Interview with Vijay Nair, New President of ISI


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 29 August 2013
  • Copyright: Image appears courtesy of Professor Nair

At the 59th ISI World Congress this week, the duties of the President of the International Statistical Institute will be handed over from Professor Jae C. Lee of Korea University to Professor Vijay Nair of University of Michigan. Professor Lee has written of his past two years as a message to ISI members and wishes Professor Nair and his team every success.

Vijay Nair is currently the D.A. Darling Professor of Statistics and Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Institute of Mathematics Statistics, as well as an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

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His scientific interests are broad and include methodology, theory, and applications. He has worked in engineering statistics, reliability and degradation modeling, network tomography, design and analysis of experiments (including applications in behavioral intervention research), and quality improvement. talked to Professor Nair during the Joint Statistical Meetings 2013 in Montreal, Canada where he gave the ASA Deming Lecture. Professor Nair discussed his hopes and objectives for his Presidency of the Institute, how the Institute has developed over the years and responded to the changing needs of the statistical community, what inspired him to start a career in statistics, the theme of his lecture at JSM and his collaborative research methods.

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