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Prof. Emeritus Krishnan Contributes to Statistics Encyclopedia

Book Is Largest of its Kind

Venkatarama Krishnan

03/11/2011
By Edwin L. Aguirre

Electrical and computer engineering Prof. Emeritus Venkatarama Krishnan wrote a chapter in the International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science that was published in December 2010 by Springer.

According to Krishnan, the three-volume, 1,852-page encyclopedia is the largest international project on statistics ever conducted, involving 619 eminent authors from 105 countries in six continents.

“It contains papers written by several Nobel laureates and top statistical scientists in the world and covers the entire gamut of statistics and probability,” he says. “The book’s editor ߞ; Miodrag Lovric ߞ; and his collaborators ߞ; Jasmin Komic and Ksenija Dumicic ߞ; have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 for their contribution to world understanding and scientific progress.”

Krishnan’s chapter, entitled “Stochastic Processes: Classification,” discusses such concepts as state- and time-discretized process, the Gaussian process, the Markov process, the Markov chains, the semi-Markov process, the independent-increment process, the general random-walk process, the birth and death process, the renewal process, the Martingale process and the periodic process.

Krishnan, a Chelmsford resident, previously taught at Smith College, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, the Polytechnic University of New York, the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and Princeton University.

“My overall teaching experience is 51 years, 20 of them at UMass Lowell,” he says. “I taught probability and stochastic processes continuously for more than 40 years and was a recipient of the best teaching award from UMass Lowell in 2000.”

Krishnan also served as co-director of the University’s Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications from 1992 to 2000 and has written a number of technical papers as well as four books, the latest being Probability and Random Processes (John Wiley and Sons, 2006). He was listed in Who’s Who in America in 2010.