

2016 Nominees
President Elect Nominee
Alison Etheridge
Professor, Departments of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Oxford
Education
BA Mathematics, Oxford (1985)
DPhil Mathematics, Oxford (1989)
Research Interests
 Mathematical models in population genetics and ecology
 Infinite dimensional stochastic processes
 Coalescent models
Previous Service to the Profession
 Council
 Committee on Special Lectures
 Associate Editor, Annals of Probability
 Chair, Scientific Programme Committee IMS/Bernoulli World Congress 2016
 Council of Bernoulli Society
Brief Statement
I am deeply honoured, and more than a little nervous, to be nominated as IMS PresidentElect. This is a golden age for statistics and probability. Serving as the Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 2016 IMS/Bernoulli World Congress in Toronto has really brought home to me the breadth and depth of our discipline. The role that the IMS has played in promoting and developing the field, for example through the excellence of its journals and conferences, should not be underestimated. The greatest asset of the IMS is, of course, its membership, coupled with its highly inclusive culture. Serving on various IMS committees I have seen how effectively we can work together, and so although it is undeniably daunting, I greatly look forward to working with the Executive Committee, the Council and all those who volunteer
to serve on IMS committees to sustain and improve still further our activities and contributions to the development of probability and statistics.
Web
http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~etheridg/
Council Nominees
Jean Bertoin
Professor, Institute of Mathematics, University of Zürich
Education
PhD 1987, Paris
Research Interests
 Probability theory, stochastic processes
 Stochastic analysis
 Random structures
Previous Service to the Profession
 Scientific Committee, MFO Oberwolfach, 2015present
 Scientific Committee, Ecole d’été de Saint Flour
 Managing Editor, Probability Theory and Related Fields, 20052010 (jointly with J.F. Le Gall)
 Associate Editor, ALEA, 2005present
 Associate Editor, Electronic Journal of Probability, 19962005
 Associate Editor, Probability Surveys, 2004present
 Associate Editor, Annales de l’Institut Henri Poincaré (Probabilités & Statistics), 20012010
 Associate Editor, Annals of Probability, 20032005
 Chairman of the Committee for Conferences on Stochastic Processes, 20122013
Brief Statement
I would be proud to serve the IMS as Council Member. The IMS is a most important actor in promoting Statistics, Probability Theory, and their applications.
If elected, I would endeavor to help maintaining the high quality of publications and conferences sponsored by the IMS.
I would also promote activities for encouraging and supporting young researchers, especially from less favored countries.
Web
http://www.math.uzh.ch/index.php?professur&key1=6119
Songxi Chen
Professor, Department of Statistics, Iowa State University;
University Chair Professor, Center for Statistical Science, Peking University
Education
Bsc in Mathematics, 1983, Beijing Normal University
Msc in Mathematical Statistics, 1988, Beijing Normal University
MSc in Statistics and OR, 1990, Victoria University of Wellington
PhD in Statistics, 1993, Australian National University
Research Interests
 Air quality Assessment
 Econometrics
 Empirical likelihood
 High Dimensional Multivariate Analysis
 Inference for Stochastic Processes
 Population Census
Previous Service to the Profession
 Associate Editor, The Annals of Statistics, 2010  present
 Associate Editor, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 2012  present
 Board Member of International Chinese Statistical Association, 2010  2013
 Program Committee, IMS Annual Meeting in Montreal, 2016
Brief Statement
I have benefited immensely from being an IMS member of two decades via the very high quality journals, conferences and the platform offered by the IMS. As the society for mathematical statisticians and probabilists, IMS have nurtured generations of statisticians and probabilists, thanks to generations of devoted members. I would think my academic experience in Australia, Asia and the US, and my recent effort in developing statistical science at Peking University, would provide me with the perspectives which would allow me to properly serve IMS members.
