Distinguished Achievement Award 2010

Ching-Shui Cheng, University of California at Berkeley

Professor Ching-Shui Cheng received his BS in Mathematics from National Tsing Hua University in 1972, and both his MS in Mathematics (1976) and Ph.D. in Mathematics (1977) from Cornell University. After receiving his Ph.D. degree, he joined the Department of Statistics, University of California at Berkeley, as an assistant professor .

He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1983 and Professor in 1989. From January 2003 to December 2005, he was also a Distinguished Research Fellow and Director of the Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica, in Taiwan.

Professor Cheng's research interest is mainly in experimental design and related combinatorial problems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association, and is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, Annals of Statistics, Statistica Sinica, Biometrika, and Technometrics. He served as the Chair-Editor of Statistica Sinica from 1996 to 1999.

Ker-Chau Li, University of California ar Los Angeles

Professor Ker-Chau Li received his B.S. National Taiwan University in 1975. He went to Statistics Department of U.C. Berkeley in 1977 and received an M.S. degree in 1979 and a Ph.D. degree in 1981. After spending the first two and a half years in Statistics Department of Purdue University as an assistant professor, he moved to Mathematics Department of UCLA in 1984. He became a Full Professor in 1989. In 1999, he joined the new Statistics Department at UCLA. In 2006, he was appointed the Director and Distinguished Research Fellow of Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica till now. He is also Distinguished Professor at UCLA since 2009. He was an Editor of Statistica Sinica from 2001 to 2004 and received the outstanding service award from ICSA. Dr. Li received 1981 B. Friedman Memorial Prize in Applied Mathematics, U.C. Berkeley and became an IMS fellow in 1989, a Guggenheim fellow in 1990, and a NSF/ ASA/NIST fellow in 1991. He was the 1990 JASA theory and methods Editor's invited speaker in Joint Statistical Meetings and the 2003 Medallion Lecturer, IMS.

Among the publications, he was known for the original work on two fundamental dimension reduction methods, sliced inverse regression (SIR) and principal Hessian 18 direction (PHD). He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993. He was a Medallion Lecturer of Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2003. Starting from 2000, his research interest turned to the emerging field of computation/mathematics/statistics in genome biology. In 2002, he introduced the method of liquid association (LA) and illustrated its use in microarray gene expression analysis. He is currently leading a research group in Academia Sinica to continue the genomics research, utilizing multiple sources of gene expression profiling, genetic markers, complex disease phenotypes and traits.

Receive Date: 
Saturday, October 16, 2010