Outstanding Contributions to Astrostatistics Award #

On April 19, 2016, Prof. Fionn Murtagh was awarded Outstanding Contributions to Astrostatistics Award by the International Astrostatistics Association.

The International Astrostatistics Association (IAA) is a non-profit organization for astronomers, statisticians, information scientists and others having an interest in astrostatistics. It was formed in August 2012, replacing the former ISI astrostatistics Network started in January 2010. It is an independent association, but is affiliated with the International Statistical Institute (ISI). The President of the IAA is Joseph Hilbe.

Fionn Murtagh#

Fionn Murtagh is professor of Data Science and Statistics at the University of Derby in the UK, and serves part-time as a professor of data science at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prof. Murtagh is on the organizing committee of the initial IAU Commission B3 Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics (2015-2018) and is past president of the Classification Society (2008-2009) and past president of the British Classification Society (2007-2010). He is currently on the Council of the International Association for Statistical Computing and is editor-in-chief of the Computer Journal, the foremost publication of the British Computer Society. Prof. Murtagh is an elected member of both the Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea, and is a fellow of the British Computer Society and fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition. He is co-author with Jean-Luc Starck of two editions of the well-received book, Astronomical Image and Data Analysis (2006, Springer). Aside from Prof. Murtagh’s work in classification, he was also an associate professor at the University of Strasbourg’s Astronomical Observatory and for twelve years (1984-1996) was a senior scientist with the European Space Agency, working on the Hubble Space Telescope project.

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