HITS researcher becomes Fellow of the American Statistical Association

1. August 2017
Tilmann Gneiting (CST) HITS

“Computational Statstics” group leader Prof. Tilmann Gneiting is being named Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) 2017. In this year, the ASA is bestowing its prestigious distinction of Fellow on 62 members for their professional contributions, leadership and commitment to the field of statistical science. This year’s Fellows will be officially recognized at the awards ceremony during the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM 2017) August 1, 2017, in Baltimore.

The ASA has been using the title of “Fellow of the American Statistical Association” as its highest honorary grade of membership for nearly 100 years. Individuals are nominated by their ASA colleagues, and the Committee on Fellows evaluates each candidate’s contributions. Consideration is given to such factors as research, teaching, mentoring, occupation, service to the ASA and the broader community, professional activities and accomplishments in other organizations. “They’ve had a tremendous impact on the way we understand data and interpret the world around us,” notes ASA President Barry Nussbaum about the selected Fellows. Tilmann Gneiting is one of only four scientists outside the USA who receive this honor in 2017.

Prof. Tilmann Gneiting’s research focuses on the theory and practice of forecasting, as well as spatial statistics. He and his team are developing methods for real-time probabilistic weather forecasts amongst other applications. Gneiting cooperates with the German Weather Service and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, UK. Since November 2013, he has been leading the research group “Computational Statistics” at HITS, and is a professor at the Institute for Stochastics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

About the American Statistical Association

The ASA is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the oldest continuously operating professional science society in the United States. Its members serve in industry, government and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. For additional information, please visit the ASA website at: www.amstat.org

About HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.