PHDL Scientific Director Gives Prof. C.R. Rao Centenary Lecture (02 January 2020)

Photo of C.R. Rao, FRS, and S. Pyne, PhD

Published 02 January 2020

Dr. Saumyadipta Pyne, Scientific Director of PHDL and faculty member of Biostatistics, delivered the Prof. C.R. Rao Birth Centenary Lecture on January 2, 2020, at the Department of Statistics, University of Pune (formally, Savitribai Phule Pune University). Born in 1920, C.R. Rao, FRS, is known for his pioneering work that laid the foundations of many branches of statistics.

It includes the topic of the lecture, "On weighted distributions and applications," featuring Pyne's recent work on environmental data fusion. Weighted distributions allow inference when it is difficult to observe random samples from a population under study. Rao was University Professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1980s when he established a unique Center for Multivariate Analysis at Pitt.