Hung T. Nguyen

From: Vladik Kreinovich (vladik@cs.utep.edu)
Date: Mon Jan 01 2001 - 21:36:35 MET

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    Hung T. Nguyen Selected as a Distinguished Lukacs Professor

    Professor Hung T. Nguyen from New Mexico State University has been
    selected as a Distinguished Lukacs Professor in Statistics at the
    Bowling Green State University for Spring 2002.

    This position is one of the world's most prestigious in mathematical
    statistics. Previous appointees include renown statisticians such as
    Gabor Szekely (1991), Anatoly Skorokhod (1994), and C.R. Rao (1998).

    This position was established in 1989 in the memory of Eugene Lukacz, a
    world renown statistician. Lukacz's research covered many areas of
    statistics, including his pioneering analysis of robustness
    (stability) of statistical characterization results. Many theoretical
    results of mathematical statistics are based on certain assumptions
    about the corresponding distributions. In practice, these assumptions
    can only be checked with a certain accuracy; so, the natural question
    is: if we know that the assumption holds with a certain accuracy, is
    it true that the conclusion holds with some accuracy? The answer to
    this questions requires that we consider _classes_ of probability
    distributions, specifically, classes of all distributions which are
    consistent with the given measurement results and with the existing
    expert knowledge.

    Professor Nguyen was selected for his numerous research
    accomplishments, including his 1970s results that fuzzy sets and their
    operations can be re-interpreted in more traditional statistical terms
    as appropriate classes of probability distributions, and his more recent
    interval-related research in which an interval is also interpreted as
    a class of all distributions located on it. Nguyen's results helped to
    make fuzzy and interval methods mainstream and acceptable to the
    statistical community.

    Congratulations!

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