Dr. Somnath Datta, a professor in the department of biostatistics in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, has been elected president of the International Indian Statistical Association for the 2018 term.
[Photo: Dr. Somnath Datta]
The association’s objectives include promoting education, research and application of statistics and probability throughout the world with a special emphasis on the Indian subcontinent; fostering the exchange of information and scholarly activities between various countries; serving the needs of young statisticians; and encouraging cooperative efforts among members in education, research, industry and business. Dr. Datta joins the association’s leadership team in 2017 as president-elect.
Dr. Datta’s research interests include bioinformatics, bootstrap methods, compound decision problems, empirical Bayes methods, nonparametric function estimation, statistical genetics, survival data analysis and time series analysis. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. His research on statistical methodologies is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency.