To honor Jon Wellner's 65th birthday, the Departments of Statistics and Biostatistics of the University of Washington hosted the conference "From probability to statistics and back: high-dimensional models and processes". For a visual impression of the conference, please see:

Registration is closed
Invited speakers
The abstracts of talks are here.
The conference program as well as some other useful information is here.

Information about the hike is here.

Organizing Committee
Lodging Information
We have now released our hold on the University of Washington dorm rooms (McMahon Hall). However, it is still possible to make reservations if there are rooms available. The rooms can be reserved as a "housing and dining package", including 4 nights of housing (July 28-August 1) and $80 on a debit meal card. The package rate (including all fees) is $259.50 for double occupancy and $349.90 for single occupancy. Limited early arrival and late departure housing is available at an additional charge. Upon arrival, please go the the McMahon Hall Front Desk, which is open 24 hours a day. For further information, and for reserving a room, please go to the online reservation page.

We recommend the following hotels (see Maps and Directions for their locations):

Maps and Directions
Map of conference locations and hotels:

View a larger Map.

Directions to the University of Washington campus:

Jon was born in Portland, Oregon on August 17, 1945. After living in Missoula, Montana, Spokane, Washington, and Ogden, Utah, he completed high school at Ogden High School, Ogden Utah in 1963. He attended the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho from 1963 to 1968 and completed a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mathematics and Physics. After a start at graduate school at Yale University in 1969 - 1970 followed by service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1969 - 1971, he began graduate study at the University of Washington in 1971. Jon completed his Ph.D. in Statistics (with a degree from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine via the Biomathematics Program) with Galen Shorack at the University of Washington in 1975. He worked as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, from 1975 until 1983. Jon accepted a position as Professor of Statistics at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1983, and has remained at the University of Washington since that time. Sabbatical leaves from the UW have taken him to Munich (Germany), Leiden (The Netherlands), and the Free University of Amsterdam and Delft University (The Netherlands) in 1980-1981, 1987-1988, and 2003-2004 respectively. Jon has had 25 Ph.D students (as of November 2009), and is currently advising two Ph.D. students.

Jon has served the Institute of Mathematical Statistics as an Associate Editor of the Annals of Statistics (1983-1988 and 1992-1994), Program Secretary (1996-1998), Co-Editor of the Annals of Statistics (2001-2003), IMS Executive Editor for Statistics Surveys (2007-2009), and member of the IMS Council (2007-2010). He is also currently serving as an Associate Editor for Probability Theory and Related Fields.

Jon's research interests include empirical process theory, large sample theory in statistics, semiparametric models, statistical inference under shape constraints, and inequalities. He has published four books on empirical processes, semiparametric models, and maximum likelihood estimation in inverse problems with Galen Shorack, Aad van der Vaart, Peter J. Bickel, Chris Klaassen, Ya'acov Ritov, and Piet Groeneboom, and over 90 papers (written with over 43 co-authors).

Further details are available here

On July 31, we invite everyone on a hike in the glorious Pacific Northwest mountains. The destination is to be decided from among a number of local favorites, so that it can suit as many tastes and levels of physical fitness as possible. Wherever we go, there will be flowering meadows, very likely an alpine lake, evergreen forests and views of peaks and glaciers.

For those who like numbers, look forward to hiking "up" for the first 2 hours or so, taking a lunch break in a high point, maybe roaming around a bit for the more daring or sitting in the sun for the lazier of us, and then a leisurely descent back to the cars. We'll plan for a round trip of ca 6 miles, with some significant elevation gain.

You need to wear sturdy shoes and bring a backpack containing water (at least 1 liter = 1 quart recommended), lunch, rain-gear, some extra clothes and a hat. Also, don't forge bringing sunscreen lotion and your camera.

We plan to carpool in cars of locals and (if needed) rental vans. You can indicate if you need transportation when you register for the hike.

Jon A. Wellner
Jon A. Wellner
Jon A. Wellner