Xiao-Li Meng

Xiao-Li Meng

Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics
Xiao-Li  Meng

Research Interests

  • Statistical inference with partially observed data, pre-processed data, and simulated data.
  • Quantifying statistical information and efficiency in scientific studies, particularly for genetic and environmental problems.
  • Statistical principles and foundational issues, such as multi-party inferences, the theory of ignorance, and the interplay between Bayesian and frequentist perspectives.
  • Effective deterministic and stochastic algorithms for Bayesian and likelihood computation; Markov chain Monte Carlo, especially perfect sampling.
  • Bayesian inference, ranking and mapping.
  • Multi-resolution modelling for signal and image data.
  • Statistical issues in astronomy and astrophysics.
  • Modelling and imputation in health and medical studies.
  • Elegant mathematical statistics.

Education

  • 1990: Ph.D. in Statistics - Harvard University
  • 1987: M.A. in Statistics - Harvard University
  • 1986: Diploma in Graduate Study of Mathematical Statistics - Research Institute of Mathematics, Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R. China
  • 1982: B.S. in Mathematics - Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R. China

Experience

  • 2012 - present; Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
  • 2004 - 2012: Chair, Department of Statistics, Harvard University (on leave 2010-2011)
  • 2001 - present: Professor, Department of Statistics, Harvard University
  • 2001 - 2005: Research Associate (Professor), Department of Statistics and the College, The University of Chicago
  • 1991 - 2001: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Department of Statistics and the College, The University of Chicago
  • 1993 - present: Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center, National Opinion Research Center (NORC), The University of Chicago
  • 1982 - 1984: Instructor of Mathematics, Department of Basic Science, China Textile University, Shanghai, P.R. China

Sample Publications

Curriculum Vitae (contains links to most lecture videos and articles)

Short Biography (Dean's Office, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)

The XL-Files (a collection of IMS Bulletin columns: comments after each are welcome!)

On Rejection (thoughts about an inevitable but necessary experience)

Contact Information

SC 300C
p: (617) 495-1603