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Aad van der Vaart

Scientific director / professor of Stochastics

Name
Prof.dr. A.W. van der Vaart
Telephone
+31 71 527 7130
E-mail
avdvaart@math.leidenuniv.nl

Aad van der Vaart is the Scientific Director of the Mathematical Institute of Leiden University.​ His research is in statistics and probability, as mathematical disciplines and in their applications to other sciences, with an emphasis on statistical models with large parameter spaces.

More information about Aad van der Vaart

Aad van der Vaart studied mathematics, philosophy and psychology at the University of Leiden, and received a PhD in mathematics from this university in 1987. He held positions in College Station, Texas and Paris (not in Texas), and was visiting professor in Berkeley, Harvard and Seattle. Following a long connection to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam he is currently  Professor of Stochastics at Leiden University, and member of the  Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His research has been funded by NWO, VU-USF, STW, CMSB, NDNS+, STAR, and most recently by the European Research Council ( ERC Advanced Grant, 2013) and through the  NWO Spinoza Prize (2015). 
Aad van der Vaart's research is in statistics and probability, as mathematical disciplines and in their applications to other sciences, with an emphasis on statistical models with large parameter spaces. He wrote books and lecture notes (on topics such as empirical processes, time series, stochastic integration, option pricing, statistical genetics, statistical learning, Bayesian nonparametrics), as well as research papers. See  research page for more information. 

Aad van der Vaart was associate editor of the  Annals of StatisticsStatistica NeerlandicaAnnales de l'Institut Henri PoincareProbability Theory and Related Fields, co-editor of  Statistics and Decisions, and is currently associate editor of  Indagationes Mathematicae, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference and  ALEA. Keynote lectures include the  Forum Lectures at the EMS 2009, the  Le Cam lecture at the JSM 2009, invited address at the  International Congress of Mathematicians in 2010, and a  foundational lecture at the world meeting of  International Society for Bayesian Analysis in 2012. He was program chair for the European Meeting of Statisticians 2006 in Oslo and BNP10 (2015) in Raleigh, and local chair of BNP9 and European Meeting of Statisticians 2015. 

Among former administrative functions are president of the  Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research (2003-07), head of the Department of Mathematics of VU University (2002-06), chair of the European Council of the  Bernoulli Society, scientific chair of the Stieltjes Institute, chair of the mathematics board of the  Lorentz Centre, board member of the  NDNS+ and  STAR clusters, and council member of the  International Statistical Institute. He is currently council member of the  Institute of Mathematical Statisticsand member of the steering committee of the  Statistical Science master in Leiden. 

Scientific director / professor of Stochastics

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Snellius Building
Niels Bohrweg 1
2333 CA Leiden
Room number 223

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