May 2013: Prof. Ernst Wit Presenting a Short Course



Prof. Ernst Wit from University of Groningen (NL) will visit CSU as a CNS International Summer Scholar and CIMS Fellow. On May 20-22, he will present a short course entitled "Statistical Modeling of Biological Networks" and on May 23, he will give a general audience talk on "Statistical Network Science".

A Short Bio:
Professor Ernst Wit is the head of the Statistics and Probability group at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy (1997) on “The Ethics of Chance: normative reasoning under uncertainty” from the Pennsylvania State University. At PennState he was appointed as a statistics instructor and was the office neighbour of the legendary C.R. Rao – but no joint lower bound was derived. He spent an academic year at the University of New South Wales in Sydney (1998-1999). In 2000 Wit obtained his PhD in Statistics at the University of Chicago with Peter McCullagh on the “Categorical Imperative”, an algebraic invariance analysis of statistical models. From 2000 until 2005 he was in the Statistics Department at the University of Glasgow, where he became a Reader – a lovely English expression for a associate professor. In this period, he got interested in statistical applications in genomics and published a popular book in 2004 on Statistics for Microarrays. In 2006 he took over the Medical Statistics Unit at the University of Lancaster as Professor of Biometrics. Since 2008 Wit is at the University of Groningen, where he has continued to work on methodological development in high-dimensional inference. He is currently leading and coordinating an initiative of 55 European groups on Statistical Network Science and since 1 January 2013 Professor Wit is the European chair of the Bernoulli Society for Statistics.