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The Department of Statistics at Penn State held a one-day conference on Monday, May 6, 2019, to honor Professor Grace Wahba, the 2019 C. R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize Recipient, Professor Tailen Hsing, the 2019 C. G. Khatri Lecturer, and Professor Doug Nychka, the 2019 P. R. Krishnaiah Lecturer.

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The C. R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize was established by C. R. and Bhargavi Rao to honor and recognize outstanding and influential innovations in the theory and practice of mathematical statistics, international leadership in directing statistical research, and pioneering contributions by a recognized leader in the field of statistics.

The C. G. Khatri Memorial Lectureship and P. R. Krishnaiah Memorial Lectureship, which began as two Visiting Scholars programs in 1992, honor the memory of C. G. Khatri and P. R. Krishnaiah by inviting outstanding researchers in statistics to deliver lectures at Penn State.

Grace Wahba

Rao Prize Winner

Grace Wahba
The University of Wisconsin - Madison

"How to incorporate personal densities into predictive 
models: Pairwise density distances, Regularized
Kernel Estimation 
and Smoothing Spline
ANOVA models."



 
Tailen Hsing

Khatri Lecturer

Tailen Hsing

University of Michigan

"Space-Time Data, Intrinsic Stationarity and Functional Models" 

Abstract

More about Tailen Hsing

Recorded Talk

Doug Nychka

Krishnaiah Lecturer 

Doug Nychka

Colorado School of Mines

"Non-stationary spatial data: think globally act locally"

Abstract

More about Doug Nychka

Recorded Talk

Dr. Ming

Speaker

Ming Yuan

Columbia University

"Low-Rank Tensor Methods in High Dimensional Data Analysis"

Abstract

More about Ming Yuan

Bharath Sriperumbudur

Speaker

Bharath K. Sriperumbudur

Penn State University

"Distribution Regression: Computational vs. Statistical Trade-offs"

Abstract

About Bharath Sriperumbudur

Alex Smola

Speaker

Alex Smola

Amazon Web Services

"From features to kernels on graphs and back again"

Abstract

More about Alex Smola

Helen Zhang

Speaker

Hao Helen Zhang

"Scalable and Model-free Methods for Multiclass Probability Estimation"

Abstract

More about Helen Zhang

 


Schedule of the day's event.

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration (Tea/Coffee)

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Welcoming Addresses & Award Ceremony
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 2019 Rao Prize Recipient 
Grace Wahba  

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Tea/Coffee Break

10:50 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ming Yuan 
Columbia University

11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Bharath Sriperumbudur 
Penn State University

12:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and Poster Session 
Life science 
Third-floor bridge

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

2019 Khatri Lecturer 
Tailen Hsing 
Univ of Michigan

2:50 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Alex Smola, 
Amazon Web Services

3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Tea/Coffee Break

3:50 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Helen Zhang
University of Arizona

4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

2019 Krishnaiah Lecturer 
Douglas Nychka
Colorado School of Mines

5:20 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

Concluding Remarks



Location

The one-day (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) conference was held on the University Park campus of Penn State University in 100 Life Sciences, Berg Auditorium. University Park campus map for more details. 

Poster Session Information

All Rao Prize Conference registrants, in particular statistics Ph.D. students,  are invited to participate in the poster session, third-floor bridge of the Life Sciences Building from 12:10 pm - 2:00 pm 
* We strongly encourage students in the Statistics Ph.D. program in particular.

Organizing Committee

Lorey BurghardSriperumbudur, Bharath 

Co-sponsored by

NISS


Contact

For further information, please contact Lorey Burghard at