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Priebe Wins Achievement Award

1 October 2010 No Comment


The Statistics in Defense and National Security (SDNS) Distinguished Achievement Award was presented to Carey E. Priebe during the section’s business meeting and mixer at JSM 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Priebe was given the award for outstanding leadership and accomplishments on research projects for the Navy, Army, Air Force, DARPA, and the intelligence community. His prodigious contributions have resulted in solutions to problems at the forefront of both statistics and defense. Specifically noteworthy is his seminal theoretical work on random attributed graphs. Along with his numerous contributions in computer security, methods for target detection and classification, and image segmentation, he is the inventor of a tool for discovering latent classes in high-dimensional data known as the class-cover catch digraph.

Priebe is a full professor in the Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University and a research professor in the National Security Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2008, he was named one of six national security science and engineering faculty fellows to conduct research on fusion and interference from multiple and disparate data sources.

Priebe earned a BS in mathematics from Purdue University in 1984, MS in computer science from San Diego State University, and PhD in information technology (computational statistics) from George Mason University in 1993. From 1985 to 1994, he was a mathematician and scientist in the U.S. Navy research and development laboratory system. Since 1994, Priebe has been a professor at The Johns Hopkins University, holding joint appointments in the computer science and electrical and computer engineering departments, Center for Imaging Science, Human Language Technology Center of Excellence, and Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute.

Priebe is a past president of the Interface Foundation of North America; a past chair of the ASA Section on Statistical Computing; a past vice president of the International Association for Statistical Computing; and a member of several editorial boards. He is a senior member of the IEEE, a lifetime member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and a Fellow of the ASA.

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