Al-Kindi Distinguished Statistics Lectures

The Al-Kindi Distinguished Statistics Lectures are an annual event in Statistics at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). A distinguished guest speaker presents a series of two lectures and remains in residence for some days. The first lecture is intended to demonstrate to a general audience the breadth of use of statistics in applications. The second lecture is intended to a specialized audience.

The lectures are named after Al-Kindi (801-873 CE), a prominent figure in the House of Wisdom, whose book entitled "Manuscript on Deciphering Cryptographic Messages" is believed to be the earliest writing on statistics. In his book, Al-Kindi gave a detailed description on how to decipher encrypted messages using statistics and frequency analysis. This text arguably gave rise to the birth of both statistics and cryptanalysis.
 
 
Our upcoming Al-Kindi Distinguished Statistics Lectures will be presented by Amos Hawley Distinguished Professor Steve Marron on October 19, 2017. Lecture 1: 12:00-13:00pm. Lecture 2: 16:00-17:00pm.

Biography: J. S. Marron is the Amos Hawley Distinguished Professor of Statistics and Operations Research, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He received the B. S. degree from the University of California at Davis, and the Ph. D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.  Marron has held the positions of Assistant, Associate and Full Professor with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is also Professor of Biostatistics and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He was a founding Associate Director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI).  He has also served as the Saw Swee Hock Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, the Mary Upson Distinguished Professor of Operations Research at Cornell University, and held 13 other visiting positions in four countries.  Marron is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute for Mathematical Statistics, and an elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.  Marron has served as Associate Editor for the Annals of Statistics, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics, Computational Statistics, TEST and the Electronic Journal of Statistics.  Marron has presented the Theory and Methods Invited Paper for the Journal of the American Statistical Association, been the Institute of Mathematical Statistics Medallion Lecturer, and presented the S. N. Roy Memorial Lecture at the University of Calcutta.  He has delivered the Bradley Lecture at the University of Georgia, and the Information Science and Technology Center Distinguished Lecture at Colorado State University.



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2017: Steve Marron, Amos Hawley Distinguished Professor of Statistics, UNC-Chapel Hill, USA

Lecture 1: Object Oriented Data Analysis

Lecture 2: Object Oriented Data Analysis of Manifold Data

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2016: Noel Cressie, Distinguished Professor of Statistics, University of Wollongong, Australia

Lecture 1: The Carbon Club

Lecture 2: A Conditional Approach to Multivariate Spatial Modelling​

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2015: Raymond J. CarrollDistinguished Professor and Jill and Stuart A. Harlin 83 Chair in Statistics, Texas A&M University, USA

Lecture 1: What Percentage of Children in the U.S. are Eating an Alarmingly Poor Diet? A Statistical Approach 

Lecture 2: Constrained Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Model Calibration using Summary-Level Information from External Big Data Sources

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