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Michael L. Stein
Michael L. Stein
Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor
Department of Statistics and the College,
and Master, Physical Sciences Collegiate Division

Phone: 773-702-8326 (Eck 135)
773-702-8320 (Master, HM 235)
Fax: 773-702-9810

University of Chicago
Department of Statistics
5734 S. University Avenue
Eckhart 135
Chicago, IL 60637
University of Chicago
Physical Sciences Collegiate Division
1116 E. 59th Street
HM 235
Chicago, IL 60637

Research Interests

My research focuses on statistical models and methods for spatial and spatial-temporal processes. In particular, I am interested in the nature of the spatial-temporal interactions implied by these models and on developing statistical methods for assessing these interactions. Computational issues that arise in implementing these methods (evaluating likelihoods, simulation methods) are a major component of my research. I am presently collaborating with Mihai Anitescu on making more effective use of modern methods in numerical analysis to approximate likelihoods for large spatial-temporal datasets.

My main motivation for studying spatial-temporal processes is to describe variations in the physical environment. Some of the processes my collaborators and I are currently studying include meteorology at very fine time scales, concentrations of trace constituents in the atmosphere as measured from satellite-based instruments and climate at a range of spatial and temporal scales.

Another general issue that interests me is the use of computer models for environmental phenomena such as air pollution and climate. I am especially interested in approaches to combining such generally deterministic models with observational data to produce, for example, realistic spatially and temporally resolved simulations of future climate.


Last update: 7/14