Alexander G Tartakovsky
Currently, Dr. Tartakovsky is the deputy head of the Space Informatics laboratory based in the Phystech School of Radio Engineering and Computer Technology (Department of Radio Engineering and Cybernetics) at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). The purpose of the Space Informatics Lab is to foster research and education in the areas of aerospace and engineering systems and applied mathematics in a broad sense and in an interdisciplinary mode. The laboratory team develops innovative methods and technologies of monitoring and control of near-Space objects as well as novel trends in the area of airspace applications, including novel mathematical, statistical, and computer vision techniques. In 2013-2015, Dr. Tartakovsky was a Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistics at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. In 1997-2013, Dr. Tartakovsky was a Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA (one of two largest universities and the oldest private university in Los Angeles) as well as an Associate Director of the Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences, which incorporated over 30 faculty members and researchers from various university departments (department of mathematics, school of engineering, medical school, etc.) and industry. As a part of this scientific center, he organized and led a laboratory that included post-doctoral fellows and graduate-level students. Graduates and former post-docs from this lab continue successfully working in academia, in leading North American and European universities, in the industry, or started their own high-tech related companies. One of Dr. Tartakovsky’s particular strengths is his ability to combine comprehension of fundamental theoretical research with the grasp of practical problems and applications in engineering and other areas. It allows him to engage many diverse specialists and efficiently organize their teamwork. In 1999-2007, he organized and served as the first director of the Mathematical Finance Program (Professional M.S. Degree in Math Finance) at the University of Southern California. It was one of the very first programs of this kind in the US. This program proved to be very successful and popular, and its graduates now work in leading financial institutions all over the world. In 1991-1993, Dr. Tartakovsky was a department head at the A.L. Mints Institute of Radio Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences. This department included 35 researchers and consisted of three laboratories. In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Tartakovsky founded two small-business high-tech companies that have been successfully providing professional services in R&D and statistical consulting. Dr. Tartakovsky’s research interests include theoretical and applied statistics; applied probability; sequential analysis; changepoint detection phenomena; and a variety of applications including statistical image and signal processing; video surveillance and object detection and tracking; information integration/fusion; intrusion detection and network security; detection and tracking of malicious activity; and mathematical/engineering finance applications. He is the author of three books, several book chapters, and over 150 conference and journal papers. Dr. Tartakovsky is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and a senior member of IEEE. He obtained several awards, including a 2007 Abraham Wald Award in Sequential Analysis. Dr. Tartakovsky was a Principal Investigator or a Co-principal Investigator of numerous research projects in Russia as well as abroad (USA).