Web
http://www.public.iastate.edu/~songchen/
ZhenQing Chen
Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle
Education
B.S. East China Normal University, Shanghai, 1985
M.S. East China Normal University, Shanghai, 1987
Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, 1992
Research Interests
 Stochastic analysis and its application
 Potential theory for Markov processes and Dirichlet forms
 Scaling limits of stochastic systems and heat kernel estimates
Previous Service to the Profession
 IMS Fellow Committee: 20122015
 Committee for Conferences on Stochastic Processes of the Bernoulli Society: 20162019
 EditorinChief for Potential Analysis:
November 2015present
 Associate Editor for The Annals of Probability: 2012present
 Editorial Board Member for Journal of Theoretical Probability: 2006present
 Editorial Board Member for Sciences China Mathematics:
2013present
 Associate Editor for The Annals of Applied Probability:
20092015
 Associate Editor for Stochastic Processes and their Applications: 20122015
 Managing Editor for Electronic Journal of Probability and for Electronic Communications in Probability 20022006
Brief Statement
It is an honor to have been nominated as a candidate for the IMS Council.
IMS is an international society for probability and statistics.
Both disciplines have seen significant advances in recent years
with expanded scopes. I believe a closer interaction between these
two fields will be mutually beneficial.
If elected to the council, I would help promote and foster closer
interaction between probability, statistics, and other mathematical and scientific disciplines.
I would continue to support IMS's endeavor to maintain and improve the high quality
and excellence of its journals, conferences, and related activities,
and to encourage and support young researchers all over the world.
Web
https://www.math.washington.edu/~zchen/
Ricardo Fraiman
Full Professor, Mathematical Center, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Education
Diploma in Mathematics, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 1976
PhD in Mathematics, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 1980
Research Interests
 Functional data
 Supervised and unsupervised classification
 Set estimation
 Statistics on random networks
 Selection of variables
 Statistical modelling in Neuroscience
 Robustness
Previous Service to the Profession
 Founding member of the Latin American branch of the Bernoulli Society
 Member of the International Council of the Latin American branch of the Bernoulli Society, 20042008
 Member of the International Council of the Bernoulli Society
20092013
 Associate Editor of BERNOULLI 20102014. Associate Editor of
ALEA
 Associate Editor of TEST. Member of the National Academy of Science,
Uruguay since 2013
 Member of the Scientific committee of various conference
series
 Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Universidad de San Andres,
20082013
Brief Statement
I would be proud and honored to serve the IMS. One of the fundamental aims of the IMS is to maintain the highest standards in the development of statistics. I hope to contribute in this direction. I am particularly interested in increasing the interaction between mathematical statistics and probability theory. Latin America is an area where we are attaining this goal, with strong relationships between research groups in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
Web
http://www.cmat.edu.uy/cmat/docentes/rfraiman
Tadahisa Funaki
Professor, Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Tokyo
Education
Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1982, Nagoya University
Research Interests
 Probability theory, stochastic analysis
 Stochastic partial differential equations
 Large scale interacting systems, scaling limits
 Random interfaces
Previous Service to the Profession
 President: Mathematical Society of Japan (2013—2015)
 Associate Editors: Annals of Probability (1994—2000); Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincaré, Probabilités et Statistique (2005—2012); Probability and Mathematical Statistics (2006—2010); Stochastic Partial Differential Equations: Analysis and Computations (2012—); Forum of Mathematics, Pi and Sigma (2012—)
 Scientific Committees of Conferences on Stochastic Processes and Their Applications: 30th (Santa Barbara, 2005), 34th (Osaka, 2010), 37th (Buenos Aires, 2014)
 Member of Committee for Conferences on Stochastic Processes, Bernoulli Society (2001—2009)
Brief Statement
It is an honor for me to have been nominated as a candidate for the IMS Council. The purpose of IMS is to foster the development and dissemination of the theory and applications of statistics and probability. Needless to say, interdisciplinary relations to other areas of mathematics, sciences, industries increase and the activities are expanding worldwide. Japan has in particular a long tradition in modern probability originated with Kiyosi Itô. If elected to the council, I would be privileged to serve the IMS and promote its activities.
