The Hollander Distinguished Lectureship 2021

Myles Hollander Distinguished Lectureship

This lectureship will take place on September 24, 2021 beginning at 10:00am

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FSU Announces Dr. Susan Murphy from Harvard as our 2021 Myles Hollander Distinguished Lecturer
The Department of Statistics at Florida State University is pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Murphy from Harvard will be joining us on September 24, 2021 for this year's Myles Hollander Distinguished Lectureship. The title of her upcoming talk is "We used a Bandit Algorithm to Personalize But Did It Work?".

About Dr. Susan Murphy
Susan Murphy is Mallinckrodt Professor of Statistics and of Computer Science at Harvard University and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. Her lab works on clinical trial designs and online learning algorithms in sequential decision making, in particular in the area of digital health.  She developed the micro-randomized trial for use in constructing mobile health interventions which is in use across a broad range of health related areas. She is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, both of the US National Academies. She is a Past-President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and of the Bernoulli Society and a former editor of the Annals of Statistics. She is a prior recipient of the RA Fisher Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) and the Guy Medal in Silver from the Royal Statistical Society.

Lecture Abstract
Reinforcement Learning Algorithms provide an attractive suite of online learning methods for personalizing interventions in Digital Health. However after a reinforcement learning algorithm has been run in a clinical study, how do we assess whether personalization occurred? We might find users for whom it appears that the algorithm has indeed learned in which contexts the user is more responsive to a particular intervention.  But could this have happened completely by chance? We discuss some first approaches to addressing these questions.

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About the Lectureship
The annual Myles Hollander Distinguished Lectureship recognizes an internationally renowned leader and pioneering researcher in statistics who has made a sustained impact on the field, and the lectures feature topics spanning the breadth of statistics.

About Myles Hollander
Professor Emeritus Myles Hollander joined the FSU Department of Statistics in 1965 upon completion of his M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics at Stanford University after earning his B.S. in Mathematics from Carnegie Institute of Technology. He made substantial and enduring research contributions to nonparametric statistics, reliability theory, survival analysis, biostatistics and probability theory, among other areas. Hollander co-authored textbooks on nonparametric statistics, biostatistics, and introductory statistics.

Hollander is Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. He served as editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Theory and Methods (1994-1996) after being editor-elect (1993-1994). In 2003, the American Statistical Association recognized him with the Gottfried E. Noether Senior Scholar Award for his excellence in theory, methodology, and applications in nonparametric statistics.

At FSU, Hollander served as statistics chair for nine years (1978-1981, 1999-2005). He received the Professorial Excellence Award in 1977, was named Distinguished Research Professor in 1996, and in 1998 was named Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, the highest honor Florida State faculty bestow upon one of their own. He retired in 2007 after 42 years of service.

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