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Honorable President of Gnedenko Forum



Theodore W. Anderson 
Professor of Economics and Statistics (Emeritus)

Ph.D., M.A. Princeton University; B.S. Northwestern University.


Theodore W. Anderson Professor of Economics and Statistics (Emeritus) at Stanford University (USA). Ted turned 90 in June, 2008. To celebrate this milestone, the Departments of Statistics and Economics organized a special conference in his honor. Kenneth Arrow, 1972 Nobel Laureate in Economics, gave an overview of the early developments in econometrics in his talk, "Some Reminiscences of Econometrics in the 1940s", and profiled Ted's contribution to econometrics.


Professor T. W. Andersen is well known for his brilliant woks in Multivariate Analysis and Time Series



Honorable President of Gnedenko Forum

Richard E. Barlow

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. Stanford University, 1961 
Mathematical Statistics


Professor Richard E. Barlow is famous for his pioneering research in reli­ability theory. He is the author of several important books and numerous leading articles in reliability theory and Bayesian reliability. His "Mathematical Theory of Reliability", co-authored with Frank Proschan, which was published originally by Wiley in 1965 was reprinted as one of the SIAM Classics in 1996. It was translated into several languages and was a stimulus to research in reliability theory worldwide. To honor Profes­sor Barlow's contribution, his former PhD students and other reliability researchers worldwide have cooperated in the preparation of this volume.


Honorable President of Gnedenko Forum

Yuri Belyaev

Professor emeritus

Institutionen för matematik och matematisk statistik 

Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Umeå


Scientific Interests

  • Asymptotic methods in statistical analysis of large data sets

  • Computer intensive methods in statistical analysis (resampling, bootstrap, MCMC, etc)

  • Martingale methods in statistics

  • Regression analysis

  • Point processes

  • Reliability theory

  • Statistical methods in creation and improvement accuracy of digital images 


First President of Gnedenko Forum

Sir David Cox

Professor, Fellow of the Royal Society of London, Honorary

Fellow of the British Academy , Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences


He has supervised, collaborated with, and encouraged many younger researchers now prominent in statistics. He has served as President of the Bernoulli Society, of the Royal Statistical Society, and of the International Statistical Institute. He is now an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College and a member of the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford.



President of Gnedenko Forum

Eliahu Gertsbakh

Doctor of Sci.,

Professor Emeritus


Ilya B. Gertsbakh received his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (1955) and Mathematics (1961) from the Latvian State University (Riga) and his Ph.D. degree in Applied Probability and Statistics from the Latvian Academy of Sciences (1964). He is Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva, Israel, where he has taught since 1975. He has published about 60 papers and three books.



  Honorable President of Gnedenko Forum


John D. Kettelle


The bulk of his professional and business career has been in operations research. Most of it in his own company, Ketron, Inc., which by 1995 had 300 employees and annual revenues of $25,000,000. Ketron business and technical activities included marketing research, mathematical programming, war games and business games, detection and discrimination, reliability, and high-speed hulls. He is an outstanding specialist in Operations Research and the author of well known optimization algorithm ("Kettelle's Algorithm")



President of Gnedenko Forum


Vladimir Korolyuk

Academician, Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Ukrainian mathematician, Academician, Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (from 1976, corresponding member from 1967).


Basic research trends are calculus of probabilities and mathematical statistics, numerical mathematics and computer programming. He developed the method of time-series deflation of deficiencies relying on boundary layer effect, which appears at the change from integral, integrodifferential and finite-difference equations with small parameter to parabolic or elliptical differential equations. He suggested and developed a new approach to studying functional of Markovian and semi-Markovian processes based on inverse of linear operators perturbed on spectrum.


President of Gnedenko Forum

Igor Kovalenko

Doctor of Sci., Professor


Graduated from T. Shevchenko Kyiv State University (1957). Diploma in Mathematics. Postgraduate studies at the Institute of Mathematics, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (1957-1960) under supervision of B.V. Gnedenko, with consults of A.N. Kolmogorov.





President of Gnedenko Forum

Vladimir Rykov

Doctor of Sci., Professor


V. Rykov graduated in 1960 Moscow State University, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics. In the research paper, written under the guidance of Kolmogorov, he obtained new results concerning the trajectories of random processes. After graduating from Moscow State University V. Rykov worked in the computer center of Moscow State University. Now he is professor of applied mathematics and computer modeling at the Russian State University of Oil and Gas. He has authored over 180 publications, several books and manuals.


President of Gnedenko Forum

Nozer D. Singpurwalla

Doctor of Sci., Professor

Director, Institute for Reliability and Risk Analysis, The George Washington University

Nozer D. Singpurwalla is Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Statistical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he
He authored several books and over 150 papers in reliability theory, particulary on warranties, failure data analysis, Bayesian statistical inference, dynamic models and time series analysis, quality control and statistical aspects of software engineering.


President of Gnedenko Forum

Way Kuo

Professor, President of City University of Hong Kong,

University Distinguished Professor.


He is a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, a Member of Academia Sinica, Taiwan and the US National Academy of Engineering. Professor Kuo worked in the management team for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and served as University Distinguished Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, US. He received the B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan in 1972, and the Ph.D. degree in Engineering from Kansas State University in 1980. Professor Kuo is renowned for his work in system reliability research and is acknowledged as a pioneer in designing and modeling reliability of electronics systems. He is a recipient of the IEEE Reliability Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also well-known for promoting university education on the basis of problem-driven research. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Reliability.


President of Gnedenko Forum

Igor Ryabinin

Doctor of Technical Science, Professor, rear-Admiral.


Member of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and New York Academy of Science, the International Man of the 1993 Year, National Prize - winner USSR. Founder of the logical and probabilistic methods of the structural complex systems reliability. He has 180 scientific works including 11 monographs in area of reliability and safety.


He is the "God Father" of Saint Petersburg Reliability school (Russia)


Current Vice-President, President-Elet. of Gnedenko Forum

Mikhail A. Yastrebenetsky

Dr. Eng. Professor, Honored worker of science and technology of Ukraine, the State Scientific-and-Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department Chief, Professor of the National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute”.


Domain of scientific specialization – Technological processes control systems reliability and safety (including NPP control systems)

Upon graduation from the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute obtained the Ph.D. grade at the All-Union (USSR) Central Scientific Researcher Institute of Complex Automation (CSRICA/ЦНИИКА, Moscow).


Up to 1992 hold the position of the CSRICA “Technological processes control automated systems (TPCAS)” Department  Head.  M.A. Yastrebenetsky is the author of 12 monographs, 40 International, national (USSR and Ukraine) and technological standards and other regulations in the field, 260 publications devoted to the theory of automated control, mathematical simulation and reliability theory methods, methods of TPCAS reliability evaluation and maintaining at different industrial branches.





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