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CAARMS 16 Speakers:


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Robert Bell
AT&T

Robert Bell received a Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University. He has been a member of the Statistics Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research since 1998. He previously worked for 18 years at RAND doing public policy analysis. His current research interests include machine learning methods, analysis of data from complex samples, and record linkage methods. He was a member of an international team that won the Netflix Prize competition. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Bell is a recognized expert on use of statistical methods in the decennial census, having served on four National Research Council panels advising the U.S. Census Bureau, one as chair, and the Census Advisory Committee of the American Statistical Association. He has served on the Fellows Committee of the American Statistical Association, the board of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, and the Committee on National Statistics.

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Ralph Etienne Cummimgs
Whiting School of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
Professor

Current Projects
Battery Cells Balancer - Design of an integrated balancer (with analog front-ends) which continuously monitors the state of battery cells

Bidirectional Neuroprostheses - Design of a neuroprosthetic device that will re-enable locomotion in paraplegic individuals

Bio-Processing Microsystem - Design and implementation of a bio-processing microsystem

Color Glove for the Blind - Development of a color glove that allows the visually-impaired to sense color from their finger tips.

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Royce Francis
Johns Hopkins University
Postdoctoral Fellow

Royce specializes in the study, analysis, and application of environmental policy issues and solutions. He has conducted research primarily in the area of drinking water policy, but aims to study perceptions and application of the precautionary principle, synthesis of regulatory science, and key concerns in evaluating performance of implemented regulations.

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Charles Hagwood
National Institute for Standards and Technology
Mathematical Statistician Statistical Engineering Division

Technical Areas of Research and Consulting
* Stochastic modeling
* Mathematical statistics
* Theoretical probability
* Applied probability
* Consulting with physical scientists


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John Harkless
Howard University
Associate Professor of Chemistry

By rewriting quantum mechanical problems in the language of statistics, we bridge the gap between experimental observations and computational predictions. Our techniques produce estimates of experimentally determined properties that are nearly indistinguishable in side-by-side comparisons. The reliability of the end result, and the similarity in presentation are a consequence of rendering quantum mechanics as a statistical and probabilistic process. .

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Shawndra Hill
The Wharton School
The University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management

Research Areas
Statistical relational learning, data mining/knowledge discovery in databases; machine learning; network-based marketing; dynamic networks

Current Projects
Use of consumer networks for target marketing and fraud detection; Data mining, machine learning and statistical relational learning and their alignment with business problems.

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Alfred Noel
The University of Massachusetts Boston
Professor

Since February 2006, he has been a member of the Atlas of Lie Groups and Representations project, the main goal of which is to compute the Unitary Dual of a given reductive real Lie group from the input of the root datum corresponding to its complexification. An earlier version of the software was written by the late Fokko du Cloux. That version computes the representation theories of all the real forms of a given complex reductive Lie group and provides an implementation of the Kazhdan-Lusztig-Vogan algorithm that was used to compute the KLV-polynomials for the split form of E8, a result whose announcement in March 2007 was intensely covered by both the national and international media.

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Mamadou Sango
The University of Pretoria, South Africa
Professor

Fields of interest
Partial differential equations (deterministic); stochastic partial differential equations; geometric analysis

Research interests
Mathematical problems in stochastic models of fluids; harmonic maps on Riemann-Finsler manifolds; homogenization of PDE's

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Kimberly Sellers
Georgetown University
Assistant Professor

Kimberly Sellers, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics, specializing in Statistics. Dr. Sellers held previous faculty positions at Carnegie Mellon University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Senior Scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB). Her areas of interest and expertise are in generalized statistical methods involving count data in the light of data dispersion; and in image analysis techniques, particularly low-level analyses including preprocessing, normalization, feature detection, and alignment.

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Scott Williams
The University of Buffalo
Professor

When he was 12, Scott Williams' mother took him to see the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during a family trip to Boston. After her description of the Institute as a great place of mathematics learning, he said, "Mom, I will get a Ph.D. in Mathematics." By the time Scott Williams received a B.S. in Mathematics from Morgan State College (1964) he had solved 4 advanced problems in The Mathematical Monthly, a publication of the Mathematical Association of America, and had co-authored two papers on Non-Associative Algebra with his undergraduate advisor Dr. Volodymir Bohun-Chudyniv.

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Abdul-Aziz Yakubu
Howard University
Chairman, Math Department

His research encompasses theoretical investigations of nonlinear systems that arise in the diverse fields of ecology, population dynamics, epidemiology and demography. He is also interested in a wide variety of equations that define dynamical systems, including difference equations, recursive formulas, matrix equations, ordinary and partial differential equations, and delay equations. His work focuses on asymptotic dynamics, i.e., stability analysis, bifurcation analysis, oscillations, periodic solutions (forced or unforced), aperiodic dynamics, and chaos.

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