed Transmission Times: Probabilistic Modeling and Data Networks"

  • December 4, 1997 - Marcel Neuts, University of Arizona, "Quasi-Birth-and-Death Processes and Queueing Models"

  • March 18, 1993 - Yuan Shih Chow, Columbia University, "Wald's Equation for A Class of Denormalized U-statistics"

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