American Statistical Association


 Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security

SDNS Speakers Program

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Have you ever wondered what kind of statistical research helps keep our nation safe from biological attacks or helps officials understand terrorist networks? Are you interested to learn what a defense statisticianís job is like and what kinds of problems they face?

The ASA Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security (SDNS) has a Speakers Program so that experienced researchers can help answer these questions and others! Statisticians working in defense and security are available to come speak at your college or university to describe their work and share their enthusiasm for this important field.

What is the SDNS Speakers Program?

The SDNS Speakers Program facilitates visits by expert speakers to attend host academic institutions for a presentation and discussion. The Speakers Program aims to foster communication between statisticians, and to familiarize students with the role of statisticians in defense and national security. Speakers can talk on topics including biosurveillance, cyber defense, military force structure, distributed sensor networks, reliability, experimental design, and many other topics.

Why should I request an SDNS speaker?

Through the SDNS Speakers Program, students and faculty at your institution will get access to experts in a field to which they might otherwise have little exposure. Academic statisticians at host institutions will gain insight into current statistical issues in defense and security. Throughout their interaction, students and faculty will be introduced to a new point-of-contact in this sector that could lead to new opportunities for internships, employments, or other career opportunities. The SDNS speakers are dynamic, engaging, and eager to share their unique research with others.

How do I request an SDNS speaker?

If you might be interested in having a SDNS Speaker visit your university, please visit our website at Choose a speaker and contact the SDNS Speaker Committee chair, Alyson Wilson,, with a visit proposal. If your proposal is selected, SDNS will reimburse up to $500 for expenses related to the speaker visit. Funds are limited so please contact us to plan your seminar today!

Available Speakers

Deepak Agarwal
Sunnyvale, CA
Yahoo! Research

Christine Anderson-Cook
Los Alamos, NM
Research Statistician and Scientist
Statistical Sciences Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Research Areas: design of experiments, design assessment, response surface methodology, reliability

Pranab K. Banerjee
North Logan, UT
Space Dynamics Lab

Howard Burkom
Laurel, MD
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Research Area: Biosurveillance

Art Fries
Alexandria, VA
Institute for Defense Analyses
Research Areas: test and evaluation, reliability, experimental design, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics

Karen Kafadar
Bloomington, IN
Rudy Professor of Statistics
Indiana University
Research Areas: robust methods and data analysis, applications in physical, chemical, biological, and engineering sciences, analysis of screening experiments and internet traffic

David Marchette

Fredericksburg, VA
Naval Surface Warfare Center
Research Areas: exploratory data analysis, pattern recognition, computer intrusion detection, graphs and network analysis, text analysis

Al Ozonoff
Boston, MA
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
Boston University School of Public Health
Research Areas: biosurveillance, infectious disease epidemiology, time series methods, spatial statistics

Brent Pulsipher
Richland, WA
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Research Areas: sensor analytics, sampling approaches for characterization and clearance of critical buildings/airports in case of chemical, biological, or radiological terrorist events, transect sampling for detection of unexploded ordnance , environmental sampling for hazardous waste cleanup

Shane Reese
Provo, UT
Associate Professor
Brigham Young University
Research Areas: reliability, Bayesian methods, hierarchical models, computer experiments

Henry Rolka
Atlanta, GA
Associate Director for Information Exchange
Office of Critical Information Integration and Exchange
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Research Areas
: biosurveillance, fusion and/or information exchange

Jeff  Solka
Fredericksburg, VA
Naval Surface Warfare Center
Research Areas: statistical pattern recognition and text data mining

Michael A. Stoto
Washington, DC
Professor of Health Services Administration and Population Health, Georgetown University and Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics,and Director, Evaluation Core, Center for Public Health Preparedness, Harvard School of Public Health
Research Areas: epidemiology, demography, research synthesis/ meta-analysis, community health assessment, risk analysis and communication, drug and vaccine safety, performance measurement

Alyson Wilson
Ames, IA
Associate Professor
Department of Statistics
Iowa State University
Research Areas: reliability, Bayesian methods

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