Web
http://www.ms.utokyo.ac.jp/~funaki/
Abba Krieger
Robert Steinberg Professor of Statistics, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Education
1972: S.B. Math and Management Science, MIT
1972: M.S. Management Science, MIT
1973: M.S. Statistics, Harvard University
PhD Statistics, Harvard University
Research Interests
 Multiple Comparisons and Testing
 Optimal stopping problems
 Sequential Analysis
 Statistics models in neuroscience (autism and epilepsy)
 Design of sequential experiments
Previous Service to the Profession
 Chairman of the statistics department at the University of Pennsylvania
 Chair of the committee to evaluate the statistics department at Harvard
 Committee member to evaluate the statistics, operations and information systems department at NYU
 Chair of the committee for the Department of Education in Israel to evaluate the statistics departments in Israel
 Reviewer for many journals including the Annals of Statistics, the Annals of Applied Probability and the Journal of the American Statistical Association
 PhD coordinator and chair of the hiring committee for the statistics department at the U.P.
Brief Statement
The IMS is central in fostering the promotion and development of statistics and probability. I have been the beneficiary of all of its efforts through the conferences it arranges and the journals it organizes. My main contribution to our discipline has been more local, helping guide our department in an environment in which the popularity of our discipline is growing rapidly and the intellectual boundaries of our discipline are expanding. I have a broad range of administrative experience inside and outside of our discipline. I plan at first to play a more reactive role, responsibly helping to support the ongoing initiatives that improve the core function of conferences and journals and other related activities. My hope is that after some time I will be able to engage the council in considering activities that I could spearhead that would be beneficial to its membership.
Web
http://stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~krieger
Liza Levina
Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan
Education
B.S. equivalent in Mathematics, St. Petersburg State University, Russia, 1994
M.S. in Mathematics, University of Utah, 1997
Ph.D. in Statistics, U.C. Berkeley, 2002
Research Interests
 Statistical network analysis
 Highdimensional data
 Applications to neuroimaging and spectroscopy
Previous Service to the Profession
 Associate Editor: The Annals of Statistics (2012  present); The Electronic Journal of Statistics (200815); Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics (2008  present); Statistica Sinica (201114).
 Conference Organizing and Program Committees: Workshop on Frontiers of Statistics, 2006; Inaugural Midwest Statistics Colloquium, 2008; Joint Statistical Learning and Data Mining and Biopharmaceutical ASA Sections Meeting, 2012; IMS representative on the ICSA conference program committee, 2013; From Industrial Statistics to Data Science conference, 2015; Isaac Newton Institute Theoretical Foundations for Statistical Network Analysis program, 2016.
 Committee service: IMS representative for the F.N. David Award Committee, 200406; IMS Committee on Nominations, 201314; IMS Committee on Editor selection for the Annals of Statistics, 201415; Scientific Committee member, MATRIX (Mathematical Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia), 201517.
 Steering Committee of the Association for Computational Learning, 201316
Brief Statement
The IMS provides our profession with some of its best and most important journals, conferences, and awards, and maintaining this record of excellence and high standards is a top priority. At the same time, it is important the IMS takes a position of leadership on the shifting role of statistics in the emerging broader culture of data science, and works to improve our visibility and attract young talent to the field. Steps towards this goal might include expanding the recently formed IMS groups, including the data science group, and attracting more students to IMS meetings by sponsoring paper competitions.
