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Add to Calendar 2019-05-06T08:00:00 2019-05-06T17:00:00 UTC C. R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize 100 Life Sciences, Berg Auditorium
Start DateMon, May 06, 2019
4:00 AM
End DateMon, May 06, 2019
1:00 PM
Presented By
The Statistics Department

2019 Rao Prize Conference 

The Department of Statistics at Penn State will hold 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.


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

Tailen Hsing

Khatri Lecturer

Tailen Hsing 
University of Michigan
"Space-Time Data, Intrinsic Stationarity and Functional Models" 

Doug Nychka

Krishnaiah Lecturer 

Doug Nychka 

Colorado School of Mines

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


Session 1
Rao Prize Winner: Grace Wahba
Ming Yuan, Columbia University 
Bharath Sriperumbudur, Penn State University

Session 2
Khatri Lecturer: Tailen Hsing, University of Michigan
Alex Smola, Amazon Web Services

Session 3 
Krishnaiah Lecturer: Doug Nychka, Colorado School of Mines
Hao Helen Zhang, University of Arizona



The one-day (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) conference will be 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 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm lunch included.  
* We strongly encourage students in the Statistics Ph.D. program in particular.

Organizing Committee

Lorey BurghardJim RosenbergerDennis Lin, Qunhua LiGlenn Johnson, and Lingzhou Xue.


For further information, please contact Lorey Burghard at

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