Web
http://dept.stat.lsa.umich.edu/~elevina/
Marta SanzSolé
Professor, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Barcelona
Education
1974 BS Mathematics, University of Barcelona
1978 PhD in Mathematics, University of Barcelona
Research Interests
 Stochastic analysis
 Stochastic partial differential equations
 Malliavin calculus
 Probabilistic potential theory
Previous Service to the Profession
 President of the European Mathematical Society (EMS): 20112014
 Executive Committee of the EMS: 19972004
 IMU Commission on Development and Exchanges: 20072010
 IMS Fellows Committee: 20142016
 IMS Committee on Special Lectures: 20082010
 BS Committee for Conferences on Stochastic Processes: 20062009 (Chair 20082009)
 Associate Editorships: Annals of Probability (2015), Bernoulli (2013),
EMS Surveys in Mathematical Sciences (2013), Stochastic Partial
Differential Equations. Analysis and Computations (2012),
Communication on Stochastic Analysis (20102014), Collectanea
Mathematica (2007), Stochastic Processes and their Applications (2002
2012), Bulletin of the Catalan Mathematical Society (2004)
Brief Statement
I am very honored to have been nominated as a candidate for the IMS Council.
Since its foundation, the IMS has played a central role in the development of
statistics and probability, thanks to a continued strong leadership and the
committed work of many colleagues. If elected, I would work to maintain the
excellent level of IMS scientific activities and journals, to improve the interaction
between probability and statistics and other fields of the mathematical sciences,
and to encourage and support young researchers.
Web
http://www.ub.edu/plie/SanzSole
Simon Tavaré
Director, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute & Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK
Education
1974: BSc Probability and Statistics, University of Sheffield, UK
1975: MSc Probability and Statistics, University of Sheffield, UK
1979: PhD Probability and Statistics, University of Sheffield, UK
Research Interests
 Stochastic computation, approximate Bayesian computation
 Statistical and stochastic aspects of cancer evolution, population
genetics, molecular evolution
 Computational biology and bioinformatics
 Probabilistic combinatorics
Previous Service to the Profession
 President, London Mathematical Society (20152017)
 Council, Academy of Medical Sciences (20112014)
 Member, IMS Committee on Fellows, 19961999
 Annals of Applied Probability (Associate Editor, 1993  1999)
 Annals of Probability (Associate Editor, 2000  2002)
 Annals of Applied Statistics (Associate Editor, 2007  2011)
 Statistics Surveys (IMS Associate Editor, 2007  present)
 Past (11) or present (6) Associate Editor or Editorial Board member for other journals in biological sciences, medicine, probability and statistics
Brief Statement
As a member of Council I will promote the fundamental role of probability and statistics in the rapidly growing field of data science, particularly as it impacts research in the biological and medical sciences. I will support the development of young researchers, and further consideration of ways we
might make journal publication quicker while maintaining our aim of excellence.
Web
http://damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/st321
CunHui Zhang
Distinguished Professor, Department of Statistics and Biostatistics, Rutgers University
Education
B.S. (1978), Hainan Mining Institute, China
M.A. (1982), Columbia University
Ph.D. (1984), Columbia University
Research Interests
 Highdimensional data
 Empirical Bayes
 Functional MRI
 Network data
 Semiparametric and nonparametric methods
 Probability theory
Previous Service to the Profession
 Associate Editor, Annals of Statistics, 19931994, 2000present
 Associate Editor, Statistical Survey, 2007present
 Associate Editor, Statistica Sinica, 19932002, 2006present
 Associate Editor, Bernoulli, 2016present
 Board of Directors, ICSA, 19982000
 IMS committee on special lectures, 2014present
Brief Statement
It is an honor to be nominated as a candidate for the IMS council. We have the fortune to live in the information age in which our profession is blessed with enormous opportunities to grow and make great impacts. As the standard bearer of conferences and publications of the highest quality in statistics and probability theory, the IMS is uniquely positioned to promote our profession in this exciting environment. If elected, I would work with other members of the council to support this mission. I would support current and new IMS initiatives to enrich our field with new ideas and expand it to fertile new ground, to reach out to potential new members, to encourage collaboration amongst members of diverse interests, and to facilitate the career development of young members. The IMS is the intellectual home of its members, including myself. It would be my pleasure to contribute my efforts to its mission.
Web
http://www.stat.rutgers.edu/home/cunhui/ 
